We have visited Portmeirion many times before, often as day visitors. We have stayed in several other self-catering cottages (and once in the Castell) but it has been a few years since our last stay. Much can happen over time, but we were pleased that the changes seemed for the better.
On arrived, we checked in at the Castell and were given our keys to the cottage. We were a bit early and the cottage was still being cleaned so we spoke to the lovely staff about the cottage - this is when we found out that the cottage had recently been refurbished (more later on this). We also found out that the cottage had a lovely garden at the side with great views.
So when we offloaded the luggage (reserved parking space immediately outside the door) and had a look around we were amazed. The cottage has been altered downstairs to accommodate a second bathroom with shower (really good!) and the massive dining room had become a kitchen/diner which is definitely a better use of space. All the kitchen appliances were brand new in a very tasteful set of fitted units, But the view from the dining room steals the show - we were lucky as the trees were not quite in full leaf, so we got an almost unobstructed view of the estuary. The lounge downstairs has now been fitted with a log-burner and plenty of logs/sticks were left. We didn't need to use it though, as the weather for the week was superb.
Upstairs, the bedrooms have been altered to give a bit more space, and the cottage can now sleep 5 people having two doubles and a single. The in-room sinks have been taken out (presumably as there is now a second bathroom) and the upstairs bathroom has been updated. Bedding and towels were premium hotel quality, and a lovely bar of L'Occitane soap was left on top of each pile of towels in the room. Definitely a 5* standard. The bedrooms were over the main path into the village (literally - Gate House is built on an arch) but we found that it was peaceful and tranquil at all times.
The whole cottage was scrupulously clean and had everything we could need. I would definitely recommend this for anyone staying in the area. A handful of other cottages have also had the makeover, so I imagine the others will follow suit.
With regard to the rest of the village, there have been a few changes since our last visit. The shops have moved around a bit, but at least Pot Jam remained where it was - it is great to stock up with lovely treats, and they also stock fresh bread and milk. There are more choices of cafes now, but the Town Hall is still our favoured choice.
The gardeners look as though they have been busy recently - lots of new planting, but also they have had to deal with the recent storms that have felled a number of the big trees in the grounds. All the paths seemed to be open and accessible. We took a walk around the woodland paths in the evenings, and there was hardly a soul to be seen. My recommendation is the path that runs along the back boundary wall to an amazing viewpoint at the extreme end of the grounds where you can see round the bay to Porthmadog and Borth y Gest,
In conclusion, this was a great place to stay and I definitely intend to return soon.
Be seeing you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Portmeirion is a romantic seaside resort on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. It was opened by Clough Williams-Ellis in 1926. Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit here in 1941. Patrick McGoohan filmed The Prisoner here in 1966-67. In early September Portmeirion hosts Festival No6, a unique celebration of arts and music. Access during the festival period is for Festival Ticket Holders only. Portmeirion is open every day all year and is suitable for all ages. ... more less
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