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The Stop B&B

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Russ and Emer want to create a “very calm, beautiful energy” in their Galway city B&B, The Stop. They achieve that – and more – by virtue of their meticulous understanding of space and design, of counterpoint and contrast, of sound and significance. You can walk down the stairs ready to enjoy a breakfast of French toast and apple, and scrambled eggs with feta cheese, but even before you get to the dining room, the warm analogue sounds of some classic Blue Note hard bop classic vinyl album will be welcoming you to this idealised world. And then the cooking and the chatter and the quiet sense of abandonment of the room and the guests leads you to see the secret of The Stop: it’s a place where you feel youthful, invigorated, at one with this magnificent house and its creators. The energy in The Stop is very calm, and beautiful. It’s a musical energy, a rhythm of your best life. “Without music, life would be a mistake”, wrote Nietzsche. Without staying at The Stop, a trip to Galway would also be a mistake.


Russ Hart and Emer Fitzpatrick
38 Father Griffin Road, Galway
+353 91 586736

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