This month you have the opportunity to win a short break for two people sharing in Harvey's Point Country Hotel. Blessed with one of Ireland’s most beautiful locations, on the shores of Lough Eske County Donegal
This well-managed hotel
was first opened by the Gysling family in 1989 when chalet-style buildings linked by covered walkways and pergolas created a distinctly alpine atmosphere reminiscent of their native Switzerland - a style that suited the site well, with the open low-level design allowing views of the lough and mountains from most areas of the hotel.
Other than its location, the most outstanding feature of this hotel has always been the friendliness and helpfulness of the staff
and, under the current management of Marc Gysling and his wife Deirdre McGlone,who is General Manager, that is still its greatest strength.
Otherwise, there have been many changes, and with 64 bedrooms it is now a far bigger and more luxurious establishment
: rooms in the new extension do not all have a lake view but they are exceptionally spacious, with six foot beds (or, in the newest rooms, large twins) and huge baths, which will please many guests.
The Gysling family have done a huge amount to make Donegal the popular short break destination that it is becoming today. The hotel is renowned for its special activity breaks
, offered throughout the year..
And, on the ball as ever, Harvey's Point has recently produced a 'Green Guide' to their favourite things to see and do in Donegal and the North West.
Harvey's Point has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the region’s leading dining destinations
: a welcoming turf fire sets the tone in the bar, and in the 100 seater fine dining Restaurant - a large room, elegantly set up with white-clothed tables and extending right down to the foreshore – diners can enjoy the beautiful view across the lough and, perhaps, watch the hotel’s pet goose, Harvey, coming in from the water at feeding time.
The classically toned menus offered make a pleasing change from the casual dining that is becoming the norm, and they demonstrate a commitment to sourcing from the best local (or at least Irish) suppliers
. A wide, but not over-extensive, choice is offered and the consistently assured cooking
is well up to the theatrical nuances of the fine dining experience laid on by attentive and well-trained restaurant staff.
The buffet lunch offered in the banqueting area on Sundays also has a dedicated following (reservations required) and a second restaurant, The Winebar - which also overlooks the lake - offers a less formal à la carte alternative which may be attractive to guests staying several nights.
The lucky winner of this free competition will have a short break for two people sharing (subject to availability), to include:
• 2 nights accommodation
• full Irish breakfast on both mornings
• dinner for two people on one night
Read more about Harvey's Point Country Hotel on their website.
To enter the competition simply tick the answers to the questions below (you must be a member, click here to join, it's free):