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Portmeirion, Gwynedd, Wales


A Historic Tour of Portmeirion

A Historic Tour of Portmeirion

Portmeirion

Portmeirion was built by Clough Williams-Ellis as an “unashamedly romantic” resort on Snowdonia’s southern shore. His aim was “to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without defiling it”. Portmeirion became his most famous work and one of the most successful British architectural projects of the twentieth century.
The village stands on a rugged cliff top on its own private peninsula and is surrounded by 70 acres of sub-tropical woodlands. All the houses form part of the hotel with rooms and suites within comfortable walking distance of the main building on the quayside. The curvilinear dining room overlooking the estuary serves fresh local produce in elegant surroundings. During the Winter, from 1st November to 31st March, the hotel offers its popular Winter breaks of three nights for the price
of two.
The village is also a popular year round venue for day visits with its shops, restaurants, gardens and beaches. It is one of Wale’s premier attractions welcoming over 200,000 visitors per annum. Many know Portmeirion as the location for Patrick McGoohan’s “The Prisoner” television series. It is also renowned for its Portmeirion Pottery, designed by Clough’s daughter Susan Williams-Ellis.
A major development will be completed at Portmeirion in May 2001 with the opening of the Castell Deudraeth brasserie and bar where informal meals will be served all day and evening throughout the year in a family friendly atmosphere. This Victorian castle and its gardens have been carefully restored and facilities include meetings rooms and spacious accommodation on the first and second floors. Admission is free to Castell Deudraeth and its gardens.
Portmeirion is owned by a registered charity called the Portmeirion Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to preserving Clough Williams-Ellis’s work at Portmeirion and at the Brondanw Estate where he lived, five miles away. Clough’s motto was “Cherish the past, adorn the present, construct for the future” and this philosophy is followed at Portmeirion to this day. He fought for beauty, “that strange necessity.”

For more Information please contact:
Portmeirion, Gwynedd
LL48 6ET Wales
Web:  www.portmeirion.com
Email:  info@portmeirion-village.com
Tel: +44 (0)1766 770000
Fax: +44 (0)1766 771331

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