The four star Harvey’s Point Hotel in Donegal recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with the release of a new book celebrating the long history of the award winning hotel.
Launched at a Silver Jubilee Gala in the hotel on Friday 11th April, the illustrated case-bound book 25 Years of Welcomes tells the story of how Swiss-born Jody Gysling discovered Harvey’s Point on the shores of Lough Eske in 1983 and built a holiday home there on land he personally reclaimed from a bog. The idyllic holiday cottage grew into a guest house and later into Harvey’s Point Hotel. Jody was joined in the enterprise by his brother Marc who met and married local girl Deirdre McGlone who had come to work at Harvey’s Point as a receptionist.
The hotel grew in scale and stature over the years and is today rated No 1 Hotel in Ireland by TripAdvisor. It has also won many awards including AA Hotel of the Year, Ireland’s Best Carvery and Ireland’s Best Wedding Venue.
The book traces the development of Harvey’s Point from its opening in 1989, through the addition of a ballroom in 1991, Marc’s creation of a unique cuisine based on local produce and the birth of the renowned Harvey’s Point Sunday Carvery Lunch which continues to attract hundreds of diners every week.
The most recent development at Harvey’s Point Hotel includes the conversion of 16 Courtyard rooms, built during the early days of the hotel, into eight Lakeshore Suites. Each of these new suites has its own entrance foyer and lobby and a balcony looking out onto Lough Eske and the Bluestack Mountains. This brings the total room complement to 64 suites.
25 Years of Welcomes is written by Frank Corr with design and print by Browne Printers, Letterkenny.