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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.

McKennas Award 2020 | Best in Ireland Award | Laurel Villa 4 star TNI rated Guest House in Magherafelt
Poet Seamus Heaney gave a reading of his poetry at Laurel Villa Guest House in Magherafelt | the ideal bed and breakfast accommodation for those who appreciate Irish poetry and literature

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

Poet Seamus Heaney gave a reading of his poetry at Laurel Villa Guest House in Magherafelt | the ideal bed and breakfast accommodation for those who appreciate Irish poetry and literature

Guest Accommodation


“Wonderful to spend time in a house full of words”

Award Winning Novelist Roddy Doyle
Beautifully decorated, warm and comfy, with art and poetry in every one, you can take your pick of which might best feed your soul. With hospitality such as this, and knowledge and passion to back it up, I am not surprised that Heaney gave a poetry reading here not so long ago. He always has a great instinct for the real thing when he sees it.” Catherine Mack in the Irish Times Travel Section
Catherine Mack in the Irish Times Travel Section

Trace Your Roots


Ancient Proverb: “To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root.”

Visitors have been coming to Laurel Villa since the 1960’s in search of their Magherafelt and Northern Ireland roots. With our assistance, a great many of them have found their ancestral home and their distant cousins. Our superb 4 Star accommodation in the heart of N Ireland is an ideal base for finding that elusive Irish ancestor. You can also take a 5 Star family history tour designed especially for you!

Trace your Family Roots at Laurel Villa Guest House | Frances Hunter's Wedding | Our Family Research resources and Family History Tours are ideal for those searching for family roots in the Magherafelt area and surrounds

Discover Seamus Heaney


Our bespoke half-day tour explores Seamus Heaney’s home ground, visiting many of the places that inspired/influenced his work. Your specialist Heaney guide is local man Eugene Kielt, a Blue Badge guide with over 25 years’ experience.

Guided Tour

Eugene Kielt, TNI 5 Star Guide

Heaney Country

Seamus Heaney’s home ground

Seamus Heaney

At Laurel Villa