Portmeirion was born from the vision of one man, Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Although it looks a little like an old Italian village, it’s located in North Wales and was built between 1925 and 1976. Clough bought the site for £5,000 and made his vision a reality, creating a place that’s an explosion of colours and styles. Mediterranean houses with bright turquoise shutters are surrounded by pink hydrangeas and palm trees – you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve ended up in Portofino.
Portmeirion is a popular place for tourists, with 240,000 visitors every year, and for weddings. You certainly wouldn’t run out of pretty backgrounds for your wedding photos! You can stay at one of the many cottages, the hotel by the sea, or even the Victorian castle.
From the ice cream cones to the fire engine door, every detail has been thought through and made more beautiful and colourful. I don’t even think my pictures do the place justice – you’ve got to visit the place to realise just how wonderful it is!
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Dreamy pastel houses. Even better than anything you’ll see in Notting Hill!
Suddenly it feels like we’re in Greece!
Clough’s motto was “Cherish the Past, Adorn the Present, and Construct for the Future” – I think he did pretty well with that, don’t you?