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Portmeirion is an Italianate resort village on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion's designer, said that he wanted to pay tribute to the atmosphere of the Mediterranean in his development.

Williams-Ellis designed and constructed the village between 1925 and 1975. He incorporated fragments of previously demolished buildings, including works by a number of other distinguished architects.

The main building of the hotel, and the cottages called "White Horses", "Mermaid" and "The Salutation" had been a private estate called Aber Ia, developed in the 1850s on the site of a foundry and boatyard, which was active in the late 18th century. The site of a mediaeval castle known variously as Castell Deudraeth, Castell Gwain Goch and Castell Aber Iau and recorded by Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerald of Wales) in 1188 is in the woods just outside the village proper.

The grounds contain an important collection of rhododendrons and other exotic plants in a wild-garden setting which was begun before Williams-Ellis' time and has continued to be developed since his death.

Portmeirion is now owned by a charitable trust. The village has always been run as a resort hotel. As well as the main hotel building, the majority of the other buildings in the village are used as hotel rooms or self-catering cottages. There are also various shops, a cafe, tea-room and restaurant.

Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit while staying at Portmeirion. In addition, exterior shots for "The Village" in the cult 1960's TV series The Prisoner were filmed in Portmeirion.

For further information, visit Portmeirion Village

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