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This little gem is just a mile away from my home town of Porthmadog.
Clough Williams-Ellis, Portmeirion’s creator, was born in 1883 and built Portmeirion Village in two phases: between 1925 and 1939, and from 1954 to 1976.
With its Riviera inspired houses, ornamental garden and campanile, this is the centrepiece of Portmeirion. It’s a beautiful pocket of madness.
Over fifty years ago, the actor Patrick McGoohan chose Portmeirion as the setting for his new television show.
McGoohan, who’d become a highly paid star after playing the lead in the series Danger Man, felt trapped by the conventions of the spy programme that had made him famous. The Prisoner was his attempt to transcend the genre. It tells the story of a man known only as Number Six who attempts to leave the secret service.
The village of Portmeirion has been a source of inspiration for writers and television producers. For example, Noël Coward wrote Blithe Spirit while staying in the Fountain 2 (Upper Fountain) suite at Portmeirion.
In 1956 the village was visited by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and other famous visitors have included Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman.
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