From the moment you pass the gatehouse and approach the hotel down the sweeping drive you can sense the peace and beauty of this idyllic country house hotel. It was this air of muted and effortless quality that attracted my daughter and her fiancee to hold their wedding reception at the Beech Hill. After having viewed numerous other establishments in Ireland and England, she looked at me within minutes of arriving and, with the satisfied smile of someone whose search was at an end, she said 'This is it'.
The wedding party numbered some 120 guests from Ireland, England, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and USA; to a person all the guests were absolutely delighted with the 'Beech Hill' experience.
The grounds are a pleasure to ramble or stroll around; you are in a haven of natural beauty and tranquility. Then a relaxing drink in the lounge with Seamus the co-proprietor and soak in the understated luxury that envelops the entire building. My wife and I stayed in the Presidential suite, once occupied by President Bill Clinton. The room is spacious and sumptious with beautiful views overlooking the grounds.
As most of the guests stayed for two nights they were able to sample the delights of both the wedding banquet and the hotel restaurant. The banquet was a stunning success, quality beef, sourced locally and roasted to perfection.The 'A la Carte' in the restaurant offered a mouth watering selection, and the dining experience of the evening meal, afternoon tea and breakfast, surpassed my high expectations. Quality ingredients, imaginative and professional cooking, beautiful presentation and friendly organised service.
Indeed all the staff were friendly, informative,quietly efficient (lest they disturb the ambiance) and thoroughly professional in every way. Nothing was too much trouble. This included both the experience on the wedding weekend and in the build up during the months before.
As another reviewer on this site stated; the jewel in the crown is Patsy co-proprietor and sister of Seamus. Patsy's skill and efficiency is incredible. You can relax because you know that she is in quiet control, and yet she has still the time and the desire to have a friendly chat. I cannot speak more highly of her.
We all left the Beech Hill with a heavy heart as we drove out past the gatehouse into the real world again, but we all vowed that at the earliest opportunity we will return.
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- Also Known As:
- Beech Hill Country Hotel
- Beech Hill Country Derry
- Beech Hill Country House Hotel Derry, Northern Ireland