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Sir Clough Williams-Ellis is the visionary, designer and Welsh architect who built the Italian village of Portmeirion in North Wales. It took over 50 years (1925 to 1976) to build this exquisite Italian looking village on a naturally beautiful site. Today, Portmeirion in North Wales, attractions over 200,000 visitors a year and offers complimentary guided tours.
Portmeiron in North Wales is home to two very stylish hotels, Castell Deudraeth and the Hotel Portmeirion. Clough bought this land for around £5,000 so he could build his vision of Mediterranean houses donned with beautiful turquoise blinds. No one can blame him for trying to emulate an Italian coastal village of Portofino.
Adventures in Portmeirion in North Wales
Portmeirion is located 45 minutes drive from the small village of Y Fron in North Wales. There is parking here to the village and free parking at Castell Deudraeth and then a 10-minute walk down. You’re required to pay a fee at the entrace, a map is provided of the entire estate.
The entire village of Portmeirion is listed as a Grade II building, meaning the building of special interest and should be preserved. Portmeirion has various types of accommodation, the two 4* hotels aforementioned, village rooms and self-catering cottages. Should you wish to stay at this stylish Italian inspired coast village then you will not be disappointed.
Mediterranean houses with beautiful turquoise blinds. There is so much to do around the village, walks were one of our favourite things to do. During the summer months, there a little Portmeirion train goes on a tour of the village. What we loved during our walks was stumbling upon the Chinese Lake with gorgeous autumnal flowers.
Navigating Portmeirion in North Wales
Leaving the Battery-Square where the Campanile Bell Tower is located, we moved to central piazza. The area features a fountain pool, Gloriette, Gothic Pavilion, the Bristol Colonnade and the giant chessboard. Most of these were closed off to preserve during the colder autumn/winter weather.
We then spent some time checking out the hotel before proceeding to the Observatory Tower. The views from the hotel and the coast path was absolutely breathtaking. The walk around the grounds took us back to the Triumphal Arch and onto the central piazza.