About this listing
Nile Lodge is a prestigious, private residence in the heart of the cultural city of Galway. A short walk from both the beach in Salthill and all the major attractions of the city, this historical residence has it all.
Nile Lodge is a prestigious, private residence in the heart of the cultural city of Galway.
This historic house was built by a Captain in Nelson's fleet in 1807, and from it the surrounding area gets its name. The Captain commanded a ship called The Plumper and sailed it in Galway Bay while resident in Nile Lodge in the early 1800's.
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 seaside promenade down the road from the house is the longest in Europe and has beautiful views over Galway Bay.
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 Plumper Room, a bedroom named after the boat that the original owner commanded over two hundred years ago on Galway Bay, also features a hand-made super-king size bed with antique chandelier and pretty original tiled fireplace. The original shutters ensure a relaxing night’s 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 and now houses Nile Lodge Mews which provides accommodation for additional guests if 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, theater add to the perfection of the location. It is a perfect base for day trips to Connemara, The Cliffs of Moher, The Aran Islands, The Burren, and Aillwee Caves. Fishing on the river Corrib is less than one mile away as are the yachts and boats on Galway Docks.
Main house area is the entire ground floor of the house with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms for up to 6 guests. If needed an extra 4 can be accommodated in a linked apartment in the lower level of the house. This apartment is furnished in the same style as the house and sleeps up to 4 in 2 double rooms, there is a full kitchen and a bathroom with overhead shower.
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little guests like. I work and live from a small surgery (part time) and apartment in a separate part of the lower level of the house so I'm self contained from the main house with separate entrance.
Very close to the city centre and a short walk to the beach in Salthill.
There are buses from outside the house, but you can walk in to the city centre in 5-10 mins.
Other Things to Note
Minimum stay is for 5 nights due to the size of the property. Discounts are available for stays longer than 7 nights. We can accommodate an extra 4 people in a luxury apartment (website hidden)ternally if needed, please contact for details and pricing. We are very flexible with check in and check out arrangements.
If you have any special arrangements we will try to accommodate your needs. Please contact us to discuss.
We expect guests to respect our home as they would their own, especially with regard to keeping noise levels down, particularly after midnight. A fully refundable damage deposit of €500 is also required.
No smoking is allowed on the premises.
Minimum stay is for 5 nights. We are very flexible with check in and check out arrangements.
All I can really say is, WOW! This is a spectacular home with a spectacular host and a perfect location to walk anywhere in town. Maire and her family made sure we had everything we needed and we were able to share some great laughs together. This is definitely a gem of Galway. Must stay!!!!
Andrew, you were fabulous guests, it was a a pleasure to have you all stay. We would love if you came back again. In fact from what I hear, Galway would love to have you all back!!
I am so happy you enjoyed your stay here, our doors are always open to you and your friends.
About the Host, Maire
I am a native of Galway and enjoy everything about this wonderful city. I have lots of interests and particularly enjoy good company, music, chatting and chilling out. I also love poetry and old books.
Given that Nile Lodge House has such a rich historical past, going back over 200 years, has been very interesting to be involved in the research of this, which is still ongoing.
I love tramping through fields, looking at old monuments and ruins and I really enjoy a brisk walk along the seaside promenade just down the road, enjoying the views over Galway Bay.
I spent many happy years living and working in Manchester City and regularly travel back there. I have also travelled a little in Italy, France and Spain and thoroughly enjoyed the rich culture of these countries.