Harcourt Developments is to invest €5m into the luxury Lough Eske Castle Hotel.
Last week, we reported the proposed two-storey development will include 24 ‘suites’ and four bedrooms.
At present, it boasts 97 spacious rooms, the Lake Lodge – a private two-bedroom residence – and the awarding winning CARA Organic Beauty Spa.
The old castle was restored and developed into a hotel in 2007 by Harcourt, which is owned by Buncrana native, Pat ‘Big Hill’ Doherty (below).
Speaking to the Irish Independent this week, Dónal Cox, General Manager, said: “This is due to demand we have seen for a luxury bedroom product which can cater for families and celebratory stays.”
He added the decision to expand reflected Lough Eske Castle’s increased business from international markets.
It is currently forecast to welcome 40pc more international guests this year than seen before the Covid-19 pandemic.
Clement Gaffney, Group Hotel Operations Manager for Harcourt Developments, added that the investment would also see Lough Eske Castle recruit extra staff.
“With the investment of €5m into the expansion project, we will welcome more employees to the team, bringing our total employment to 235 staff at the property.”
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