Good Hotel Guide Review
Poets may revel in the rich collection of Seamus Heaney books, poems and memorabilia on display at Eugene and Gerardine Kielt’s elegant B&B. The poetry of the late laureate is steeped in the surrounding area, now known as ‘Heaney country’; Eugene Kielt, a Blue Badge guide, arranges poetry readings and tours to Heaney landmarks. (Almost as legendary are the hostess’s afternoon teas, with home-baked cakes and scones.) Named after great Ulster poets, traditionally furnished bedrooms have pictures, paintings and poems. The large garden has mature trees and a poetry trail. Come morning, a breakfast of fresh fruit salad and an Ulster fry-up is served in the panelled dining room. The Kielts also provide an ancestry-tracing service to help guests trace their Northern Irish roots; their large collection of local genealogical and historical materials is fascinating stuff. 2 lounges, dining room; patio. Free Wi-Fi, in-room TV. No background music. Parking. Children welcomed. In the town centre. 4 bedrooms. Per person B&B single £60, double £80–£90. Closed Christmas, New Year.
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