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From the Mountains to the Sea

Discover the Hidden Gardens of North Wales with Alan Mason & performances by London Festival Opera

  • 12 May 2019
  • Music
  • Garden
  • Portmeirion

Stay with us in the enchanting village of Portmeirion from where we will explore some of the most beautiful gardens in Wales, land of ‘Song and Poetry’. Some of the gardens are close to the sea and river estuaries, others with dramatic mountain backdrops but all have a special element that makes them outstanding. Our base for the five nights will be the wonderfully grand Hotel Portmeirion, which opened in 1926 as the focal point of Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis’ proposed Village as well as Portmeirion Village. For us, one of the most important rules in planning a botanical tour is that it should not be rushed. So, apart from guided visits to some very special gardens, there will also be free time to explore individually, take in the vistas, and to sit and wonder at what nature and man have created in the most memorable of settings.

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  • London Festival Opera

    LFO at Villa Cicognia

    We are delighted that London Festival Opera will be joining us for our stay and presenting two concerts in the superb settings – performing a selection of celebrated arias and ensembles from the operas of Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet and Puccini as well as some lighter pieces from the world of operetta and musicals. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music themed tours grow in popularity. London Festival Opera has achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in the UK and overseas and has performed for Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior members of the British and European Royal Families. The company has performed at 10 Downing Street, the British Embassy in Paris, the President’s Palace in Malta and as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice. Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, the programmes presented include a wide and varied range of repertoire. 

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Portmeirion

Portmeirion

Portmeirion Village was designed to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it and Williams-Ellis worked to complete his grand vision over 50 years, completing the Village as it is known today in 1976.

Hotel Portmeirion is a Grade II listed, four-star hotel overlooking the sandy beaches of the Dwyryd Estuary. It was converted from an early Victorian Villa to a hotel by Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925 and restored in 1988. Situated in the heart of picturesque Portmeirion, it is surrounded by acres of woodland gardens and impressive natural landscapes. This was converted to a contemporary hotel in 2001 and features 14 stylish bedrooms, some with lift access, a fine-dining restaurant, a bar and terrace and several relaxing lounges. Much of the Victorian interior has been retained, including an intricate Italian fireplace and a grand 18th century oak staircase.

Portmeirion Village is home to 32 individually styled, serviced rooms and suites, each with its own character and charm. These rooms have all the benefits of traditional hotel accommodation, but with the added appeal of being located in the heart of the Village. All have views of the Village or the Dwyryd Estuary and some have ground floor access.

In Portmeirion you will be assured of a warm welcome combined with some of the best food in North Wales and a friendly and professional service. There is plenty to explore – the subtropical forest at Portmeirion, affectionately known as The Gwyllt (Wildwood in Welsh) features some of Britain’s largest trees, secret gardens, a derelict castle and rare flowers. 

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Itinerary

  • Chanrty Row, The Dome
  • Plas Newydd
  • Bodnant Garden

Day 1 - Llandudno to Portmeirion, North Wales.

Transportation will meet us at Llandudno Junction Railway Station for a spectacular drive through Snowdonia National Park to the village of Portmeirion in Gwynedd. Now owned by a charitable trust, Portmeirion will be our home for the next five nights. Enjoy welcome drinks and dinner at the hotel this evening.

Day 2 - Plas Cadnant & Plas Newydd.

Drive to Plas Cadnant, a hidden historic garden, which is slowly being uncovered – a Welsh ‘Lost Gardens of Heligan’. Three different gardens have been discovered, including an unusual walled garden with curving walls and a pool, a secret valley garden with three waterfalls and a river, and an upper woodland garden with stone outcrops and the remains of a 19th century folly. Work started on restoring the gardens and grounds in 1997, which was a huge undertaking as large areas had not been maintained for more than 70 years. Since then large parts of the gardens have undergone a spectacular transformation and have been restored to their former glory. After lunch we set off a short distance to Plas Newydd, an enchanting mansion and gardens, with spectacular views of Snowdonia. Set on the shores of the Menai Strait amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery, James Wyatt redesigned this elegant house in the 18th century. The 1930s restyled interior is famous for its Rex Whistler association and contains his exquisite romantic mural and the largest exhibition of his works. A military museum contains relics from the First Marquess of Anglesey’s tenure, who commanded the cavalry at the Battle of Waterloo. Visit the house and walk through the fine spring garden and Australasian arboretum, with an understory of shrubs and wild flowers and an Italianate-style summer terrace. A woodland walk gives access to a delightful spring and early summer rhododendron garden. From the house and grounds, the views across the Menai Strait to the mountains of Snowdonia are simply stunning.

