The Beech Hill Country House Hotel

The Beech Hill Country House Hotel

Beech Hill offers guests a wide choice of extremely comfortable, cosy and well appointed rooms.

Whether in the hotel’s atmospheric Georgian house or our more modern wing, rooms and suites are beautifully furnished and contain everything you would expect to find in a hotel of this high standard. That includes TV, trouser press, hair dryer, direct dial telephone, free WIFI and tea and coffee-making facilities. Most beds are king-sized./p>


It was commissioned by an Englishman, Alexander Skipton, who sadly did not live to enjoy it. The day before his family was due to move into the mansion Mr. Skipton was shot dead in a land ownership dispute with a local family.

Captain Thomas Skipton was the man we have to thank for the present house.
It was he who built it in 1739 and, because of the large number of surrounding trees, gave it the name of Beech Hill.

The Marines Arrive

In February 1942 the United States Navy established its first base on this side of the Atlantic, on the banks of the River Foyle in Londonderry. Around 750 Marines found themselves guarding the Navy base and various other vitally important installations in the area. They became known as ‘The Irish Marines’ and they were billeted in the grounds of the Beech Hill estate, the men living in Quonset huts, officers in the house itself.

The Latest Chapter

In 1989 Beech Hill was bought by its present owners, Patsy O’Kane and her brother Seamus Donnelly. Two years of conversion and major refurbishment were necessary before Beech Hill Country House Hotel was able to open its doors to the first guests.

Distinguished Guests

  • Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton
  • John Kerry & Teresa Heinze
  • Will Ferrell
  • Paul Young/Barry McGuigan
  • General Martin Berndt
  • Professor Kadal Asmal
  • Lorenzo Dufoe
  • Jason Donovan
  • Kevin Roland US Consulate
  • Michelle O’Neil Minister

Other Special Guests include…

  • John Hume
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Stephen Rea
  • Sean Bean
  • Billy Connolly
  • Chuck Berry
  • James Galway
  • Christy Moore
  • Lord Saville
  • The Edge
  • Michael Palin
  • Jacques Chirac
  • Peter Taylor BBC
  • Dame Mary Peters
  • Robert Fisk Journalist
  • Colm Meany
  • Mo Molam
  • Roma Downey

The Beech Hill Country House Hotel


The Taxi Co. are proud to be associated with the The Beech Hill Country House Hotel. Steeped in local history, a beautiful place to stay or have your wedding.