The Phantoms of Craig y Nôs Castle, Wales
NIA JONES profiles the haunted goings-on at Craig y Nôs, a Victorian Gothic mansion in Wales reputed to be gripped by paranormal activity
Craig y Nôs Castle is set in the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park, the river Tawe flows peacefully alongside its grounds. Apart from the idyllic setting Craig y Nôs has a reputation for being one of the most haunted mansions in the country, with some past residents still refusing to vacate the premises.
Built in 1842 (originally called ‘Bryn Melin’) by the allegedly cursed Captain Powell, the castle was eventually sold to the Morgan family in 1875. Purchased in 1878 by world renowned Italian soprano Adelina Patti and renamed Craig y Nôs (“Rock of the Night”) the house was extended and a grand theatre was added for private concerts. Marrying three times Adelina was a flamboyant, generous yet fiery woman, throwing lavish parties at her home for the fashionable and famous. The singer also made 30 gramophone recordings of her performing operatic songs, her most famous being ‘Home Sweet Home’. Adelina died at her beloved Craig y Nôs in 1919 after a fall downstairs; her body embalmed and kept in the cellar. Her wish was to be buried next to her favourite composer Gioachino Rossini in Paris. Sadly, unknown to the diva Rossini’s remains were relocated to Florence in 1887 by the Italian government, so Adelina lies at Pere la Chaise Cemetery all alone.