I spent two weeks touring Ireland and my only regret is that I planned only one night in Laurel Villa, Magherafelt, the hometown of my great paternal grandfather. After visiting the archives in both the National Library in Dublin and the Public Records of Northern Ireland in Belfast, and finding nothing on my ancestor, Eugene was able to search and provide a list of possible family baptisms in minutes! I would say he is somewhat of a local treasure chest of historical information. He was also helpful in directing me to possible homes and graves of interest. However, even if you are not on a genealogy mission, this home is a mecca for lovers of poetry and 1870’s Victorian splendor. Every nook and cranny is filled with interesting antiques, books, paintings and framed literature from local Irish bards. It is a temple to the arts, and particularly to the late Nobel Prize recipient, Seamus Heaney. As for the B&B experience, our accommodations were divine and so was Geraldine’s banquet breakfast. I truly hope to return to Ireland someday… and to Laurel Villa.
- 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