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You have found boutique 4 STAR guesthouse accommodation in Magherafelt Town Centre. We offer an unrivalled blend of comfort, style, unique features, great food and personal service – all at very affordable rates. We are specialists in ancestry/family history research. Laurel Villa is also a mecca for devotees of the late Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney. We are the No 1 choice for Seamus Heaney fans and for those coming to visit the Seamus Heaney HomePlace centre in nearby Bellaghy. Our unique Seamus Heaney exhibition and our 5 STAR guided tour of Heaney Country have made this a haven for Seamus Heaney fans from all over the world.
Among accommodation providers Laurel Villa is unique due to its past association with Seamus Heaney and its owners’ authentic and longstanding interest in the poet and his work, a passion that continues to this day.
This is a great opportunity for you to stay in a 4 STAR (Excellent) Guest House and receive a 5 STAR (Outstanding) Guided Tour of Heaney Country. A real treat for anyone – but especially for those with an interest in Seamus Heaney and those intending to visit the nearby Seamus Heaney HomePlace visitor centre.
When booking accommodation and/or tours always look out for these Tourism Northern Ireland Quality Assurance Grading Assessments (below). The number of stars will give you an indication of the quality you can expect from your visitor accommodation or tour. Please note, many advertised establishments do not have a star rating and some do not have a certificate to operate as required by law under the Tourism (Northern Ireland) Order 1992
TourismNI Quality Assurance Grading Assessments:
|Three Star||Very good|
Read Review of Laurel Villa Accommodation & Tour in Journal of Retired Teachers Association of Ireland (Winter 2016):
Read what The Guardian says about Laurel Villa and our Tour of Heaney Country, October 2016:
Read the Irish Times review of our Tour of Heaney Country, Aug 2015:
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Read October 2014 Review of our Tour of Heaney Country in Travel Extra, Ireland leading travel Newspaper:
We are located midway between Belfast and Derry/Londonderry and just 30 minutes from Belfast International Airport. There is easy access to Belfast City/George Best Airport, City of Derry Airport, The Sperrins, Lough Neagh and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. We are just a 10 mins drive from Seamus Heaney HomePlace visitor centre in Bellaghy. To locate this boutique hotel on the map go to the Location & Directions page.
Laurel Villa on TV & Radio:
For many years Laurel Villa has been recognised as the No 1 destination for Seamus Heaney fans and cultural visitors and it has featured on countless TV and Radio programmes, including BBC’s Northern Exposure with Gary Lineker, The One Show with Si King and Radio Ulster’s Your Place & Mine
Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol was a guest at our On Home Ground festival at Laurel Villa
TripAdvisor rates Laurel Villa No.1 for Accommodation in the Magherafelt area – Number 1 for quality, comfort, friendliness, food, services, facilities, location and value-for-money
Classified Accommodation: Four Star (Excellent)
Food Hygiene Rating: 5 (Highest)
Laurel Villa Tours of Heaney Country: Five Star (Exceptional)
Check out our boutique hotel style rooms, services and prices!
With B&B prices starting at £45.00 per person sharing, Laurel Villa offers boutique accommodation and excellent value-for-money. For our current rates go to Rates & Reservations page