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House where John Lennon used to live as a child has now been converted into an AirBnB

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A house where John Lennon used to live as a child has been converted into an AirBnB and will soon allow guests to stay there.

The Grade II-listed building in Woolton, Liverpool, was previously owned by George Smith, the husband of Lennon’s Aunt Mimi.

The Beatles star stayed at the home as an infant with his mother Julia and, after she died, would frequently visit the house and his family.

Retired nurse Kelley Kupfer bought the property by chance in 2016, after it went on the market for £325,000, despite admitting she isn’t much of a Beatles fan. 

She will now open the property up to guests and Beatles fans as an AirBnB. 

The childhood home of John Lennon in Woolton, Liverpool, which is ready to be rented out as an AirBnB. Pictured with American owner Kelley Kupfer

The childhood home of John Lennon in Woolton, Liverpool, which is ready to be rented out as an AirBnB. Pictured with American owner Kelley Kupfer

The Grade II-listed building in Woolton, Liverpool, was previously owned by George Smith, the husband of Lennon's Aunt Mimi

The Grade II-listed building in Woolton, Liverpool, was previously owned by George Smith, the husband of Lennon’s Aunt Mimi

Retired nurse Kelley Kupfer bought the property by chance in 2016, after it went on the market for £325,000, and will now rent it out

Retired nurse Kelley Kupfer bought the property by chance in 2016, after it went on the market for £325,000, and will now rent it out 

Several years ago, Kelley suffered from a brain tumour which left her blind for nine months and affected her speech.

As part of a bucket list, the 60-year-old went on a guided tour of Liverpool and eventually met with Jackie Spencer – a Beatles expert in the city.

Kelley said: ‘This journey started for me three years ago and illness which took me a very long time to recover from and initially I lost my sight and it took nine months to get my sight back.

‘My speech was much worse and I would sound like a broken record and say the same thing over and over again.

‘As I was recovering those same things got better and my eyesight came back at that time I said to my husband I don’t know if this is going to happen again or what the future holds but I would really like to embark on fulfilling my bucket list.

Lennon lived in the house with his mother as an infant

After her death, Lennon would frequently visit the house and his family who lived there

Lennon lived in the house with his mother as an infant. After her death, Lennon would frequently visit the house and his family who lived there

After a guided tour of Liverpool's top Beatle's hotspots, new owner Kelley wondered why nobody had started an AirBnB to let people into the homes

After a guided tour of Liverpool’s top Beatle’s hotspots, new owner Kelley wondered why nobody had started an AirBnB to let people into the homes

After a huge restoration, Kelley has transformed the building with the help of Jackie and Lennon's family - cousin David Birch and sister Julia Baird

After a huge restoration, Kelley has transformed the building with the help of Jackie and Lennon’s family – cousin David Birch and sister Julia Baird

‘So that’s how it all began I wanted to go back to places I had been and always wanted to go back to and wanted to visit places that I hadn’t been or wanted to visit.’

After a guided tour of Liverpool’s top Beatle’s hotspots, Kelley wondered why nobody had started an AirBnB to let people into the homes.

She added: ‘I was flabbergasted no one has jumped on that and opened one [AirBnB] up.

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‘The closest thing to it was the Hard Days Night and it is not a true connection – but don’t get me wrong I stayed there many times.

‘This just came up and if I had not been so ill, I would never have gone on my travels. I would never have come to Liverpool, likely, and I would certainly never have entertained the thought of purchasing a property here.

‘But it was because of that and going through something like that, that your whole perception of life changes.

‘I never thought I would ever meet John’s family and they wanted to visit – they hadn’t been here in nearly 50 years.’

Despite not being a particular fan of the Beatles, the retired nurse has filled the house with carefully thought memorabilia and some never seen before pictures provided by Lennon's family

Despite not being a particular fan of the Beatles, the retired nurse has filled the house with carefully thought memorabilia and some never seen before pictures provided by Lennon’s family

In the back garden there is also a soundproof recording studio, where bands and artists can record their songs or just want to chill out and play some tunes

In the back garden there is also a soundproof recording studio, where bands and artists can record their songs or just want to chill out and play some tunes

The furniture is set in the way the Beatle's family had it when they lived there, with frames and plaques to explain the artifacts placed around the home

The furniture is set in the way the Beatle’s family had it when they lived there, with frames and plaques to explain the artifacts placed around the home

The home was due to be listed on Host So Simple - an AirBnB Management in Liverpool. However, the house will not be taking bookings until later this year

The home was due to be listed on Host So Simple – an AirBnB Management in Liverpool. However, the house will not be taking bookings until later this year

Now after a huge restoration, Kelley has transformed the building with the help of Jackie and Lennon’s family – cousin David Birch and sister Julia Baird.

Despite not being a particular fan of the Beatles, the retired nurse has filled the house with carefully thought memorabilia and some never seen before pictures provided by Lennon’s family.

The furniture is set in the way the Beatle’s family had it when they lived there, with frames and plaques to explain the artifacts placed around the home.

In the back garden there is also a soundproof recording studio, where bands and artists can record their songs or just want to chill out and play some tunes.

The rooms have also been given titles after family members names who lived there.

Kelley said: ‘Naively after the purchase had gone through I was sitting in the States and I thought I was going to throw a bit of paint on the walls and get some new furniture and rent it out and put it on Trip Advisor.

‘But as soon as I walked through the door – I was stunned and I thought what have I gotten myself into?

‘But it has become a labour of love and has been my baby – I couldn’t have done it without John’s family and their blessing.’

The home was due to be listed on Host So Simple – an AirBnB Management in Liverpool. However, the house will not be taking bookings until later this year. 

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