Three spacious en suite bedrooms, all with individual private living rooms.
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 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 Galway
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 for many years.
What makes this House unique
Beautiful Historic House with a wonderful Location in one of most desirable parts of Galway city. Five minute walking distance to city center restaurants, night life and beach. Located perfectly for daytrips ,sightseeing the major attractions of West of Ireland, The Cliffs of Moher, Connemara, The Burren, Kylemore Abbey, The Aran Islands, Bunratty Castle, Ailwee Caves. A fantastic base for exploring the wonderful golf courses of the West of Ireland.
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Historic, Spacious, Well-Loved, Homely
We were so thrilled with our stay at Nile Lodge. Maire is a wonderful host, generous with her time and knowledge. My partner's family comes from Galway and we visit often. This is the first time we have stayed, other than with family, as we brought his children and grand-children for a visit. This was such a perfect property for 3 generations. His relatives were absolutely knocked out with having the opportunity to visit and Maire was kindness itself when I asked if 20+ relative could come over for a get-together. The gardens are very special too. We stay in beautiful hotels on holidays at home and abroad but the quirkiness, charm and very well stocked Nile Lodge is extra special. We trust future visitors will treat this wonderful house with the respect it so richly deserves. Thank you, Maire
Stunning house with a perfect location
We couldn't have been happier with our stay in Galway. The house is beautiful both inside and out and we were made to feel very welcome and comfortable. Can't wait to visit again!
A step-back in time to an age of civility
Open the front door and one is immediately transported back to a more graceful time when life was lived at a far more gentile pace and those with money could enjoy a charmed existence with servants to cater to the family's every need.
Indeed, for a fleeting second, I quite expected a butler to step forward and help me off with my top coat while ushering me into the drawing room with its roaring fire and comfy couch while he arranged for my bags to be brought in from the horse-drawn carriage outside.
Reality returned as I dragged our two overly heavy suitcases from the boot of the car up the steps and over the threshold into the long entrance hall of Nile Lodge off which are located the drawing room, formal dining room and two of the three bedrooms,
The interior still retains much of the splendour of its earlier years with a blend of faux Regency, Victorian and early 20th Century furniture throughout the house.
This is not to suggest that such old worldliness extends to the bathrooms which I hasten to re-assure readers feature modern day fixtures and fittings. The 'loo' in the third bedroom at the back of the house is somewhat small and only one bedroom has a bathtub ; however these were small inconveniences that didn't overly concern us especially when the beds were so comfortable.
The kitchen has an AGA cooker which all of us remembered from our youth but none of us were confident enough to put to use except to warm plates and to keep coffee and tea pots warm ; instead we used the perfectly adequate stove and ubiquitous micro wave. Naturally as with everything else in Nile House the kitchen was extremely well equipped with more than enough glasses, knives and forks and cooking utensils to satisfy our every need
Maire, the owner, was genuinely interested in making sure that our stay was as good as she could make it being present in the house when we arrived and a couple of times during the week to make sure everything was going fine which of course it was. Being from the area she had an encyclopaedic knowledge of what Galway had to offer and on our first night even managed to get us a table at a Michelin rated restaurant and a couple of days later giving us the names of some trainers whose horses she though would do well at Galway Races.
Perhaps the most unexpected benefit was Nile Lodge's location which is within ten minutes walk of the best restaurants in Galway as well as a number of the most popular diddly-diddly bar
I cannot thank you enough Lynne for taking so much trouble and time to write such a lovely review.
It would have be so interesting to have been able to see how life was lived two hundred years ago in this house. Its been so great researching the period in history, and buying the extra antiques over the years. I am really glad you took such an interest. It makes it all worthwhile.
I would like to extend a very warm welcome back to you all anytime.
With very best wishes,
Great accommodations for 3 couples
Very clean and welcoming. Worked wonderfully for 3 couples. Lots of space and starter food and snacks in the refrigerator when we got there. Great location. Maire was very friendly and had fresh homemade granola along with other items such as milk, etc ready for us.
Absolutely amazing home with all the history you are looking for in Galway
Marie was so accommodating. Fresh fruit, milk, eggs and granola in the kitchen. All phones numbers needed for taxis tours restaurants or extensive walking directions for nearby sites. This trip was absolutely amazing starting and ending with our stay at Nile Lodge.
Thank you so much Courtney for your kindness in writing this beautiful review. Thank you also for choosing to stay here, it was a pleasure having your family here. If you are ever thinking of coming back to Ireland, I would be absolutely delighted if you came to stay here again. Maire
The perfect Galway holiday home!
We have recently spent a wonderful week at Nile Lodge with our grown-up children and their partners. Maire is a lovely welcoming host for whom nothing was too much trouble. It was great to arrive to find the fridge filled, plenty of fruit, tea, coffee etc as well as fires laid and toiletries in all the bathrooms.
Nile Lodge is a fantastic historic house which has been beautifully restored to create a really comfortable and spacious family home with four large bedrooms each with an ensuite bathroom. It is conveniently situated only 10 minutes walk from the city centre and we enjoyed being able to walk out for dinner in some of Galway's lovely restaurants or to wander in to listen to traditional music in local bars. We also found it easy to drive to Connemara and The Burren to enjoy the scenery and some of the fantastic walks recommended by Maire .
It was always a pleasure to return to the house at the end of the day, we lit fires on a wet evening, cooked on the Aga, played on the piano and sat around chatting and listening to music. Maire was happy for us to invite our cousins and friends one day and it was brilliant to share a meal around the huge dining table and have space to sit and relax afterwards.
Maire went out of her way to ensure we had everything we might need and we had a wonderful week in her beautiful home. It really is a special place and we hope to return for another visit.
I sincerely appreciate the time and effort that you have given to me with your beautiful review. Let me say in return that it was absolutely delightful having you both and your wonderful family stay here. I am delighted that you enjoyed the house, and was very happy to have your cousins come here . I hope you all have great memories to treasure of your time together. I would be very happy indeed to welcome you back here anytime. Thank you very much for choosing to stay here, Maire
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.