'A rose by any other name...' Rosetta was formerly known as Rosewood Villa & Rose Villa, and a real life Rose also features in its story. One of the largest houses in Laugharne Rosetta dates back to c.1720. It has many original features all lovingly restored by the current owners. In 1788 it was owned by John Bartlett Allen and his wife Elizabeth (nee. Hensleigh), the grand-daughter of a Thomas Phillips, vicar of Laugharne. Two daughters married MPs: Catherine married James Mackintosh whilst Bessie married Josiah Wedgewood, slavery abolitionist and potter. A son, Daniel, became editor of The Morning Post. Like many Laugharne houses beer was brewed here, and prior to the 2nd World War a Mrs Morse sold paraffin and plank bread. Prior to the recent renovation a Laugharne character, John Lloyd, lived here. He kept a gun cupboard in his bedroom and there was evidence that he used a wardrobe for target practice.
The house was once owned by Lady Catherine Aylmer,
a colourful character who married 4 times. She was tried for adultery
in 1772, then married the disreputable Baron Henry Aylmer 4th Lord
of Balrath with whom she had a daughter Rose, before marrying a Thomas
Price of Laugharne. Rose was the subject of the famous love poem,
'Rose Aylmer', written by Walter
Savage Landor (1775-1864, pictured above) who lived in nearby
Tenby in the 1790s. Sadly Rose died of cholera in India in 1800, aged
'Ah, what avails the sceptre race/Ah, what the form divine/What every virtue, every grace/Rose Aylmer, all were thine/Rose Aylmer, whom those wakeful eyes/May weep, but never see/A night of memories and sighs/I consecrate to thee.'
You can stay at Rosetta as part of the AirBnB scheme.
Rosetta before the refurb
Wood panels, deeds & Great House opposite
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