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Famous, elegant and historic residence. Walk to the city center and beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

3 en suite bedrooms, elegant reception rooms and gardens in central Galway City

Built in 1807 by a Captain and Commander in Nelson's fleet , Nile Lodge, from which the surrounding area gets its name,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 on the shores of Galway Bay, in the West of Ireland.

This prestigious property is available to rent on a short term basis, and makes a unique and outstanding vacation home.

It offers luxurious self-catering accommodation for up to six guests in three en suite bedrooms, with super-king size beds. In one bedroom, the bed can be configured into two singles.

Nile Lodge is an ideal venue for guests who appreciate privacy, whether this is to conduct business in Ireland or to enjoy a very private holiday in the heart of the City.

The property is perfectly located down the road from the historic Galway City, just far enough to have the tranquility and quiet that this house offers, while also having the convenience of being close to the finest restaurants, live music events and dozens of delightful Irish pubs, where music and lively conversation is at its best.

This beautiful house is perfectly located for all that the West of Ireland has to offer. Take a day trip to picturesque Connemara, with its rugged scenery of hills and lakes, perfect for off road cycling and hill walking. The Burren , The Cliffs of Moher and the pretty coastal villages like Kinvara and Roundstone, are within an hour's drive. The amazing Aran Islands, with their spectacular cliffs and the ancient Dun Aengus fort, are within a hour and a half from the house.

Galway, with its famous horse racing events, the arts and literary festivals is hugely popular with both native 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 enjoyed while exercising on the promenade lifts the spirits by their sheer beauty.

Lots of superb golf courses have regular visitors from all over the world, and are within easy reach of the house.The closest to the house is the lovely 18 hole links course of Salthill, just one mile away.

There is plenty of game and coarse fishing, as you would expect in Ireland with its plentiful rivers and lakes. Lough Corrib, which opens into the sea via the river Corrib, is one mile from the house. Anglers from all over the world have enjoyed the famous salmon and trout fishing, in addition to coarse fishing, on these waters.

Nile Lodge has the most amazing location when it comes to enjoying all that Ireland has to offer, and Galway City itself is known to be the music capital of Ireland. Musicians love to live here and play in groups in the many sessions around the City.

The standard of the music is truly fantastic, and the only problem is getting to see as many as possible!

Nile Lodge is one of the most prestigious private houses in the City of Galway and has a wonderful, rich history, which is clearly visible in the house, showing details from Nelson's time through the past 200 years.

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


I am a family doctor. I see private patients, by appointment only, on the lower ground floor of Nile Lodge on some evenings and during the day on weekends.

It is a small practice and my consultation rooms have a separate entrance and are completely sectioned off both from the interior and exterior of the house.

I live nearby while the house is being rented.

Guests of Nile Lodge are very welcome in my consulting rooms during my normal hours of work, and can ring me directly on my mobile.

For convenience just across the road from the property is a small supermarket which has late opening. Also located nearby is the luxury grocery store Morton's of Galway as well as larger supermarkets.

More Details

Maire MacDermott
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2017

About Maire MacDermott

Nile Lodge has been part of the MacDermott family for over half a century. With a great interest of Irish history and culture I have worked for many years to preserve this beautiful house and grounds. Further research is currently being undertaken on the Captain who lived here two hundred years ago and the results to date are very exciting.

Maire MacDermott purchased this lodge in 1942

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.

What makes this lodge 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 -
(11 traveler reviews)

Famous, elegant and historic residence. Walk to the city center and beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 72 reviews


  • 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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Charming and comfortable home

  • 5 of 5

We were two couples who recently spent a lovely week at the Nile Lodge. The home was very comfortable and wonderfully equipped. The owner, Maire, was very kind and generous with her time and with supplies for the kitchen. She was very knowledgeable about the area and helped us a great deal. The location of the home was excellent for exploring the countryside and the town of Galway itself.

There was ample parking and ample space for relaxing inside and out. We will definitely return the next time we are in Ireland.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a perfect review. It was such a pleasure for me to have you stay here and to see you all look relaxed, happy and enthusiastic. Irish people just love visitors like you ! Come back again anytime to Nile Lodge, there will always be a big welcome here for you all. With much appreciation, 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

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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $534

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 Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2500 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 ...
  • 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
  • On the main floor each bedroom has its own private bathroom. The three bedrooms on the upper level have en-suites. THE ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL DOUBLE BEDROOM ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR , OFFERING COMPLETE PRIVACY, HAS ITS OWN SHOWER ROOM NEXT TO IT.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • 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. Each bedroom is en suite. Two of the bedrooms have views over the beautiful gardens, and two have open turf fires. A FURTHER DOUBLE BEDROOM WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM AND SUPER KING BED IS CONNECTED BY A STAIRCASE TO THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR. THIS IS FOR ADDITIONAL GUEST USE AND COSTS AN EXTRA 100 EUROS PER NIGHT. IT INCREASES THE MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY TO 8
  • 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 ...
  • 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 5 nights.

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