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Dylan Thomas pub revamp is backed

Browns Hotel
Browns Hotel is a 250-year-old three storey listed building

A favourite drinking haunt of poet Dylan Thomas has been given the go ahead to be restored as a hotel.

Developers want to refurbish Brown's Hotel at Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, with 11 guest rooms.

The 250-year old pub was bought by the actor Neil Morrissey in 2004 for £670,000 at auction but it now has a new owner.

Carmarthenshire Council has approved the proposals following a recommendation by planning officers.

The plans would see the Grade II listed building returned to its former glory, with the vacant first and second floors converted back in to bedrooms with en suite facilities.

It would also make use of the adjoining Clarence House for part of the accommodation.

Architects Powell Dobson state in their application that renovation work on the listed building will see UPVC windows replaced with traditional sash windows, while plastic guttering will be returned to cast iron fittings.

The plans will also see the rear of the pub landscaped, and new car parking facilities built.


In a report to the council, planning officers state: "The overall development would therefore improve the building's appearance, character and condition, halting its dilapidation and helping to provide a more viable future for the listed building."

They also say that the proposals would be beneficial to "preserving and enhancing" the character of the Laugharne conservation area.

Born in Swansea, Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin moved to Laugharne in Carmarthenshire in 1938, raising their family in the Boathouse overlooking the Towy estuary.

It was in the town that Brown's Hotel became Thomas' local.

When landlord Tommy Watts decided to retire after 34 years and put the pub up for sale, he described Thomas as "just one of the boys" who would sit in the corner of the lounge, and on hearing conversation that inspired him would "take out a little pad and write it down".

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