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Heart of Galway City on Wild Atlantic Way

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,750 sq ft
Property type house
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 a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
19 June, 2018

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 house in 1995

Why Maire MacDermott chose Salthill

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 house 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Salthill, Ireland

Property Type:
  • house
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: 6
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Small events and private parties are allowed by prior arrangement and at special rates depending on the type of event.
  • Smoking is allowed in the patio outside the rear of the house.
  • Well behaved pets are allowed by prior arrangement, they have their own separate facilities on the property.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • City Centre ...
  • 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 , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Three of the bedrooms are en-suite. The master bedroom has a tub with shower. The fourth bedroom has a shower room beside it.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , 1 cot
    Bedroom 2 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 single bed , Can also be configured as double
  • There are 3 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.
  • 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 rentals available
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Minimum rental 3 nights.


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Heart of Galway City on Wild Atlantic Way
average rating of 5.0 based on 87 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Exceptional host, extraordinary property in an excellent location.

  • Review Submitted: 06/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bethesda, Maryland USA

NILE LODGE is fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

Maire gives so much thought to every detail to delight her guests. She welcomed us personally when we arrived, shared stories about the history of her home and it's beautiful antiques. She had generously put in fresh milk, eggs, yogurt,baguette and homemade granola

and fresh flowers. We loved having dinners in the informal glassed in garden room looking out on the charming landscaped back patio. For our last night she arranged for the best table at a favorite restaurant. And there were other wonderful surprises for us from Maire.

Nile Lodge is a gem, and Maire is the most thoughtful hostess imaginable!

  • Review Submitted: 05/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautifully Kept Historical Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a memorable stay at Nile Lodge. The home was beautifully kept with all historical touches. The grounds were perfect for 2 busy children and the home was in excellent walking distance from any sites we wanted to take in in Galway city. Maire was wonderful to work with and extremely accommodating to all our needs and went above and beyond to ensure our children were comfortable. I highly recommend this home for a traditional, elegant Irish stay.

  • Review Submitted: 24/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property for our family visit to Ireland!

  • 5 of 5

Our family group of six adults enjoyed our 4 night stay at Nile Lodge. Our host, Marie, was wonderful and took care of us. She had fresh scones and her homemade granola for our first morning. Wonderful. The house is well restored with beautiful furnishings and bed linens. The bathrooms and kitchen have modern fixtures. Stove is old fashioned but worked well for what we needed. The garden and landscaping were lovely. We enjoyed the area and found we could walk to most sites in Galway. Good location for day trips to the Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher. We will stay here again if we come back to Galway.

  • Review Submitted: 08/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a joy having your family stay in Nile Lodge. It is so inspiring to see a family whose forefathers have immigrated, having the passion and energy that your family have in researching their life here. It shows the respect you had for your grandparents. I was very impressed, and do hope you will stay here when you return again. A warm welcome awaits you all.
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Berkeley, CA

A fantastic and unique house, with an awesome host

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at Nile Lodge! We were a family - two couples and one child (2 yr old) - so it was more space than we needed, but we're so glad we got the opportunity to experience the place, and "experience" really is the right word. It's a historic property, originally built in the early 1800s, and the walls of the main hallway are lined with the wills of the family through the generations, passing the house down. There's beautiful antique furniture, glassware, and Irish dishware all over the house, but despite the history it still feels homey and welcoming. Bathrooms are updated, beds are comfortable, kitchen is spacious, there's a washer and dryer, lots of yard space, and beautiful fireplaces in every room. Maire, our host, was great - she had coffee, tea, and pastries waiting for us, milk, butter, and clotted cream in the fridge, and had one of the bedrooms and bathrooms all set up for our little one. She spent an hour, at least, telling us all about the history of the house and explaining how everything worked. We hope we can find an excuse to come back to Galway so we can stay here again! If you want new and modern, maybe this isn't the property for you, but if you're in the mood to try a rental you'll remember, I highly recommend Nile Lodge.

  • Review Submitted: 12/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I would like to thank you very sincerely for taking the time and going to the trouble of writing such a detailed review. It was a huge pleasure to welcome such a wonderful family as yours and I hope that you will find even the tiniest excuse to come back here. I would really love it if you did and will hold the house for you anytime you like. With very best wishes, Maire
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A Grand Galway Home

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a family visit to Galway, where we stayed at Nile Lodge. What a wonderful experience! Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly by Maire, who helped us get settled, provided maps and information about local sites, and even took the time to make dinner reservations for us at wonderful local restaurants. Maire has lovingly restored her beautiful home to provide luxurious and comfortable accommodations in the perfect setting. There are garden views from each bedroom window and the home is a brief walk to the center of Galway as well as close to the Salthill Promenade along Galway Bay.

The bedrooms were spacious and the beds were very comfortable with luxurious linens. The bathrooms were updated and fully equipped. Maire thoughtfully provided breakfast provisions and the kitchen has everything you need if interested in making meals.

After our activities each day, it was a special treat to return to Nile Lodge, gather round a roaring fire and unwind. There are also games, cards etc..provided for family fun.

Our only regret is we did not have more time to enjoy this beautiful home and all that Galway has to offer.

Thank you again, Maire, for your hospitality. We hope to return in the future and will recommend Nile Lodge to our family and friends.


  • Review Submitted: 09/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I cannot begin to tell you Kathy how much I appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness in writing such a beautiful review. It means so much to have your encouragement. I very much appreciate the time and effort you put into that lovely review. I am so happy that you all enjoyed your stay here. You and your wonderful family are all very welcome back to Nile Lodge anytime, Maire
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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

Contact Owner

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit AU$313.14

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 cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.