Airbnb funds historic home renovation in Boyle

Funding has been awarded to Frybrook House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon, to prepare the property to welcome visitors and help enhance Roscommon’s tourism offering.

This funding is being provided by holiday rental company, Airbnb. Earlier this year, Airbnb partnered with Historic Houses of Ireland to help support the conservation of heritage homes and sites in Ireland. The commitment represents another step in Airbnb’s pledge to support the preservation of unique and historically significant buildings throughout Ireland.

The partnership 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.

Frybrook House in Boyle, County Roscommon was among the three winners of the Airbnb Capacity Awards, alongside Richmond House in Fermoy in Cork and The Gatekeeper’s Lodge at Whitewood House in Nobber in Meath.

Applications were received and assessed by a panel consisting of Historic Houses of Ireland and Airbnb representatives. Each of these successful properties received the Capacity Award, which consisted of €2,500 to assist with preparing the property for the tourism market.

Frybrook House 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.

Joan Collier (owner of Frybrook House) said, “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”.