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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:
April 19, 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 Amenities for this vacation 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 ...
  • 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
  • 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 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, 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 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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(22 traveler reviews)

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Heart of Galway City on Wild Atlantic Way
average rating of 5.0 based on 83 reviews
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.

  • Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: 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.


  • Submitted: 9-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: 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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Nile Lodge is a once in a lifetime experience: lovely, comfortable, and in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Galway was enhanced by staying at Nile Lodge. Our only regret was that our schedule was so full we were unable to simply sit and enjoy our environment. Set on an extraordinary property in the middle of Galway this home was welcoming, luxuriously comfortable, and convenient. Checking in and out was simple. The kitchen and laundry were highly functional and the home was spotless. My one piece of advice would be to stay an extra day in Galway so that you could enjoy this stop as a destination by itself! We walked everywhere, we wanted for nothing, and had ample space as a family of five. I feel confident asserting that this is your best option in Galway, no contest. We will be recommending it to all our friends traveling to Ireland.

  • Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Shelly, Your absolutely beautiful review makes all our work here worthwhile! Thank you so much, it is very much appreciated. I am very happy that you all enjoyed your stay here, and would love to have you and your friends and family back here anytime. A very big welcome awaits you all, Maire
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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: 19-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 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: 18-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 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: 5-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: June 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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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

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Salthill, Ireland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Apr 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
Oct 1 2018 - Dec 23 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit C$313.62

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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