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Famous, Elegant and Historic Residence. Walk to the City Center and Beach

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Beautiful Historic House in the Heart of Galway City


Last updated: 11/30/2014
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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Galway City townhome description

Nile Lodge is a prestigious, private residence in the heart of the cultural city of Galway. It is one of the most important private houses in the city of Galway. It is perfectly located down the road from the seaside promenade, the longest in Europe, and the recreational historic part of Galway City is just a five minute walk away, just far enough to have the tranquility and quiet that this house offers yet 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 house was built for Captain and Commander William Hutchinson, while he was a member of Admiral Nelson's Navy. This historic house, with beautifully proportioned rooms, was built in 1807, from it the surrounding area gets its name. In 2013, for the first time, Nile Lodge was opened to the public for one day because of its architectural importance to the City of Galway.

This beautiful house stands on over an acre of private, mature gardens. These gardens are beautifully landscaped and provide an oasis of calm within minutes of the center of Galway City. When it was built Nile Lodge was on the shores of Galway Bay. In later years, land was reclaimed and the seaside now lies about 300 yards away. The nearby seaside promenade down the road from the house is the longest in Europe is a great place for walking or jogging. For the hardier guests the diving tower at Blackrock (diving into the sea at high tide)or a swim in the bracing waters is a must!

Nile Lodge is reputedly designed along the lines of the bridge of a ship of the Nelson period. It presents a wonderful ‘Upstairs-Downstairs’ ambiance. The beautiful dining and living rooms at the entrance to the house feature marble fireplaces and high vaulted ceilings with large original sash windows through which you can enjoy the sun throughout the day. The house is furnished to an exceptionally high standard with exquisite hand-cut chandeliers, Irish carpets and superior quality antiques. The rich and colorful history of Nile Lodge is visible throughout the house with many historic pictures and documents relating to the house.

The family living room at the end of the entrance hall also features an original vaulted ceiling. This elegant spacious room has a large open fire and is perfect for informal dining and relaxed conversation. Double doors lead from this living room to a charming period conservatory, perfect for relaxing with a drink, having a chat or a quiet read, this in turn opens onto a high walled enclosed Italianate patio which is ideal for entertaining or barbecues.

The traditional old-world kitchen features the restored tackle cabinets from the Coach Houses, an Aga cooker with long oaks overhanging the cooker for drying clothes the old fashioned way. These are complimented by modern kitchen appliances and equipment.

There are three beautiful bedrooms on this level, The Victory, the famous ship on which the first owner of this house served, has a hand-made super-king size bed and an antique open fireplace. In Spring you can watch the wild primroses and bluebells in the garden outside this bedroom window. In Summer the weeping beech and the climbing roses are beautiful.

The King Room, also features a hand-made super-king size bed with antique chandelier and pretty original tiled fireplace. The original shutters ensure a relaxing nights sleep.

The third bedroom on this level features beautiful views over the garden as described before and has two luxury-sprung single beds, which can be converted to a super-king bed if required. The en-suites for these bedrooms have been recently been tastefully restored and feature antique and modern fittings.

The lower level, which is accessed by a separate driveway and entrance, has been recently refurbished in the same style of the main upper area, houses a charming apartment which provides accommodation for additional guests if required. The apartment has two double rooms (one with super king size bed), fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom with overhead shower. Please contact for details of apartment pricing if additional rooms are required.

There is also a Premier Private Health Clinic on the lower garden level of the house, the access to which is via a separate driveway and entrance. This is open on a part time basis only. Guests of the house have preferential treatment at the clinic during its opening hours.

Nile Lodge is a magnificent house in a superb location in Galway City. Top class restaurants, cafes, pubs, traditional music and drama theaters add to the perfection of the location. It is a perfect base for day trips to Connemara, The Cliffs of Moher, The Aran Islands and the Burren. Fishing on the River Corrib is less than one mile away as are the yachts and boats on Galway Docks and Marina.


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Property Type

  • Townhome
  • 2500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome:

                We have a babys cot, high chair and changing mat....moreless

              • Limited Accessibility
              • Non Smoking Only:

                Smokers can enjoy the patio area to the rear of the house. Smoking is NOT permitted inside the house....moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 3-6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 baby crib


              • Bedroom 2: 1 king


              • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

                Can also be configured as double...moreless

              • 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, the third is also a beautiful room with an open fire and spacious shower. There are two bedrooms on the lower level which are also available to rent, at an additional charge....moreless

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


              • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


              • Bathroom 3: toilet, shower


              • On the main floor each bedroom has it's own private bathroom. The three bedrooms on the upper level have en-suites, while the bedrooms on the lower level have their own private bathroom, next to the bedroom....moreless

              Other Amenities

                  • Minimum rental 5 nights.


