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Portmeirion and Beyond

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A September 2007 trip to Wales by MichaelJM

Portmeirion Village and Woodlands Photo, Portmeirion, Gwynedd More Photos
Quote: Portmeirion is an iconic village born out of the imagination of one man and made famous in the TV series, the Prisoner.

Portmeirion Village and Woodlands

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Attraction | "Portmeirion's gardens"

Portmeirion Village and Woodlands Photo, Portmeirion, Gwynedd
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Potmeirion’s parklands are never far from the village and there are signed routes around the circular walks. Although you can access some of the walks on tarmaced paths the majority are over uneven and sometimes difficult terrain with awkward “natural staircases” to aid the transition between levels.We were particularly enchanted by the Japanese garden with its lily ponds. It was almost hidden from the rest of the gardens and it was soon evident that the architect of Portmeirion didn’t believe in making life easy for anyone touring the place. His view was always that the creation should “speak for itself” and people should experience it and enjoy the exploration. And it’s hard to dispute that ...Read More

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Portmeirion Village and Woodlands
Coast of Snowdonia
Gwynedd, Wales

Portmeirion Village and Woodlands

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Attraction | "The Village"

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Entering the village from the car park we headed through the entrance archway to discover each of the monumental buildings in Clough’s village. They all have an interesting story to tell in the context of this diminutive village.The Gate House or entrance arch (1954-55) straddles the walkway and rather than clear the site for the building Clough made use of the existing geology incorporating the rugged rock formations into the construction of the Gate House. The deep archway, which is lit up at dusk, contains a ceiling mural by Hans Feibusch who painted several others within the village. There’s a randomised fenestration and the hint of windows created by the cutting of shapes into the upper r...Read More

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Portmeirion Village and Woodlands
Coast of Snowdonia
Gwynedd, Wales

Portmeirion Village and Woodlands

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Attraction | "The Village Experience"

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Portmeirion is almost etched into me as an iconic sight and I guess it derived national notoriety from the days of the infamous TV series of "the Prisoner". In reality I never watched the series but subsumed the knowledge from friends to the point that I almost believed that I watched every programme!But a true icon stands in its own right and that’s exactly how Portmeirion was when we visited. The sky had been shrouded in a light mist, but by the time we got out of our car the blue sky was beginning to show. Indeed it turned out to be a glorious day – one of the best we’ve experienced this summer. It’s only a short walk from the car park to the toll gate and we paid over our £6.80 a head ...Read More

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Portmeirion Village and Woodlands
Coast of Snowdonia
Gwynedd, Wales

Plas-yn-Rhiw

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Attraction | "Plas yn Rhiw"

Plas-yn-Rhiw Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Inside the house at Rhiw you’re straight into a seated reception room and this together with the room to the left is part of the original Elizabethan farm house. It’s furnished exactly as it would have been when it was owned by the three Keating sisters and I was assured that nothing has been "brought in" or indeed taken out since the bequest was made to the National Trust. A large stone fire place was the centre piece of the room to the left and this with three bow back Victorian dining chairs was clearly the family dining room. Through the window was a first-class view over the garden with just a glimpse of Cardigan Bay. Leading out of the original farm house we noticed a particularly or...Read More

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Plas-yn-Rhiw
Rhiw - Pwllheli
Wales, United Kingdom LL53 8AB
01758 780219

Plas-yn-Rhiw

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Attraction | "Plas yn Rhiw"

Plas-yn-Rhiw Photo, Wales, United Kingdom
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Plas yn Rhiw is westwards along the coast from Porthmadog and is renowned for its staggering views over Cardigan Bay. It’s been in the hands of the National Trust since 1952 when a family of three sisters from Nottingham bequeathed it. In the 1930’s the sisters had clubbed all their funds together to buy the dilapidated house that they’d fallen in love with in their many holiday visits to the area with their mother. Their father an influential and affluent Nottingham architect had died when they were children and the three of them decided they were going to leave a worthwhile memorial to the whole family – the house at Rhiw.It felt a long haul across the peninsula to Rhiw and although a brown ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2007

Plas-yn-Rhiw
Rhiw - Pwllheli
Wales, United Kingdom LL53 8AB
01758 780219