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September 29, 2010

The Carlton Abbey Hotel.

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The series of pictures produced at the Carlton Abbey Hotel in Athy…

.. just for you !

“One of the finest luxury hotels in Kildare”

September 28, 2010

Thank you

It’s been a good month – so I’d just like to say a BIG thank you to all those who have bought from us this month – and also to all those who have made booking for when we return from France next month.

Also a big thank you and congratulations to: Declan & Paula Strain, Alan & Marie McMillen, David & Laura Menary, Alasdair & Pauline Bingham, Andrew Brennan & Jemma McCann and Neil & Victoria Robertson.


September 22, 2010

Ashford & Dromoland Castle.

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Images produced at two of Ireland’s most luxurious 5 Star Hotels – Ashford Castle & Dromoland Castle – now on YouTube..

Ashford Castle

Dating back to 1228 and once the estate of the Guinness family, the luxurious 5 Star Ashford Castle first open as a hotel in 1939.

• Voted Top 10 Resort Properties in Europe by Travel & Leisure 2010.
• Number 1 Resort hotel in Ireland voted by Conde Nast Travelle Readers Choice Awards 2008 & 2009.
• Number 2 Resort hotel in Europe voted by Conde Nast Traveller Readers Choice Awards 2008 & 2009.
• Number 1 European Castle Hotel – voted by Trip Advisor – April 2007.

Dromoland Castle

With an extraordinary history stretching back to the 5th Century, the Dromoland Castle 5 Star Hotel in Ireland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland.

• Georgina Campbell’s, 2009 Hotel of the Year
• Environmental Award; Green Failte Gold Award Winner 2009
• Environmental Award; Green Failte Silver Award Winner 2008
• Conde Nast Traveler, Gold List 2006, 2007 & 2008
• Travel & Leisure Magazine – 2008 Top 50 European Hotels
• Dromoland Castle is a proud member of Virtuoso, Signature & Fine Hotels & Resorts.

September 21, 2010

The g…

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.. hotel in Galway – is now on YouTube…

The g Hotel Galway

One of the top 5 star hotels in Ireland, the g hotel Galway combines modern designs with a relaxed atmosphere.
Design director, Philip Treacy, created dramatic interiors, where the emphasis is on luxury and glamour with personalised service so guests receive the best of Irish hospitality.

The g Hotel.
Tel: +353 (0)91 865200

September 20, 2010

The Burlington…

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.. hotel in Dublin – is now on YouTube…

Which shows the series of images we produced last April, over a 4 day period, for them to use.


Deep-rooted tradition with a cosmopolitan twist, The Burlington Hotel, one of the premier Luxury 4 Star Hotels Dublin boasting luxury hotel accommodation in Dublin 4 – a long-standing favourite of times past – and present.

Just a short stroll from Dublin’s City Centre, the RDS and Aviva Stadium / Lansdowne Road, the Grand Canal Theatre, the 02 Arena and Croke Park venues are within quick access by car, bus or taxi.

The Burlington Hotel continues to shine as the largest conference venue in Dublin City and premier leisure and corporate hotel Dublin. The grand-scale of this Dublin City Hotel’s famous ballroom is unrivalled anywhere in Ireland, making The Burlington Hotel one of the most ideal conference venues Dublin. Behind its original, familiar exterior, this Dublin 4 hotel welcomes guests to its entirely refurbished lobby – an expansive, brightly lit space, an ideal spot to sit and watch the comings and goings with a newspaper and a cappuccino. The Burlington Hotel, one of the top Dublin City hotels, is also one of the best wedding venues Dublin City has to offer.

The Burlington Hotel‘s bars and restaurants in Dublin 4 are a buzzing hive of activity by night – the new Bellini’s bar adding a hint of panache to an evening where guests can sip a cocktail in a low-lit ambience, amidst the busy chatter of local clientele.

Ample parking and immediate proximity to Dublin’s City centre, Bus, Aircoach and DART line mean that guests can enjoy one of the premier 4 Star hotels Dublin as an ideal base from which to explore the city and its surrounds: a home away from home and a warm welcome back.

The Burlington Hotel.
Telephone: +353 (1) 6185600

September 19, 2010

Lynch Hotels…

.. in Ireland – now on YouTube.

Which shows the series of images we produced at their various hotels this year, for them to use.

Lynch Hotels – Your Family Welcome

Lynch Hotels is an Irish-owned company and one of the largest hotel groups in Ireland with hotels in Mayo, hotels in Clare and hotels in Limerick and over 40 years of experience in the hospitality industry.

Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Co Mayo boasts two fabulous hotels located on 90 acres of beautiful woodland estate; Breaffy House Hotel & Spa, the ideal place for a romantic spa getaway, and the family-friendly Breaffy Woods Hotel, in addition to the Breaffy Sports & Events Arena.

Lynch Hotels also offer a range of great services to business travelers, including free Wi-Fi access, and convenient locations such as the Clare Inn Hotel near Shannon Airport and The George Boutique Hotel in Limerick City Centre.

Relax with a drink in the hotels lively bars or enjoy the fantastic leisure centres available in all our family friendly hotels plus while you relax, the kids will enjoy hours of fully supervised entertainment and activities in our Lynch Hotel Kids programmes.

Lynch Hotels
Tel: +353 65 68 23000

September 18, 2010

Castle Leslie

Having fun producing these videos – which I feel give a new lease of life to our images and show what else they can be use for – in this ever changing world in which we live in.

