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Actor Morrissey to sell Dylan pub
Browns Hotel
The pub is being offered for a sale with a guide price of 1.5m
Actor Neil Morrissey is selling a pub that was a haunt of poet Dylan Thomas, less than three years after he paid 670,000 for it at auction.

A spokesman for the star of the BBC's men Behaving Badly said Brown's Hotel in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire, will be put on the market in the next few days.

He co-owns several other properties and the spokesman said the sale of Brown's would "streamline" the business.

Thomas, who died in 1953, was a regular at the 250-year-old listed building.

Morrissey, who also voiced the children's series Bob The Builder, bought the pub with his business partner Matt Roberts in April 2004.

It was his third business in Laugharne as he already owned the New Three Mariners Pub and the Hurst House Hotel, which is currently undergoing a 5m renovation.

Neil Morrissey
Neil Morrissey and his businesses partner paid 670,000 for Browns

At the time he said he was "very excited" to have acquired the building and said its connection with Dylan Thomas had played a "massive part" in his decision to buy it.

The hotel, car park and adjoining building are being sold by property consultants King Sturge with a guide price of 1.5m.

It is understood the actor will concentrate his business interests on the Hurst House Hotel and on his private members' club, Hurst House in Covent Garden, London.

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

Showbusiness fans of the poet to have visited Browns include Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger and Pierce Brosnan.

Bob Croydon, managing director of King Sturge, said bids had to be submitted by 12 January 2007.

He said the partners had received several approaches to buy Browns, which was partly behind the decision to put it on the market and concentrate on their other ventures.

"We have already had a lot of interest," he said.


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