Browns Hotel is an iconic location in the story of poet Dylan Thomas who lived in Laugharne from 1938-40 and from 1949 to his death in 1953. It was Dylan's favourite drinking haunt and near his most famous home, The Boat House, and the world-famous writing shed. The Browns is close to St Martin's churchyard where Dylan and wife Caitlin lie. In a township rich in historic buildings, Browns Hotel has its own heritage stretching back to 1752.
The Browns Hotel is a few yards from the symbolic centre of Laugharne, the 18th Century Market House and Town Hall. The ancient neighbouring castle was originally established 900 years ago – give or take a year or two. The town boasts grand Georgian buildings, a colourful history, a rich line in eccentricity and an engrossing cultural and social past. The south-west Wales region is similarly rich in heritage and retains a powerful attraction to arts, performance, craftsmanship and community.
Some locals still remember The Browns from Dylan's day as a homely, functional, gossipy boozer. It wasn't used as a hotel for much of the 20th Century, more a family home and local pub. However, the building is now in the hands of a successful local Welsh businessman who drew up plans for today's stylish boutique property hotel complete with bar, coffee snug and conference centre.
Welsh architects Powell Dobson created 15 rooms, a conference centre, a reading room and a refurbished public bar which appears largely as it did when Dylan drank there. Local builders and craftspeople were employed throughout.
The design team, consisting of Juliet de Valero Wills and Angela Bardino from the acclaimed interior designers, de Valero Design Ltd, worked from concept through to the furnishings and finishes; their effort sees the accommodation reflect the hotel's glory days of the late 1940s and early 1950s. Beautiful New Modernism reigns, with light, organic and playful looks from Britain's post-war contemporary optimism. A notable feature includes the listed bar, restored to its original condition, whilst wool soft furnishings complement the hotel with a timeless integrity.
We're confident that, could he be with us today, Dylan would again raise a glass in honour of The Browns. General manager Charlie Dyer and his team look forward to making you feel most welcome.