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Heart of Galway City on Wild Atlantic Way

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,750 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Live in comfort in spacious luxurious city property.

Nile Lodge is one of the most exclusive private rental houses in the City of Galway.

Perfectly located in heart of Galway City, within five minute walk of famous Quay Street with lots of excellent restaurants and pubs with traditional Irish music. Just a few hundred yards from The Wild Atlantic Way with easy daytime trips to Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, Aran Islands and the Burren. This house stands on over an acre of mature, pretty landscaped gardens.

It is easy to reserve, just phone the owner Maire on ++353 871756832 or e mail her and she will arrange this for you personally.

Built in 1807 this is a landmark house which offers an unusually high standard of elegant and spacious accommodation in one of the most imposing and historic private residences in the City of Galway.

It offers luxurious self-catering accommodation for up to eight guests.

The house is remarkably quiet for a city house, it is warm and cozy, with open turf and log fires and excellent oil central heating.

There are great walks for all to enjoy, including the wonderful seaside promenade which offers a three mile run or jog on the shores of Galway Bay and is just down the road from the house.

Galway City with its famous horse racing events and arts and literary festivals is on your doorstep.

There is an abundance of excellent golf courses within an hours drive from the house.

The house is perfectly located for great day trips to view the beautiful Connemara, Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands.

There is plenty of game and coarse fishing in nearby Lough Corrib as well as day trips on the lake.

Please Note

There is a small private family doctor clinic, on the lower ground floor of Nile Lodge available by appointment during the day on weekends. You are very welcome to attend if become unwell. A hospital consultant referrals can be arranged for you privately if required.

This is a small private practice and the consultation rooms have a separate entrance and are completely cut off from the rental accommodation.

More Details

Maire MacDermott
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 14, 2017

About Maire MacDermott

Nile Lodge has been part of the MacDermott family since 1942.

I took over the care of this historic house in 1995. I have a great interest of Irish history and culture I have enjoyed hugely looking after this beautiful house and grounds.

I am a family doctor and work part time doing that. It is something I have always enjoyed as I love meeting people.

I have taken a big interest in the history of this house . I was very fortunate to have had Dr Nick Slope, Chairman of the Nelson Society undertook a large part of this research into the Captain and Commander who owned this house.

I love walking the old streets of this city and looking at the medieval architecture. I also enjoy exploring the nearby counties and love finding special places away from the beaten track.

Maire MacDermott purchased this villa in 1995

Why Maire MacDermott chose Galway City Area

This house is a place I have always loved. I am very happy in the location near to the sea and city center and have great neighbors and friends here. This house was owned and cared for by my husbands family before me and it was part of the social life in Galway going back to the 1940s. Before that I think that previous owners kept it to themselves.

What makes this villa unique

Wonderful Location in one of most desirable parts of Galway city. Luxury spacious accommodation, over 2500 Sq feet of privacy.

Five minute walking distance to city center restaurants, night life and beach.

Located perfectly for sightseeing the major attractions of west of Ireland The Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, The Burren, Kylemore Abbey, The Aran Islands, Bunratty Castle, Ailwee Caves.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a wonderful tour of the rest of Ireland but none ever compared to our time with you at Nile Lodge. Thank you again for your hospitality. Thank you so much.
Sep 2013
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Salthill Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:30 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Resort ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • Three of the bedrooms are en-suite. The master bedroom has a tub with shower. The fourth bedroom has a shower room beside it.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Can also be configured as double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , This bed can be made as twin beds or one superking.
  • There are 4 Bedrooms, two with working fireplaces, three with original sash windows and shutters. All bedrooms have private shower rooms, one with bath and overhead shower. Three of the bedrooms have views over the beautiful gardens, and two have open turf fires. The fourth bedroom is located on the lower floor and is linked to the main rental area by a private stairs. It is a completely private sleeping area with the lower garden directly outside.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Minimum rental 3 nights.


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(19 traveler reviews)

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Heart of Galway City on Wild Atlantic Way
average rating of 5.0 based on 80 reviews
St Louis, MO

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Nile Lodge is not just renting a place to stay, it is a sharing of Maire's property, pride and hospitality. From personally greeting us to the groceries awaiting us to booking a dinner reservation for us in spite of our late arrival, Maire exceeded all of our expectations and even hopes. The home is lovely (like staying in a museum), and Maire's tips for things to do helped us enjoy ourselves even more.

Our group of six adults enjoyed the Lodge beyond our dreams. Thank you, Maire, for making us feel a part of your family for our stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really cannot tell you Jim how much I appreciate your beautiful review, and the kindness and thoughtfulness that went into your writing of it. It was an absolute delight for me to have you and your wonderful family stay here, and I would love if you decided to come back. A Cead Mile Failte would await you, your family and your friends, Maire
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Toronto, Canada

A Beautiful, Historical Charming House

  • 5 of 5

A Beautiful historical and charming house in the middle of Galway city. We were greeted with smiles and homemade granola from the owner. Great location, walking distance to the city and beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for writing your lovely most appreciated review Elaine. Thank you also for coming to stay here, it was a great pleasure to have you all. I could not ask for nicer guests. I do hope you and your family will return here, there will always be a very warm welcome for you.
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Beautiful, spacious house, excellent location, and wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family of 6 loved our stay at the Nile Lodge. This was a lovely house, in a great location from which you could walk (15-20 minutes) to town center and restaurants. The rooms are spacious and beautiful, and we enjoyed a fire in the fireplace of the family sitting room on one particularly rainy June evening. It was also a great base to explore locations in the surrounding area like Connemara - easy access to roads leading out of Galway. Maire was a wonderful host; she had stocked our fridge with breakfast provisions, and made the best granola for us to enjoy. Very warm and friendly, she had great recommendations on the area. This was our favorite place to stay during our Ireland trip. I highly recommend this house. Thank you, Maire, for making us feel so welcome and for making our stay special.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kristina, I could not thank you enough for writing such a fabulous review for me. It means so much and I very much appreciate it. I loved having your family stay here and a very genuine warm welcome back is extended to you all.
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A very beautiful, comfortable, and interesting house in an excellent location.

