More than 90 years after architect Bertram Clough Williams-Ellis came up with the maverick idea of building an Italianate village on the North Wales coast, the unique resort of Portmeirion is more popular than ever.
Famed for being ‘The Village’ in 1960s cult TV series The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan, Portmeirion continues to attract thousands of day and overnight visitors to its brightly-coloured buildings, quirky history and beautiful location.
Accounts just filed for Portmeirion Ltd show that turnover jumped six per cent from £8.1 million to £8.5 million in the year to January 31, 2018, thanks to increased hotel revenues and higher ticket prices for day visitors.
Accounts just filed for Portmeirion Ltd show that turnover jumped six per cent from £8.1 million to £8.5 million in the year to January 31, 2018
Profits rose slightly to £423,000. A dividend of £34,000 was paid out and directors said they were ‘pleased’ with the entity’s performance over the year.
Portmeirion is owned by a registered charity called Ymddiriedolaeth Clough Williams-Ellis Foundation and it cannot be bought or sold.
Visitors can stay in either Castell Deudraeth or The Hotel Portmeirion as well as in several self-catering cottages.
It hosts the popular Festival No. 6 event every year, named after McGoohan’s Number 6 character in The Prisoner.
All of its buildings have listed status and the grounds are a designated Conservation Area.
Famous visitors over the years include Noel Coward, who wrote Blithe Spirit in one of the houses.