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.
We can offer a discounted rate for stays of more than 1 night.
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.
What an amazing visit! This was stop 3 on our 12 day Ireland honeymoon roadtrip and we really wanted to stay longer!!! The church is absolutely beautiful and comfortable. Orla made us the most wonderful breakfasts in the mornings and Chris was great about giving us recommendations and directions. Galway was our favorite city that we visited on this trip and it was nice to be so close but still feel the privacy and peacefulness of the country. We really loved talking to both of them and spending time with their dogs. We didn't just stay in a super cool old church - we also made some great friends (with good music taste and great style, I might add!). We would love to come back and we will recommend this listing to anyone we know who plans to visit Ireland!!!!!
Chris was a great host! His home is so AMAZING! A place to fall in love with. A stay is definitely worth it!
We had a wonderful welcome with tea and cookies, interesting chats and good advices for dinner.
We felt very comfortable at this cosy place. The breakfast was perfect and very delicious!
We totally recommend him as a host!
Cheers Marc & Julia
Bookeen was a beautiful place to stay. The room was big, and the bed was probably the most comfortable of all the places we stayed during our trip to Europe. Lovely bathroom with a big bathtub, or shower if you prefer. Chris made us a delicious breakfast with lots of different yogurts, granolas, and pastry to choose from. He also recommended a really great road to take down to the Cliffs of Moher with beautiful sights. His dogs, Mouse and Monkey were also a lot of fun! Definitely worth a stay of you want to be close to the Galway area!
My boyfriend and I stayed at this AMAZING 200 year old church, which thankfully has EVERY common appliance that one may need to actually make it such a comfortable home. Chris was so great and friendly, my boyfriend and I spoke with him for a while before we went to dinner in Loughrea, and a while after. He was super great and anything we needed was never a problem. We got back and there was already a big bottle of water and glasses in our room before we even needed to ask. He really went all out to make us feel so comfortable. We were so happy to meet Monkey and Mouse, two awesomely behaved dogs that are so friendly and definitely made us feel right at home. Chris has great suggestions of places to go, our dinner was top notch, and in such a small town we was seriously impressed! Oh! Breakfast something to look forward to! Great selection of food and fresh fruit !! He also brought out a small snack when we arrived which was so awesome! Definitely would stay again! Great hub for Galway county! If we had time we would have stayed longer! Thanks!!!
Unique and beautiful house, every single interior is hand picked. The house feels really warm with the fireplace in the center of the living room. The bathroom was amazing, we took a hot bath after a day out. Chris recommended a great restaurant in the village, it was delicious! The breakfast was so delicious, a great variety of bread, yoghurts, jam and and and...All in all, a truly great experience staying with Chris.
Chris and Orla were extremely friendly and welcoming, as were the 2 lovely dogs! They both went out of their way to make our trip a great one, including dropping us to a great little restaurant they recommended. Be advised it is quite remote, having a car to get around is a necessity. Also due to the style of the building can be noisy.
Overall a beautiful home and a really unique space to spend some time in.
Chris and Orla were amazing hosts and their restored church enchanting. They graciously welcomed us in the evening and offered yes and treats & tea right away. Chris kindly helped with our luggage. The room was large and perfect for the 3 adults in our party. We went to the top of the bell tower and admired the amazing restoration from top to bottom. Breakfast was unbelievable - breads, yogurt, varieties of cereal, eggs, fresh fruit, coffee, tea, juices and more! We felt so spoiled! We loved these hosts and their impeccable home. Thank you sincerely Chris and Orla! 3