Harcourt Developments, the proprietors of Lough Eske Castle Hotel in Donegal has announced the appointment of Donal Cox as the venue’s new general manager. Cox has returned to Lough Eske Castle from sister hotel Redcastle Hotel & Spa in north Donegal, after having previously served as the former hotel’s operations manager seven years ago.
A Welcome Return
Commenting on Cox’s appointment, Clement Gaffney of Harcourt Developments said,“The Harcourt Hotel Collection and the board members of Harcourt Developments take great pride in seeing our team develop. We are delighted to welcome Donal back to Lough Eske Castle from our sister property, Redcastle Hotel & Spa. Donal brings a wealth of knowledge, always gives a warm welcome to our guests and with his exceptional leadership skills will elevate Lough Eske Castle to greater heights.”
Meanwhile, Cox asserted “I am delighted to have been granted this opportunity to return to Lough Eske Castle as general manager. I feel especially attached to the hotel and look forward to welcoming local patrons, national and international guests, and to be working again with many friends and colleagues. I will be working hard to achieve even higher levels of service and creating experiences for our guests.”
Lough Eske Castle Hotel opened in 2007. Despite opening at the beginning of the financial downturn, Lough Eske Castle has seen revenues double. Summer 2018 has been a particularly strong business season with revenue up 10% and an increase of 4% in occupancy compared to summer 2017 with growth in North American and National markets. Harcourt Developments have invested significantly in the castle over the last 12 months. This went towards developing a new drive way, refreshed castle grounds, new bespoke carpets throughout hallways and bedroom areas, a new helipad at the front of the castle and a new Tower Suite being launched in the coming weeks.