Today we visited the Italianate private village of Portmeiron just outside Porthmadog. The village was the brainchild of eccentric architect Clough Williams-Ellis and his dream to build an ideal village to enhance rather than blend in with its surroundings. It took him a while to find a suitable location but in the early 1920’s was offered this site four miles from his home. The site had Victorian house which he turned into a hotel the income from which provided Williams –Ellis “Home for Fallen Buildings” Over the following years endangered buildings from all over Britain were broken down, transported and rebuilt on the site so there was mixture of styles and periods giving the place a rather quirky but Mediterranean feel.
It was rather a fun place to wander around and in a perfect location.