Photographic Print. Hotel Portmeirion in the village, Snowdonia, Wales.
The main building of the Hotel Portmeirion was built around
1850, extended by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925 & 1930, in 1931 a curvilinear restaurant in a more Modern concept was added and in 1971 it was listed
Grade II. When Clough discovered it in 1925 he was faced with dereliction
and an overgrown wilderness. "I obviously had to use the old house
on the sea's edge for something and, if I wanted a village, it
would have to have an economic basis and the obvious thing seemed
to be tourism. It was at Easter 1926, after less than a year's
preparation, that the original old house, little altered, opened
somewhat tentatively as an unlicensed hotel." On the night of Friday 5 June 1981 the hotel was gutted by fire but reconstruction started almost immediately and eventually all its main rooms were mostly restored to their former state and it reopened in 1988. Clough's description of the original interior: "As you enter the
hall past a massive carved Italian renaissance fireplace,...
stair with an elegant balustrade...we do know where the library at its foot came from, and it was the
Great Exhibition of 1851 - all complete with its intricately carved
doors and mantelpiece...The Mirror Room,
next to it, reflects as you enter the view outside the wrong way
round; the mantelshelf is supported by the functional haloes of a
pair of carved saints and the inlaid parquet is that surviving the
room's use as a curs' kennel - strangely without a mark."
The Hotel enjoyed a celebrated clientele such as H.G. Wells,
George Bernard Shaw, Bertrand Russell, Sir Kenneth Clarke and Noël Coward wrote Blithe Spirit there in 5 days. Frank Lloyd Wright came in 1956 and approved. During the
1960s the Gate House was often taken for the Summer season by Brian Epstein and George Harrison celebrated his 50th birthday there.
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