Laurel Villa

Laurel Villa

60 Church Street, Magherafelt BT45 6AW Northern Ireland
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Looking for a small family-run hotel in Magherafelt, Mid Ulster District & N Ireland? 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 with 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, Derry/Londonderry, Antrim Coast/Giant's Causeway. Has received outstanding reviews in The Guardian, Observer, Irish Times, Sunday Telegraph among others. Recommended by all the best guidebooks including National Geographic, Good Hotel Guide and Georgina Campbell.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Breakfast available
Special diet menus
Non-smoking hotel
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Blackout curtains
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Non-smoking rooms
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4.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Romantic
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Location

60 Church Street, Magherafelt BT45 6AW Northern Ireland
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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A B C wrote a review Oct 2021
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom13 contributions13 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Have just spent a really beautiful afternoon with 4 friends in the Laurel Villa guest house after having afternoon tea. Geraldine, our host showed us out to a beautiful little room in the back garden which was ideal for our friends get together. The newly erected room (during lockdown) was very tastefully decorated and provided a beautiful setting looking out at the lovely garden. Unfortunately it was raining whilst we were there but I can imagine on a beautiful sunny day sitting having afternoon tea in this perfect room in the garden……. Heavenly!

Geraldine provided an array of beautiful home made scones with jam and cream, delicate finger sandwiches filled with the most delicious fillings and a selection of sweets (all home made). Geraldine was the perfect host, attending to our needs and kept coming out to refill our tea and coffee pots at regular intervals.

I would highly recommend Laurel Villa. Geraldine and Eugene are fantastic hosts and do all they can to make the experience perfect.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Rebecca H wrote a review Jun 2022
41 contributions4 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a charming hotel! I stayed for two nights whilst in the area for a wedding. Gerardine and Eugune were excellent hosts and Gerardine especially went above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable and catered for. I am vegan so the traditional Irish breakfast was wasted on me however Gerardine made sure I still had plenty of options for breakfast, even supplying oat milk and plant based "butter". What a lovely gesture. The room was clean, comfortable and charming. You honestly feel like you're being welcomed into the family home, I felt very comfortable staying here and would not hesitate to book again if/when Im in the area.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Travelled solo
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dmasih wrote a review Jan 2021
20 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My mum celebrates her birthday today and so I had ordered a takeaway Afternoon Tea to be delivered to her and dad to help them celebrate during this time of Covid lockdown. They were absolutely delighted! The food was beautifully presented in a see through lid box, and the selection of sandwiches, scones and sweet treats were delicious. There was more than enough for two people and they have some left over to enjoy later. The delivery arrived pefectly on time and my parents said they would highly recommend this to anyone. Thank you Geraldine for the perfect afternoon tea! Denise
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Grainne K wrote a review Sep 2020
3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Gorgeous rooms, minutes from the Heaney "Home Place" (which was fantastic) and the hosts,Eugene and Geraldine were warm and welcoming. The house is BEAUTIFUL, classical yet cosy, filled with poems and books. The bedroom was large, very comfortable, with huge big windows looking over the town. Breakfast was made to order, with great OJ and fresh scones. It was during Covid, and hygiene was impeccable. The hosts shared their knowledge about the local area (which is beautiful) and Heaney and really made my visit special. I absolutely loved my stay with them. I plan to return to do the tour next year.
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Date of stay: August 2020
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Responded Jan 4, 2021
Hi grainnek265, Thanks for your review. We're so pleased you enjoyed your stay. We're really looking forward to having you with us again and taking you on our 5* Guided Tour of Heaney Country when the time is right. In the meantime, stay safe.
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Adrian P wrote a review Apr 2023
Walsall, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Laurel Villa is a complete 'gem' of a hotel and Geraldine and Eugene are the perfect hosts. Located in the centre of Magherafelt, a town which by car means you're never more than 30-45 minutes away from a huge diversity of landscapes that showcase the beauty of Northern Ireland. Rugged hills and rolling pastures give way to beautiful coast-lines in places like Castlerock and Portstewart all whilst you're just 30 minutes from Belfast International Airport. We stayed a Laurel Villa for three nights and everything about our stay was impeccable. The facilities are excellent: a perfectly maintained hotel that has retained many of its period features whilst having all modern conveniences in very tasteful decor. The Seamus Heaney room (where we stayed) was extremely comfortable and is a treasure trove of information on the poet who was born just a few miles from the hotel and with whom our hosts shared deep connections. What Eugene doesn't know about this poet isn't worth knowing, and whilst we didn't manage to fit it in one of his tours, this would be a must for our return. In addition to the ambience, the breakfast (a full English) deserves a special mention. This was beautifully prepared and presented and clearly made with quality ingredients. A highlight was the scones that Geraldine bakes fresh every morning. These were utterly delicious and had a texture like a cloud! Geraldine and Eugene care deeply about the service they provide, and this is evidenced in everything they do around their visitor experience: from the warm welcome to the in-room facilities (small details like the china cups for tea and coffee and the availability of books on the history of the area). This hotel is not to be missed.
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Date of stay: April 2023
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Geraldine is able to offer cream-teas so well worth looking at if you're visiting friends and...
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VAexpat2 wrote a review Dec 2022
35 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My friend and I stayed here for one night last week. We were given a warm greeting from Eugene upon arrival before being shown to our rooms - the Longley Room and the Seamus Heaney Room. Both rooms were just beautiful. The Longley Room had the most fabulous canopy over the bed, which turned out to be a bespoke piece designed by Eugene himself. The bed in the Longley was incredibly comfortable and so were the pillows. I slept like a log. My friend who enjoyed her stay in the Seamus Heaney room was equally as happy.

