Portmeirion stands on a rugged clifftop on its own private peninsula overlooking Cardigan Bay. It is surrounded by 145 acres of sub-tropical woodlands and miles of sandy beaches. Portmeirion was built by visionary Welsh architect, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who wanted to prove that development did not have to mean destruction of the natural environment.
He started work in 1925 and completed the village during the early 1970's. He died in 1978, aged 95. Portmeirion is now acknowledged as a unique architectural work of art. Many know Portmeirion for its role as "The Village" in Patrick McGoohan's television series "The Prisoner". It is also known for the Portmeirion Pottery, designed by Clough's daughter Susan Williams-Ellis (1918-1997).
The village has many colourful shops and restaurants including Castell Deudraeth (gastropub menu; free village entry with lunch), The Hotel Portmeirion (table d'hote menu), The Terrace Self-Service Restaurant, Cadwalader's Ice Cream Cafe and Caffi Glas Italian Cafe. All the cottages in the village are let as suites and rooms as part of the Hotel Portmeirion. There are also 17 self-catering cottages sleeping from 3 to 8 people.
Portmeirion's Victorian sub-tropical woodland garden known as Y Gwyllt includes a tree trail featuring unique rhododendrons, Californian coast redwoods, New Zealand's 'dancing tree', and the tallest Chilean maiten tree in the UK.
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