A colourful village set in the Welsh countryside: Portmeirion was a favourite haunt of The Beatles, the place where Noël Coward wrote Blithe Spirit and the home of Sixties TV show The Prisoner

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Portmeirion Village in North Wales. Part of its charm is that this "Italianate" village designed by Sir Clough Williams Ellis looks fake, as if Toytown has been built on a very beautiful part of the Welsh coast.

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The lifelong project of an eccentric architect, the Welsh village of Portmeirion is eclectic, irreverent, impish – and constantly reinventing itself.

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