Here's the short-hand: stay here.
I'm a well traveled Londoner, 37 years old, and work in the film industry. I have high expectations. They were exceeded.
It's a unique, personal, boutique experience with wonderful, impeccably clean rooms and fantastic home-made food. If you like poetry and are interested in local history then you won't find a better place to stay. It's one of those rare places that over-delivers, from the fruit salad to the free wifi, they've thought of everything. Eugene and Geradine are warm, generous, full of good humour and unobtrusive. I was over on a work trip from London and they left me to get on with my work. I stayed in the Seamus Heaney room, full of great books and pictures. In the morning Eugene presented me with some research he'd done on my behalf and pointed me in the direction of some local sites that proved to be inspirational. I also left with an arm full of poems. Believe the hype!
- 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