Airbnb funds historic home renovation in Boyle

Frybrook House in Boyle was one of three recent winners of an Airbnb Capacity Award that will help support the conservation of heritage homes and sites in Ireland.

Airbnb partnered with the Historic Houses of Ireland to established the Capacity Awards, a fund available to members of Historic Houses of Ireland to support the development, maintenance and restoration of these important properties. The funding will support the owners in preparing their historic homes for the tourism market.

The three winners of €2,500 each were Richmond House in Fermoy County Cork, Frybrook House, Boyle in County Roscommon and The Gatekeeper’s Lodge at Whitewood House, Nobber in County Meath.

According to the organisers of the awards: “Frybrook House, situated in the heart of Boyle, lay empty for a number of years before being acquired by its current owners Joan Collier, Ulrich Bals and Belinda Collier in 2018, who have invested considerably in the restoration of the property. The Capacity Award was awarded to Frybrook House to help the owners ensure the property is compliant with fire safety regulations, before their doors can open as an historic guesthouse in 2024. The local community have expressed strong support for Frybrook opening to guests, as a vital part of the local tourism infrastructure”.

Joan Collier from Frybrook House added: “Our passion over the last five years was to bring Frybrook House back to where it should be, reflecting its history and Georgian elegance. Finally, we will be ready to share its beauty and history with our guests in March 2024″.

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