Portmeirion is a small tourist village on the estuary of the River Dwyryd. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis starting in 1920, and taking until 1975 to fully finish. The village itself is inspired heavily by a Mediterranean setting, with Williams-Ellis drawing from the setting of the Italian village Portofino. Portmeirion is now owned by a charitable trust, and is continuing with its history of being run as a hotel.
LIFE ON THE MEDITERRANEAN… IN WALES
Portmeirion was always designed to be a hotel, with many different lodging options available to guests. The village itself contains a catered hotel and fifteen self-catered villas, all designed in eclectic Italian style, as well as a centralized restaurant. The hotel is set inside the original mansion that was built in the 1850s, but had to be extended multiple times to keep up with the destination’s increasing popularity.
THE PRISONER’S VILLAGE
The village hosted the 1966-67 hit TV show “The Prisoner” and played its starring role as “The Village”; a secret, surreal place where the protagonist intelligence agent “Number 6” was interrogated and incarcerated. The show quickly became a cult classic upon being broadcast on ITV in the UK, and CBS in the United States and still draws in fans of the original series with its annual tribute festival. Many of the shooting locations for the series remain unaltered even half a century later.
In 2007, trees were being felled in order to widen a path around the village. Soon after, the first fallen tree was found to have 2p coins lodged into its trunk, and within a couple of months the trunk was full. Quickly, surrounding trees began sporting the same decorations. The estate manager believed that they were being used by people as “wishing trees”, but could not gather why these trees were special in particular.
Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Tyddyn Sianel, Llanystumdwy, Criccieth
Gwynedd, Wales, LL52 0LS
+44 (0)1766 522 855
- Address: 15 Cae Eithin, Penrhyndeudraeth, Gwynedd LL48 6EN, UK
- GPS: 52.91814672980454,-4.093666466162176
- Phone: 0044 (0)1766 770 000
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: LL48 6ER
- Entrance Fees: Free Access
- Disabled Access: Good
- Visibility from Road: None
- Image Credits: Tony Brindley