In the county of Camarthenshire is the little coastal town of Laugharne
(Talacharn), best known as the home of Dylan Thomas (1914–1953), the
nation’s favorite poet. A simple white cross in St. Martin’s churchyard marks
his grave and that of his wife, Caitlin, and there are still a few old-timers in town who
remember him sitting in the bar at Brown’s Hotel, where he would regularly enjoy a pint.
“The Boathouse,” where he lived with Caitlin for the last years of his life, is now a
museum whose quiet setting overlooking the estuary of the River Taf exudes a lyric beauty.
Nearby, his writing shed is just as he left it, filled with his papers, manuscripts, and furnishings.
It was here that he wrote some of his most famous works, including part of Under
Milk Wood, his landmark “play for voices,” that was translated into the classic 1972 film,
shot close by, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Peter O’Toole, and the Welsh-born Richard Burton.
For a place to stay in Laugharne, the finest is Hurst House on the Marsh,
a luxurious hotel just to the south of the village. Originally part of a 16th-century dairy farm, the main building is now a stylish mix of modern and traditional designs, while the restaurant has the relaxing air of a conservatory.