                  • Books
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player:

                    Lots of music in the house with a very good selection of Irish music....moreless

                  • Games
                  • Music Library:

                    A selection of Irish music, Classical, Jazz and Soul....moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Stereo
                  • Television:

                    A flat screen TV is located in the main living room....moreless

                  • Video Library:

                    A selection of videos is available for guests, including children's videos...moreless


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions


                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Duty Free Shops
                  • Festivals
                  • Health/Beauty Spa
                  • Library
                  • Live Theater
                  • Marina
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Recreation Center
                  • Restaurants
                  • Ruins
                  • Synagogues

                  Local Services & Businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Babysitter
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  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

                  Location Type

                      • Downtown:

                        Located in the centre of Galway City. The seaside promenade with nearby sandy beaches is a five minute walk away....moreless

                      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


                      • Child's Highchair
                      • Dining:

                        Large formal dining room at the front of the house overlooking the gardens on a beautiful antique 180 year old mahogany dining table. Less formal dining in the beautiful living room beside the kitchen...moreless

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 12 people


                      • Broadband Access
                      • Clothes Dryer:

                        We use the clothes line in the garden and an old style clothes airer over the Aga that works on a pulley system. A tumbeldryer is also available....moreless

                      • Fireplace:

                        There are three open fireplaces....moreless

                      • Fitness Room / Equipment:

                        We do not have a fitness room but the promenade walk down the road is the longest in Europe, joggers and walkers love it. We also have plenty of local gyms and activities close by....moreless

                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating:

                        There is central heating throughout, 3 open fires, and electric heaters are provided for extra warmth in the winter....moreless

                      • Internet:

                        Wi-fi is available....moreless

                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room:

                        There is a beautiful formal living room with vaulted ceiling and big open fireplace and fabulous views over the gardens. In Spring there are wild primroses and beautiful wild bluebells....moreless

                      • Parking:

                        There is parking on the grounds....moreless

                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Telephone:

                        For incoming calls only....moreless

                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine:

                        There is a washing machine in the pantry by the kitchen....moreless

                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Wood Fireplace:

                        There are three open fireplaces perfect for traditional turf fires; ....moreless


                      • Catering Available:

                        Excellent local caterers available by prior arrangement. ...moreless

                      • Coffee Maker:

                        cafetiers and electric coffee maker....moreless

                      • Cooking Utensils:

                        An electric blender, whisk, simple electric juicer, pots and pans suited for both convection and aga cookers....moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        There is a large selection of dishes and utensils...moreless

                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen:

                        Old world type kitchen, features original Georgian cupboards and antique lighting. Aga with large overhanging clothes airer...moreless

                      • Microwave
                      • Oven:

                        There are two ovens in the aga, one for high heat and the other divides into a plate warmer and slow oven. The electric cooker has double grill/oven settings to choose from....moreless

                      • Pantry Items:

                        There is a large selection of crockery, both Vintage and modern to choose from....moreless

                      • Refrigerator:

                        High quality fridge freezer, perfect for chilling your drinks and keeping your salads fresh....moreless

                      • Stove:

                        There is a traditional aga cooker and a modern electric cooker with double grill and oven....moreless

                      • Toaster:

                        toaster and an electric sandwich maker....moreless


                      • Bicycles:

                        Bicycles can be hired locally and stored in coach houses to the rear of the property....moreless

                      • Boat:

                        There is a marina within one mile of the house, boat trips are available for deep sea fishing and pleasure cruises....moreless

                      • Deck / Patio:

                        The rear patio area is perfect for realaxing and socializing....moreless

                      • Golf:

                        There are many excellent courses nearby including a championship course. Ireland is one of the best places in the world for golf. The city of Galway and the county is no exception....moreless

                      • Kayak / Canoe:

                        You can kayak on the local river and lake, the Corrib....moreless

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        There is a huge front garden, a beautiful outdoor area used for barbeques out the back by the parlour, which is paved with lots of plants, and a big back garden....moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill:

