Private room

3 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds

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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!

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: 35 / night after 2 guests
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 single bed

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

336 Reviews

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Erin User Profile
July 2017
Gorgeous! Hosts go above and beyond. Highly recommend!

Kelly User Profile
July 2017
This place is a must if you are in the vicinity! It's a lovely renovated chapel in the countryside of Galway. While it's only about a ten minute drive in either direction to Athenry or Loughrea, the area itself is in the countryside and is very quiet and peaceful. The property is beautiful, unique, well decorated and very spacious. The hosts are lovely and friendly and are quick to give tips on local places to eat or to visit. Mouse was in the house when we arrived (friendly greyhound - very soft!) - I love dogs so it was great to meet him. I would definitely stay here again, I had a great time!! xx

Leslie User Profile
July 2017
Very friendly family and a very beautiful church and room. The breakfast was amazing!

Mike User Profile
July 2017
Chris and Ora spoiled us. Excellent quarters in their beautiful home led to a very comfortable stay...and the breakfast was wonderful. Chris and Mouse welcomed us like returning friends though this was our first visit. Check-in was quick and easy. They were well prepared for our arrival. Chris recommended a walking trail that allowed us to experience the local countryside. We later made the short trip into Galway to experience the city. Superb quarters from which to experience the area. Thank you!

Becky User Profile
July 2017
The renovated church was absolutely AMAZING and their attention to detail was evident. Chris was very easy to communicate with and check-in was a breeze. The breakfast provided exceeded our expectations. We only wish we could have stayed longer. Mouse, the rescue Greyhound was a highlight.

Surinda User Profile
July 2017
Chris and Orla are amazing hosts! Their home is so special and warm. Orla suggested a great walk where we came upon an abandoned castle ruins which really made our first day in Ireland magical! Accommodations and breakfast was amazing. Five stars!

Chris User Profile
July 2017
Our family really enjoyed our short but sweet stay with Chris, Orla and Mouse! The church and grounds are beautiful and full of history. We really enjoyed our time. Orla surprised us with a lovely breakfast in the morning. We found ourselves wishing we had more time there!

Galway, IrelandJoined in May 2013
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