Day 3 - Portmeirion & Plas Tan y Bwlch.

This morning we will amble in to Portmeirion, the famous Italianate village. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis acquired the site for Portmeirion in 1925. Over the course of 50 years, the village was developed into a wonderfully eccentric style, while at all times staying in harmony with the natural surroundings. Much work has been carried out in recent years to improve the gardens, enhancing the beauty of the architecture. We will take a walk in ‘The Gwyllt’, a woodland display where the major concentrations of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias were planted, with a wide variety of choice trees. In the afternoon, we will discover the beautiful gardens of Plas Tan y Bwlch, a spectacular Victorian garden nestled in dramatic mountain scenery within the Snowdonia National Park. Covering 13 acres, this garden for all seasons’ hosts a variety of rhododendrons and azaleas in spring, including a 120-year-old rhododendron tunnel. Overlooking the garden is a dramatic Victorian-Gothic mansion that was once home to wealthy slate quarry owners, the Oakeley family. This evening prior to dinner we will enjoy a performance by London Festival Opera in the Hercules Hall at Portmeirion.

Day 4 - Nanhoron Estate & Plas Brondanw.

This morning we will visit the gardens surrounding Nanhoron, a beautiful Regency mansion house hidden in some of the most beautiful landscape in Wales. The home of the Hardens, whose family has owned this estate for 700 years, The park and gardens that you see today were originally laid out in the second half of the 18th century. The layout of the landscape with its park running down to the lake follows the classic 18th century plan. This afternoon we visit Plas Brondanw, at Croesor, Gwynedd. Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who inherited the house from his father, created this Italianate garden. The courtyard is enclosed by clipped yew hedging punctuated by towering columns of Italian cypress. A low panel of elegant ironwork marks a narrow gap in these green walls and the view beyond takes your breath away. The ground falls steeply to the wide plain, rising again in the form of Moel Hebog, a mountain the bulk of which is accentuated by a single tall foreground pine. In the shade by the house grow billowing whiteflowered Japanese anemones, purple aconites, astilbes, hostas and ferns. On the sunny side of the path are crocosmia, buddleja and cistus.

Day 5 - Bodnant Garden & Bodygallen Hall.

After breakfast we will drive towards Colwyn Bay where we visit the famous Bodnant Garden, situated above the River Conwy, spanning some 80 acres looking across the valley towards Snowdonia. The garden has two parts – the upper garden around Bodnant Hall, which consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns, and the lower garden – known as the “Dell”, formed by the River Hiraethlyn and containing the wild garden. Bodnant has a range of beautiful plants from all over the world, particularly China, North America, Europe and Japan, which are suited to the Welsh climate and soil. A short drive to the secluded Bodysgallen Hall, in over 200 acres of parkland, with views of Snowdonia and Conwy Castle, Grade 1 listed Bodysgallen Hall Hotel provides all that is best in country house hospitality for our lunch. The Head Gardener will show us around the beautiful gardens, which include a rare 17th century parterre of box hedges filled with sweetscented herbs, a walled rose garden and several follies. This evening enjoy a farewell concert by London Festival Opera in the Castell Deudraeth followed by dinner.

Day 6 - Llandudno.

After breakfast transportation will be provided to Llandudno Junction Railway Station.

  • Portmeirion
  • Portmeirion

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
12 to 17 May 2019
Category Price
Village Standard Double/Twin £1995
Main Hotel Double/Twin £2095
Village Suite Double/Twin £2195
Village Standard for sole use £2295
Main Hotel for sole use £2495
Village Suite for sole use £2695

Tour Reference Code: LAPORTMEIRION

PRICE INCLUDES: Five nights hotel accommodation at Hotel Portmeirion or Portmeirion Village on a breakfast and dinner basis including wine • Lunch on days 2 & 5 • Excursions as described including entrance fees • Two London Festival Opera Performances • Tour Leader • Guest Speaker • Group transfers.

Not Included: Travel insurance, meals other than those detailed. 

Please note: Due to the layout of the hotel and grounds, we do not recommend this holiday for those with walking difficulties. The lift in the Main Hotel only services the 1st floor and the rooms in Portmeirion Village may only be accessible by climbing several steps.

Portmeirion

Portmeirion Village was designed to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it and Williams-Ellis worked to complete his grand vision over 50 years, completing the Village as it is known today in 1976.

