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Hairy Biker Si King guest at Laurel Villa hotel MagherafeltRemembering Seamus Heaney at Laurel Villa MagherafeltThe Poetry Garden at Laurel Villa Guest Accommodation MagherafeltMichael Longley Bedroom at Laurel VillaEugene Conducting a 5 Star Tour of Seamus Heaney CountryHairy Biker Recording The One Show at Laurel Villa Magherafelt5 Star Tour Plaque for Laurel Villa Heaney Tour
Quality Accommodation in the Centre of Magherafelt
Laurel Villa owners Gerardine & Eugene
The Heaney Room - one of our Four Star Bedrooms
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
Gerardine & Eugene in the Poetry Garden at Laurel Villa
Family History Experts with lots of experience
The late, great Seamus Heaney at Laurel Villa
The Longley Room
Eugene Kielt Five Star tour guide
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 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.

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Read: ‘Voyage into Heaney country’ by Tadhg Peavoy Irish Times March 2017


5 Star Tour Plaque for Laurel Villa Heaney Tour


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: 

One Star Acceptable
Two Star  Good
   Three Star  Very good
 Star GradingStar GradingStar Grading  Four Star  Excellent
 Star GradingStar GradingStar GradingStar GradingStar Grading  Five Star  Outstanding


Media Reviews:

Read Review of Laurel Villa Accommodation & Tour in Journal of Retired Teachers Association of Ireland (Winter 2016):

Journal of The Retired Teachers Association of Ireland

Read what The Guardian says about Laurel Villa and our Tour of Heaney Country, October 2016:

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

Read the Irish Times review of our Tour of Heaney Country, Aug 2015:

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

Read the Sunday Telegraph review of Laurel Villa:

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

Read October 2014 Review of our Tour of Heaney Country in Travel Extra, Ireland leading travel Newspaper:

Travel Extra Review of Tour of Heaney Country Oct 201


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 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 (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


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