: Laurel Villa Guest House
The following are just some comments of those who have enjoyed the
Laurel Villa Magherafelt experience:
"In 2009 I won the commission to make the 'Turfman' sculpture in Bellaghy to celebrate Seamus Heaney's 70th birthday. This gave me a chance to live in Laurel Villa for three nights and found a shrine to Seamus's achievements with a superb illustrated collection of his works. You don't need to read the newspapers at breakfast when you can read and contemplate the poetry on the walls. But be warned! The fresh home made scones are addictive and as warm as the hospitality. Many many thanks." David Annand, sculptor
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"Gerardine and Eugene win the laurels" Seamus Heaney
"Far, far more than a lovely place to stay" Deirdre
Mc Quillan Irish Times
"A place with a soul and delightful hosts" Marie Jordon
"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
Irish Times Travel Section
"Beautiful house, lovely hospitality" The Lagan Family
"Thank you for helping me find long-lost relatives" Michael
"A little coy museum" Jolande Borremons Belgium
"A warm welcome, a comfortable bed and the best breakfast
for ages" Linda Bryans U.T.V.
"Heavenly!" Margot Torr London
" A field day for Seamus Heaney fanatics" Christopher Somerville in The Observer travel review.
"As a teacher of Seamus Heaney’s poetry, I feel I must revisit
his local area regularly. Eugene’s guided tours and Gerardine’s
warm welcome are an essential part of my life. I get a real sense
of place here" Prof. Toru Sato of Aoyama Gakuin University
"A calm aesthetic haven in a busy mad world!" James
" The host - engagingly resourceful
The hostess - charmingly special
Seamus Heaney - infusingly spiritual
Our stay - regretfully so temporal " Jim and Win McPhee, Canada
"You can tell there's something unique about this guest house before you even step in through the door" Orla McNicholl, Derry Post Newspaper
"Thank you for the perfect stay" Jennifer and Jonathon
"Relaxing, restfull environment … splendid hospitality"
"Understated elegance!" Carl Simpson Scotland
"Happy to meet … sorry to part" Carm Johnson Canada
"Not Hilton, not Mandarin, not Ritz … even better!" Peter
"A wonderfull experience and inspiration. Great energy here"
Linda Hanna Belfast
"This is the best I’ve ever stayed in (and I’ve stayed in
a lot)" Martin Hancock London
"Thank you so much for the tour you gave me of Heaney country.
It was the best part of a marvelous exposure to Ireland" Carolyn
"Nothing superficial or phony here. Added a personal feeling
for the country and its people" Joanna Lane Scotland
" What an wonderful experience to travel across the world and be able to stay in what had been my father and grandparents family home and then what a real joy to find it all so beautifully and elegantly restored in line with the way I think my grandmother probably had it. I feel she would have shared my delight to see that you have done such a wonderful job with the restoration. Thank you both so much for all your work and effort - it is very much appreciated. I really don’t know quite how to express the appreciation
I feel for the effort Gerardine and Eugene went to, to make this
visit – a return to the family home of my father and grandfather
(Dr. Hunter) – so special. Thank you seems so inadequate for the
very special welcome and experience – a real joy to be here!"
Colleen and Neil Donohue Australia
"Tearmann na hEigse – where Heaney keeps your spirit level"
"A wonderland of literature, good food and good company" Anne Hailes Irish News journalist