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“The perfect start to a wedding weekend” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Laurel Villa
Ranked #1 of 5 Magherafelt B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The perfect start to a wedding weekend”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2013

I stayed here, along with the rest of my wedding, the night before my marriage. Geraldine & Eugene could not have been better hosts if they had tried. They looked after us superbyly, even down to cooking another (delicious) breakfast for a friend who arrived on the morning of the wedding, even though he wasn't actually staying there.

The decor is eccentric, but charming; cosy, comfortable and with plenty of nods to the local area, including is most famous son, Seaums Heaney. Whilst this isn't a five-star hotel, the attitude to service beats most places that claim five stars. Geraldine & Eugene's approach can be highlighted by the fact that they even sent us a wedding present, a framed copy of a Heaney poem which, by chance, we had actually included in our wedding service.

Delightful.

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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

We had a delightful time at Laurel Villa. Geradine and Eugene were excellent hosts and a great source of knowledge about Irish poets and the local area. The rooms were extremely comfortable, warm and beautifully decorated. As many other guests have noted, the breakfast was exceptional. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend Laurel Villa to others and we hope to return ourselves one day. Beverly and Brendan, Sydney, Australia

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Beverly D
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Bedford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your home at the weekend. Very comfortable bed and a beautiful home. I stay in many hotels and can honestly say it made my top 3. Why? Comfortable. Warm welcome. Relaxed, ease and hospitality. Good vfm. Plus a glimpse into a world that will not be seen so often in the future, without ever feeling that I stayed in a museum.

Your home is special; and difficult to re-create, were it not original, eclectic and an extension of your good selves.

See you again spoon - and thank you.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tony K
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2013

As Irish people, we feel that Gerardine and Eugene are doing a great service to Seamus Heaney's birthplace in co. Derry by promoting his work and that of the Irish poets in the way they have represented the individual bedrooms. The house dates from the late 1800 's and is beautifully maintained yet with modern comforts. We enjoyed a leisurely Ulster breakfast with the best of food and service. The fresh fruit salad was particularly good. Gerardine and Eugene gave us a great welcome and were endlessly helpful.

Sean and Geraldine, Dublin

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 680Sean
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2012

Lovely place and service.
Our first time visit- beautiful hotel, friendly staff, delicious food. Peaceful comfortable rooms. We didn't want to leave!
Would go back in a second.
Highly recommend this B&B to anyone
-Mark from Canada-

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EelLover1
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Camberley, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2012

Well after a second visit to Laurel Villa, we were not disppointed.

From the moment you arrive you are made to feel so welcome and nothing is too much to ask of Geraradine and Eugene.

The location is excellent, so central for everything, the village has lots of shops, bars and resturants ( can highly recommend Church Street Resturant)
The rooms are lovely and homely with all tea and coffee you can drink.

Breakfast..... well, what can I say 'simply the best ever'!! from the warm wheaten bread and the lightest warm scones you will ever have, to the perfectly cooked full fry!!
The choice is yours..... but have it all, you won't be disappointed!!

10/10 - five stars - whatever! its the best!!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Stephanie R
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auckland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2012

Stayed for two nights from the 17th October. Eugene and Gerardine were wonderful hosts. They were a great help with our family history search. Even down to the crayon for a grave rubbing!! Breakfast was fabulous. It was an excellent place to stay for the start for our Ireland trip and certainly set the bar high! For any future trips back to the area Laurel Villa would be the only place we would stay!

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Laurel Villa

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 5 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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