Laurel Villa is not a run-of-the-mill B&B or guest house. If you value good taste, then you are sure to love Laurel Villa, Magherafelt’s only period accommodation. The addition of stunning interior design schemes personally created by the owners Gerardine and Eugene Kielt make this a truly special place to stay. From the wood-panelled dining room to the art nouveau detail in the bedrooms, our Guest House oozes quality and style … yet at a price to suit most pockets! You’ll get a 5-star welcome that will have you wanting to return time and again.

Laurel Villa is unique in being the only accommodation in Ireland where Seamus Heaney and other Ulster-born poets are celebrated. On offer is a choice of four individually styled bedrooms, all en-suite and each named after an Ulster poet.

Laurel Villa has the charm and ambiance of an earlier age combined with the comforts and amenities found in a boutique hotel or other good hotels. Check out our Gallery and Guests’ Comments and then come and experience it for yourself. It is a place of accommodation where you will feel at home as soon as you walk through the door. With prices starting at £60 per person sharing, this represents excellent value for money. For our current rates go to the Accommodation Bookings page

Passing Laurel Villa, you’d never suspect it was a Tardis. You have to enter this modestly proportioned house on the outskirts of the County Derry town of Magherafelt to taste its magic. Your first impression is of a beautifully kept B&B. Then you notice the photographs and paintings lining the walls: James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney. There are poems printed on linen, and first editions in glass cases. Upstairs you pass bedroom doors: the Kavanagh Room, the MacNeice Room, the Heaney Room. Laurel Villa is a shrine (though a very unstuffy one) – a genuine House of Poetry.

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