Hotel Portmeirion is a Grade II listed, four-star hotel overlooking the sandy beaches of the Dwyryd Estuary. It was converted from an early Victorian Villa to a hotel by Clough Williams-Ellis in 1925 and restored in 1988. Situated in the heart of picturesque Portmeirion, it is surrounded by acres of woodland gardens and impressive natural landscapes. This was converted to a contemporary hotel in 2001 and features 14 stylish bedrooms, some with lift access, a fine-dining restaurant, a bar and terrace and several relaxing lounges. Much of the Victorian interior has been retained, including an intricate Italian fireplace and a grand 18th century oak staircase.

Portmeirion Village is home to 32 individually styled, serviced rooms and suites, each with its own character and charm. These rooms have all the benefits of traditional hotel accommodation, but with the added appeal of being located in the heart of the Village. All have views of the Village or the Dwyryd Estuary and some have ground floor access.

In Portmeirion you will be assured of a warm welcome combined with some of the best food in North Wales and a friendly and professional service. There is plenty to explore – the subtropical forest at Portmeirion, affectionately known as The Gwyllt (Wildwood in Welsh) features some of Britain’s largest trees, secret gardens, a derelict castle and rare flowers. 

 
  • Portmeirion
    Portmeirion
  • Village Standard Room
    Village Standard Room
  • Main Hotel Room
    Main Hotel Room
  • Village Suite
    Village Suite
  • Village Suite
    Village Suite
  • Your Room

    For our stay we will be accommodated in both Hotel Portmeirion and Portmeirion Village, with several room types on offer. Guests in both areas of the hotel, and all room categories, may enjoy complimentary entry into Portmeirion Village and Gardens as well as use of the heated outdoor
    swimming pool.

    Main Hotel Room: These rooms are spread over two floors, there is lift access to the first floor and the second floor is accessible via a staircase. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea or coffee making facilities.

    Village Standard: These rooms feature an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea or coffee making facilities.

    Village Suite: The suites benefit from a separate living room and are situated in various locations around the village. All suites have an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea or coffee making facilities. 

  • Your Dining

    Fine dining is at the heart of Portmeirion and there are a number of award-winning restaurants including the Castell Deudraeth Brasserie and the Hotel Portmeirion Restaurant. Also, combining the creative Welsh food of the head chef, Mark Threadgill with the interiors of Sir Terence Conran, the Dining Room offers a unique dining experience. Here, using predominantly regional produce, the chefs are constantly developing new dishes and the restaurant has a great reputation for its
    ambitious and innovative food.

  • Hotel Directory

    Hotel Directory

    Click to download pdf

    Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    Portmeirion Village in North Wales was created by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and was designed to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Williams-Ellis acquired the site in 1925 and worked to complete his grand vision over the next 50 years, completing the Village as we know it today in 1976.

    Portmeirion offers a wide variety of accommodation including the iconic Hotel Portmeirion, overlooking the sandy beaches of the Dwyryd Estuary and the individually decorated Village Rooms. Historic Hotel Portmeirion features 14 traditionally styled bedrooms and offers exceptional service, a fine-dining restaurant, and several relaxing lounges. Portmeirion Village is home to 32 individually styled rooms located in the heart of Portmeirion Village, each with its own character and charm.

    ADDRESS

    Portmeirion Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth Gwynedd LL48 6ER Tel: 01766 770000

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    Air-conditioning is not available in any of the rooms. Fans are available upon request.

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    The check in time is from 3.00 pm and check out is by 11.00 am.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the hotel, please call 01766 770000. There is a phone in your hotel room, which has access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs will be advised by Reception. You can make room-to-room calls free of charge (see section on Telephone Calls). The hotel can be contacted by email at post@portmeirion.wales.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities, will be delivered to your room each day.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian and gluten free, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We will endeavour to accommodate your requirements. Once checked in, please speak with the Maitre ‘D at dinner on your first night to reconfirm your needs.

    DINING AND DRINKING

    There are a variety of dining options at Portmeirion including the following: The Dining Room

    Combining the creative Welsh food of the head chef Mark Threadgill with the interiors of Sir Terence Conran, the Dining Room at Hotel Portmeirion offers a unique dining experience and wonderful views across the Dwyryd Estuary. Open from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm, this 2 AA rosette hotel restaurant has a great reputation for its ambitious fare – using predominantly regional produce, the chefs are constantly developing new dishes to wow their diners. The lunchtime menu is available Monday to Saturday from 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm.

    The Terrace

    Take Afternoon Tea on the Terrace, or in the Bar and Lounges. Whether you are a fan of classic blends like Earl Grey or something a bit different like Ti Kuan Yin, the new tea emporium has it covered. Accompanied by a tray of tasty treats and stunning views across the Dwyryd Estuary, the elegant afternoon tea menu, is ‘dressed’ in Ted Baker’s uber trendy Rosie Lee collection. Service: 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm (Monday to Saturday) and 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm (Sunday). The Hotel Portmeirion bar is open to residents 24 hours a day.

