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

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Famous Elegant Historic City Residence


Last updated: 12/07/2016
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:Lodge
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

3 en suite bedrooms, elegant reception rooms and gardens in central Galway City

Built in 1807 by a Captain and Commander in Nelson's fleet , Nile Lodge, from which the surrounding area gets its name,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 on the shores of Galway Bay, in the West of Ireland.

This prestigious property is available to rent on a short term basis, and makes a unique and outstanding vacation home.
It offers luxurious self-catering accommodation for up to six guests in three en suite bedrooms, with super-king size beds. In one bedroom, the bed can be configured into two singles.

Nile Lodge is an ideal venue for guests who appreciate privacy, whether this is to conduct business in Ireland or to enjoy a very private holiday in the heart of the City.

The property is perfectly located down the road from the historic Galway City, just far enough to have the tranquility and quiet that this house offers, while also having 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 beautiful house is perfectly located for all that the West of Ireland has to offer. Take a day trip to picturesque Connemara, with its rugged scenery of hills and lakes, perfect for off road cycling and hill walking. The Burren , The Cliffs of Moher and the pretty coastal villages like Kinvara and Roundstone, are within an hour's drive. The amazing Aran Islands, with their spectacular cliffs and the ancient Dun Aengus fort, are within a hour and a half from the house.

Galway, with its famous horse racing events, the arts and literary festivals is hugely popular with both native Irish people and visitors to Ireland alike. The wonderful seaside promenade - the longest in Europe, enjoyed every day by joggers and walkers - is located just down the road from the house. The panoramic sea views enjoyed while exercising on the promenade lifts the spirits by their sheer beauty.

Lots of superb golf courses have regular visitors from all over the world, and are within easy reach of the house.The closest to the house is the lovely 18 hole links course of Salthill, just one mile away.

There is plenty of game and coarse fishing, as you would expect in Ireland with its plentiful rivers and lakes. Lough Corrib, which opens into the sea via the river Corrib, is one mile from the house. Anglers from all over the world have enjoyed the famous salmon and trout fishing, in addition to coarse fishing, on these waters.

Nile Lodge has the most amazing location when it comes to enjoying all that Ireland has to offer, and Galway City itself is known to be the music capital of Ireland. Musicians love to live here and play in groups in the many sessions around the City.
The standard of the music is truly fantastic, and the only problem is getting to see as many as possible!

Nile Lodge is one of the most prestigious private houses in the City of Galway and has a wonderful, rich history, which is clearly visible in the house, showing details from Nelson's time through the past 200 years.
This beautiful house, built to the design suggestive of the bridge of a ship, originally had a sea view, stands on over an acre of private, mature, beautifully landscaped gardens which provide a wonderful green oasis within minutes of the center of Galway. There is a high-walled orchard to the rear of the property which is enjoyable for children and adults alike to enjoy space and privacy.

I am a family doctor. I see private patients, by appointment only, on the lower ground floor of Nile Lodge on some evenings and during the day on weekends.
It is a small practice and my consultation rooms have a separate entrance and are completely sectioned off both from the interior and exterior of the house.
I live nearby while the house is being rented.
Guests of Nile Lodge are very welcome in my consulting rooms during my normal hours of work, and can ring me directly on my mobile.

For convenience just across the road from the property is a small supermarket which has late opening. Also located nearby is the luxury grocery store Morton's of Galway as well as larger supermarkets.

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+353 871756832


Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 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 baby's 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, and two have open turf fires. A FURTHER DOUBLE BEDROOM WITH PRIVATE BATHROOM AND SUPER KING BED IS CONNECTED BY A STAIRCASE TO THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR. THIS IS FOR ADDITIONAL GUEST USE AND COSTS AN EXTRA 100 EUROS PER NIGHT. IT INCREASES THE MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY TO 8...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 its own private bathroom. The three bedrooms on the upper level have en-suites. THE ADDITIONAL OPTIONAL DOUBLE BEDROOM ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR , OFFERING COMPLETE PRIVACY, HAS ITS OWN SHOWER ROOM NEXT TO IT....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Minimum rental 5 nights.


  • Books:

    Where do we start? There is a great mix of books suitable for all....moreless

  • 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:

    Cable TV...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

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

  • Video Library:

    Netflix is available....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

  • Resort:

    Located in Seaside resort of Salthill, traditionally popular with inland Irish visitors and tourists from all over the world....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:

    The clothes line in the garden and an old style clothes- airer over the Aga are availablebfor clothes not suitable for tumbledryers. A tumbledryer is located in the pantry....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 with lots of open turf fires....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-fi is available....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    We have fine quality linens throughout....moreless

  • Living Room:

    There is a beautiful formal living room with vaulted ceiling and big open fireplace and fabulous views over the gardens. Another large living room perfect for family gatherings opens onto the patio....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is parking on the grounds....moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    You can park your cars off road, right at the front of the house....moreless

  • Telephone:

    For local and incoming calls only....moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    There are plenty of towels; beach towels are provided for your convenience....moreless

  • 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. Additional housekeeping available by prior arrangement. ...moreless

  • Coffee Maker:

    Cafetieres and electric coffee maker....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    An electric blender, whisk, simple electric juicer, as well as 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 with features such as 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 the 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 relaxing and socialising....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 large 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

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Christmas NY 16-17
Dec 23 - Jan 2, 2017
4 night min stay
May 1 - Jul 23, 2017
4 night min stay
Race Week 17
Jul 24 - Jul 31, 2017
4 night min stay
August - Sept 17
Aug 1 - Sep 21, 2017
4 night min stay
Oyster festival 17
Sep 22 - Sep 25, 2017
4 night min stay

flat fee
Christmas NY 17-18
Dec 23 - Jan 2, 2018
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $537.92


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:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 12/07/2016
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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, Anair, Ard Bia
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 Salthill, Co. Galway, Ireland:
This house is a local landmark and is one of the most important historical houses in Galway City.

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

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 12/07/2016

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  • Famous Elegant Historic City Residence

    Famous Elegant Historic City Residence

  • Peaceful, quiet high walled rear garden

    Peaceful, quiet high walled rear garden

  • Drawing Room

    Drawing Room

  • Living room with open turf fire and original vaulted ceiling

    Living room with open turf fire and original vaulted ceiling

  • Breakfast in the Conservatory...

    Breakfast in the Conservatory...

  • 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

  • Fourth (extra guests) downstairs bedroom

    Fourth (extra guests) downstairs bedroom

  • 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

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

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

  • Spacious beautiful gardens

    Spacious beautiful gardens

  • Formal Dining Room

    Formal Dining Room

  • Casual dining in relaxed private living room

    Casual dining in relaxed private living room

  • Italianate Patio

    Italianate Patio

  • 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

  • Famous Quay Street at night.

    Famous Quay Street at night.

  • Wild Connemara

    Wild Connemara

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Wednesday, December 07, 2016

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