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'Dylan's pub' could fetch 1m
Inside The Brown's Hotel
Brown's Hotel has changed little since Dylan Thomas' day
One of Dylan Thomas's favourite watering holes could fetch up to 1m after being put up for sale as events marking the 50th anniversary of his death gather pace.

The Brown's Hotel in the poet's adopted home town of Laugharne in Carmarthenshire has been on the market for less than week.

But the estate agents handling the sale say it has already attracted widespread interest.

No fixed price has been set but offers are invited for the pub which also has a three bedroom house within its large grounds.

Celebrity fans of the poet, including James Bond star Pierce Brosnan and Mick Jagger, have expressed an interest in the pub in the past.

Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan previously expressed an interest in the pub

Actor Neil Morrissey, famed for his 1990s television role in Men Behaving Badly, is also rumoured to be looking at the site.

A spokesman for the Carmarthen estate agents handling the sale, Terry Thomas & Co, said a property like Browns would normally fetch around 600,000 on the open market.

But because of its close links with the poet it could go for a lot more.

"We have had a lot of inquiries already," said the spokesman.

Pulling pints

"We know that in the past Pierce Brosnan and Mick Jagger have expressed an interest

"A property of this type would usually be valued at around 600,000 but with its famous history it may fetch anything up to 1m.

"You can't really put a value on it because you do not know who may be interested.

"It might be someone famous puts in an offer to keep it as it is."

However, no celebrity bids had been received to date.

Morrissey already has a share in the Hurst Hotel in Laugharne.

Brown's current landlord Tommy Watts has been behind the bar for 33 years but at the age of 72 has decided it is time to stop pulling pints.

Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger is another celebrity who has visited

The 50th anniversary of Thomas's death is being marked in November and thousands of extra visitors are expected to make the trip to the picturesque village.

But Mr Watts is confident he will have sold the pub by then although he is planning to stay in the town and is contemplating writing a book on Thomas, whom he knew quite well.

Terry Thomas & Co says it is confident of finding a buyer for the property.

"It has been on the market for less than week but we should have a better idea towards the middle of next week," added the spokesman.

Mr Watts said: "I have heard rumours that some famous people are interested in buying the hotel but it will just go to the highest bidder."




SEE ALSO:
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