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Beautiful historic house in Galway City. Walk to the city center and beach.

Bedrooms 3
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

About the property

Georgian city house, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Off road parking, Wi Fi, Gardens.

Nile Lodge is one of the most exclusive private rental houses in the City of Galway. It has a wonderful, rich history showing details from Nelson's time through the past 200 years.

This beautiful house which originally had a sea view, stands on over an acre of mature, beautifully landscaped gardens which provide a wonderful green oasis within minutes of the center of Galway. There is a high-walled garden to the rear of the property which is enjoyable for children and adults alike.

Built in 1807 by a Captain and Commander in Nelson's fleet , 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 six guests in three bedrooms, two with super-king size beds, a further superking can be configured into two singles. There is a fourth bedroom available to rent if required. It linked by a private stairs is located on the lower floor, it has its own private shower room and is available at additional cost.

The property is perfectly located down the road from the historic Galway City, being close to the finest restaurants, live music events and pubs with traditional Irish music.

Nile Lodge is perfectly located for taking day trips to picturesque Connemara, with its rugged scenery of hills and lakes. The Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Aran Islands are all within easy reach. It is on the famous Wild Atlantic Way and within a mile of the river Corrib and a just a few miles away from Lough Corrib.

Galway, with its famous horse racing events, the arts and literary festivals is hugely popular with both Irish people and visitors to Ireland alike. The wonderful seaside promenade - the longest in Europe, enjoyed every day by joggers and walkers - is located just down the road from the house. The panoramic sea views of Galway Bay can be enjoyed while exercising on the promenade or you can watch the people on the diving boards at Blackrock.

There is an 18 hole golf course in Salthill and a further 3 golf courses within a fifteen minute drive from the house.

There is plenty of game and coarse fishing in nearby Lough Corrib, and the river Corrib, with the Salmon Weir is just one mile from the house.

Please Note.

It can be of great help to guests to know that I am a family doctor.

I see private patients, by appointment only, on the lower ground floor of Nile Lodge on two evenings and during the day on weekends. You are very welcome to attend, or a home visit by the GP at the weekend is available if you or your family or guests become unwell. I also arrange hospital consultant referrals.

It is a small practice and my consultation rooms have a separate entrance and are completely private.

More Details

Maire MacDermott
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 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 have been very interested in the history of this house and have been exceptionally 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, in addition to historical researcher, my nephew Jack McGarry , who has presented the history for the Open day Houses of Architectural Importance in Galway .

Mr Paul McGinley, famous Galway historian has provided information and given talks on some of the amazing people who later owned the house.

My contribution is one of helping guests from all over the world enjoy this special place.

Maire MacDermott purchased this townhome in 1995

Why Maire MacDermott chose Galway City Area

This house is a local landmark and is one of the most important historical houses in Galway City.

My mothers love of antique furniture and skilled workmanship was passed down.

My own four daughters have the bug too!

What makes this townhome unique

Location, space, privacy, luxury, walking distance to most major attractions.

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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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(12 traveler reviews)

Beautiful historic house in Galway City. Walk to the city center and beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 73 reviews

Nile Lodge is the most beautiful house in Galway

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent a week in complete luxury at Nile Lodge. The location of the house is incredible as it is in walking distance to both the city centre and the shorefront. The house was so comfortable. Fabulous open turf fires to relax in front of and then at night to sink into the luxury linen of the super king size beds.

The house is very well equipped and each room very different with fabulous antique furniture. The history of the house is amazing.

Maura the owner was fantastic and we thank her for making our stay so easy and pleasant.

We would highly recommend Nile Lodge and cant wait to return, maybe later this year, to enjoy the beautiful landscaped gardens.

Everything about Nile Lodge is amazing.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write that thoughtful review which I really appreciate. It was absolutely delightful to have you all stay here and I really do hope that you will return here very soon. Your fantastic energy and enthusiasm is already missed! Maire
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  • 5 of 5

We have rented a lot of homes, but nothing compares to Nile Lodge, which prompted me to write my first review ever.

We spent the final four nights of our two week trip to Ireland with our adult children at Nile Lodge and absolutely loved it. Maire was a fabulous host who had the house stocked and gave us a tour and explained the history of the house upon our arrival. The property and grounds are gorgeous. The house is very impressive and beautifully furnished. We liked it so much we didn’t want to leave and on one evening changed our plans from meeting cousins in town to having them over to our beautiful house. My cousins (who live in Galway) knew of Nile Lodge but had never been there. They welcomed the opportunity to visit and were very impressed.

