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Happy Swiss National Day

Deirdre’s Diary

Matterhorn - Happy Swiss National Day at Harvey’s Point

Greetings from the Swiss family Gysling and all the team at Harvey’s Point. We are proud to celebrate Swiss National Day here in Donegal in this ‘little piece of Switzerland’ situated on the shores of Lough Eske and at the foot of the Blue Stack Mountains.

World class hotel-keeping blended with genuine Irish hospitality. This is the ethos of Brand Harvey’s Point.

“Swiss Made in Ireland’ became the hotel’s slogan and it has been reflected in the influence of the architecture of Switzerland in the design and lay-out of Harvey’s Point, the meticulous attention to detail throughout the operation and the warmth of the welcome extended to each and every guest”
Quote from ‘Discover

“Don’t be put off by the fact that Harvey’s Point in Donegal is quite far away, as in life, its always well worth going that extra mile. You will be rewarded with a (Swiss) chocolate box view of a charming lakeside hotel surrounded by mountains, which are often snowcapped in winter and a fond reminder of Switzerland, from whence the Gysling family hail, having brought their unique brand of hospitality and Swiss perfection to this remote and very beautiful part of Ireland”.
Quote from ‘Ireland’s Hidden Gems


TicinoWe have just returned from a wonderful holiday in Switzerland. Our kids, Carl, James and Christina were at a summer camp for families with Swiss connections living all over the world. Marc and I enjoyed some quality time together, visiting Swiss hotels looking for new ideas for Harvey’s Point. We went hiking in the impressive Alpine resort of Zermatt in the shadow of the world famous Matterhorn. It truly is a nature paradise for every hiker and mountaineer with pure nature and idyllic valleys, fragrant forests and countless lakes.


FondueFondue in Switzerland may seem clichéd, but it is indelibly woven into the country’s fabric. For centuries, Swiss living in the mo
untains relied on fondue as a way to use bread and cheese during colder months. It’s a great way to share a meal with family and friends. Dunk rustic country bread into melted cheese infused with lashings of wine and garlic; the more wine and garlic the better! And if you loose a piece of bread in the pot, you have to sing a song or buy a drink! Luckily it has never happened to me…yet!


RacletteThis is the name of a Swiss cheese made from cow’s milk (slightly nutty, a little like gruyere), but it’s also the name of a very popular
meal. In the old days, an entire wheel of cheese was held up in front of a fire and as the cheese melted, it was scraped off onto a plate to be eaten. Nowadays,we have table-top raclette grills and it’s a great idea for a dinner party. It is served with boiled potatoes and onions. Perfect for the Irish palate! Vegetables. charcuterie, pickled gherkins and onions, and bread can also be served. Eating it, you can just imagine being huddled up in a warm and cosy Swiss chalet with a log fire and candles lit. The smell of pine and cheese in perfect harmony!


RostiThinly grated potatoes, pan-fried until crisp and golden, rösti is one of Switzerland’s iconic national dishes. It was originally eaten as a breakfast by Bern farmers but these days, it is enjoyed all over the world and can be eaten at any time of day. It’s delicious with fried eggs or sausages.


BirchermuesliInvented in Switzerland around 1911 by a Dr Maximillian Bircher-Benner, a plate of Birchermüesli is a healthy start to the day. It’s a
mix of rolled oat flakes, fruit, nuts, lemon juice and condensed milk. We feature it on our breakfast buffet from a secret recipe of Marc’s great grandmother.

Swiss Sausages

Swiss SausageSwitzerland is home to almost 350 different regional varieties of sausages. In terms of land area, that is probably a world record. My favourites are Cervelat and Bratwurst. If ever you are in Zurich, a visit to the Sternen Grill for the St. Galler bratwurst is a must – a great experience for people watching. Seemingly Tina Turner lives nearby and pops in from time to time!

At home, on a fine summers day, Swiss sausages are perfect for a BBQ.

So, no matter whether the rain is pouring, the snow is falling or the sun is shining, Swiss food nurtures the body and soul.



August 2016

Autumn Breaks Ireland - Autumn Offers at Harvey's Point
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Romantic Autumn Escape

Enjoy a Romantic Autumn Escape in one of Ireland's most stunning locations, whether it's strolling hand in hand on a country walk, relaxing in a private hot tub for two or lounge in front of one of our many log fires...

Dinner Cabaret Show

Dust off your party frock and pull out your dancing shoes and join us. Our superb Cabaret runs from 27th June to 31st October.
Sunday Sleepover at Harvey's Point

Sunday Sleepover

Enjoy a chilled out Sunday with our Sunday Sleepover Offer. Take in the views of Lough Eske while enjoying a scrumptious five course lunch in our Lakeside Ballroom before checking in to a palatial suite for some "Us Time".
Girly Breaks

Girly Getaway

Whether it's a girly getaway with your girlfriends or a Mother & Daughter treat or pre-wedding wedding get together Harvey's Point is the ideal location to get the girls together.