So here is our latest YouTube video, which shows the series of images we produced back in 2008, at Castle Leslie Estate in County Monaghan.

Some of these images were produced for Castle Leslie to use and some where produced for editorial use – which have now been featured in both 25 Beautiful Homes magazine and NI Homes & Lifestyle magazine. Ideal Home magazine also ran with some other images we produced here, which showed ‘Wee Joey Farm Hand’ cottage – the home of their Chef, Matt King and his wife Shauna.

Castle Leslie Estate
Life, the way it’s supposed to be.

This Castle Hotel in County Monaghan is nestled on 1,000 acres of undulating Irish countryside, dotted with ancient woodland and glittering lakes, Castle Leslie Estate Monaghan is one of the last great Irish Castle estates still in the hands of its founding family. Since the 1660s, the distinguished and somewhat individual Leslie family has lived on the Castle Estate, welcoming everyone from politicians to poets, ambassadors to ufologists to one of the finest luxury hotels Ireland.
Now you too can experience some of the most unique and enchanting castle accommodation in Ireland. Following significant investment and a major restoration programme over the last decade, the beautiful Castle Estate is waiting to be discovered. Located in Co. Monaghan, Ireland, the Estate is only 80 minutes from Dublin and 60 minutes from Belfast. Full of character and personality, it’s the ultimate Irish rural escape and boasts a variety of accommodation and activities to suit all tastes. A truly private and stunningly beautiful estate, it is a magical setting for your special event or wedding celebration.
The Castle, at the heart of the Estate, offers authentic original interiors and old-style hospitality and is a complete respite from the world. The Lodge is the social hub of the Estate and brings locals and guests together in an atmosphere of conviviality and comfort. The Old Stable Mews is the perfect spot for groups that want the convenience of hotel living combined with private self catering.
The Estate offers an idyllic setting for outdoor activity and adventure. It’s the perfect place to discover the thrill of exploring the countryside on horseback or foot. You can spend a few hours fishing on one of Ireland’s best-preserved lakes. Alternatively, you might prefer to enjoy a massage in the Victorian Treatment Rooms at the end of an activity packed day or relax with a book in one of our many beautiful rooms while staying at one of the finest Castle Hotels Ireland.

Castle Leslie Estate
Tel: +353 47 88100.

September 15, 2010

The Italian Job

Five homes in Italy – from our trip across Europe in 2006.

1. Tia and Bruce Weissman’s Italian villa called ‘Casa Lara’ which is located near the town of Amelia in Umbria.
Tia Weissman outside her Italian villa called 'Casa Lara' which is located near the town of Amelia in Umbria.

2. Dizzi Alfons’ 18th-century former farmhouse near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region.
Dizzi Alfons' 18th-century former farmhouse set in a rural estate near the medieval town of Lucca in the northern Tuscany region of Italy.

3. David Law’s converted mill in the Marches region.
David Law's converted mill in the Marches region of Italy

4. Helen and Peter Hannick’s 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.
Helen and Peter Hannick's 18th century Italian farmhouse near Amelia in Umbria.

5. Claudia and Francesco Bachetoni’s villa called L’Arco in the Pianciano hamlet near Spoleto.
Claudia and Francesco Bachetoni's villa called L'Arco in the Pianciano hamlet near Spoleto in Italy.


September 11, 2010

Pianciano hamlet in Italy.

Pianciano is a stunning haven in the heart of Umbria – which we had the great pleasure of being asked to capture, by Francesco Bachetoni and his lovely wife Claudia – who own the magnificent estate – steeped in history and surrounded with ancient olive groves. Their dream was to restore and convert the original farm buildings, which date back to the 15th century, into unique holiday homes.

Opera festivals in near by Spoleto – re-tracing the steps of saints and artists in the historic towns of Assisi, Spello and Foligno – panoramic views over the surrounding hills and valleys, known as the “Green heart of Italy”

Sheer and utter tranquility – and here is the result:
Pianciano hamlet in Italy…

… just for you !!

HomeAway holiday rentals.
Claudia Bachetoni: +39 333-2505284.

September 4, 2010

The French Connection.

Trying to put our years of experience working in advertising to good use – when Marie decided to renovate this old house…
Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's semi detached house in the tree-lined Cherryvalley area of Belfast.
.. to put on the market.

So we photographed the it to what we would call ‘full National magazine’ standard…
The hallway in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's semi detached house in the tree-lined Cherryvalley area of Belfast.

The living room in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's semi detached house in the tree-lined Cherryvalley area of Belfast.

The kitchen in Marie and Alan McMillen's 1920's semi detached house in the tree-lined Cherryvalley area of Belfast.
.. and also put together a YouTube video.

The house is only on the market 2 weeks; however, it has already attracted widespread interest – lots of viewings, 460 hits on YouTube and a key slot in the recent Belfast Telegraph homefinder newspaper – as seen here:
Belfast Telegraph homefinder newspaper.

Because of the current economic climate, we believe top class imagery and creative marketing has never been more important – be it filling hotels, selling kitchens, or as in this case, marketing a house is For Sale.

Time will tell of course – but very pleased with the results so far – and the interest that this one has attracted.
In fact, we may now be of to the south of France, to do the same thing there, for someone else – as a result.

So the French Connection may actually turn-out to be more than just a headline in the local newspaper !!

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