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At the end of May we had a few days in Portmeirion. I have been visiting Portmeirion since 1984, when I was 22. It provided the set for the 1968 TV series ‘The Prisoner’.
I was (am) a fan. Here I am helping to enact the famous chess game at a Prisoner Convention.
In 1985 Bar, Trish and I stayed for a week in one of the self-catering cottages. Bar was living in Kent, Trish in Surrey, and we had met the previous year in Portmeirion and become friends. Bar and me in the Bristol Colonnade, all smiles! Nearly thirty years later and Bar looks just the same, ah well at least I no longer look like a boy! I hope!
Here we are posing with a mini-moke.
Brendan and me in 1986 by the stone boat. We stayed for a week in one of the cottages.
We were staying for two nights in the hotel. Our room is in the photo above on the far left, first floor behind the tree. We had a view to the estuary and up to the village. Thankfully we had excellent weather!
The stone boat looks a bit smarter than it did in 86, but then Portmeirion has gone more upmarket!
Looking towards the Observatory Tower
The hotel has a heated outdoor pool.
The Grotto makes a good viewpoint.
Beneath The Grotto
View to the village from the hotel terrace.
The Observatory Tower contains a Camera Obscura. To the right is a statue of Admiral Nelson.
View back to the quayside, hotel and village.
White Horses, where Patrick McGoohan stayed when filming 'The Prisoner'. There is a new plaque on the wall.
They have missed out the middle bit! It should say "Actor, Director, Writer, Visionary, Curmudgeon"
Neptune.....where we stayed on our last visit
Looking across to the Bristol Colonnade.
The Chantry, Villa Winch (where Brendan and I stayed in 86) and Chantry Row.
The Pantheon, which was the residence of Number 2 in The Prisoner.
Number six's house.
The Bell Tower. There is now an intricate bell recording played loudly every hour.
Battery Square. Number 6's residence is middle right with the blue french windows. A Statue of St. Peter on the balcony of Toll House.
View from The Pantheon Balcony. The Gazebo top right.
Castell Deudraeth, was the hospital in The Prisoner, now another part of the hotel.
Breakfast. Good views out while you eat.
One of the hotel lounges.
The curved lounge.
The Mirror Room.
The hall with its carved Italian Renaissance fireplace.
Dinner had many courses, this was a pre-starter. Butternut squash with coriander foam was in the glass....aka: hot soup through a straw. On the spoon was liquidised black pudding with apple....can't remember what they called it!
Dessert.....yummy! Saving the most important photo until last!!