6 Places to Stay When Visiting Seamus Heaney HomePlace

If you're visiting Seamus Heaney HomePlace, stay and explore the area for a few days #LoveLoughNeagh

Laurel Villa

Laurel Villa is a boutique 4 star guesthouse in Magherafelt Town, and if your’re interested in learning about the life and work of Seamus Heaney, then this is the place for you.  The owners, Eugene & Gerardine offer a range of guided tours of Heaney Country, their home has an impressive range of unique Heaney prints, books and memorabilia.  The property itself is stunning, offering an unrivaled blend of comfort, style, unique features, great food and personal service – all at very affordable rates. Laurel Villa welcome visitors to Magherafelt, Northern Ireland from all over the world. The property is especially sought after because they specialise in ancestry/family history search and because Laurel Villa is a mecca for devotees of the late Nobel Laureate poet Seamus Heaney

Laurel Villa is located approximately 10 minutes drive from the Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Website: Laurel Villa

Laurel Villa

White River House Hotel

The White River House Hotel is located in the rural village of Toomebridge, County Antrim on the Shores of Lough Neagh, where it meets The Lower Bann. The hotel is located on the outskirts of Heaney Country and boasts superior quality food and impeccable service. It is a small, intimate hotel with just 11 expertly designed guest rooms, offering a high degree of comfort at a great price, our staff are local and have a vast knowledge of the area, so whether your visit is long or short you will enjoy the traditional warmth and friendship of the local hospitality during your visit.

The White River House Hotel is located approximately 10 minutes drive from Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Website: White River House Hotel


The Inn Castledawson

This property lays in the heart of Castledawson, close to the original Heaney homepalce, it backs onto the majestic Moyola River with its floor to ceiling glass windows in the dining room.  This intimate property has a bar and restaurant as well as a vintage tea room serving fabulous treats throughout the day.  The accommodation is modern, comfortable and great value for money.

The Inn Castledawson is located approximately 5 minutes drive away from the Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Website: The Inn Castledawson


The Courtyard Cottages, Ballyscullion Park

Ballyscullion Park is a spectacular property located close to the famous ‘Strand’ at Lough Beg, the setting is tranquil and picturesque with fabulous views, well off the beaten track.  Ballyscullion Park is a private house, home of Richard and Rosalind Mulholland and their family, and is only available for visits by  prior arrangement.  The accommodation at Ballyscullion Park comprises four spacious self-catering cottages . Each house has three bedrooms which can comfortably sleep six guests.  The owners are very welcoming and love to share the historic stories of the property.  Richard Mulholland is an experienced tour guide for small group tours, specializing in historic houses and gardens across Ireland.

The Courtyard Cottages at Ballyscullion Park are located less than 5 minutes drive away from the Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Website: The Courtyard Cottages at Ballyscullion Park


Annagh Cottage

Annagh Cottage is situated on the western shores of Lough Beg, just northwest of Lough Neagh.  The recently restored property has spectacular views across the ‘Strand’ at Lough Beg, which featured in Heaney’s writing.  During the summer months Church Island can be explored by foot, it is a fascinating place.  The cottage is run by a local farming family with a vast knowledge of the loccal area, who also have a B&B next door.  The property sits on the edge of a nature reserve and ASSI (Area of Special Scientific Interest) with Church Island as its focal point.  Annagh cottage is ideal for a rural retreat, and you will be well looked after by the welcoming owners.

Annagh Cottage is located approximately 5 minutes drive away from the Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Website: Annagh Cottage


Clearwater B&B

Clearwater B&B is a victorian style country house quietly located in beautiful countryside just outside Magherafelt with a fantastic location that is only a few minutes drive away from Castledawson Roundabout; offering great transport links to Giants Causeway, Glens of Antrim, City of Derry/L.Derry, Belfast with Lough Neagh being only 5 minutes away. Visitors to the HomePlace are only around 15 minutes drive away from the centre making Clearwater a great choice for visitors looking to enjoy a great rural location with fantastic transport links. At Clearwater House you will receive a warm welcome by your hosts & in your ensuite bedroom you will find tea, coffee, towels, toiletries, free wifi & a family room is located on the ground floor. There is ample free off road secure parking with breakfast served until 11.00.

Clearwater B&B is located approximately 15 minutes drive away from the Seamus Heaney HomePlace.

Website: Clearwater B&B

Clearwater B&B

For more information on events taking place at Seamus Heaney HomePlace visit: seamusheaneyhome.com

Visit our website for further information about Lough Neagh & Its Waterways: discoverloughneagh.com

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