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Re-opening of Dylan Thomas' favourite haunt in Laugharne

Browns Hotel in Laugharne has undergone a £1 million facelift Photo: ITV News Wales

One of the world's most iconic literary locations will officially reopen its doors today after a £1 million facelift.

Browns Hotel in Laugharne is renowned as the poet Dylan Thomas' favourite haunt.

Built in the mid-1700s, it was a favourite location of Thomas in the late 1940s and early 1950's.

The poet lived just a short walk away with wife Caitlin and their three children.

The grade II listed building has benefited from grants worth more than a quarter of a million pounds from the Welsh Government and heritage agency Cadw.

The décor and furnishings are said to be "a beautiful throwback to the late 1940s and early 1950s" Credit: ITV News Wales

Browns was last used as a hotel in 1959 and closed as a pub in 2006.

After laying empty and dilapidated for six years, it has undergone more than a year of work to revamp it.

Forming part of the Dylan Thomas tourism trail in Laugharne, it's hoped it will become a 'jewel in the crown' and encourage more tourism in West Wales.

The transformation has been astonishing. The décor and furnishings are a beautiful throwback to the late 1940s and early 1950s and guests are reacting really warmly to the whole package.

"Locals from Laugharne and the wider West Wales area enjoy popping in for a drink in the bar and for coffee in the Reading Room.

– Browns Hotel General Manager, Charlie Dyer

Since its quiet opening in July the newly refurbished hotel has already attracted international guests from as far afield as America, Germany and Ireland.

It has reopened as a boutique hotel, reflecting the region's colourful heritage and the bar is now as such that Dylan Thomas would recognise it.

This October marks the national celebration of Dylan Thomas's birth centenary.