Those local to or familiar with the Upper Usk Valley will know that Adelina Patti was a very famous opera singer who made the nearby Craig Y Nos Castle her home at the turn of the last century. The castle is now a busy hotel and conference facility with Patti’s theatre, built to be Patti’s own private auditorium, much in demand for weddings. The castle has even featured in a Doctor Who episode! The castle is said to be subject to strong paranormal phenomena and haunted by the ghost of Patti.The castle grounds now lie within the beautiful Craig Y Nos Country Park, run by Brecon Beacons National Park.
There is currently a beautifully curated little exhibition on Adelina Patti in the Game Room, an outbuilding of the castle. Look for the sign ‘Home Sweet Home’ – Patti’s signature tune – at the top of the car park on the castle side. Free to enter and you will hear recordings of her voice and see many mementoes of her life. Well worth a visit if you are visiting the area.