Portmeirion, Gwynedd, LL48 6ER
Built on its own wooded peninsula, Portmeirion is an architectural extravaganza, a collection of buildings brought together into a fantasy village like no other by the eccentric Welsh architect, Clough Williams-Ellis. Sir Clough believed architecture should be fun, but he always intended Portmeirion to pay for itself, which is why almost every door in this village opens into a hotel suite. The choice on offer is wide – ranging from a Regency terrace to a wooden cladded Scandinavian boathouse. There are 30 to choose from. Visitors can also stay in the 14-room hotel on the shore, which has log fires and a superb new dining room overlooking the Mawdach Estuary.
A nice welcoming touch is the decanter of sherry waiting in your room but the best thing about staying at Portmeirion is having the village to yourself after the tourists have gone home.
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"The Prisoner. Clough Williams-Ellis’ home for distressed architecture on the North Wales coast grew rapidly into a hotel in the form of a village. It was always the Welsh architect’s dream that he would pay for his fantasy settlement by letting out the cottages and apartments that he constructed out of salvaged bits of old buildings, many of which were scheduled for demolition. Clough waged a war for whimsy and style in the early years of the twentieth century when modernism, functionalism and brutalism were dictating that architecture was simply a machine for living in. It was appropriate therefore that Portmeirion should appeal to the actor and writer Patrick McGoohan, a man who also prized the individual over the society in his private life as well as his dramatic roles.
In the 1960s McGoohan came to Pormeirion to film an episode of his television series, Danger Man. He was very taken with the colourfulness and apparent innocence of Portmeirion and it helped him conceive of a village of infuriating charm where a secret agent is taken to be forced to confess why he has resigned. In “The Village” the agent is told he is now known as No6 and he finds everyone relentlessly cheerful around him.The question is whether The Village can break his independent spirit in a way that simple torture would not. Today The Village looks exactly as it did when ITV’s 17-part series The Prisoner first aired in 1967 (although human chess is no longer played in the main piazza). Guests can stay at the main hotel or in cottages and houses dotted round the Portmeirion, though sadly you'll find No6’s cottage is not a residence but rather a shop selling Prisoner memorabilia. “White Horses”, the cottage where Patrick McGoohan stayed while making the series, has been recently refurbished to a high standard and is ideal if you want a bit of isolation within the village and great views of the Dwyryd estuary."
"High above the Dwyryd estuary, Portmeirion’s spa occupies the old Chart Room designed by flamboyant Welsh architect Clough Williams Ellis. It’s a small south-facing suite of white rooms with a reception, two treatment cabins, and a “Ladies’ Lounge” beauty parlour, which is over the shop selling souvenirs from The Prisoner TV series. At the beginning of the new year Portmeirion always offers a “January Blues” promotion and many people who take this up also visit the sea-view spa. Detox specials include aromatic seaweed body wraps, which involve French clay, foil wrapping and being left to heat up in a blanket before emerging toxin-free an hour later for jasmine tea. Portmeirion lies at the end of a long car journey from most places in Britain, so it’s a good idea to book in for two nights and maybe opt for the Deluxe Mermaid Spa Day, which costs £115 but includes four treatments plus lunch and a glass of prosecco. After all there’s no reason why you can’t retox while you detox."
"Clough Williams Ellis’ architectural fantasy village celebrates its ninetieth anniversary this year and his descendants have plans to celebrate by completing the last building in his original design. Until then there are plenty of gleefully designed rooms and cottages to stay in, and the promise of real log fires to come back to if you’re lodging at the hotel itself. For a really enjoyable – but not too demanding – walk on a warm Spring afternoon leave the village past White Horses (a gloriously restored self catering cottage that predated the building of Portmeirion itself) and head along the estuary. If the tide is out you can walk along the sands where Patrick McGoohan used to be chased by a large ball of bubblegum in the cult TV series The Prisoner. At the end of the promontory a series of woodland footpaths were laid out by Sir Clough to bring you back to the village. One takes you past an ornamental lake with a Japanese bridge that the great architect conjured up. Portmeirion is full of such surprises. Then it’s back to the hotel to warm up by that glorious old fireplace and maybe a glass of Penderyn Welsh whisky."
"You couldn’t get nearer the beach than this stunning beach-side location with its amazing architecture and sub tropical gardens. Its art deco style dinning room overlooking the bay fits the hottest theme of the moment - The Great Gatsby - whilst for ceremonies the opulent mirror room with its floor to ceiling windows is amazing. To complete the picture there are steps leading down from the grounds to the beach."
"Festival No6 PORTMEIRION, 13-15 September. Portmeirion is a fantasy village built by the Welsh architect Clough Williams Ellis. The grand old man used to invite writers and artists to stay in Portmeirion and his grandson, Robin Llywelyn, has recently formalised the village's tradition of artistic patronage by creating its own arts festival. The name Festival No6 comes from The Prisoner TV series which was filmed in Portmeirion. This is the only British festival held in a hotel and what a hotel it is. Each room is located inside a building put together from Sir Clough’s eclectic imagination."
"Sir Clough Williams-Ellis began work on his own private village in 1926, salvaging old buildings and creating theatrical facades in a style he called “architectural mongrel”. The eccentric architect always intended Portmeirion to be self-financing, so it’s long been a hotel and entertained the likes of Noel Coward and Patrick McGoohan, who filmed The Prisoner here. Old episodes of this series play on Channel 801 in every room."
Information on Hotel Portmeirion , Portmeirion
|No. of bedrooms:||
Types of room: rooms in Hotel, rooms in the Village
|Room rates guide:||
Single from: £132.00
Double/Twin from: £109.00
Suites from: £188.00
Room with Breakfast
Credit Cards Accepted: Mastercard, Maestro/Switch, Visa
When Closed: Open all year
Child Friendly: Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: No
Smoking Permitted: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Accreditation: AA 2 Rosettes
Colour TV, Plasma TV screen in some rooms, Luxury toiletries
Garden, Spa, Bar, Dining room, Civil ceremony licence, Wedding receptions, 2 meeting rooms, Conference facilities
|Outdoor activities on site:||
Outdoor swimming pool, Swimming pool (1 mile)
Golf (2 miles)
|Local directions:||From Cardiff, follow the A470 to Trawsfynydd. Follow signs for Porthmadog. Portmeirion is one and a half miles west of Penryndedraeth on the A487 signposted at Minffordd. For further directions please see our website.|
Nearest major city:
Nearest major airport:
Nearest railway stn:
Manchester (2 hours, 30 mins) , Cardiff (3 hours)
Porthmadog or Minffordd
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