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25th Mar 2019

The number one hotel in Ireland on TripAdvisor for six of the last seven years has been sold

Conor Heneghan

Harvey's Point

One of the most iconic hotels in the country has new ownership.

Hoteliers Deirdre McGlone and Marc Gysling have decided to sell Harvey’s Point hotel in Donegal, voted the number one hotel in Ireland on TripAdvisor in six of the last seven years.

The couple have decided to sell the hotel, located on the lakes of Lough Eske, outside Donegal town, in order to spend more time with their young family.

Harvey’s Point, it has been revealed, is to be bought by a fund managed by Davy Real Estate, which is planning a substantial investment in the hotel.

The fund has significant interests in a number of hotels in Ireland. Tom Barrett of Savills has managed the off-market sale of this unique hotel on behalf of Marc Gysling and Deirdre McGlone.

Harvey's Point

Opened 30 years ago, Harvey’s Point has established a reputation as one of the most iconic hotels in Ireland.

As well as ranking as the number one hotel in Ireland on TripAdvisor in six of the last seven years, it has also been ranked as the 12th best hotel in Europe on TripAdvisor in the recent past.

Harvey’s Point has a coveted AA two rosette restaurant and AA Red Star and it was also awarded Hotel of the Year 2017 by Georgina Campbell.

Commenting on the decision to sell the hotel, Deirdre McGlone said: “This is a life-changing, lifestyle choice for us as a family. Marc and I want to spend more time with each other and with our three teenage children.

“Life is for living,” she added.

“We have spent an immensely enjoyable 30 years at Harvey’s Point and it has been an amazing journey. 2019 is a milestone year for the hotel and a year of celebrations is planned. However, the time has come for someone else to write the next chapter of the Harvey’s Point story.”

Marc Gysling said: “The new owner is highly experienced in the international luxury hotel and travel market and has exciting plans for the expansion of the hotel, working alongside the current experienced and loyal team.

“So, while there is a change of ownership, there will be no change with the overall experience that people have come to love at Harvey’s Point. Led by General Manager Noel Cunningham and Financial Controller Michael Cullinan, the hotel will continue to aspire to the highest standards of excellence in hotel-keeping and hospitality.”

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