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“A very special place”
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Laurel Villa
Ranked #1 of 4 Magherafelt B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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“A very special place”
Reviewed 27 April 2012

Laurel Villa Magherafelt, the home of Gerardine and Eugene Kielt,is the perfect base from which to explore Heaney country.The house is teeming with fascinating memorabilia of the poet's life and work ; framed poems,photos,first editions theatre tickets,posters, paintings and much more.
Eugene's knowledge and love of Heaney's work became even more apparent during the tour he gave us to the places immortalised in the poems.
Laurel Villa is a very special place where you will experience the very qualities celebrated in Heaney's poetry - civility,charm,generosity and hospitality - embodied in your host and hostess Eugene & Gerardine

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

From the moment we arrived at Laurel Villa we were made to feel very welcome. With characterful rooms, each themed to an Irish poet - ours was the Longley room, the decor was stunning. The breakfasts were lovely, and Eugene and Gerardine expressed genuine interest in our visit, and ensuring our enjoyment of our stay. We would definitely visit again!

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 17 April 2012 via mobile

Stayed here for one night with two other couples. Great location and easy drive from international airport. Beautiful place to stay and delightful hosts. Wonderful rooms beautifully decorated and really warm welcome. Highly recommended. A hidden gem, don't miss it.

Stayed April 2012
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 April 2012

This is a wonderful place to stay. Especially if you are interested in Irish poets and Seamus Heaney. Eugene and Gerardine are most gracious hosts. Eugene is also very interested in genealogy and we had numerous excellent conversations. We plan to return there in the future. The location is right in town and Magherafelt is centrally located to get to almost anywhere in Northern Ireland. There are many antiques and displays of poetry throughout the B&B.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

I stayed here with a friend and we both loved this b&b! It's absolutely adorable, and Geraldine and Eugene are fabulous. And another 5 stars for the Seamus Heaney tour too!

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2012

From the moment you enter this guest house you feel you are somewhere special , a lot of time and money has been spent on the little things that make all the difference , and you can see it s been a real labour of love . Our only regret was that we were unable to stay longer . You feel like lord and lady of the manor and that s down to the hospitality of Gerardine and Eugene as much as it is to your surroundings .

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Clarens, South Africa
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Reviewed 15 March 2012 via mobile

My husband is from Ireland, lives in South Africa now, we have been over there 4 times and every single time we stay at the Laurel Villa. It is perfect. Noel spends hours chatting to the knowledgeable Geraldine and Alistair about everything. I love the beautifully kept home and the warmth they show us every time. If we go away in South Africa or anywhere else, we always compare to Laurel Villas and nothing has come close. Cant wait to go again.

Stayed February 2012
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Property: Laurel Villa
Address: 60 Church Street | Northern Ireland, Magherafelt BT45 6AW, Northern Ireland
Region: United Kingdom > Northern Ireland > County Londonderry > Magherafelt
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 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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