I spent time at the Laurel Villa while traveling by myself through Northern Ireland in June 2011. As a college student from the US traveling solo, I was nervous about finding accommodation in an unfamiliar place. I can honestly say that the time I spent at the Laurel Villa was my favorite part of my trip - Eugene and Gerardine are incredible people who go out of their way to make your stay as wonderful as possible. Their kindness is beautiful and contagious. The villa itself is a lovely place with plush furniture and a variety of poetry-themed decorations that Eugene has collected. The breakfasts were perfect and served in a beautiful dining room. Eugene's Seamus Heaney tour gave me a wide range of insight into Seamus' life and his sources of inspiration and I would highly recommend the tour to anyone interested in Heaney's work. My room was beautiful and had everything I needed, including a very comfortable bed and seating areas. Magherafelt itself is a wonderful area with history and some really good restaurants. My favorite part of the stay was spending time with Eugene and Gerardine - but the tour was a close second. My least favorite part was leaving.
- 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