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Clough Williams Ellis acquired the site for Portmeirion in 1925 for less than £5,000 as it was then, 'a neglected wilderness'. There’s no doubt that he had found himself a wonderful location which would surely be celebrated for its views, even if the famous architect had never seen fit to site his wonderful, stylised Italianate village there.
The privately owned peninsula of Portmeirion with its fabulous architecture, sandy beaches and exotic sub-tropical gardens and woodland has inspired many illustrious authors, artists, photographers and TV and Film producers. Writers such as George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, Ernest Hemmingway and Bertrand Russell were habitués. Noel Coward wrote his best known comedy here, Blithe Spirit, during a two week stay at Lower Fountain in 1941.
All the cottages in the village are let as part of the Portmeirion Hotel and the village also has several shops and restaurants and is surrounded by the Gwyllt sub-tropical gardens and woodlands and miles of sandy beaches. Portmeirion is open all year round for both staying guests and day visitors alike.
This unique village is set on its own private peninsula on the southern shores of Snowdonia. It was created by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis (1883-1978) to demonstrate how a naturally beautiful place could be developed without spoiling it.