Carton House, Co Kildare, Ireland
Carlton House, once home to the FitzGeralds including James FitzGerald the 20th Earl of Kildare and first Duke of Leinster, is now the temporary home of many a golfer, others seeking relaxation in Spa and of world class sporting team as a luxurious 4 Star deluxe hotel, golf resort and professional sports training facility. Set in a fully walled estate, stretching into the counties of Kildare and Meath, the 1,100 acre estate was once Georgian parkland but now is mostly covered by two golf courses designed by Colin Montgomery and Mark O'Mera. The main feature of the 18th hole is the water feature on the right hand side of the hole complete was its masonry built boathouse.
The lake is not a natural lake but was not specifically constructed for Mr Montgomery. Instead, the man-made lake and boathouse was constructed for the 2nd visit of Queen Victoria to Carton House allegedly after she had a dream that she was on a boat in a lake at Carton House. All the photos from this post were taken on the opposite side of the lake from the golf course and therefore no golfers were disturbed in the making of this blog post. We had permission to access to the grounds of the hotel as part of the model workshop (see the previous post) so we made the most of it by shooting some landscapes at sunset after the workshop had finished. The boathouse is great to shoot in the morning as the first light helps illuminate the arches where the boats dock, but for the photo above, there was just enough of the prow of the rowing boat stick out to bring some detail and context to the arch which otherwise would have just been a dark hole.