Fodor's Expert Review Harvey's Point Country Hotel

6 km (4 miles) northwest of Donegal Town, off N15, Lough Eske, Co. Donegal, Ireland Fodor's Choice

Set in a remote and breathtaking location in landscaped gardens on the shores of Lough Eske at the foot of the Blue Stack Mountains, Harvey's Point has, since 1989, been a spirit-lifting escape. The drive to the Gysling family's hotel is awe-inspiring in itself and your surprise is complete when the elegant edifice looms up along the shores of the lake. Reception areas, redecorated in 2017, gleam with cherrywood and polished stone and flaunt great views. The four-course dinner menu (€59) and seven-course menu (€69) both include duck and venison and are brimful of local produce. Even if your itinerary prevents you from overnighting, it is well worth dropping in for the Sunday carvery lunch, a buffet that has become justly famous and costs €32. Harveys Bar (12:30–9 pm), with its delightful terrace, is a stylish place to enjoy bar snacks and drinks overlooking the lake and mountains.

PROS

  • timeless grandeur
  • peaceful surroundings
  • Sunday lunch buffet

CONS

  • older rooms lack the opulence of new ones
  • long walk to ATM
  • books up quickly in summer

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Countryside
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 074-972–2208

HOTEL DETAILS

64 rooms

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