Dominic West and wife Catherine Fitzgerald 'flee the UK for their 800-year-old castle in Ireland'

DOMINIC West and his wife have escaped to their 15-bedroom castle in Ireland after he got cosy with co-star, Lily James.

The Affair actor, 50, and his wife of 10 years have reportedly fled their home in Wiltshire to hide out in their castle nestled on 400-acres of private woodland.

It comes just one day after the couple put up a united front outside their English home telling media in a handwritten statement their "marriage was strong", despite photos of him canoodling Lily in Rome at the weekend.

The couple have escaped to their castle for the half term break so that their four children can avoid media glare, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

They have four children of their own – Dora, 13, Senan 10, Francis 9, and Christabel, 5. 

Domini is also dad to Martha, 22, with his ex Polly Astor.

The couple should be able to easily escape any public attention on their massive property which is surrounded by woods.

It's the perfect place for the couple to rebuild their relationship as not only is it Catherine's ancestral home, but also where the college sweethearts tied the knot in 2010.

Catherine's father, Desmond FitzGerald, was the last Knight of Glin – an Irish hereditary title and heir to the castle.

The castle has been in the family for 800 years and sits in the middle of 400 acres of private woods on the banks of the Shannon River.

It boasts 15 rooms with ensuite and a confusing maze of secret rooms and doors.

Guests who stay there including can enjoy strolling about the 15 acres of gardens or take on the "strenuous" three-mile known as The Knight’s Walk, which runs up the hill and offers views of the mouth of the Shannon and back towards Limerick.

They party room has hosted all kinds of "merriment" according to Dominic, including being the very spot where model Marianne Faithfull "dumped" Mick Jagger in the 1960s.

Along with the croquet lawn, the castle has its own tennis court and hot tub.

The entrance hall has a screen of Corinthian pillars and a Neo-classical plaster ceiling, while the many reception rooms are filled 18th century Irish mahogany furniture.

The library bookcase even has a secret door leading to the hall and a very rare flying staircase.

In 2019, Catherine and Dominic bought the 14th century castle last year to stop it from being sold outside the family.

Together, they have renovated the ancient castle and it has been rented out by superstar guests, including Taylor Swift and Mick Jagger.

A spotlight has been shone on their marriage this week after pictures emerged of Dominic kissing his co-star Lily James very publicly during a romantic trip to Rome.

He was spotted stroking Lily's hair and cuddling up close with the star as they got lunch together.

However, on October 13, 2020, Dominic and Catherine issued a statement saying their "marriage was strong", while posing for photos to a waiting media pack.

Dominic kissed wife Catherine outside their home and insisted they were not splitting up.

Speaking at their Wiltshire cottage, the actor said: "I just want to say our marriage is strong and we are very much still together.”

However, he did not appear to be wearing his wedding ring and Catherine had her ring finger jammed in her pocket.

The actor's wife, 49, had a tissue in her hand as well as the handwritten note, which he read to the press.

A body language expert dubbed the display a "toe-curling display of denial" with Dominic "arrogant but awkward".

Catherine may have been smiling sweetly in the couple's photo opportunity yesterday but she "won't take any crap" say friends and is reported to be "privately fuming" at her husband.

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