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Reviewed September 16, 2008

We found Laurel Villa after recomendation from another B&B.which we had planned to stay in but was already booked.
What a discovery. The house is so interesting with it's links to Seamus Heaney, Victorian interior and overall ambiance. Our room was spacious and comfortable and very well equipped. A substantial breakfast was the perfect start to the day and served in lovely surroundings on hot plates accompanied by a good pot of tea , freely topped up. Eugene and Gerardine had a great knowledge about the area and places of interest and were a mine of information.
Overall I would say it offers excellent value for money and is one of the best bed and breafast accommodations Iwe have stayed in .

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank KathyHYorks
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Reviewed July 30, 2008

The place has the charms of the area and is centered right in the middle of Northern Ireland . We traveled to Antirm Coast, londonderry, Bellfast and all the surrounding areas with ease. The rooms are clean and all have their own bathroom. Geradrine and Eugene are absolutely the best hosts we've ever come accross in our travels. They MADE our stay in Northern Ireland a pleasure. I will stay there again in the future! I have been too many B&B's and this was tops!

  • Stayed: June 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 17, 2008

Our family happened upon the Laurel Villa Townhouse while traveling to see long-lost relatives in County Derry, Northern Ireland. We were treated to the best stay that we experienced during our 3 weeks' travel throughout Ireland. Laurel Villa's rooms are comfortable, spotless, and impeccably decorated. The rooms featured large beds, powerful showers, and plenty of current reading material. The common areas are extremely interesting. Modern art work hangs alongside poems of Seamus Heaney, printed on Irish linen and letterpress. (Heaney, a Nobel-prize Literature winner, was born in 1939 at Mossbawn, a farmhouse outside Castledawson, just three miles from Laurel Villa.) We spent hours reading all the poems and taking in the art. The morning's breakfast was perfect. The fresh fruit was a welcome addition to the traditional Irish breakfast, which was expertly prepared. To top it off, the proprietors, Eugene and Gerardine Kielt, are incredibly gracious and helpful. Eugene prepared a hand-drawn map that allowed us to locate our relatives -- who live on a farm outside of Magherafelt , on a narrow, winding road -- with ease. The map was perfect and our visit was amazing. In addition, Eugene, a Blue-Badge guide who is available for Seamus-Heaney themed area tours, willingly shared his knowledge of the area's history and Heaney's poetry with us. At bottom, this is an exceptional, high-quality B&B that we hope to visit again soon.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled with family
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Thank lion6135
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Reviewed June 15, 2008

I can't emphasise how special this place is. My wife and myself have stayed there on small breaks when we have visited Magherafelt. We always received a big welcome from Eugene and Gerardine and were always sorry to have to leave. The accommodation is excellent and very homely and the food to die for. Magherafelt and surrounding areas have loads to offer the traveller and Eugene will only too pleased to answer all of you questions on what is on offer. As Schwarzeneggar said in The Terminator, "Ill be back" and so will you if you decide to stay there.

  • Stayed: April 2005, traveled as a couple
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Thank SEADOR
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Reviewed February 10, 2008

Great quality and great value for money. The owners opened their doors and gave us a great big welcome. We were allocated 2 rooms (3 and 5) both exceeded our expectations. I live by the motto that it's the little things in life that make the difference and this is certainly true in this case. Geraldine and Eugene have put so much thought and effort into making the rooms welcoming and comfortable. From start to finish the quality of service and attention was superb. The breakfast was magnificent, better than most hotels I've stayed in. We are already planning when we will return. We can't wait to check out their poetry readings!
Anyone interested in finding out about their geneology, Seamas Heaney or even a good central location in Northern Ireland then this is the place to stay.

  • Stayed: February 2008, traveled with friends
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Thank MissPetunia
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