Star of smash-hit TV series The Wire, Dominic West, has changed his mind on selling Glin Castle in County Limerick as he has hopes to transform the property into a boutique hotel.
The plan had been for the actor’s wife, Catherine Fitzgerald, to sell her family’s ancestral home, but now the famous building will instead be opened as a boutique hotel.
Having been in Fitzgerald’s family for 700 years, the property had been on the market for €6.5m.
West himself told the Irish Independent: “Selling up was absolutely heartbreaking for all of us and luckily we’re reopening it as a hotel, all going well, some time next year.
“I’m going to manage it. I want to be in charge, or as much as my schedule will allow. Obviously there will be someone in place far more experienced and qualified than me coping with the day-to-day.”
The castle had previously been available to rent and had been a destination of choice for the likes of Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful.
It boasts 20,000sq ft of accommodation, while also holding a commercial dairy farm and woodland and parkland spaces.