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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!
The church was exactly as advertised, very beautifully decorated, clean, and interesting. We were very comfortable and the breakfast was very good. The owners were extremely hospitable and steered us to a great little Italian restaurant.
This lovingly restored church offers a unique experience: ascend to your private bell tower and take in the Irish countryside, or simply sit in meditative silence. Breakfast was beautifully presented with delicious homemade treats and fresh fruit. Chris and Orla not only made us feel welcome in their comfortable home, but also provided great insider tips on fantastic local food and places to visit. We also had some wonderful cultural exchange conversations that make traveling so worthwhile.
This is a beautiful home, and we had our best nights sleep here during our whole whirlwind tour of Ireland. Chris and his wife are amazing, so welcoming, and very accommodating. The breakfast spread they laid out was divine, and they have the most precious dogs that they'll either keep separated from you if you don't like dogs, or let you play with if you love them like we do. The room is bright and airy, the bathroom is spotless, and the renovation work is stunning. When we asked for a recommendation for dinner, they even called ahead to the restaurant for us to make sure we got a table when we walked in. Basically, this is the place you want to stay in all of Ireland!