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. 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.
What a fabulous stay we had! Chris and Orla are great hosts. They provided everything we needed from tea when we arrived and delicious breakfast, to perfect recommendations for a day of sightseeing (even graciously offering a personal map so we could take the best route). My husband and I both loved their friendly pups too! The church is such a lovely building and they've refashioned it to be such a cozy home. It's the perfect quiet spot for an Irish holiday, a 20 minute drive to Galway, and very close to the beautiful parks in Connemara and the Burren. I would heartily recommend staying here!! I wish we could've stayed longer!
My husband and I stayed for one night at Bookeen Hall, which was definitely one of the highlights of my first trip to Ireland. Not only were our hosts very welcoming, but I also appreciated that Chris was very prompt in responding to messages (and proactive about sending information our way regarding our stay.)
Missing our own dogs, I was eager to get some snuggle time in with Mouse and Monkey. Let's just say they did not disappoint. These dogs are absolutely beautiful and so well behaved. Our hosts were definitely careful about making sure we were comfortable with the dogs and did not just "let them loose," which was above and beyond necessary since we were guests in their home.
Do not second guess your decision to stay here. This is an absolutely beautiful, one-of-a-kind location you will not regret. I will recommend it to any family and friends who plan to visit Ireland in the future.
Also, let's talk food: Be sure to trust Chris on his dinner recommendations. Also, the breakfast that was prepared by our hosts was a "lovely" surprise...and delicious!
Bookeen Hall was a fabulous place for us to stay and we enjoyed every minute there! Chris and Orla couldn't have been more welcoming! The beds were super comfy, the breakfast delicious and the added bonus of 2 wonderful dogs were the icing on the cake! We will surely return! Two nights was barely long enough…. :)
What can I say - definitely one of the most unique and awesome AirBnB experiences! I never thought I'd have a chance to stay in 200+ year old church! The room was nice and big with a private bathroom and hanging out upstairs in the old bell tower was amazing! Chris and his wife were extremely friendly and served an awesome breakfast! Wish i could have stayed longer!
We had a great stay at Bookeen house. Chris gave us a warm and friendly welcome and we immediately fell in love with the beautiful building. It's a great size bedroom with access to the bell tower which gave the whole thing a magical feel. The breakfast was delicious and the home made cakes were a real treat.
I would happily recommend this place to anybody thinking about spending time in Galway. Thanks again!
Eine wirklich eindrucksvolle Umgebung und ein ganz tolles Zuhause, das Chris & Orla sich hier geschaffen haben.
Das Zimmer und Bad waren sehr schön eingerichtet und wir haben uns hier sehr wohl gefühlt.
Das Frühstück war sehr lecker und auch die Empfehlungen für das Abendessen einfach super.
Chris war sehr hilfsbereit und hat uns viele Tipps gegeben, uns einen Tisch für das Abendessen reserviert und auch unsere Fragen zur Kirche geduldig beantwortet.
This is an amazing B&B. I wouldn't be able to say enough nice things about the place or the couple that owns it :). Thank you for all your hospitality, we enjoyed our stay so much!