it was here! Portmeirion had long been on our list of places to visit, undoubtedly for the same reason as most other visitors, but I had no idea what to expect...a hotel and some pretty buildings to go and look at? The first clue came with the reservation - "deluxe suite in one of the cottages in the Village", and so it was. Upper Neptune suite, in one of only three buildings that existed when Clough Williams-Ellis bought the land, was beyond delightful. Lovely views of the estuary and much of the village, a really comfortable double bed, huge TV with its own dedicated "Prisoner" channel, free sherry and tea/coffee facilities, good shower and bath and, on a typical rainy arrival day, warm as toast, thanks to big radiators and the option of a major league gas fireplace. Our two days there coincided with a rare appearance of the sun, and the sit in their gardens in the sunshine in late afternoon when all the day visitors had returned to their coaches, was an absolute delight. We walked the whole site and the path to the beach, the dogs cemetery, the ghost garden, lookout point and Monet-style lake and bridge all added to what can correctly be called a unique experience. I'll write about the restaurants separately.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Portmeirion is a romantic seaside resort on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. It was opened by Clough Williams-Ellis in 1926. Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit here in 1941. Patrick McGoohan filmed The Prisoner here in 1966-67. From 13-15 September 2013 Portmeirion will once again host Festival No6, a unique celebration of arts and music. Portmeirion is open every day all year and is suitable for all ages. ... more less
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