The house is in a great location. We didn’t drive our car when we were there and instead walked into the city, down to the sea, and surrounding areas. It was a wonderful way to end our trip. We hope to return to Nile Lodge someday. Anyone who has the opportunity to stay at this beautiful property should grab it.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy that you enjoyed staying in Nile Lodge, and I cannot thank you enough for writing such a heart warming review for me! It is wonderful for me to feel that you all got pleasure from staying here, and appreciated the house and its history. It was delightful to host your beautiful family and a very big welcome will always be extended to you and yours. With very best wishes Maire
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Surpassed All Expectations

  • 5 of 5

Our family recently stayed at Nile Lodge for five nights and we had an amazing time. We knew from the pictures that the property was gorgeous, but we really had no idea how gorgeous until we got there. And our host, Maire, went above and beyond to make us feel comfortable. She even went around the house to "baby-proof" it for our 18-month old, and provided everything we needed and more (even a few diapers!). The baby had a fantastic time, playing football in the garden and running around the common areas--he was in heaven and so were we. Our family has stayed in many VRBO's and Maire is by far the best hostess we have ever had. She gave us a warm welcome when we arrived and plenty of tips--the house is nicely located close to downtown Galway (about a 5-10 minute walk), as well as a beautiful seaside promenade where we took many beach walks--though we found ourselves loving the house so much that we ended up spending a lot of our time there! Maire pays attention to all the details that most VRBO owners miss--for example, a hair dryer in every room, and a plug-in to convert electrical appliances--so thoughtful and convenient! It was these small touches combined with the overall beauty of the place that made our stay so comfortable. We had a very special time and will remember it always. Thank you Maire!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for writing such a wonderful review for me. I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate the time and trouble that you took to write it for me. It was a great pleasure for me to have you all stay here and I really do hope you will come back to stay here again. The welcome for you and your family will always be big. With every good wish to you all, Maire
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Delightful home

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at the Nile Lodge for 1 week in June 2016 and wish we could have stayed longer. The house is located far enough away from the hubbub of Quay Street, yet close enough to make a walk home after a evening out delightful. There is even a sweet bakery a few doors down. Maire, the owner, is welcoming, generous and a wonderful help. The layout of the house provides privacy, generous common areas and a beautiful garden. I have rented numerous homes across Europe and Nile Lodge is one of the most comfortable and gorgeous. I highly recommend it. Thank you, Maire!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing home and hostess

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from a four night stay at Nile Lodge; the end of a wonderful 2 week vacation in Scotland and Ireland. Nile Lodge exceeded our expectations in every way. The home itself is exquisite, yet warm and welcoming. The owner, Maire, could not have been nicer. She provided us with great recommendations for restaurants, pubs and places of interest to visit, but what made her really special were her stories about Galway and the history surrounding the house! She was so much fun that we spent one evening pub hopping with her! We do a lot of traveling and Nile Lodge is certainly one of the nicest places we have stayed. I hope we'll have a chance to return someday!

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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grand introduction to Ireland

  • 5 of 5

The Nile Lodge contained the most interesting history and was the very best appointed home that we rented. Maire is a sweetheart of a genuine lady and made our whole family very welcome. The location was perfect for our 4 day stay, as we explored the area. Everything was so clean and even fresh towels were carefully placed every other day. We highly recommend the Nile Lodge!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you ever so much for writing such a lovely review, it was very thoughtful and most appreciated. I just loved having you and your wonderful family here Jim, and would like to extend to you a very warm welcome back here anytime. I will always remember you and your family sitting together chatting and laughing. With very best wishes, Maire
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Salthill Promenade
Spanish Arch
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
Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Galway, Shannon, Knock and Dublin Airports
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
The Crane Bar, Wards, O'Connors, Roisin Dubh
Nearest Ferry
147 Miles
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Salthill Golf Course
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Galway Train Station
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
M6, N17
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

Salthill Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2017 - Jul 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
Galway Races
Jul 24 2017 - Jul 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Year
Dec 20 2017 - Jan 3 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $531

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.

20% of total on booking to confirm reservation (non refundable deposit) and then remainder 7 weeks before arrival. We will send you a link to our secure online credit card system, where you can pay directly.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Salthill Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2750 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • 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
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • The three bedrooms are en-suite. The master bedroom has a tub with shower. The other bedrooms have showers.
  • 3 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
  • There are 3 Bedrooms, two with working fireplaces, all 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. A further bedrooms 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 and is available at additional cost.
  • 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
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • 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 4 nights.

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