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Quality Accommodation in the Centre of Magherafelt
Laurel Villa owners Gerardine & Eugene
The Heaney Room - one of our Four Star Bedrooms
We are the family history experts with lots of experience Photo: Copyright Laurel Villa
Laurel Villa guest Gary Lineker with owner Gerardine Kielt
Fabulous Food - Good home cooking
Breakfast in Style
Award Winning Accommodation
Hairy Biker Si King and The One Show enjoyed Laurel Villa
Remembering Seamus Heaney at Laurel Villa
Victorian gates into the Poetry Garden at Laurel Villa
The late, great Seamus Heaney at Laurel Villa
Uniquely styled bedrooms with period features
Vernacular architecture on view during Eugene Five Star tour
Hairy Biker Si King & The One Show crew arrive to film at Laurel Villa

WELCOME to the Award Winning Laurel Villa Guest House Magherafelt Northern Ireland

You have found boutique 4 STAR guesthouse accommodation for business/leisure in the perfect location, Magherafelt Town Centre.

We offer excellent accommodation, great food and personal service – all at very affordable rates.

We specialise in ancestry/family history research.

We are also the No 1 choice for fans of poet Seamus Heaney many of whom combine their stay with a visit the Seamus Heaney HomePlace Visitor Centre in nearby Bellaghy. Our unique Seamus Heaney 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 reading of his work here. Afterwards Seamus Heaney wrote:

“Thank you for the hospitality you have provided for poets and poetry – and the people who are interested in poets and poetry”

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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 the original and the best and is rated 5 STAR (Outstanding) by TourismNi.

This is the ideal base for visitors to the Magherafelt district, particularly those who are tracing their ancestors or those with an interest in Seamus Heaney.

The Seamus Heaney HomePlace Visitor Centre is just a 10 mins. drive away. Why not plan a stay with us and a visit to the centre.

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“Wonderful to spend time in a house full of words” – Award Winning Novelist Roddy Doyle
5 Star Tour Plaque for Laurel Villa Heaney Tour

2018 Plaque for Laurel Villa’s Quality Assured Seamus Heaney Tour

2018 Plaque for Laurel Villa’s Quality Assured Accommodation

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:

Voyage into Heaney Country at HomePlace by Tadgh Peavoy Irish Times

Journal of The Retired Teachers Association of Ireland

Rhyme and reason: Seamus Heaney HomePlace pays lyrical tribute to the poet

Lesser Spotted Ireland: On the trail of Seamus Heaney’s ghost

On the Seamus Heaney trail in Northern Ireland: Revisiting the landscape that served as his muse

Travel Extra Review of Tour of Heaney Country


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

Gary On Home Ground

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 (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

Boutique Bed & Breakfast Accommodation
Irish Poet Seamus Heaney b1939 d 2013
Trace Your Magherafelt District Ancestors

Winner of the Highly Commended Award

at the Northern Ireland Tourism Awards