The guest room at Bookeen Hall.Kitchen table and your private bathroom.

Private room

3 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

Private room

3 Guests

1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

Bookeen Hall is a 200 year old church about 20 minutes from Galway City and within easy reach of the Cliffs of Moher, The Burren and Connemara.

We offer a private room (with a king size bed and a single bed) with a private bathroom. For larger groups we can make a second room available (with a king size bed), so can accommodate up to 5. We live here with our dog and look forward to meeting you!

We recommend having a rental car. The nearest train station is 8 miles away in Athenry!

The space

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. The guest room has a king size bed and a single bed and can accommodate three people.

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 a greyhound called Mouse who can’t wait to meet you!

The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Property type: Other
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $40 / night after 2 guests
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

No smoking inside.



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Safety features
Smoke detector

1 night minimum stay

308 Reviews

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Monica User Profile
May 2017
The best airbnb experience. Chris and Orla are indeed superhost.they are kind and very welcoming. I would for sure stay at Bookeen Hall again.

Kate User ProfileKate is a superhost.
May 2017
Fantastic place in the middle of nature. Beautiful church, fabulous hosts, amazing breakfast, wonderful greyhound :-)

Amanda User Profile
May 2017
The church is gorgeous and Chris was so accommodating. He made us a lovely breakfast and showed us some the best ways to see the areas around his place

Nikki User Profile
May 2017
Chris and Orla have made a beautiful home out of a 200-year old abbey, that is warm and charming. Be prepared to feel well-cared for, and want for nothing. Both hosts are knowledgeable about the area, and are quick with suggestions and directions. And don't forget to fall head-over-heels for the beautiful greyhound, Mouse. A wonderful experience!

Angela User Profile
May 2017
Wonderful hosts. We would highly recommend staying with Chris and Orla; they gave a perfect balance of being accommodating and available to help, while letting us enjoy their beautiful chapel conversion. A unique, warm home in a great location for exploring the surrounding area with easy links to Galway, Connemara and The Burren. Wish we had booked a longer stay!

Taylor User Profile
May 2017
Our stay here was absolutely wonderful. Chris + Orla were so kind, helpful, and hospitable and the church was clean, comfortable, and beautiful. The room was very spacious-- more than enough room for my husband and I. The closet area was very large as well, allowing for us to tuck our suitcases out of the way. The staircase in the closet leads up to the steeple of the church-- incredibly beautiful views and very cool. There are lots of windows in the room that let the light in as the sun comes up, which was quite lovely. The bathroom was very clean and very updated-- absolutely no complaints. The breakfast that we received was incredible. Chris + Orla really made sure there was quite a variety. In addition to a lovely space, Chris + Orla were so helpful with recommendations for driving and things to do during the days we were there. We would have missed some amazing things without their recommendation! Thank you, Chris + Orla!!

Randy User Profile
May 2017
A great place. We really liked our hosts and the stay in the historic church was memorable. Comfy beds, great breakfast and good times. Chris made a great suggestion on improving our trip to Cliffs of Moher that really improved the drive.

Galway, Ireland · Joined in May 2013
Chris User ProfileChris is a superhost.


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