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“Excellent Photography Course, Location & Host” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Barn at Fellowsfield Farm

The Barn at Fellowsfield Farm
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The Barn at Fellowsfield Farm
Fernadum, Kilcock, Ireland   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Kilcock B&B and Inns
Ireland
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6 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Excellent Photography Course, Location & Host”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I recently stayed at the Barn over a weekend for a photography course with Tony Parkes. The Barn itself is a lovely place to stay and has big wooden beams and high ceilings that along with a huge stone log fire that burned the whole weekend meant there was a lovely homely welcoming atmosphere all through the lodge.

The photography course itself was excellent and Tony was a great host whose photographic knowledge and experience is only outdone by his fascinating stories and anecdotes covering a huge range of topics. The course would be suitable for people of all ranges of photographic skills and we had excellent classroom tuition and on the ground photo walks to help everyone put their new skills into practice. The weekend culminated in a review of the pictures taken over the weekend with great feedback from both Tony and the rest of the workshop participants.

Tony was also the Chef for the weekend and provided us with a sumptuous range of delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners and popped out of the kitchen during courses to regale us with more stories and interesting facts about the region.

I highly recommend the Barn for both the photographic courses and also just as a B&B location to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Longford, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

What a great weekend.While I would regularly take photographs it was always hit and miss as to how they would turn out.I learnt so much over this weekend,I now know things about my camera that I never knew before and have the confidence to try different things with it.Tony was a great teacher,plenty of patience and as far as he was concerned none of our questions were stupid !! Aside from the photography the accommodation was great and if you enjoy your food you will love it here.What a great break learning some new skills and having great fun doing it.
Tony Headon - Longford

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

When you arrive at the Barn, you see that the owners of the place have taken care to create a simple elegant space in which you and your friends can relax and enjoy a perfect evening. The cooking is simply superb. The pictures, taken by the owner, a professional photographer, would inspire you to improve your own photography.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I only stayed 2 nights October 121&13. But will hopefully have the opportunity to return again some day for longer. It´s a fine house with a feeling of "coming home". Accomodation is exceptionally comfortable. Tony and his lovely wife are consummate hosts, thoughtful, engaging, helpful and generouse with local knowledge. Indeed food and hospitality are the heart of the Barn ensuring a remarkable dinning experience. Ingredients are carefully sourced from Tony´s organic garden. My family enjoyed the special attention, dinning experience. and open log fire atmosphere. Away from the hectic city and out in the lovely Irish countryside so tranquil and peaceful - indeed a wonderful experience to be always rembered by all.

Room Tip: each room has it´s own special atmosphere - all are perfect. I had the lovely room overlooking the o...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

I had been on one of Tony's fantastic photography courses when he also told me about his Dining Club nights as well. Fantastic home cooked food that is just to die for. I've never enjoyed food as much as this. I've been to these nights four times and I'm going again on Friday! Such a good idea, you have a set menu for the night and sit at a long table with other diners... The conversation and jokes are superb! Really looking forward to another night at The Barn!

Room Tip: All the room are super but the Triangular Room and Spiral Room (the one we had) are the nicest
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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

We booked into their Christmas Supper Club on 16 December 2011 not knowing what to expect. It was really wintery (obviously!) with snow threatening. When we arrived we were greeted by a roaring fire from the beautiful rustic stone fireplace which warmed us up immediately. Tony, one of the owners, welcomed us like friends they hadn't seen in ages. The Barn is at it says, a converted barn - as only a few years back the huge sitting room was host to ducks swimming in a pond underneath the barn roof. After a labour of love the owners brought the barn to life as a cosy, wooden haven to lose yourself in for a night or few days stay. The main thing that struck us was the warmth and friendliness. It both exuded from Tony & Louise and from the Barn. From the moment you entered it felt like you were among friends and treated like old friends dropping for in for a chat. Here I'll just remind you that their own actual home is located away from the Barn. Also would other accommodation providers allow you to go into the kitchen in the middle of the night to make yourself a light snack - no charge? Don't think so. It was that little gesture and other stuff that makes this in a class above the norm. It is approved as a 4 star guest house and it delivers. Each room is individually designed, one even has it's own little library and another a spiral staircase. Each wooden beam, the fireplace, and other nooks and crannies have a story to tell and over breakfast Tony, if you're interested, will give you a brief overview. Take for instance the name is called after their first horse called Fellow. I'll let Tony tell you the rest. It's steeped in it's own treasured history. The rooms are spacious and fit two people very comfortable (well except for a couple of single rooms). They are impeccable clean and really comfortable. The other great thing is that the farmlife continues. Louise the other wonderful owner had been busy for most of the night and the following morning keeping that all running smoothly. The next morning after breakfast we got a tour of the farm, meeting Hagrid their pet sheep and a look at their vegetable packed garden. Oh forgot to mention, if you want mint tea after dinner, Tony will hop out to the garden and get fresh mint leaves - now you couldn't getter better than that if you were at home. Oh and I forgot to mention most of the food you eat is from the farm and so you can be sure that if it does it was only picked that day, probably an hour or so before dinner in some cases. Also they will go out of their way to ensure they meet any dietary requirements. Be sure to give them plenty of notice so they car organize menus and be willing to help with menu ideas as Tony will endeavour to get a fabulous meal sorted for you. All in all a worthwhile visit for charm, warmth, friendliness a bit of country life without the hard work that's involved in running a farm. A truly friendly place you'll want to go back to time and time again.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stuttgart, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2012

