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Auctioneers are hoping to fetch £1 million for the ruins of a 13th Century castle in the town made famous by poet Dylan Thomas, it emerged today. Laugharne Castle, which has breathtaking views of the Taf estuary in West Wales, will be advertised as far afield as America, according to estate agent Nicolas Rees. He said: “There is a lot of interest in castle sales as they are very rare indeed. We will market this in America as we are certain it will attract a huge amount of interest.” The 13th Century castle has been in the same Ravenscroft Starke family since 1740, but is now being sold to settle a family trust, Mr Rees said. He said Laugharne had captured the interest of Hollywood stars, authors, painters, poets because of its “magic and stunning location”. Dylan Thomas lived at the Boathouse in Laugharne and drank at Browns Hotel, which is also due to go under the hammer later this month. The town is understood to have attracted recent interest from James Bond star Pierce Brosnan. Author Richard Hughes, who wrote A High Wind in Jamaica, wrote his second novel while staying in the Castle House and painter Augustus John was also a frequent visitor. The castle comes complete with a nine-bedroom Grade II Georgian house which is now being run as a bed and breakfast. Mr Rees, added that the castle, which opens to tourists in the summer, is maintained by Cadw, the Welsh heritage body. He explained: “The new owners will not have to worry about upkeep as the castle comes in title only &endash; it’s leased in perpetuity to Cadw who are responsible for the maintenance, upkeep and conservation.” Mr Rees, who last year auctioned Cardigan Castle for £500,000, said they were expecting bids of anywhere up to £1m for this latest sale. The castle is being auctioned at 2pm on June 12 at the Royal Ivy Bush in Carmarthen.


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