Craig y Nos Ghost HuntCraig Y Nos Castle, Brecon Road, Penycae, Powys
"The Rock of the Night" or Craig-y-nos as itís known to the locals is a Victorian-Gothic country house located on the southern edge of forest Fawr in Powys.†
The main building was built during the period 1841 - 1843 by Captain Rice Davies Powell who saw his fair share of tragedy throughout his own life. Captain Powell first lost his young son to Cholera in 1851, Wife and Daughter in 1862 and finally his eldest son was killed in a hunting accident on the Isle of Wight in 1864.
Moving forward in history, the estate was brought for £6000 in 1876 by the Morgan family from Abercrave. It remained in their hands until brought by arguable it's most famous owner Adelina Patti.
For the small fee of £3500, Adelina Patti purchased the castle and surrounding park land in 1878 and developed it into her own private estate. The prima donna had reached the soaring heights of a spectacular career. She spent the rest of her life at Craig-y-nos, leaving it only to sing in the premier opera houses of Europe and America.
After her marriage, to French tenor Ernesto Nicolini, they decided to renovate the castle, adding the North and South wings, the clock tower, conservatory, winter garden and theatre. In 1914 she made her last ever public appearance at Albert Hall and after that spent the rest of her life at Craig-y-nos with her third husband and a devoted staff.
After Adelina Patti's death in 1919, the castle changed hands and turned into a hospital purchased by the Welsh National Memorial Trust for £11,000. The Adelina Patti Hospital, names at the request of her widower admitted its first patients in August 1922. Since the sanatorium opened its doors it saw many a patient from Children to the elderly and in turn saw countless deaths.
Reported Paranormal Activity
Nurses have reported walking past people on the stairs or in corridor only to find when they turn around no one is there.
Visitors have reported finding it difficult to breathe in areas of the castle, could this be the effect of some of the patients who spent their final days within the hospital?
With unexplained noises and footsteps and even the feeling of dread in areas of the castle we are in for a night to remember.
Full apparitions have been said to not only show themselves within the many rooms, even interact with people who flee in terror. The most active area of the castle is said to be the childrenís ward and with the recovery rate being so low, many children entered the castle but unfortunately never ended up leaving