I have been meaning to write this review for a long time but after spending a mediocre night at a supposed 5* hotel in Belfast, I feel I should give credit where it is due!
My first visit to the Beech-hill was in 2007 when I was looking for somewhere to have our wedding reception. Our priorities were simple, good food, room for 120, a comfortable environment for us and our guests and a bit of culture. The Beech-hill was perfect! We planned our wedding over the next two years and the help and attention to detail from all the staff was amazing. Over those two years we visited often with family and friends for Sunday lunch to help built up our personal relationship with the venue.
Our wedding was in August 2009 and was everything we could have wished for! It was like getting married in a posh, friendly version of home. As myself and my husband live in Edinburgh, we stayed in adjoining suites for the two nights in the lead up to the wedding. This was a lot of fun as on the day itself the french doors onto the gardens were open and family and friends milled between the two rooms making the day very special for us. Everything was like clockwork, our service was in Skipton Hall, photos were in the grounds and the reception was in the Marquee onsite. The food was fantastic and with the good weather we could not have asked for more. Our guests basically took over the hotel for the night and we started married life by walking into breakfast to a round of applause.
So fast forward one year and it is our first wedding anniversary, where else could we spend it???
When we rang up to book Suite 26 (the room we had on the night of our wedding), Brenda on reception remembered us and sounded so pleased that we were coming back to stay. We only felt guilty that we had not gone back sooner!
We arrived on Sunday afternoon after the drive from Belfast and the hotel was busy with a large party for lunch. We were treated like long lost children and were made to feel so special by Patsy, Brenda, Seamus and Conor. We had a sandwich in the lounge area and after a drive into Derry itself, we returned for a wee afternoon nap.
Room 26, it is sumptuous, roomy, comfortable, beautifully decorated and as for the bed . . . . All four mattresses on that bed make for a great sleep. I did have concerns though at some times that I could not find my hubby in the bed it was so big! If I could transport it back to our flat I would!
We had dinner in the restaurant as part of the room rate and it was one of the best meals we have had there. The breads are to die for and I would especially recommend the white soda and the banana bread. My husbands starter of foie gras was lovely and I had a starter of duck with oriental style veg. The menu is based around local produce and is substantial and elegant. The winning main course was pork belly served three ways and served with champ. We decided to have our desserts in our room and these were brought up in due course. What a surprise then to see the plates had been decorated in chocolate to say 'happy 1st wedding anniversary'! It is these little details that make the stay special and many other establishments would do well to pay heed!
As other reviewers have said, due to the lovely grounds, you can easily wander around and spend a leisurely hour or two. We only stayed the one night and it was a perfect way to celebrate our anniversary. We hope to be back soon!!!
Thank you again to Patsy and Co for making our stay so enjoyable and I hope other guests enjoy their stay as much as we have!
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