A midweek break at Beech Hill Country House Hotel

20140325-122722.jpgBeech Hill Country House Hotel is a grande dame of a hotel set in 32 acres of land just outside Derry/Londonderry. The impressive Georgian hotel was built in the 18th Century and over the years has become the hotel of choice for Presidents, popstars and movie stars.

The hotel is a 10 minute drive from the City centre but is set in an impressive estate with a number of country trails to enjoy. Beside the hotel and right outside the restaurant is a lake with picturesque bridges and waterfalls and a waterwheel.

Each the 30 rooms are unique and luxurious, and totally spotless I might add. The hotel inspector would be very happy here!

We arrived at the hotel straight from Dublin the day after a concert, and found an oasis of calm and tranquility which totally surprised us. Immediately abandoning all plans for a walking tour of the City we dumped our bags and headed for a walk through the woodland trails.

For a March Thursday night, the hotel was busy and the restaurant was buzzing with a mixture of locals and tourists enjoying great food and service.

A selection of the fresh food comes from the grounds of the hotel. The walled garden for years lay vacant, but in recent years the hotel gardeners have refurbished it and they told us that the hotel was getting self sufficient and growing their own vegetables. They treated us to a quick tour of the walled garden and told us the chefs love it and can regularly be found leaving the restaurant for fresh produce to serve guests.

Another surprise in the grounds was the recently built permanent marquee.. Looking impressively grand and modern beside the hotel, it’s a perfect fully functional wedding venue. But we hear that the newly built small pavilion in the middle of the lake is already a sought after location to get married on…and it’s easy to see why, with it’s tranquil romantic setting right in front of a large waterwheel. Perfection!

Beech Hill Country House Hotel was a surprise to us. We normally go modern and contemporary, but like our visit to the Causeway Hotel earlier this year, we are definitely developing a love for grand old hotels with history, character and charming local personal service.

Check out more details of the hotel, it’s facilities and history at www.beech-hill.com
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