Portmeirion

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Portmeirion is an Italian style village built on the estuary of the River Dwyryd, near Porthmadog, on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. It is set in what was a lush reserve of natural vegetation, which had been turned into a Victorian garden by Henry Seymour Westmacott and Caton Haigh, who introduced many more species of plants and trees.

 

Clough Williams-Ellis, the father of postmodernism, acquired the property and, between 1925 and 1975, designed and constructed the village using fragments of old buildings of particular note.

 

The ruins of the mediaeval Castell Deudraeth, first recorded by Gerald of Wales in 1188, lay in the woods just outside the village. The present Castell Deudraeth is a nineteenth century mock Gothic castle, sited on the Penrhyndeudraeth promontory.

To protect the woods and farmland that surrounded his village from outside development Clough Williams-Ellis purchased Castell Deudraeth and its grounds in 1931, which added substantially to the size of the Portmeirion Estate.

 

All the buildings on the estate are either used as hotels, shops or restaurants. Castell Deudraeth was bought to extend the parkland, with the intention of incorporating it into the Portmeirion hotel complex, it eventually opened in 2001 after complications.

 

The hotel and several of the cottages had been a village called Aber Ia, the site of a foundry and boatyard on the estuary until the late 18th century.

The woodland was restructured, and two lakes constructed, with both formal and woodland planting. Whilst view points were introduced, much of the vegetation was allowed to develop unchecked.

 

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"Admired by its alert contemporary Horace Walpole for its grace as a Classical Composition enriched by Gothick detail it was also held in high regard by the Council for the Preservation of Ancient Bristol whose good offices and the generosity of its former owners, the Bristol Tramways & Carriage Company have made possible its preservation at Portmeirion."

 

The beautiful buildings, gardens and woodland, have made it the location for many film and television productions, the most famous of which was "The Prisoner." However the location has also been used for episodes of “Danger Man,” “Doctor Who,” “Citizen Smith,” and “Cold Feet,” amongst others, and also used as the set for a “Supergrass” video, and an “Iron Maiden” documentary program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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