To get more expert knowledge at photography we booked a photographic course at the Barn at Fellowsfield. Tony, the Owner, who is a fantastic professional photographer, received us very warmly at his farm on Friday afternoon as the course took place from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon.

The guests stayed in the barn, which has been recently renovated with lots of love. It has 6 rooms on the first floor, every one of which is unique and all the furniture is either restored or hand-made so you can feel absolutely comfortable in every room. It's quiet, cozy and you have a fantastic view all over the countryside.

On the ground floor, you will find a cozy and really commodious living room with a fantastic open fire place, a huge dining area with a very large table, a kitchen and a conference room. This place is the one if you search for coziness, quietness, warmhearted people and finally for delicious food (mostly organic and produced on the farm's garden or locally bought).

We were a group of 4 participants who all do photography as a hobby. We started with this course on Friday evening when Tony gave us an introduction to basic technical skills in digital photography and showed us how to handle the camera.

After that we had a fantastic 3-course-dinner and relaxed in front of the open fire.

The breakfast on Saturday morning was really tasty with a large choice of food.
Then we went in the landcruiser to the beautiful countryside of Wicklow national park.
Tony brought us to several insider locations where we could practice our photography with different methods on different subjects like waterfalls, trees, rivers, mountains, wild deer and others. We also used several lenses (provided by Tony) to experience what the differences are and how we can use them to get the best results.

Tony had ordered wonderful weather, so we could actually have lunch beside the river Liffey.
Although we only walked 2 km all in all, even through rivers with our wellingtons (which were really necessary and were provided by Tony!) the whole group arrived pretty tired at the barn in the early evening. After a great shower we again enjoyed a delicious 3-course-dinner - for this special thanks to the kitchen stuff, you did a great job !

On Sunday morning after breakfast we met again in the conference room, went through everyone’s photos and got an introduction on how to use software like Photoshop for editing photos. This lesson was also great because there are so many options to correct and change your photos. At the end Tony printed out photos of the ones we liked most of ours.

For me as a hobby photographer this course was a great experience and Tony as a professional photographer gave me so many helpful tips, and I could ask him any question I wanted. He also was really patient with everybody in the group, which was excellent!

I enjoyed the stay at the barn, as it was a relaxing weekend for me with all the quietness, the delicious food and the warm atmosphere that Tony and his staff created for everyone.

This place is perfect to have a relaxing time and to take part in one of the offered courses.

Thanks for everything.
I can absolute recommend it !!!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Barn at Fellowsfield Farm

Address: Fernadum, Kilcock, Ireland
Location: Ireland > Province of Leinster > County Kildare > Kilcock
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Kilcock
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Barn at Fellowsfield is a creative and inspirational venue set on a small working farm in County Kildare, yet only 36kms from Ireland’s capital city of Dublin. Converted from a farm building by leading international photographer, Tony Parkes, and his wife Louise who is a writer, it has a uniquely calm, warm and friendly atmosphere that encourages innovation, the lively exchange of ideas, a passion for training and knowledge, or simply relaxing when you want to get away from it all.Learn about photography and journalism, explore the way forward for your company through engagement with key staff. encourage the development of their full potential, or just curl up in front of a blazing fire with a good book and great friends. When you want somewhere different, offering 4-Star accommodation, wholesome home-cooked food and the best of personal attention. ... more   less 

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