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“In one word - SUPERB” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Laurel Villa
Ranked #1 of 5 Magherafelt B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Greer, SC
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“In one word - SUPERB”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2010

A poetry and art museum that also allows overnight guests. If you are doing any geneological research, this is the place. Eugene and Gerardine are fantastic as host/hostess. Help with genelogy, directions, and a great breakfast, too. We had a fantastic stay with them. A first class establishment!

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled as a couple
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Glasgow
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2010

Stayed here for a long weekend with family and friends. This place is excellent. It could almost be described as a heritage centre for local history and Irish Literature. It takes me almost half an hour to descend the stairs as I'm so busy looking at the many beautiful adornments on the walls and surfaces and reading the many pieces of poetry and illustrations on display. Absolutely brilliant and a unique experience. Locally, there's a wealth of bars and restaurants which offer excellent quality and entertainment. The Terrace Hotel is only a stone's throw away and does great bar food in a friendly atmosphere. We also had a meal in Gardiner's and the cuisine compares with anything you'll find in an upmarket restaurant. I could go on and on. Gerardine's home cooked breakfast is fantastic and Eugene is like a local tour guide. We'll definitely return and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

  • Stayed November 2010, traveled with family
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Winder, Georgia
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2010

From the moment we walked in, we were made feel welcome. There were many interesting things to see - artwork, framed poems, nice antique furniture,etc. Our room was very nice and was tastfully decorated. We got up rested and ready to go downstairs to a wonderful breakfast each mornng. We always had fresh fruit salad and freshly baked breads with our meal.The owners were very knowledgable of the area and helped us tremendously in locating "long-lost family". Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank smc1325
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London, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2010

It's one of those places that is such a special gem and is a real home from home. Yet again a wonderful stay and I will be back again next year. Forget the Terrace Hotel next door -this is the place!

  • Stayed October 2010
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Thank janemeans
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Masterton
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2010

We booked in for three nights but stayed five. Eugene and Geradine went out their way to be helpful. The room was clean and comfortable with a good ensuite. Eugene spent considerable time researching the location of our ancestors farm and gave good advice on doing more research. We wish them well in their venture and lifes journey. Ian & Isabel Campbell, New Zealand.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank McgintyMasterton
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2010

Eugene and Gerardine were gracious and kind hosts. It was so much more than we ever imagined. They provided a beautiful, warm and comfortable place to stay that was impeccable even by American standards. Eugene is something of a genealogy expert and actually helped us track down some relatives living in the area. It was life changing for both my mom and myself. We would recommend Laurel Villas to anyone traveling to Northern Ireland. Our stay was just delightful!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kamcarthur
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colchester
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29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2010

Northern Ireland may not be on most peoples' holiday shortlist but you would think again if you had experienced Eugene and Geraldine’s exceptional B&B. We immediately felt welcome and at home. Magherafelt is a quiet and unassuming town, and so is Laurel Villa from the outside, but both have great reserves of hospitality. This is an ideal place from which to explore the unassuming beauty of the northern coast. The Villa itself is an extraordinary gallery of very special Seamus Heaney memorabilia and many other reminders of Ulster life and culture. Eugene is a genuine master of his subject and (if asked) ready to provide an excellent guide to the life and times of the province and its famous poet son. The rooms are clean and comfortable and breakfast is exceptionally good…high quality home preparation. There is a small amount of passing traffic noise but night-time is quiet.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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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 5 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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