Who doesn’t want to stay in Portmeirion? It’s one of those must-visit places on the tick list of every true traveller.
Of all the Rare Hideaways, we have to single this one out as a destination in its own right. Yes, you come for the accommodation. But, let’s be honest, you choose Portmeirion so that you can become immersed in the unique atmosphere and architecture of this Italianate village, created by iconoclast Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and still worshipped worldwide as the setting of that 1960s cult TV series, The Prisoner (Portmeirion perfectly captures the ambiguous, surreal nature of the storyline). The Cottages, 13 in all, are scattered around the village, so you might find yourself next to the gateway, or on a cliff, or close to the concrete boat – one of many delightful Clough follies – anchored to the quayside and going nowhere. This being Portmeirion, all are one-offs rich in individual detail and personality. And, as you’d expect, they are quirky and utterly endearing. The village, on its own private peninsula, also contains two hotels, shops and lush grounds and garden.