Cardigan, Ceredigion, Wales

A view of Cardigan

The Haunted Hotel

Peter Underwood gives an account of a honeymoon couple that had an encounter with Princess Nest. However, he does not give the name of the hotel. Instead we are given a series of descriptions as to the whereabouts and its possible identity. The hotel is just outside of Cardigan and has been haunted for over 800 years, so we are looking for a hotel that predates 1300’s.


The hotel was once a manor house, but from archaeological work undertaken they know that there was some form of dwelling on the site prior to the current structure. The haunted room is said to be in the older part of the hotel and access is through a “short passage with a outer door and a light inner door”.


The couple heard the sounds of the outer door opening with a click followed by “soft footsteps” approaching their room. The curtains then blew out, even though it was a hot summer night. Approximately an hour later, the husband awoke to see “the figure of a beautiful girl” standing beside him. The apparition was described as “clothed in a long, robe-like dress, her hair fell freely about her face and shoulders”. However, she soon disappeared. Princess Nest was known to be a Welsh beauty, so could this apparition have been her? We are attempting to discover the identity of the hotel.


For further information, please read Haunted Wales by Peter Underwood.


Visitor Information

Cardigan (Welsh: Aberteifi) is a town in the county of Ceredigion in Mid Wales. It lies on a tidal reach of the River Teifi at the point where Ceredigion meets Pembrokeshire.

It was the county town of the historic county of Cardiganshire and is the second largest town in present-day Ceredigion.

Pictured is a view of Cardigan looking north across the River Teifi courtesy of Jprw. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.