This is a truly lovely home. The hosts are warm, gracious, friendly, yet know when to hold back. Geraldine is beautiful both inside and out. Just tell her what you want to see or do and she’s on it. Trust me, she knows everyone! Eugene is an expert on all things Seamus Heaney, the 1995 Nobel Literature winner. Local tours of Heaney’s ties to the area can be arranged. Thanks to the extensive resources and local network of Geraldine and Eugene, we were able to find evidence of our ancestors. The home is a perfect mix of antiques with a tweak of modern, art and Seamus Heaney poems. The beds were luxurious – the bedding even better. Breakfast served on freshly-pressed linen was delicious. Magherafelt is “Irish charming” yet large enough to offer most modern conveniences. It’s well situated between Derry, Giant’s Causeway-Bushmills and Belfast and is only a few hours from Dublin. Be sure to ask Geraldine to put you in touch with Horner’s Gallery which has a great assortment of local art. As a travel agent, I highly recommend Laurel Villa. My only wish is that I could have stayed much longer.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Laurel Villa Magherafelt, Northern Ireland