Lorna Jane buys Margot Robbie’s wedding venue
Fitness queen Lorna Jane Clarkson has quietly paid $14 million for the luxurious Byron Bay hinterland estate where Hollywood golden girl Margot Robbie was married.
The founder of the popular activewear label has emerged as the buyer of a 23ha property in Coorabell, 20 minutes from the seaside town which has become a haven for celebrities and high flyers.
Robbie reportedly wed her long-term partner Tom Ackerley in a top-secret ceremony at the private retreat in 2016.
The property has been charming A-listers for decades - including buddies of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex aka Prince Harry and Meghan - with the wedding of Suits megastar Gabriel Macht, who plays Harvey Spectre, and his Aussie actress wife Jacinda Barrett held there over a decade ago.
The property features a four-bedroom, circa 1880 homestead offering breathtaking hinterland views, a three-level American-style barn, several out buildings, a European-style pool, a 4.2 megalitre dam, and 1km of river frontage, with a large swimming hole accessed by a trail at the bottom of the property.
Wrapping along the driveway, the road opens into 1000 sqm of hand-laid Italian porphyry cobblestone, marking the grand entrance to the renovated homestead, which features 14ft pressed metal ceilings, cedar walls, blackbutt flooring and ornate fretwork.
Inside, an open-plan living area includes a kitchen, finished with the finest appliances and black granite benchtops, which connects to a wraparound verandah and double-sided fireplace.
The master suite comes with a four-room ensuite, including bathroom, separate shower/wet room, dressing room with large marble-topped island and a separate toilet.
An 8.8m-high barn accommodates four large machinery bays, a curved timber staircase leading up to a mezzanine featuring a wood stove and balcony overlooking the ancient fig trees.
There are also converted dairy bales, an oversize garage and a potting shed.
Helen Huntly-Barratt of First National Byron, who negotiated the sale, confirmed Ms Clarkson was the buyer but declined to comment on the deal when contacted by The Courier-Mail due to a confidentiality agreement.
Records show the property last sold in 2018 for just $6.2 million.
An industry source said the current owner had spent "some serious money" on the property since then.
Ms Clarkson also owns a mansion in Hamilton, which she purchased for $10.3 million back in 2010.
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Originally published as Lorna Jane buys Margot Robbie's wedding venue