Kim and Kanye's honeymoon castle is sold to family for €3m
After more than two years on the market, Castle Oliver in Ardpatrick, in the foothills of the Ballyhoura mountains, has been sold for an undisclosed sum.
The deal was closed this week through property agents Ganly Walters in Dublin.
The property, situated on 15 acres, was advertised at €2.95m, but sources have said that the former owners have received "a very good price".
The new owners are a family from Melbourne, who work in the transport industry. Sources said that the family, who do not wish to be identified, fell in love with the location when they visited Limerick this March and plan to use it as their family home for several months of the year.
"It'll be their European residence for about three months of the year. They are extremely happy and considered various places throughout Europe, but said that they enjoy Ireland so much and the people of Ireland that it was a very easy decision for them to make," said a source.
There will also be room for plenty of Australian wine as the 14-bedroom castle, covering 23,000 square feet, has a wine cellar with a capacity for 55,000 bottles.
A number of weddings planned for the autumn will go ahead there as scheduled, however the castle will be used as a private residence thereafter.
Dating back to the 1840s, the castle was put on the international map last year, after Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (inset) spent part of their honeymoon at the hide-away location. The famous couple spent in the region of €15,000 on their stay in Limerick. It was also named European House of the Week in the Wall Street Journal a year earlier.
Emma and Declan Cormack, a couple from Northern Ireland, bought the castle in 2006 and invested a substantial sum to restore it to its former glory.
"They [the new owners] are very down to earth and kind people who we know will be a great contribution to the area," Ms Cormack said.
The private gardens include a lake, a sunken orchard garden with a fountain, and a folly with an out-door hot-tub. The lands where the castle stands were settled in about 1658 by Capt. Robert Oliver, one of Oliver Cromwell's soldiers.
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