4 Haunting Places to Stay in Wales (and 2 That Are Haunted!)


Wales is a country with a wild landscape filled with ancient tradition. From the Preseli Hills of Pembrokeshire, origin of the bluestones at Stonehenge almost two hundred miles away, to the legends of Merlin and King Arthur, it has always held visitors in its thrall. No matter where you stay in Wales, the feeling of being in a magical place reaches out and grabs your spirit. Here are just six places to stay among many that are guaranteed to give you an enchanting holiday experience.

The Boat House Bed & Breakfast

This lovely B&B (which serves an all homemade local menu) lies on the edge of the Tâf estuary in the ancient township of Laugharne in South West Wales. Its haunting atmosphere is in no small part due to the legend of its most famous resident, poet Dylan Thomas, who composed many of his best works in his home, which is nearby, a museum now and open to the public. The estuary itself is connected with the open sea and sea water enters it with the rhythm of the tides, covering the sands and then withdrawing in a never-ending cycle. The light is different there, something that lingers like the sheen of a pearl.

Nearby is The Great Glass House of the National Botanic Garden of Wales. A short boat journey takes you to Skomer Island, a birdwatchers dream where there are dolphins and grey seals that make it seem a magical place. The ruins of Laugharne Castle evoke the 12th century origins of the town. There are marvelous walks to be taken and the area is surrounded by some of the best beaches on the Pembrokeshire coastline.