                        We have a barbeque in the sitting area beside the parlour with lots of outdoor seating, in a beautiful area filled with plants....moreless

                      • Tennis:

                        There are tennis courts in Salthill....moreless

                      Payment Type

                      • Mastercard
                      • Visa

                      House Cleaning

                          • Housekeeper Optional


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                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Christmas/NY 2014
                          Dec 23 - Jan 3, 2015
                          5 night min stay
                          Low 2015
                          Jan 4 - Mar 31, 2015
                          5 night min stay
                          High 2015
                          Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2015
                          5 night min stay

                          Additional information about rental rates


                          • 2 hourly cleaning rate €30
                          • Refundable Damage Deposit €500
                          • Taxes Included


                          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 4) require accommodation this can be provided in the linked apartment in the lower level (2 double rooms, kitchen and bathroom with overhead shower). Please contact for rates for groups larger than 6 guests.

                          20% of total on booking to confirm reservation and then remainder 7 weeks before arrival. Bank transfer to Republic of Ireland account, credit card or debit card are acceptable. All prices are in euro.

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                          Last updated: 11/30/2014
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                          60 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          Galway, Shannon, Knock and Dublin Airports
                          0.3 Miles
                          Nearest Barpub
                          The Crane Bar, Wards, O'Connors, Roisin Dubh
                          147 Miles
                          Nearest Ferry
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          Salthill Golf Course
                          1 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          Galway Train Station
                          4 Miles
                          Nearest Motorway
                          M6, N17
                          0.5 Miles
                          Nearest Restaurant
                          Kai, Oscars, Tamarind, Kashmir, Thai Garden,
                          0.5 Miles
                          Nearest Beach
                          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.


                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1942

                          About the owner: 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.

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

                          The Unique Benefits at this Townhome:
                          Location, space, privacy, luxury, walking distance to most major attractions.

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                          Speaks: english

                          Guestbook comments from the owner

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                          • Beautiful Historic House in the Heart of Galway City

                            Beautiful Historic House in the Heart of Galway City

                          • Drawing Room

                            Drawing Room

                          • Beautiful Vintage Kitchen with Aga and antique overhead clothes drying rack

                            Beautiful Vintage Kitchen with Aga and antique overhead clothes drying rack

                          • Victory Room Fireplace

                            Victory Room Fireplace

                          • Double/Twin Room with views of garden

                            Double/Twin Room with views of garden

                          • Breakfast in the Conservatory...

                            Breakfast in the Conservatory...

                          • Spacious hallway, downstairs apartment

                            Spacious hallway, downstairs apartment

                          • Apartment bedroom with superking bed

                            Apartment bedroom with superking bed

                          • Famous Quay Street at night.

                            Famous Quay Street at night.

                          • Fun at nearby Salthill beach

                            Fun at nearby Salthill beach

                          • Sunset from the Claddagh

                            Sunset from the Claddagh

                          • Wild Connemara

                            Wild Connemara

                          • Entrance Hall

                            Entrance Hall

                          • Formal Dining Room

                            Formal Dining Room

                          • Victory Room, superking bed, open fireplace, ensuite bathroom and garden view

                            Victory Room, superking bed, open fireplace, ensuite bathroom and garden view

                          • King Room with open fireplace and en-suite shower

                            King Room with open fireplace and en-suite shower

                          • Italianate Patio

                            Italianate Patio

                          • Nile Lodge Gardens

                            Nile Lodge Gardens

                          • Large Bright Apartment Kitchen

                            Large Bright Apartment Kitchen

                          • Galway's Long Walk where the River Corrib joins the Atlantic

                            Galway's Long Walk where the River Corrib joins the Atlantic

                          • Excitement at world famous Galway Races

                            Excitement at world famous Galway Races

                          • Cliffs of Moher, up to 214 metres (702 ft) in height!

                            Cliffs of Moher, up to 214 metres (702 ft) in height!

                          • Visit nearby Aran Islands for stunning landscape 1800 year old fort, Dún Aonghas

                            Visit nearby Aran Islands for stunning landscape 1800 year old fort, Dún Aonghas

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                          €380 - €550 per night (EUR)

                          3 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 6

                          View calendar: Updated 11/30/14
                          Minimum stay: 5 nights
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                          Member since: 2012
                          Speaks: english
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                          • Calendar last updated: 11/30/2014
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