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The Courtyard, Shillelagh, Coolattin, Co.Wicklow

 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Hopefully you’ll find the answers to many of your questions here, if there is something you want to ask about then please use the contact form on the right hand column. Thank you. 

What should I to bring?

*You do not need to bring a yoga mat or other yoga props. We have top quality mats and props.

Yoga Clothing or similar

Yoga clothing should be formfitting, made from a lightweight material with lots of stretch, generally it is better to wear clothing that is both comfortable and made from breathable fabric (like cotton, bamboo or jersey). Your top clothing is as important as your bottom half as yoga requires a lot of arm movement as well as leg movement. If you don’t have any of the above most sport shops usually stock this type of clothing. TK Maxx can be useful and is priced reasonably. Tracksuit bottoms are not recommended. A sleeveless lightweight formfitting top and another lightweight formfitting long sleeve top would be recommended so that you can wear this to the class and take it off if you get warm. Please leave your shoes outside the yoga room.

Walking boots and extra runners. Keep one pair of shoes clean for walking around inside the house

Warm clothing

Rain jacket with hood or hat

Water bottles. You should bring water to your classes to keep hydrated. You can use the water from the kitchen taps to fill your bottles. It is pure private well water.

*Excellent quality yoga mats are provided, you do not need to bring your own

*Towels and bed linen are all provided.

Where shall I park?

Please park your car at the front of the property as neatly as possible so that all the cars can fit and so that other cars can still pass through. We keep the courtyard car free for your own pleasure. If you are coming with a friend or a couple it would be best to arrange to come in one car rather than two cars, that would be helpful.

Do I bring any food?

All meals will be provided and herbal & black teas, coffee are available all weekend. You will receive a tasty welcome snack on arrival and on Saturday afternoon.

Time of arrival?

It is best to arrive at The Courtyard between 16:00 and 17:00 so that you can settle into your room and relax and have tea and a snack before your yoga class. Once you have settled int your room you can come over to The Dairymaids for tea. Please note the yoga class starts at 18:00.

How is the accommodation set up?

There are 4 courtyard houses, The Grooms, The Saddler’s Loft, The Dairymaid’s and Tindal’s cottage. Some of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and some have shared en-suite bathrooms where 2 bedrooms have access to the same en-suite. This system works however you just have to remember to lock both doors. Each house has well equipped kitchens, not that you will be cooking! The water in the kitchen taps is well water from our private well and is as pure as you can get. You can fill your water bottles from your kitchens to bring with you to the yoga classes.

What can I do in my free-time on the Saturday afternoon?

Trek

Trekking routes are given to those who want to go for a trek or a walk or if you prefer to go for a walk by yourself there is a lovely country track beside to the property

The Farmshop

The Farm Shop in Tinahely is about 12 minutes by car. The owners of the Farm shop are relatives of the Allen’s at Ballymaloe and they have adopted a similar style throughout the café, with pretty table clothes and interesting memorabilia. The farm shop sells handmade crafts and artisan produce. There is a cafe on-site.

Relax

You can chose to simply relax at the Courtyard in one of the 4 sitting room areas or outside on the lawn if the weather is nice.

Do I share a room or do I have a single occupancy room?

Yes, our guests share rooms, however private rooms are available on request at an extra supplement rate.

Will I get free time?

You will have free time, please see schedule. You can also be assured that no classes are compulsory, we hope that you will attend all  classes but if you feel like missing a class to have some downtime or a rest then that is fine but please inform the teacher and Olivia so that we know where you are in the event we are worried about you.

Do we cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes we can cater for any allergies and intolerances, we can not cater specially for individual dislikes. Please make sure to note in your booking form if you have any intolerances or allergies.

What is the schedule/timetable?

A perfectly balanced timetable

Friday

16:00 -17:00 – Arrive at the Courtyard, relax and settle in to your room

17:00 – Tea in The Dairymaids House

18:00 – Our first yoga class in The Carriage House – Duration 1.5 hour class

19:30 – Our first dinner together in The Dairymaids. After dinner guests are free to relax, see after dinner options below.

Saturday

08:30 – there will be herbal tea, tea, coffee & light healthy snack and fruit available (we suggest to eat 1 hour before the yoga class)

09:30 – Yoga Class -2 hours

12:00 – Lunch

12:30 – Free time – Suggestions

– Walking routes provided for those who wish to go for a trek, to take in some fresh air and beautiful Wicklow forestry and hills

– Visit the Tinahely farm shop & cafe (a Ballymaloe styled café selling crafts and artisan food products)

– Chill out at The Courtyard alone or with others. Have some quiet time, go for a stroll on a country track

17:00 – 1.5 hour yoga class

18:30 – Delicious healthy vegetarian 2 course dinner, after dinner you are free to relax.

Sunday

08:30 – there will be herbal tea, tea, coffee & light healthy snack and fruit available (we suggest to eat 1 hour before the yoga class)

09:30 – Yoga class 2 hours

12:00 – Lunch

13:00 – Relax

14:00 – Departure

* Herbal teas, tea & coffee are available in The Dairymaids throughout the weekend

* There is a scenic walking track which runs by the property where you can take a stroll or more vigorious walk at any stage during your stay

Who are our hosts?

Olivia

Olivia runs The Courtyard Yoga Retreat and will be on hand throughout the weekend for any questions, help or support that you may need.

