Restored 200 Year Old Church
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
3 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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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!

Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 single bed

Free parking on premises
Family/kid friendly
Wireless Internet

Extra people $59 NZD / 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
Check out by 11AM

No smoking inside.

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Dog(s) live in the house


Safety features
Smoke detector

1 night minimum stay

371 Reviews

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Serena User Profile
September 2017
We had the most wonderful stay at Chris and Orla's renovated old church. They were both very friendly and helped us find an amazing place to eat dinner and gave us tips on what to do in Galway and the surrounding areas. Orla's breakfast was delicious and more than enough. We'd always stay there again.

Guy User Profile
September 2017
We warmly recommend this beautiful church, magnifically renovated and decorated with style. Chris was very helpful with his recommendations which made our stay even more grande! A very well set table, again with style, with healthy breakfast for you to start your day. Animal lovers you will enjoy!

Wes User Profile
September 2017
Best BnB to date, beautiful surroundings, stunningly renovated church turned into a roomy but cozy home. The breakfast was as amazing as the hospitality. The room was beautifully decorated and the bed extremely comfortable. Used as a base to take day trips to Galway and the Cliffs of Moher, they are easly accessible as the M6 is close by. Would highly recommend this accommodation to anyone wanting a unique and memorable stay.

Barbara User Profile
September 2017
Chris and Orlas accomondation is amazing! We really enjoyed our stay at the church! The room is great, especially the tower room. Chris and Orla are great hosts, very helpful and they gave us fantastic tips for our weekend!

Sandra User Profile
September 2017
Chris is a very gracious and

Dan User Profile
September 2017
Great place very friendly and helpful hosts. We really enjoyed our stay and would recommend to anyone traveling to Ireland.

Robbie User Profile
September 2017
Excellent B&B! Hosts are fantastic, friendly and extremely helpful! The breakfast is outstanding and the place incredibly welcoming! Would love to visit again!! A great location outside of Galway or for a final stay before driving back to Dublin!!

Galway, IrelandJoined in May 2013
Chris User ProfileChris is a superhost.


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