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The most beautiful house in Galway City. Walk to city center and beach.

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


About the property

Luxury house, 3 bedrooms. Plenty off road parking, on Wild Atlantic Way

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 where it goes along the longest promenade seashore walk in Europe. This house stands on over an acre of mature, pretty landscaped gardens.

It is easy to reserve, just phone ++353 871756832 and we will arrange to do this for you.

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 six guests .

There is a fourth bedroom also available to rent (Previously the children's Nanny's room) which is linked by a private stairwell and is located on the lower floor, it has its own private shower room beside it. It allows your guest numbers to increase to eight if required.

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.

is perfectly located for taking day trips to The Cliffs of Moher, Beautiful Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Burren and the Aran Islands.

There are great walks within approximately an hours drive of the house, The Diamond Mountain walk in the Connemara National park, Cnock Meagh, one of the prettiest bluebell hill walks in Ireland and site of ancient pilgrimage. Details of these walks are available for your use in the house.

We also have a mobile phone available for your use with links to city map and restaurants and direct dial facility for these.

Galway City with its famous horse racing events and arts and literary festivals is a very popular holiday destination.

Nile Lodge is perfectly located for taking day trips to The Cliffs of Moher, Beautiful Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Burren and the Aran Islands. The wonderful seaside promenade - enjoyed every day by joggers and walkers - give panoramic sea views of Galway Bay and on a clear day you can see the hills of Clare.

There is an abundance of excellent golf courses within an hours drive from the house. The nearest is one mile away, Salthill golf club, The Connemara Golf course is very beautiful and the Christy O Connor designed Galway Bay course is less than 10 miles away.

There is plenty of game and coarse fishing in nearby Lough Corrib.

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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 29, 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 villa in 1995

Why Maire MacDermott chose County Galway

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 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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Galway Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • children welcome ...
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
    Bathroom 4 - 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 6
  • 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 , She shower room is located beside this bedroom
  • 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. 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 .
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

The most beautiful house in Galway City. Walk to city center and beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 77 reviews

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
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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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Five Star Luxury With Laid Back Charm!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my family for an extended memorable weekend in February. Absolutely AMAZING, u need to experience it for yourself! This elegant historic house is even more gorgeous than the website pictures and it exceeded our expectations in every way. The decor throughout was comfortable and superior to any other house we have ever stayed in including hotels - it had every amenity we could have wanted and more. The little touches were fantastic, like lots of fresh flowers and freshly made granola in the kitchen for breakfast. In the evenings, we were happy to simply hangout in the house. We lounged around on the comfy sofas listening to 'choons' and tinkled on the piano. Our hearts and lives were enriched during our stay and this was down to Maire, our fabulous host who could not do enough for us. This exquisite home from home and its surroundings are perfect for a relaxing, soothing getaway or family close to the sea and the vibrant city centre of Galway with it fabulous pubs and restaurants. The best of both worlds!

If you have the opportunity to stay at Nile Lodge, go! You will not be disappointed. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jim and Kathleen, Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It was a great pleasure having you all stay here and I hope you will return to stay here again soon. Your chef produced one of the finest meals I have ever tasted anywhere. Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful experience! Irish seafood at its finest. Great times indeed, With fondest memories, Maire
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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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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

Galway Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
May 1 2017 - Jul 23 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 $544.74

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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