The breakfast was stellar! I can say without a shadow of a doubt Eugene and Gerardine served one of the best breakfasts that I have ever had at a hotel or B&B. We had freshly baked fruit scones, yogurt with the most delicious homemade rhubarb compote, fresh fruit salad, and a delicious hot breakfast. The quality of the ingredients was exceptional and everything was beautifully presented. I should add the diningroom is something special, too; Gerardine and Eugene have a real flair for design.

The cherry on the cake was the Seamus Heaney tour, which we had travelled to Magherafelt especially for. Eugene took us on a 3 hour guided tour through Magherafelt, Castledawson, and Bellaghy where we visited sites that inspired Heaney's poetry. Eugene regaled us with stories about the people immortalised in the poems and explained to us the historical significance of many of the sites.

Gerardine and Eugene truly encapsulate the very best of Irish hospitality. I genuinely can't praise them enough!
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Lainebaloo wrote a review Jun 2021
Belfast, United Kingdom30 contributions35 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here as we were attending a wedding nearby. Beautiful place, rooms are steeped in culture and history. The owners are lovely, so helpful and kind. Breakfast was first class, from yoghurt, fruit and granola, fried breakfast and freshly baked scones, all first class. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Laurel Villa
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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decentfoodplease wrote a review Aug 2022
Belfast3 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A really lovely place to stay, full of character and charm. A celebration of literature, full of poems and poetry references. The refurbishment and décor of the house is obviously a labour of love, creating a setting that is lavish but homely. The breakfast was delicious: copious fruit salad, yoghurts and cereals; a perfectly cooked tasty fry and fantastic scones (for a confirmed scone hater!) Eugene was a fount of knowledge and went to a great deal of trouble to help me in family history research. Both he and Gerardine made us very welcome. There are plenty of good places to eat within walking distance in the evening. A definite recommendation.
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Date of stay: August 2022
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John wrote a review Nov 2022
Hong Kong, China5 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a wonderful guest house. I was introduced to Laurel Villa by my friend Bruce and we were welcomed by Gerardine and Eugene. I was given a gorgeous room on the top floor full of character and beautifully clean. The living room and dining room were immaculate and they and the stairs were sprinkled with fascinating collectibles, artworks and furnishings. Seamus Heaney’s works were featured throughout adding an extra delight. Breakfast was gourmet. An amazing gem!
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Date of stay: November 2022
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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GrahameT68 wrote a review Apr 2024
Peterborough, United Kingdom146 contributions51 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Laurel Villa for just one night as we were going to Seamus Haney's Home Place nearby. Such a welcoming and beautiful place to stay, with lovely hosts in Eugene and Gerardine; it is their home and has been so lovingly turned into a tribute to Seamus Heaney that it's almost as if the poet was there with us as we enjoyed the restful and tasteful environment they have created. When we took breakfast before we left. we were treated to an expertly cooked Irish fry (Eugene) followed by Gerardine's amazing scones. We felt so well looked after, it was a shame we had to leave.
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Date of stay: April 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Answer from martha6262014
Simi Valley, California97 contributions38 helpful votes
It was around 35 to 40 pounds. Contact them directly for rates, though. It's a great place to stay.
Edmond O wrote a tip Sep 2023
Hatfield, Pennsylvania44 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"From here it is a hop-skip- and a jump from Belfast, Portrush,-Giant's Causeway-Dunluce Castle- Bushmills trek. Seamus Heany Museum -10 min."
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4711McGran wrote a tip Jul 2023
Lichfield, United Kingdom67 contributions40 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bryson's Bar is outstanding"
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Adrian P wrote a tip Apr 2023
Walsall, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Geraldine is able to offer cream-teas so well worth looking at if you're visiting friends and want to take them somewhere special. "
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Resort15458602119 wrote a tip Nov 2022
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Can park at the front door"
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Gary G wrote a tip Nov 2019
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"When in Magherafelt."
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Frequently Asked Questions about Laurel Villa
Which popular attractions are close to Laurel Villa?
Nearby attractions include Brysons Bar (0.4 km), Meadowlane Shopping Centre (0.4 km), and Secrets Nightclub (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Laurel Villa?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and breakfast.
What food & drink options are available at Laurel Villa?
Guests can enjoy breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Laurel Villa?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Laurel Villa?
Conveniently located restaurants include District 45, Marys Bar, and Church Street Brasserie.
Is Laurel Villa located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Magherafelt.
Are there any historical sites close to Laurel Villa?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Springhill House (8.5 km) and Tirnony Dolmen (12.3 km).
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