SPECULATION is rife that newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kayne West are honeymooning in a private castle in County Limerick.
Rumours are swirling that the superstar couple, who wed in an extravagant ceremony in Florence, Italy on Saturday are staying in the historic fairytale-style Castle Oliver, located outside the village of Ardpatrick.
The 33-year-old reality television star and the 36-year-old Grammy-winning rapper reportedly landed their private jet at Cork Airport on Sunday afternoon but have not been seen since.
It is understood that a party booked into the red-brick Scottish Baronial-style Castle Oliver over the weekend and are to stay there for a week.
The lovebirds known as ‘Kimye’ and their staff are said to have been last seen driving off in a fleet of Mercedes limousines from Cork Airport to embark on their romantic five-day secret honeymoon.
Castle Oliver is said to be one of Ireland’s largest private homes, with the country’s largest wine cellar with a capacity to hold 55,000 bottles.
One of the beds, weighing half a tonne, is a replica of a bed the King of Denmark owned.
When asked about the rumours this Monday afternoon, the owner of Castle Oliver, Emma Cormack said: “I really cannot comment on anything to do with anybody”.
There had been speculation that the power couple were staying at the five-star Castlemartyr Resort in County Cork.
However, it is understood that there have been no sightings of the glamorous couple at the luxury hotel and they have not booked in there.
Kayne is no stranger to Ireland having played The Marquee in Cork in 2009. Former Munster and Ireland player Peter Stringer has enjoyed dinner with the hip-hop star in the past.
The scrum-half, who currently plays with top English side Bath bumped into Kanye in his hometown of Chicago before being invited to spend the evening with the artist and his entourage in Cork the following week.
Kim’s mother Kris Kardashian and her husband Bruce also honeymooned in Ireland following their marriage in 1991.
Set on 15 acres, Castle Oliver boasts beautiful private gardens with a lake, woodland walks and fountains. It overlooks the dramatic scenery of the Ballyhoura mountains and is located mid way between Cork and Limerick.
The castle cuts an imposing figure in the Ballyhoura Countryside with turrets, towers, a flag tower; and 5ft griffins keeping vigil. It is accessed by a rural country road and is secured by electric gates.
The nearest pub is The Village Inn in the village of Ballyorgan which is located less than three miles from the castle.
“Kim or Kayne haven’t come in for a pint yet anyway although it is Mart day in Kilmallock so they might be in for a singsong later with the farmers,” smiled Nuala Mee, the owner of the bar.
The castle was on the market for €2.95 million last year, however, the owners Emma and Declan Cormack have since decided to keep the property and raise their three young children there.
Since purchasing the property in 2006, the Cormacks have invested a substantial amount of money and restored the premises right down to its original wine cellar.
The castle boasts a baronial candle lit-dining room with a baby grand piano and an antique table that sits 22 friends.
There is a ballroom where Kim and Kanye could dance the night away or they could try a game of billiards on the antique table in the games room.
If they just want to chill out, they can do so by an open fire while reading a book from the extensive selection in the library.
Upstairs in the castle, there are two wings, one with seven suites, with copper stand-alone baths and large four-poster beds dressed in crisp Egyptian cotton sheets.
Most bedrooms have fireplaces and views over the lawns. Every bedroom has a unique bathroom with double slipper bathtub, power shower cubicles, towels, bathrobes and not forgetting the luxurious toiletries.
A further seven bedrooms - housed in the servants’ wing - are more modest in comparison with the grandeur of the suites.
The new kitchen is behind a secret door from the dining room and features hand-painted cabinets. The private gardens include manicured terraced gardens, a lake, a sunken orchard garden with fountain, and a folly with an outdoor hot-tub.
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