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You have found boutique 4 STAR guesthouse accommodation for business and/or leisure in the perfect location, Magherafelt Town Centre.
We offer excellent accommodation, great food and personal service – all at very affordable rates.
We provide specialist facilities and services for people interested in ancestry/family history research and in Seamus Heaney.
We are the No 1 choice for fans of poet Seamus Heaney and the ideal place to stay for those visiting the Seamus Heaney HomePlace Visitor Centre in Bellaghy, just a 10 minute drive away. Our unique Seamus Heaney poetry collection and our 5 STAR guided tour of Heaney Country have made this Magherafelt accommodation a haven for Seamus Heaney fans from all over the world.
Laurel Villa is unique among the range of accommodation providers in the Magherafelt/Castledawson/Bellaghy areas because of its direct association with the late poet Seamus Heaney and because of its owners’ authentic and longstanding interest in the poet and his work – a passion that continues to this day. The Nobel poet once did a special poetry reading here.
“Thank you for the hospitality you have provided for poets and poetry – and the people who are interested in poets and poetry” – Seamus Heaney
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This is a great opportunity to stay in a guesthouse that has obtained a 4 STAR (Excellent) accommodation rating by TourismNI.
Our Guided Tour of Heaney Country is the regarded as unrivalled and original. It is rated 5 STAR (Outstanding) by TourismNI.
In short, this is the ideal base for all visitors to the Magherafelt district, especially those who are tracing their ancestors or those with an interest in Seamus Heaney.
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"Wonderful to spend time in a house full of words" - Award Winning Novelist Roddy Doyle
When booking accommodation, tours or other activities it is always a good idea to look out for TourismNI Quality Assurance Grading Assessments. The number of stars will give you an indication of the quality you can expect from your visitor accommodation or your tour. Please note that many advertised establishments do not have a star rating. Some may not even have a TourismNI certificate to show that they meet the minimum criteria relating to cleanliness, fire safety regulations, food hygiene etc. as legally required under the Tourism (Northern Ireland) Order 1992
Some Media Reviews:
We have the perfect location in Magherafelt Town Centre, lying 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, Lough Neagh, the Sperrins and the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim coast. There are a number of Game of Thrones film locations nearby and 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:
Over the years we have been recognised as the No.1 destination for Seamus Heaney fans and cultural visitors. Laurel Villa 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. Why not Contact Us today
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 (Top Score)
Laurel Villa Tours of Heaney Country: Five Star (Exceptional)
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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