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Beech Hill Country House Hotel

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3 euro Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Highly Recommended as a Special Place to Stay Outstanding Location, building or atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
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Beech Hill Country House Hotel
32 Ardmore Road, Londonderry Co Londonderry , BT47 3QP
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Beech Hill is just a couple of miles south of Londonderry, beautifully set in 42 acres of peaceful woodland, waterfalls and gardens. Built in 1729, the house has retained many of its original details and proprietor Patsy O’Kane is an exceptionally hospitable and caring hostess
  • Equestrian (nearby)
  • Fishing (coarse nearby)
  • Fishing (Fly Fishing nearby)
  • Fishing (Sea Angling nearby)
  • Forest / Woodland with trails nearby
  • Gardens (Outstanding)
  • Golf 9 hole
  • Golf nearby
  • Hunting/Shooting (nearby)
  • Mountain Biking nearby
  • Scuba Diving (nearby)
  • Surfing nearby
  • Walking (established walks)
  • Walking - Hillwalking (recommended routes or guides available)
  • Banqueting
  • Beauty - Massage
  • Breaks - Short
  • Breaks - Special Interest
  • Broadband WI/FI
  • Business Hotel
  • Children's Baby Sitting Arranged
  • Conference Venue
  • Family Friendly
  • Ground Floor Bedrooms (accessible for less able)
  • Location - Peaceful
  • Pet Friendly
  • Private Parties
  • Wedding Venue
  • Contemporary Irish
  • Traditional Irish
  • Attractive Views
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Extensive Wine List
  • Formal
  • Old World / Traditional
  • Organic Produce used (mainly)
  • Romantic
  • Sunday Dining
  • Vegetarian Friendly (always at least 1 starter & 1 main course)

Beech Hill Country House Hotel

Patsy O’Kane's fine hotel is just a couple of miles south of Londonderry, beautifully set in 42 acres of peaceful woodland, waterfalls and gardens.


Built in 1729, the house has retained many of its original details and Patsy is a hands-on proprietor, who is totally committed to developing the best aspects of this interesting hotel and making the guest experience memorable. Every year brings a new round of plans and improvements, and Patsy is an exceptionally hospitable and caring hostess  - and this genuine hospitality is shared by her staff too, so each guest always feels personally welcome.


Beech Hill is an ideal destination for anyone who enjoys being in restful surroundings and yet close to the city. The lovely gardens and woodlands are the main attraction for many and, as well as 6km of woodland trails, there are picnic areas for fine weather and a new outdoor gazebo and terrace at the main pond area.


Like many country house hotels, it is an old building with later additions and there is always work to be done, but all the main public areas have recently been refurbished, and changes are always undertaken sensitively, in keeping with the building. The comfortable bedrooms vary in size and outlook - some are quite grand and many overlook the gardens, but all are thoughtfully furnished with Mrs O’Kane’s ever-growing collection of antiques. An ongoing programme of renovation is in place for the bedrooms, which are being refurbished in phases.


Dogs have always been welcome at Beech Hill and this aspect of its hospitality is growing, with plans for heated kennels for those requiring them and a dedicated group of pet friendly rooms with direct access to the gardens, arranged around a central sitting room where dogs may relax with their owners. The woodland walks could well have been developed with dogs and their owners in mind, making this the perfect destination for anyone travelling in the region with their pet.


Public rooms include a good-sized bar, a fine restaurant (in what was originally the snooker room, now extended into a conservatory overlooking the gardens) and, unusually, a private chapel, now used for meetings, private parties or small weddings.


American visitors, especially, will be interested to know that US Marines had their headquarters here in World War II and an informative small museum of the US Marine Friendship Association is housed within the hotel.


*Beech Hill is understandably popular for weddings; private guests are advised to check if there is a wedding expected during their stay, as it may affect dining arrangements and the atmosphere in the hotel.


Conference/banqueting (300); business centre, broadband wi/fi, secretarial services. Beauty salon, massage & treatments, walking, garden. Golf, fishing & equestrian nearby. Children welcome (under 3s free in parents' room cot available without charge, babysitting arranged). Pets welcome by arrangement.


Rooms 30 (2 suites, 3 junior suites, 13 executive rooms, 10 shower only, 2 disabled, all no smoking). Lift. B&B £67.50pps, ss £22.50; SC discretionary. Closed 24/25 Dec.


The Ardmore Restaurant:


The restaurant is a very attractive feature of this charming hotel; it is elegantly appointed and well-positioned, overlooking gardens and water features (a particularly pleasant outlook at breakfast time).


Frequently changed menus are led by seasonal availability of produce in the walled garden (see below) and other local supplies.The house cooking style is modern classic with a strong Irish twist, highlighting local and Irish artisan produce in many dishes. A separate vegetarian menu is offered - also a good value set dinner menu.


In 2013, the hotel partnered with Lady Dunleath from Ballywalter Estate to promote food heritage and the benefits of growing your own seasonal produce. The walled garden is the main focus of this project and the kitchen team is developing historical recipes from a 150 year old cook book which they have inherited. The book references the walled garden and the dishes the author could create throughout the year.


An informative, well chosen wine list includes tasting notes and some wines by the glass, and service is warm and professional.

Seats 100. L daily, 12.30-2.30; D daily 5.30-9.30. Set L £19.95/21.95 (Sun £25.95). 2/3 course set D £24.95/29.95. A la carte and vegetarian menu also available. House wines from £16.95. SC discretionary. Reservations accepted; children welcome; toilets wheelchair accessible. Closed 24-25 Dec. Amex, MasterCard, Visa, Switch. abbreviations
Last Updated: 03-10-2014
Author: Georgina Campbell

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