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Laurel Villa
Ranked #1 of 4 Magherafelt B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“Superb!”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

We stayed 2 nights at Laurel Villa at the end of a round Ireland road trip. This location provided an excellent homely stay. Comfortable, accommodation and excellent hosts. Gerrardine and Eugene provided a full Irish breakfast to set us up for the day. We also enjoyed Gerrardine's home baked scones, very tasty. Without doubt we will be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Carrickfergus, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

We stayed here as we were meeting friends for a meal at Ardtara. The house is exceptional, they have an amazing collection of antique furniture and a cornucopia of poetry, framed and exhibited all over the house. We stayed in the Heaney room (may he rest in peace).
The breakfast was superb and Eugene was very helpful. The one downside was the noise from the road. The Heaney room is upstairs and faces onto the busy main road. It didn't bother me too much but my wife is a very light sleeper.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

We were lucky to stay at Laurel Villa for two nights during our recent trip to Ireland. Eugene and Geraldind couldn't of been most hospitable. The home is lovely,food delicious(especially the scones), and Eugene's assistance in finding the area where my great grandfather was born was invaluable. We would of spent days finding the location without Eugene's help.He called ahead to someone he knew in the area who knew the family and this helped us to meet family members. If you are searching for your family roots Laurel Villa is the only place to stay in Magherfelt

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

I arrived at the 'Laurel Villa' and was overwhelmed by the friendly reception. The accommodation was tasteful and the attention to detail was excellent. Gerardine the lady of the house was more than happy to book a restaurant on our behalf and was also an excellent cook, the breakfast scones were warm from the oven. I genuinely don't know how they provide such outstanding service at such a price!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Magherafelt, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

My friends and I recently enjoyed a fabulous morning in this beautiful historic house eating a gourmet breakfast, having the crack and experiencing the wonderful hospitality that this gem offers. We are planning a return visit very soon for afternoon tea to sample more of Geraldine's great cooking. Can't wait !!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Javea, Spain
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

We were on a tour of Northern Ireland to research material for my new novel when, purely by chance we stumbled upon Laurel Villa in Magherafelt. Due to other commitments, we were only able to pass the one night at this beautiful Guest House, otherwise we would have stayed longer, such was the welcome, the food, the ambience from this lovely, hospitable couple. This place is a must for anyone interested in literature, especially the poems of Seamus Heaney, the Nobel Laureate. Eugene is an acknowledged expert on Heaney, promoting tours and Festivals on the subject. Five stars is not enough for this establishment! Norman MacRitchie Reeley, Author, Malevolent Karma.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

Booked this for an overnight stay. The rooms were amazing! They were so quaint and interesting. Breakfast was superb. Fresh fruit, yoghurt, freshly baked scones and breads, and cooked breakfast. Geraldine was the perfect host. Would definitely recommend this guest house.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Property: Laurel Villa
Address: 60 Church Street | Northern Ireland, Magherafelt BT45 6AW, Northern Ireland
Location: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Londonderry > Magherafelt
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Magherafelt
Hotel Class:4 star — Laurel Villa 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Looking for a small family-run hotel in Magherafelt or the Mid Ulster District? Look no further. Just read the reviews and see what others have to say about this top class Magherafelt accommodation. This is an award-winning 4 STAR boutique townhouse located in the centre of Magherafelt town in Northern Ireland. Secure parking.Specializing in Irish/Ulster-Scots genealogy and Seamus Heaney Poetry & 5 Star Tours of Heaney Country. Personal service guaranteed and good home cooking. Excellent value for money. Conveniently located with shops, restaurants, bars etc all within a few hundred yards.Less than 1 hour takes you to Belfast, L'Derry, Antrim Coast/Giant's Causeway.Has received outstanding reviews in The Guardian, Observer, Irish Times, Sunday Telegraph etc. Recommended by all the best guide books including National Geographic, Good Hotel Guide and Georgina Campbell. ... more   less 
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Laurel Villa Magherafelt, Northern Ireland

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