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


Baskerville Hall Hotel

Photo: www.baskervillehall.co.uk

In Powys, Wales, on the border of Wales and England, close to the internationally famous town of books Hay-on-Wye, this castle lives up to its name and makes a marvelous stopover. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle loved this grand hall and it inspired his story “Hound of the Baskervilles.” But not only the ghost of a great hound haunts this place. The paranormal has found a home for itself. Visitors have seen “The White Lady” in the rose garden and the apparition of a man on the main staircase. Guests as well as the people who work in the hotel constantly hear banging noises and footsteps at night along the corridors.

The hotel itself overlooks the Wye Valley, which lies on the border of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain National Park, giving much opportunity for walking. The nearby Hay on Wye has a population of less than 2000, but during its annual Festival of Literature and the Arts that number increases to 80,000 and more over a period of ten days at the beginning of June. Literary names attend from all over the planet. It contains dozens of second-hand bookshops and stores with antiques.

The landscape of Wales evokes a mystical vision at times that lingers long after you have left its shores.