In November, George Harrison’s childhood property in Liverpool, England, went up for auction for the 1st time in practically a 10 years. Two months afterwards, it landed a buyer from the other aspect of the pond — superfan Ken Lambert, who is now turning the legendary residence into an Airbnb rental and house museum.
Lambert, 48, who hails from New Hampshire, under no circumstances dreamed he would one day individual a piece of Beatles heritage, right up until he place in an give for £171,000 (which equates to $250,000) and no just one else bid any better.
Now Lambert, who is in commercial construction, is only the 3rd operator to have at any time owned the residence given that the Harrisons.
“Once I understood I was the winner, it was pretty stunning,” Lambert informed The Submit.
“I really started out to assume about what I was going to do with the house. I’m not a wealthy particular person. It is not like I go all over purchasing up qualities. I’m a Beatles supporter, yes, but I am a massive George Harrison fan especially.”
Located at 25 Upton Environmentally friendly in the suburb of Speke, the historic house was utilised as the band’s key exercise spot in the late 1950s, with the team identified as The Quarrymen at the time. Harrison and his household experienced in the beginning moved into the residence in 1949, when he was just 6 yrs previous. They lived in the residence right up until 1962, when Harrison was 18, in accordance to Omega Auctions, which handled the sale.
Lambert discovered that what prompted him to flip the residence into an Airbnb and house museum for weekly excursions was the realization that the other users of the band — John Lennon and Paul McCartney — experienced home museums devoted to them, but Harrison did not.
“I assume it was a shame that George’s house had no relevance to thousands and thousands of Beatles admirers, but they’re waiting around in line to stroll into John Lennon’s house,” Lambert claimed. “George is my favorite Beatle. I want to regard his legacy.”
The dwelling is “a living museum by letting folks stay right away,” Lambert mentioned, including that a weekly tour team also stops by and spends about fifty percent an hour in the home consuming tea and taking part in tunes.
Even though most of the a few-bed room, a person-toilet house has been renovated more than the many years with an upgraded kitchen area, some of the unique pieces from Harrison’s times in the residence continue being — which includes the first hutch in the kitchen, the bathtub and bathroom sink, the stair submit and closet doorways.
Lambert has given that frequented the property 2 times, expending far more than two months to get the area completely ready, considering that it arrived unfurnished and emptied.
“It was quite crazy when I was equipped to wander by the dwelling. I was there by myself. I sort of walked by way of it after I owned it. It was a quite surreal encounter, it was a amazing experience.”
A single of the initial items Lambert did was go to a nearby guitar shop in Liverpool to get an acoustic guitar for the property.
“I play a bit and played in the area they rehearsed in. That was so critical for me to do. I left the guitar there as a performing prop,” he stated.
Lambert plans on viewing yet again and having a vacation to the historic home with his wife and two youngsters in the summer months. Presently, he has a area property supervisor getting treatment of the land and overlooking the rentals and the weekly excursions.
Possibly the coolest component about his time visiting the residence was getting to fulfill up with the former Quarrymen drummer, Colin Hanton, who was 1 of the authentic band associates ahead of they grew to become the Beatles.
“He is now 83 a long time aged and it was so ridiculous that I was able to chat with him and be put in this position,” stated Lambert.
In accordance to the Airbnb listing, it rents in between $275 and $400 a evening, dependent on the date, moreover a $150 cleaning cost.
“Walk and remain in George’s bedroom, where he very first heard himself and the band on the radio! There’s a comfortable double bed and a substantial closet,” the listing suggests.
“Sit and strum a guitar in the identical home that George, Paul, and John sat and rehearsed throughout the early a long time,” the listing adds. “Listen to previous Beatles albums, on our retro standing report participant — within a Beatles residence!”