23rd March 2018

The Gysling family opened this stunningly located hotel on the shores of Lough Eske in 1989, and it’s now run by Marc Gysling and his wife Deirdre McGlone.

Aside from the setting, it has many claims to fame including the increasingly luxurious accommodation, the special activity breaks offered throughout the year – and, its greatest USP, the engaging friendliness and helpfulness of the owners and staff.

Good food has always been a key feature too – and that includes a very good breakfast, served in The Restaurant with its lovely lake view. Highlights include an outstanding buffet (featuring, of course, Granny Gysling’s bircher muesli among many temptations); a fine rendition of The Irish Breakfast, including famed McGettigan’s sausages from Donegal Town; a chef’s station where a splendid ham is freshly carved and pancakes and eggs are cooked to your liking; and fish dishes (fresh and smoked) cooked to order from the table service menu.

Service, as always at Harvey’s Point, is impeccable and good humoured – a great start to the day.

Winner: Gregans Castle Hotel, Ballyvaughan, Co Clare
Highly Commended: Harvey’s Point, Lough Eske, Co Donegal
Highly Commended: Beech Hill Country House Hotel, Derry, Co Londonderry

Further information from: Deirdre McGlone on 087-7934466/ or Frank Corr on 086-8274710/

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