May 11, 2005
The first thing you notice in this restored sea captain’s house is the artwork. The Keoghs have a very eclectic collection of paintings and sculpture and have decorated the rooms and the common areas with large, colorful pieces. The building itself was painstakingly restored and now boasts hardwood throughout, with sturdy and comfortable furniture. The rooms were of varying sizes, with tiny bathrooms tucked away into what were once closet areas. The facility was as clean as I’ve ever stayed in. There is a small garden area in the rear complete with friendly cats and dogs. The center of Galway was only about a mile away, an easy stroll for shopping and restaurants. The Keoghs also have taken great effort to give guests a lot of information on what to see in the area, including handouts of suggested driving routes in the nearby area.
The breakfast was glorious and included homemade baked goods, smoked salmon, fresh fruit and oatmeal upon request. One afternoon, we were offered wine in the living room by Mark, who chatted with us at length about what it took to restore the building and turn it into a showpiece B&B. He was particularly helpful in getting us a hubcap to replace one lost during the trip. His friend, the garage owner, gave us a used for at no charge, saving us a lot of money and hassle!
I can’t say enough about what a wonderful place the Norman Villa is. I wouldn’t hesitate to stay there again or recommend it to anyone traveling to Galway.
From journal Five Foley Women Explore Their Roots in Ireland