Inside 'Wales' most haunted mansion' where ghost only appears to single men

External shot of the property from the bushes and statue in the centre.
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A magnificent Welsh mansion with a spine-tingling twist has hit the market for £1.6 million, and it's not for the faint-hearted it's reputed to be "Wales' most haunted" house.

Nestled in the tranquil Carmarthenshire countryside, the expansive Derwydd Mansion covers 12,758 square feet and is replete with 14 bedrooms, four bathrooms, seven reception rooms, and even includes a self-contained cottage ideal for guests or as a holiday let. However, single gentlemen should take heed: the fabled White Lady ghost of the estate is said to appear solely to unmarried men.

The mansion's storied past stretches back to 1485, once serving as the residence of Tudor knight Sir Rhys ap Thomas and famously providing refuge to Henry Tudor before his decisive victory at the Battle of Bosworth.

According to local lore, when Henry Tudor landed at Milford Haven with ambitions to claim the throne from Richard III, thus ending the War of the Roses, he found support at Derwydd Mansion. Here, he rallied a force of 5,000 Welsh soldiers who marched with him to secure his win at the Battle of Bosworth.

This pivotal moment in history is commemorated within the mansion by a shield sculpture located in the King's Room, reports the Mirror.

Picture of Large bedroom with fireplace and old cupboard in Derwydd Mansion
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The historical narrative of this 15th-century Tudor mansion weaves through generations of notable figures, including its transfer to Sir Thomas Stepney of Llanelli in the early 18th century, followed by Joseph Gulston, and later to Stepney Gulston. Adding to its allure, the property is enveloped in eerie tales and is allegedly haunted by the spectral White Lady, more formally known as Gwen Vaughan.

This haunting narrative has been handed down through the ages, recounting the appearance of a spectral figure known as the White Lady at the window of Sir Rhys ap Thomas's chamber, ominously preceding the death of the family patriarch. The legend takes a peculiar turn with claims that this ghostly lady presents herself solely to bachelors, casting an enigmatic and spine-tingling aura over the estate's storied past.

The majestic residence also boasts a heritage-listed greenhouse, home to a peach tree and grapevines said to be part of one of the largest Messenger greenhouses in Wales. The expansive eight-acre grounds encompass a 'hidden' woodland and a historic walled garden.

With its Grade II* status, Derwydd Mansion is a treasure trove of opulence and folklore, featuring the regal King's Room, historical park, sundial, messenger greenhouse, and a quaint cottage. Despite its tranquil and private location, the mansion remains within easy reach of contemporary amenities and local attractions.

The estate agents note: "Derwydd Mansion is set in a rural location only about a mile west of the hamlet of Derwydd in the historic county of Carmarthenshire in south-west Wales, famous for its castles and Towy River. Although enjoying a rural aspect it is convenient to local towns including the popular market town of Llandeilo (about four miles to the north) with shops and nearby national railway services at Ffairfach station (only about three miles away from Derwydd Mansion)."

"The town of Ammanford with primary and secondary schools is also only about four miles to the south-east while the A48 M4 link road is about six miles to the south-west providing quick access to south Wales (Swansea about 22 miles and Cardiff about 65 miles) the Severn Bridge and into England."

"For those that enjoy the outdoors the surrounding countryside offers a wealth of areas to explore including Dinefwr Park National Nature Reserve owned by the National Trust, numerous castles including Dinefwr and Carreg Cennen, the former Brecon Beacons National Park (now called Bannau Brycheiniog National Park) and the National Botanic Garden of Wales."

Since February 2022, the gardens have been recognised as a Registered Historic Park and Garden Grade II. The listing states: "Derwydd is registered for its historic interest as a small late nineteenth-century garden also incorporating earlier features including a pre-1809 terrace. The garden can be divided into several distinct areas. To the north of the upper drive is the orchard. To the east of the orchard and to the north of the house is the walled garden."

It adds: "One of the walks that winds through the woodland terminates at the 'painting' lawn, so called because from here there is a view across to Trapp and the Black Mountains, a view that the family and friends enjoyed painting. The gates are electrically controlled and the entrance has CCTV."

Shared on Reddit, the property listing quickly became a hot topic amongst users. One person commented: "Oh I just know that whole place is FULL of mysterious cold spots," and another weighed in with a wry, "EPC rating of G, for ghost".

The legend of the White Lady particularly captured users' imaginations, prompting reactions such as: "I enjoy how she only haunts unmarried men."

This sentiment was echoed by a user who remarked: "Gwen sounds lovely, sure she'd be nice if you give her the odd unmarried man to haunt. 10/10 would buy if I had £1.6m."

A final commented: "I think this place is amazing, and I would be in if it was for £1.6m and them pesky kids chasing the Lady in White!"

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