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Dobbins Inn

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Poor Maud Dobbin paid the ultimate price for her fling with a soldier posted at the nearby castle in the 1600s. When her husband, Hugh, discovered that she was conducting the affair via a secret tunnel which linked the two buildings, he surprised the lovers one night and stabbed them both to death. The soldier, Buttoncap, doesn’t seem to have felt the need for any restlessness following the incident but mournful Maud’s dejected shade reputedly wanders the rooms of the inn at night, gently stroking the faces of the sleeping guests.

Built in the 13th century by Reginald D’Aubin, the little black-and-white-fronted inn echoes with all sorts of other suspenseful tales besides, and you can still see the ‘priest-hole’ through which Catholics used to escape the authorities during the years when the religion was outlawed, and a collection of naval cap tallies said to have belonged to John Paul Jones (a brave American Privateer). Prior to becoming an inn in 1946, the building served as a post office, an armoury, a gaol and, originally, a family castle. Today, though, it offers clean, spacious bedrooms, robust Irish and Mediterranean dinners and a tapas menu.

Written by  larapiegeler.

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