Noel & Dee

Noel and Dee, Olivia’s parents, are the proud owners of this special property which they have painstakingly restored from a state of disrepair when they purchased the property 12 years ago. When Noel retired as a veterinary surgeon he bravely took on this project. The project has been a great success and has kept him out of mischief for many years. It is thanks to Noel and Dee that we have this very special yoga retreat venue today. Dee is still working as a teacher and she will retire this summer. Noel and Dee are great hosts and love to welcome our guests. Noel will be on hand when you arrive and will help you settle into your house and ensure that you are comfortable.

Your Yoga Teacher (Liz, Naomi, Lou) Depending who your teacher is for your particular retreat.

Billy & Jess

We have two dogs that will be very happy to see you! However we generally keep them inside when guests are arriving or if there are activities taking place in the Courtyard. Jess is the larger of the two, a Labrador cross who has an insatiable appetite for love & affection! Billy is the poodle/terrier, a bit wiser in his old age and a little more independent!

Directions?

From M11/N11 Dublin

N11 – From Dublin

Coming from Dublin turn off N11 at Rathnew village, head in the direction of Glenealy and Rathdrum. Pass by Rathdrum to Ballinaclash and Aughrim. Cross the bridge in Aughrim and turn right for Tinahely and Carnew. Continue for 12 minutes (do not take the turn to Tinahely continue until the turn right for Coolboy, enter Coolboy and turn right at the pub, cross the little bridge and turn left towards Coolattin and Shillelagh continue past Coolattin Golf Club entrance on right. About half a mile after the golf club you will come to white railings on the right which is the back gate to golf club. The Courtyard and Coolattin Lodge is opposite the white railings on the left.

From M50 – M9

Come off the M9 at Castledermot, kildare head in the direction of Tullow, as you enter Tullow take a left, pass through the town and take a right to Shillelagh at the top of the town. Pass through Shillelagh and keep going straight you will come to a bend to the right, do not follow to the right but carry on up this road, Coolattin Golf Course will be sign posted at this junction, continue up this road towards Coolattin Golf club about 1 km up this road you will come to a forestry gate with white railings on the left, Coolattin Lodge/The Couryard is on the right. You will see granite pillars with lights. Coolattin Lodge is written on the pillars.

From Shillelagh to The Courtyard

If you find yourself in Shillelagh village head east towards Coolattin or Coolattin Golf Club. The Courtyard is 1 km on the right opposite the white railings.

What is the Wifi Code?

Coolattin_wifi

Password: guestaccess

Our Guest Reviews

"Great retreat today. Beautiful venue. Will definitely return"

Carol O Sullivan

10 Dec 2017

"My husband and I have nothing but positive to say about The Courtyard. We made to feel very welcome from start to finish, with a ‘home-away-from-home’ sort of feel the food was an absolute treat and the yoga teaching was insightful and inspiring. Would give 6 stars if we could."

Claire O’ Malley

19th March 2018

"Myself and my Mum had the most fantastic weekend at the Courtyard Yoga Retreat. Everything from the Yoga, to the food, to the setting and the welcome was second to none. Liz Richards is a particularly experienced and excellent yoga teacher. Olivia’s cooking is simply delicious. It is so satisfying, light but filling and extremely tasty and easy to eat. Both Mum and I can’t wait to come back. Thanks v much, Ali"

Ali O Connor

23rd March 2018

"Just back from a most amazing yoga retreat at the courtyard. From the warm welcome, yummy treats by the fire, amazing yoga sessions by Liz, and delicious and nutritious food, it was all just perfect for what I was looking for; rest, restoration, learning, good food and lovely company. Liz is a great teacher, bringing it right back to the basics and through her almost meditative stream of instruction bringing you to a new level of yoga awareness. Thank you all at the Courtyard. I will be back!"

Mathilde Murray-Veldt

14 Jan 2018

"Came to the courtyard retreat with my sister last weekend. It did not disappoint…..beautiful surroundings, comfortable accommodation and delicious vegetarian food. Olivia and her family were very welcoming, always on hand and worked so hard to make our weekend effortless. Liz is an amazing yoga teacher. Her classes allowed us to focus on the body, breath and mind. I felt revitalize and relaxed after a weekend of delicious food, excellent yoga and great company. Wonderful way to start the year!"

Geraldine O’ Gara

15 Jan 2018

"Just back from a weekend yoga retreat and feeling renewed and energised. The yoga classes were truly enjoyable and the vegetarian cuisine was excellent! Olivia is the perfect host and created a warm and friendly atmosphere throughout the weekend. I am looking forward to returning and enjoying another gorgeous weekend in this wonderful venue."

Jackie O’Brien

14th Jan 2018

"Just spent the weekend here . What an amazing place to kick start the year with mind blowing yoga , fantastic food and beautiful surroundings! A great experience I can’t wait to repeat !"

Clara De Paolo

15th Jan 2018

"Words cannot adequately describe how truly amazing the courtyard yoga retreat is … I was looking forward to my weekend but the reality was far better than my expectations. The yoga was incredible and meditative – I learnt more in a weekend than ever before… and the food…… amazing!! A nurturing wellness weekend- I will be back as soon as I can – thank you"

Fiona Barry

18th Jan 2018

"Fantastic day..enjoyed the fresh home made lunch, the desserts & the lovely sweet treats left out for us, The yoga was amazing & Liz is a super teacher, Olivia really made us feel @ home looked after us very well.Great company & beautiful scenic views around the area Will definitely be back"

Deirdre O Farrell

10 Dec 2017