About This Listing
Bookeen Hall is a 200 year old restored church located approximately 20 minutes from Galway City and within easy reach of the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Connemara. Your room has its own private tower. We look forward to meeting you!
A protected building and national monument, Bookeen Hall is a former Church of Ireland Chapel built in 1820. Part of the Dunsandle estate, the church was used for services by the estate’s Church of Ireland congregation. Built in stone, the rectangular hall with its large gothic windows and solid bell-tower can be seen across fields and woodland, making it a distinctive and well known local landmark.
It was deconsecrated in 1920 and 200 years after it was built it was given a new lease of life and converted into a two bedroom home.
Inside the interiors are bright, open and contemporary. The church is comprised of a large open plan living /dining room and two bedrooms. The guest bedroom available to visitors has access to its own bell tower/reading room with great views of the surrounding countryside and private bathroom complete with claw-foot bathtub.
Bookeen Hall is situated on the edge of Dunsandle wood which has some great walking and running routes, which your hosts, both keen runners, would be happy to show you. Quiet and peaceful, it is surrounded by woodland, and fields full of cattle and sheep.
Easily accessible by car, Bookeen Hall is just 2 mins from the Dublin / Galway motorway (Dublin airport is 2 hours away); about 1 hour from Shannon airport; a 20 min drive from beautiful Galway city; and located just a 10 min drive from the neighbouring towns of Athenry and Loughrea, both of which have a good selection of cafes, restaurants, and bars, and good public transport links. The church is ideally located for day trips to Connemara and the Cliffs of Moher and Burren region.
Enjoy our home baking with tea/coffee when you arrive and a continental breakfast each morning.
What to expect: a restored church – with a light, bright and homey feel to it. It’s also home to two dogs that can’t wait to meet you!
No smoking inside.
Chris has been very welcoming and accepted to check our bags very early in the morning. Thanks for being convenient on that. The place is just amazing. Very comfortable and clean. Delicious breakfast. We stayed only for one night, but it was a very pleasant experience. Highly recommended!
Bookeen Hall was a lovely place to stay! Chris was a great host and made sure we were well taken care of. My wife and I enjoyed our walks through the countryside near his house. We didn't have the pleasure of meeting Orla, but Mouse and Munkee (their two dogs) well made up for that. I swear we took more photos of those dogs than of Galway itself!
We had a wonderful stay in this stunning church. Chris and Orla were perfect hosts, making great dinner succestions,opening the gate for us and we got the most amazing breakfast in the whole of Ireland!!! It was nice to warm up in front of the fire in with a cup of tea after a day out in rain and breeze! Thank you so much for this experience!
Alle positieve recensies van de vorige gasten blijken volledig terecht: deze plek is bijzonder en geweldig. Het huis, de gastvrijheid van Chris en zijn vriendin, het ontbijt, de honden en de algehele beleving van een weekend op deze unieke plek kan ik van harte aanbevelen. De twee honden (Mickey en Mouse) zijn geweldig, maar misschien niet ieders smaak.
Chris and Orla (and their dogs Mouse and Monkey) were wonderful hosts! They were so welcoming and friendly and had lots of great suggestions for places to visit in the area. Their home is beautiful and in an ideal location for visiting Galway and the surrounding area.
Nous avons passé une nuit dans l église de Chris.... L endroit est tout simplement surréaliste ! Imaginer vivre dans un tels endroit nous a paru tellement étrange Qu il a stimulé notre curiosité.... Et nous n avons pas été déçu ... Je n en dit pas plus, à vous de découvrir !!!
Chris et sa femme sont charmant et très accueillant... Il est essentiel d échanger avec eux sur l endroit, et ils le font à merveille !
A côté de cela le logement est situé à 30mn de gallway , parfait pour une virée en journée et/ou soirée pour découvrir cette ville animee et profiter des pubs irlandais ... D ailleurs Chris et sa femme se sont démené pour tout nous expliquer (nom, rues , ambiances recherchées)... Et que dire du petit déjeuner ? Tout simplement gargantuesque !!!! Chris et sa femme ont tout simplement été aux petits soins avec nous !
Merci merci beaucoup
Chris et Orla nous ont charmés en nous ouvrant les portes de leur logis. L'accueil est chaleureux et de qualité, les hôtes sont disponibles et bienveillants.
Les photos correspondent bien mais le mieux est encore de s'y rendre pour prendre la mesure des lieux.
Le petit déjeuner est "divin" et servi avec bonne humeur.