Gwydir Castle.




A HAUNTED gothic house in the Conwy Valley is in a list of the top 10 spookiest hotels in the world.

Gwydir Castle, in Llanrwst, which dates back to the 14th Century, is down as the eighth most haunted place to stay in a list compiled by global travel website Trip Advisor.

The restored mansion has long enjoyed a reputation as a ghost chaser’s paradise, with former owner Sir John Wynn and a murdered maid rumoured to haunt the rooms and corridors.

Judy Welford, who owns the property with husband Peter, said: “I don’t know if it is a good thing or a bad thing to be in that list but I suppose it is nice to have worldwide recognition.

The Welford’s bought a near derelict place a few years ago and set about restoring not just the building but the  original contents too.


“We have some people who come here for our reputation as a haunted house and others who come because of the beautiful property and location.

“There are a few ghosts that are thought to roam the house and it becomes eerie when visitors see or hear the same thing in the same places.

“We personally keep an open mind about it all.

“We are very happy living here and everyone rubs along very well.”

Ghostly sightings have been recorded at the property as far back as the 19th century.

The most widely reported of the ghosts is that of a young woman in the panelled corridor between the Hall of Meredith and the Great Chamber.

Legend has it that it is the ghost of a serving maid who was seduced by Sir John Wynn (5th Baronet) and then murdered when their relationship turned sour. Her body was reputedly walled up in a large void in a chimney breast.

Sir John (1st baronet) is one of the many other reported ghosts. Sightings have been reported on the spiral staircase leading from the Solar Hall to the Great Chamber.A ghost dog has also apparently been sighted.

Text and Picture Taken from The Daily Post

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We will fight for the right to be free, we’ll build our own society

and we’ll sing, we will sing our own song.

Anything is better than living under someone else’s thumb , it’s better to go where we can build our own lives to rules we have decided upon. Better that we sing the song of our own words. There are people today still living under despots and tyrants, some who don’t even know it like the people of North Korea. They would still be expected to die in his defence though. I wish that those rulers and the ones of Saudi who care not for Human Rights would disappear from the face of the earth. Failing that I hope that we will all take every opportunity to remind them of the duty they owe their people and visitors to their countries.If positions were reversed they would not like the conditions they impose on others. With the power they have should be the knowledge in how to use it.

Congratulations to the State of Texas where the people are getting through the problems brought by the floodwaters with the help of fellow citizens of all colours.  If it  can be done in  times of trial it should be OK once the floods have receded. Maybe you can show the way to those others who think hiding under a pointed sheet and calling racist remarks is the way forward.

I wish you all a wonderful new week. I won’t be around to reply to messages, comments or the usual insults for a while. Be nice to one another, remember to share the smiles and gift the hugs. xxx Humongous Hugs xxx



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30 responses to “Gwydir Castle.

  1. Happy Monday! I enjoyed the pics of the family as always. Can’t believe how big Amelie is getting. -huge hugs to all-

  2. Take care of yourself….you will be needed as ruler of the world when people come to their senses and stop allowing politicians to tell them what to think.

  3. Take care of yourself, David. Enjoyed the haunted castle story and pictures. Hugs.

  4. What a ghastly ghost story, David. But the place is beautiful – what a project. Cute as button kids too. I always enjoy those smiling faces. Peace to you too, my friend. Huge Hugs ❤

  5. The kids are so beautiful and they always have such huge smiles!!! Loved the story of the haunted castle … I would love to see the ghost dog … 🙂 Take care, my dear friend! xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

  6. I wouldn’t want to stay in a haunted castle–my imagination is quite vivid enough.
    Wonderful family photos, David. I hope you are feeling better soon. Hugs!

  7. A terrific history and ghost story, and lovely photos.

  8. Wonderful castle. Best wishes on what ever you are doing.

  9. xxx Hugs to speed you on your way. Hurry Hugs to speed you back. xxx

  10. Looks like a lovely (albeit spooky) place to stay! And the family photos are gorgeous 🙂 xx

  11. Hmm….you leave us hanging with a haunted house and words of warning for unsavoury despots? The plot thickens. May it be a very happy new beginning for you, David! Warm wishes for a speedy return! xo

  12. I always read your posts with interest, David, and finish reading them with a smile… these children are gorgeous!! x

  13. We should all contribute to the good fight, David ‘ so agree. Hugs and Hugs and Hugs

  14. Get well, David, that’s the thing. Get well. Your public needs you!

  15. Lovely photos David. Amelie and Ruben are just gorgeous!
    You are so right about ‘singing our own song’ a very good message,

    Hope all is well.
    Ginormous hugs xxxx

  16. You have an enormous following, David, evidence you are doing/saying something good and right. Some, commenting on your family pictures, have been around long enough to see how quickly your Amalie has sprouted. I agree with how delightful the children are. I loved your haunted house tale; the bit of humanitarian narrative that followed resonated.

  17. Love the message for humanity, David. See you soon xxxx

  18. Greetings friend. Great. Post with things to think about. See you when you return

  19. Thank you for this post Dave. Haunted Castles are always interesting. It’s good of you to mention the people of Texas. Now we are all holding our breath as Irma prepares to hit Florida.

  20. A ghost dog? Now that sounds fascinating.

  21. Ali Isaac

    Hi David, hope you’re having a nice break, and that your leg is continuing to heal. I don’t think I’d be staying in that house, even though it looks most impressive… I wouldn’t sleep a wink for fear of ghosts popping out at me, even though I’m not sensitive to the paranormal. Lovely pictures of the little ones, as always. Huge HUGS to you! Xxx

  22. Hoping all is well with you. Thanks for sharing some more fabulous fhotos of your family. They look so happy! I think ghosts can be happy too – definitely happy haunting the believers…. 🙂

  23. I like the part about the ghost dog. I wonder where he came from. Great pictures of the children. Parents and kids seem very happy. Thanks for the music. I’m sorry to hear your feet and legs are still bothering you. All the best. xxxHuge Hugsxxx 🙂 — Suzanne

  24. Early Halloween post, David? 🙂 I would love to visit Gwydir Castle. There is plenty of room in the world for both the humans and the ghosts, and I wouldn’t mind to see one.
    Beautiful family, the little ones are getting big. Many hugs xxxxxx

  25. Enjoyed reading about haunted Gwydir Castle, David. I tend to think all those ancient castles are definitely eerie, yes; and filled with other interesting real facts and stories. Very sweet family photos. Great to “see” you–sending hugs oooo

  26. Nice castle, David. My wife loves spirits and ghosts, so I am sure she would love to stay there.
    Thanks very much for following my blog. It is appreciated.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  27. Nidhi

    I love haunted stories.castle pics are awesome. Keep writing posts like this too.🤗🤗🤗🤗👍👍👍👍👍👍👍✌

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