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.
Chris and Orla are awesome hosts. Our arrival schedule was quite uncertain, as we were driving quite some distance that day and a bit baffled by some of the road markings; despite this, they were very accommodating of our schedule, and Chris even met us at the bottom of the drive to make sure we would not miss the house. Their home is amazing, and they really made us feel welcome in it, greeting us with an offer of coffee/tea and baked treats. The location is great, just 20 minutes from Galway and ten minutes to very good food.
We arrived just before the dogs were to be walked, so were able to join in on that, which was grand. The dogs are fabulous; we were missing ours, and theirs are very friendly and sweet. Breakfast in the morning was delicious, and Chris and Orla helped us on our way with directions to where we needed to go.
Our only regret is that we didn't have more time to stay. We would return in a heartbeat.
Mit einer freundlichen Begrüssung (afternoon tea) und guten Tipps fürs Abendessen und Umgebung, sensationell war die Präsentation und die Qualität des Frühstücks! Diese Unterkunft ist 1A zu empfehlen!
We only can agree to what the other visitors say. Beside the just perfect hosts Orla and Chris (feeling home from the first moment), everything was gorgeous:)
Thank you for letting us stay in your home!
And from Birgitt a special hug to Mouse:)
Chris und Orla sind absolut unkompliziert, sehr aufgeschlossen und ehrlich interessiert. Sehr empfehlenswert!
This is one of those places that you stumble across on airbnb and you thank god you did! This was one of the most memorable places we stayed. Chris and Orla have created a home that radiates warmth and style.
The breakfast in the morning which included many homemade goodies has raised the bar for our airbnb experiences.
We wished we had been able to stay longer.
Although we were unable to meet Chris and Orla in person (which was pre known) we had a wonderful stay at this beautiful property. Chris and Orla ensured we had everything we needed and even kindly left some home made breakfast treats for us. Staying in this restored church was a great experience and We thank-you both so much for welcoming us into your home. We hope to be able to return again some day!
The whole experience of staying at Bookeen Hall was both comfortable and magical. Everything was perfect from the beautifully restored old Church turned into a lovely home to the delicious and artfully prepared breakfast every morning. We loved the dogs and the décor and Chris and Orla were so warm and friendly, it was like visiting our own kids and relatives.
My husband is a runner, as are Chris and Orla, and they pointed him to good places to run and also had great advice about places to eat and things to see in the area. We had never stayed at B&B before, but this was so much more homey than any hotel. There were so many nice little touched, the bottle of water with mint in our room, the artwork all over, the happy spirit of the ancient church retained in modern style and comfort. The breakfast every day was superb, something to look forward to, the bed was comfortable with lovely linens, and the whole stay was a joy.
We would love to come back again, and would highly recommend Bookeen Hall to anyone traveling in the Galway area.
Chris welcomed us to his beautifully restored church home and since we were famished obtained a real at a fabulous restaurant, Taste Matters, in Loughrea. The home is so tastefully decorated and the bedroom was roomy and beds were comfortable. The clawfoot tub was a delight. Orla served a scrumptous breakfast of eggs, yogurt, cereals and delicious pastries. Chris even tracked us down when my husband left his glasses. A truly welcoming and unique experience.