Reclusive, intense verging on obsessive about his work, fiercely protective of his private life; he rejects his celebrity status, rarely giving interviews and shunning all but a few public appearances.
As a result, much of his life is shrouded in mystery.
Six days after making history by winning his third Best Actor Oscar for his role in Lincoln, this is where Day-Lewis will spend the weekend.
Hundreds of miles from the Hollywood Hills, it is surrounded by 100 acres of dense, peaceful Irish woodland.
Day-Lewis stars opposite Richard Graham, Lesley Manville and newcomer Vicky Krieps.