Beech Hill Hotel named in top 100

Patsy O'Kane of the Beech Hill Hotel.
Patsy O'Kane of the Beech Hill Hotel.

Derry’s historic Beech Hill House Hotel is among the cream of the crop yet again after being named as one of the 100 Best Places To Stay In Ireland by the McKennas’ Guides.

The Beech Hill, located at Ardmore Road on the outskirts of the city in the picturesque Faughan Valley, is one of just five accommodation establishments in Northern Ireland listed in John and Sally McKennas’ Guides 2015.

The Guides are regarded as the bible of the best places to eat, shop and stay in Ireland and are now available as Apps as a valuable reference point for visitors and tourists.

Patsy O’Kane, owner and general manager of the 4* Beech Hill which has 31 guest rooms, said they were delighted to be featured in the prestigious hospitality guide again this year.

She added: “The McKennas’ Guides have continued to rate the Beech Hill as one of Ireland’s most attractive places to stay, and we are also privileged to be the only guest accommodation selected in the Co. Derry area.

“We regard our inclusion in the McKennas’ Guides as testament to the hard work and commitment of the staff at the Beech Hill in creating a family atmosphere in our beautiful country house surroundings with excellent food and customer service.”

The country house hotel, which was built in 1739 and also has a modern wing, is set in 32 acres of stunning woodland and landscaped gardens. It is extremely popular with American and European visitors as it was used as Base One Europe by the US Navy Marine Corps during World War II and houses a commemorative museum.

President Bill Clinton stayed at the Beech Hill on four occasions and it has hosted a number of other famous guests including US Senator Ted Kennedy; French President Jacques Chirac; US comedy actor Will Ferrell; and British actor Jude Law as well as a host of other well known faces from the music and entertainment worlds.

The Beech Hill House Hotel is one of more than 50 tourism businesses engaged in Derry City Council’s Rural Tourism Development Programme which is part funded by Invest NI and the European Regional Development Fund’s Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for NI.

Mary Blake, Derry City Council’s Tourism Development Officer, said she too was delighted that the Beech Hill had again been selected by the McKennas’ Guides, recognising the high standard of accommodation and customer service provided at the renowned establishment.

She added: “Yet again the Beech Hill is recognised for excellence, and this is a richly deserved award. I would like to congratulate Patsy, Conor and all the team for their hard work and dedication. This is yet another good news story for the tourism and hospitality sector in Derry and its rural hinterland in the Faughan Valley, and we are looking forward to a further increase in visitors again this year to experience the excellent accommodation, quality cuisine and many visitor attractions on offer in our city and rural destinations. The Promotion of the ‘Discover Faughan Valley’ project through Invest NI and the European Regional Development Fund is supporting the Beech Hill and 52 other rural tourism businesses. ”

For further information on accommodation and activity providers and visitor attractions in the Faughan Valley area, visit www.discoverfaughanvalley.com