Burke Family

The Burke Family and Riversdale House

Riverhaven Self Catering Log Houses is a family run business, owned and operated by Martin, John & Martina Burke.  The Burke Family have been actively involved in the tourism for the past 46 years, being the proprietors of a Bord Fáilte approved farmhouse B & B from 1967 to 2002 and the proprietors of self catering accommodation from the year 2000 to date.  John’s family was in the hotel business for many years from the early 1920’s until 1965 (past owners of the Royal Avenue Hotel in Belfast and the Dun Maeve Hotel in Sligo).  John together with his wife Martina and their five children worked at and developed a very successful tourism business at Riversdale.  During this time John also shared much of his experience by serving on many committees and organisations at local, regional and national level.

Riversdale farm is a 53 acre farm in the townland of Kilteasheen in Knockvicar which adjoins the eastern shore-line of Lough Key and is situated alongside the Boyle River and Clarendon Lock.  In excess of 100 cabin cruisers pass through Clarendon Lock each day during high season and throughout most of the year there is a steady flow of boat traffic coming from and going to Lough Key and Boyle.

Riversdale House, the home of the Burke family, is a Georgian split level period building of the early nineteenth century.  Riversdale was once the home of film actress Maureen O’Sullivan and was purchased by the Burke Family in the early twentieth century. The house has been restored by the Burke family in an authentic manner.  Between 1967 and 2002 the Burke family operated a very successful Bórd Fáilte approved Farm Guesthouse at Riversdale.  In 2000 the family expanded their tourism business to include self-catering accommodation.  They imported and built a Swedish Log House, which is approved by Fáilte Ireland and is now successfully established as self-catering premises.

In 2009 John & Martin Burke developed Riverhaven on the Riversdale House family farm.  Riverhaven consists of 4 Eco friendly Log cabins which are approved to 4 star Fáilte Ireland standard.  The Burke family provide personal attention to guests staying at Riverhaven.  A welcome pack of food and firewood is provided to all guests on arrival and personal information on local places of interest, pubs and restaurants is offered. Personal attention and a warm welcome is the hallmark of the Burke Family and there are many testimonials to this in our comments in visitor books (extracts in testimonials section of our website) and on ratings on Trip Advisor.