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George Best and Alex's seaside retreat for sale in Northern Ireland

Best's wife recalls love of living in Portavogie

George and Alex Best outside their seaside home outside Portavogie
George and Alex Best outside their seaside home outside Portavogie
A reception room with sea views
The spacious kitchen
The games room

By David Young

The stunning seaside house which once belonged to Northern Ireland football legend George Best and his wife Alex has gone on the market for £325,000.

The two-storey home, on a two-acre site just yards from the sea near Portavogie, is being sold by Holywood estate agency Rodgers and Browne.

The news comes as Alex Best (46) prepares to return to Northern Ireland to take part in next month's Portaferry Festival.

Alex spoke fondly of the home that she and George had shared.

"I loved living in Portavogie," she told the Belfast Telegraph earlier this week. "I loved being on the sea. Where we lived, you could look out the bedroom window and you'd have the sea in front of you and you could see the Isle of Man and Scotland."

George and Alex retreated to the idyllic Co Down spot from London in a bid to help him stay sober as he battled his alcohol addiction.

Estate agent Michael Rodgers - who originally sold the house to Alex way back in 2002, said it was already attracting interest from potential buyers.

The house still retains some of the fittings used by the late Manchester United star, including a full-size snooker table.

Having the former Best home on his books brings back memories for the North Down estate agent.

"Back in 2002, I was the estate agent who originally sold the property to Alex Best when she and George were looking for a home here," Michael said.

He hoped that while she was back in Northern Ireland, Alex Best would make a sentimental journey to take a look at her former Ards hideaway.

"She very much enjoyed the house - through a turbulent time in her life, it has to be said.

"When George passed away, I think she still retained quite a good circle of friends here, and a good connection with Northern Ireland. It's that sort of place - it gets under your skin."

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