March, 2007 - Featuring Londonderry, Northern Ireland's Beech Hill Country House Hotel

"Beech Hill Country House Hotel: Warm, Friendly and Attentive"

Beech Hill Country House Hotel
Londonderry, Northern Ireland


The warmth and friendship of owner, Patsy O'Kane, are the glue that holds the Beech Hill Country House Hotel together.

Staying here is an experience made up of the attentiveness of the staff, the incredible skills of the chef and sous-chef, the comfort of the public rooms dotted with fireplaces everywhere, and the grand architectural style of the building which is situated on 32 gloriously wooded acres complete with pathways and three small lakes linked by a bubbling stream.

You probably won't have your dog with you when you travel to Northern Ireland so you'll enjoy the opportunity to play with the Beech Hill Country House Hotel's own uniquely loveable mascot, Jake, a three-legged shiny black dog who doesn't know he's short a limb!

Patsy's daughter, a vet, had to amputate the pup's leg to save its life and then set about to find it a mom and dad! When no one stepped forward to adopt Jake, Beech Hill Country House Hotel became Jake's new home. Now just over 2 years old, you'll see the healthy, sweet-faced Jake romping on the grounds, swimming in the lakes, chasing butterflies and loving the attention of dog-loving guests! Perfectly balanced, Jake cavorts about the park-like setting and frisks about the lawns, trails and gardens, following the landscaping crews about the property. Clearly, no one has told Jake that being a three-legged dog is unusual or a handicap!

The Beech Hill Country House is only minutes from Derry City center but you'd never believe that! You have the sense of being in the country in a rural setting.

On the lawn in front of the entry, on the wall beside the front door, and in a special memorial room on the main level, you'll find memorial plaques, monuments, photos and memorabilia honoring the US Marines who were headquartered at this building during WWII from which they patrolled the waters around Derry to protect the area from Nazi U-boats!

You'll also be met in the foyer of the Beech Hill Country House with photos of discerning individuals who have chosen this special place to be their home while in Derry. Special visitors include former US President Bill Clinton, US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume who enjoys relaxing in the homey lounge of the Beech Hill Country House.

I had the amazing privilege of being introduced by Patsy to John Hume, awarded the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize for his “efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in Northern Ireland.” You can hear an interview with Patsy O'Kane on Traveling Feet on March 31, 2007 and with John Hume on Travel WITH Stephanie Abrams on April 1, 2007 and again on April 15, 2007.

Beech Hill Country House Hotel, 32 Ardmore Road, Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT47 3QP


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