  • 5 of 5

Renting this house turned out to be one of the best decisions of our vacation. Maire was a very warm, friendly and knowledgeable host. Our family of six had a wonderful time exploring the Galway area using this as our home base. I would highly recommend this rental to anyone looking for a special experience. Hopefully, we'll return some day. Thank you, Maire!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Peter and Heather, Thank you so much for taking the time to write your wonderful review. It is very much appreciated. I am so happy that you all enjoyed your stay here and that you made the decision to come! It was an absolute delight to have your family here and you are all very welcome back anytime. Maire
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Beloit, Wisconsin

The ideal location in Galway!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and myself along with our son's family spent a week at Nile Lodge visiting our granddaughter who is spending a semester abroad studying at Galway University. We've stayed in many VRBO and Home Away properties over the years and we all agreed Nile Lodge was one of our best choices. This historic house is like stepping back 100 years in time yet maintaining a full level of current amenities. This property has been lovingly and expertly restored to it's original grandeur. The private garden, enclosed terrace and conservatory captures the essences of a time gone by. The property is located in the perfect spot in Galway. 15 minutes or less walking distance to the center of town or a great walk along the Salthill Promenade. So many great pubs and restaurants nearby that you'd need a month to experience all of them. Food markets, seafood shops and wine stores are all in convent walking distance. We all decided the best part of Nile Lodge and our stay in Galway was the owner Maire. She is totally delightful and charming. She was so helpful and welcoming that when we left we all said we have a new friend in Ireland. Thanks Maire, we're looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Terry, I would like to thank you very sincerely for the beautiful review . I appreciate very much the thought and effort you put into writing it for me. I am thrilled you all enjoyed staying here and what is so fabulous for me is meeting truly great families like yours. It was such a pleasure, you and your family have indeed got a good friend in Galway. The warm welcome back is a very big one, Maire
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Amazing home, close to central Galway, and a fabulous hostess!

  • 5 of 5

Nile Lodge was incredibly comfortable for our family group of 6 people plus a six-month old. Maire made us feel so at home and gave us such a warm welcome when we arrived. We immediately knew we had chosen the right place to stay in Galway. She was a delight and just added to our great time spent at Nile Lodge. The location was perfect - close to shops, restaurants, and all the sights in central Galway. Nile Lodge was so cozy, with wonderful bedrooms and en suite bathrooms. We loved using the kitchen and the dining area just off the kitchen, with its terrific fireplace and ample wood and peat to build warm fires. Relaxing in the drawing room was peaceful and a real treat. The gardens were beautiful and the fresh flowers throughout the house were so lovely. Nile Lodge was the perfect beginning to our stay in Ireland. We highly recommend Nile Lodge for anyone staying in or near Galway, and, indeed, we plan to stay there when we return to Galway in the future.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jeanene, Thank you very much indeed for writing this really lovely review for me. I also knew as soon as I met you all that you were the perfect guests, with wonderful senses of fun and humor, despite having traveled so far to get here. With all the warmth and kindness that you all show to each other it was a joy to have you all here. I do hope you will come back again, it would be just great, Maire
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Salthill Promenade
The Quays
Shop Street
Monroe's Tavern
The King's Head
National University of Ireland
Galway Golf Range and Pro Shop
Galway Arts Centre
The Salmon Weir Bridge
Galway Golf Club
Malt House (The) -- CLOSED
Grotte di Aillwee
Cliffs of Moher
Dún Aonghasa
Tigh Neachtain
Quay Street
The Burren Region
Róisín Dubh
Crane Bar
Lough Corrib
Tig Cóilí
Galway City Museum
Lahinch Golf Club
Aran Islands
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Galway, Shannon, Knock and Dublin Airports
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Crane Bar, Wards, O'Connors, Roisin Dubh, Monroes
Nearest Ferry
147 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Salthill Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Galway Train Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Kai, Oscars, Anair, Ard Bia
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Salthill Beach
Car: not necessary

Nile Lodge, from which the surrounding area takes its name, is one of the most prestigious private houses in Galway City. Standing on over an acre of private landscaped gardens, the house is located a five minute walk from Galway City Centre, with its pretty dockland marina, excellent restaurants and many pubs with traditional music. The house is within minutes of the seaside promenade with its spectacular views over Galway Bay and the sandy beaches of Salthill.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $588.03

For bookings of over 1 week, special discounts are available.
Rates quoted are for up to 6 guests in the main house. If additional guests (up to 2) require accommodation this can be provided in the linked accommodation in the lower level (1 bedroom with kingsize bed with own private shower and toilet). ADDITIONAL RATE OF 100 EUROS PER NIGHT IS ADDED FOR EXTRA DOUBLE BEDROOM ACCOMMODATION.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.