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.
- 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