    The Brasserie

    The Brasserie at Castell Deudraeth is a warm and friendly restaurant that has been flying the flag for Welsh fare for years. At its heart are exceptional service and a series of simple but stunning looking dishes which never fail to please. Sit in the light and airy conservatory or in the open and spacious dining room overlooking the surrounding countryside and Victorian gardens. Castell Deudraeth has several tables outside on the terrace for drinks and meals in fine weather. Relax in the bar or lounge with its carved stone fireplace, slate floor and dark oak panelling.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code is smart casual.

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage is 220 volts. All bathrooms are equipped with a shaver socket.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your stay, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the staff. We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your hotel room door.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore we ask that you fill in the questionnaire sent with your final documents. We are always looking for ways to improve your holiday and in order to do so we request feedback from our guests.

    IRONING

    All rooms and suites have an iron and ironing board.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    A laundry service can be provided on request. Details can be found in the guest information folder in your room.

    LIFT

    Please note there is a lift to the first floor of the Hotel Portmeirion and stairs to the second floor. Some Village Rooms are on the ground floor, rooms on other floors are accessible via steps.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia directly. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    NEWS

    News channels are available on your TV in your hotel room.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Gardens

    Discover the impressive natural landscape surrounding Portmeirion. The subtropical forest at Portmeirion, affectionately known as The Gwyllt (Wildwood in Welsh) features some of Britain’s largest trees, secret gardens, a derelict castle and rare flowers. Explore the 70 acres of exotic woodlands with 19 miles of pathways which cut through forests, secret spaces and coastal coves. Castell Deudraeth has a carefully restored walled Victorian garden with lawns, flowerbeds and flowering trees. Many of the unusual species found here pre-date Clough Williams-Ellis. During the Victorian period, former tenants Henry Seymour Westmacott and later Sir Williams Fothergill Cook, a celebrated botanist, planted a mixture of monkey puzzle trees, pines, magnolias, camellias, giant redwoods as well as various rhododendrons on the estate. By the turn of the 20th century, Caton Haig, a world authority on Himalayan flowering trees, continued Cook’s works of planting rare species in the woods, including the famous selection of rhododendrons. Among the 70 varieties of rhododendrons, are the red-flowering Portmeirion-bred cultivar rhododendron, known as the ‘Gwyllt King’. Cook also planted a magnificent magnolia campbellii with its enormous pink flowers and several ginkgo bilobas.

    There is also the exotic Japanese Garden with its pagoda and lily-covered lake and other hidden sites such as the Dog Cemetery, Tangle Wood, Ghost Garden and Shelter Valley. During the main season, guests can enjoy a free train ride to the Oriental Garden, where a classic temple overlooks the Chinese bridge and lake. Disembark the train at any point and explore one of the several paths that take you along 16 miles of coastal paths with stunning views.

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own “room account” once credit card details have been given to Reception on arrival which allows you to sign for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of your stay. Prices are shown and charged in Pounds. Your room account can be paid by:

    • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express).

    • Cash (Pounds).

    ROOMS AND SUITES

    For our stay we will be accommodated in both Hotel Portmeirion and Portmeirion Village, with several room types on offer. Guests in all accommodations may enjoy complimentary entry into Portmeirion Village and Gardens as well as use of the heated outdoor swimming pool.

    Main Hotel Room:

    These rooms are spread over two floors of Hotel Portmeirion, there is lift access to the first floor and the second floor is accessible via a staircase. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. Most of the rooms are double bedded but a limited number of twin bedded rooms are available on request.

    Village Standard:

    These rooms are situated in various locations around the village and have views of either Portmeirion Village or the Dwyryd Estuary. The rooms are either double or twin bedded and feature an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. Some of the rooms are located on the ground floor whilst others are accessible via steps.

    Village Suite:

    The spacious village suites benefit from a separate living room and are situated in various locations around the village with views of either Portmeirion Village or the Dwyryd Estuary. The rooms are either double or twin bedded and feature an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. Some of the rooms are located on the ground floor whilst others are accessible via steps.

    SAFE

    If you have any valuables, please leave them with Reception who will put them in the safe.

    SMOKING POLICY

    Both Hotel Portmeirion and Portmeirion Village offer a smoke-free environment. Smoking is permitted only outside and it is kindly requested that smokers take the comfort of other guests into consideration.

    SPA

    The Mermaid Spa at Portmeirion Village has a wide range of treatments on offer including body wraps, facials, aroma massages and manicures. Qualified therapists use the purest vegan-friendly products and all-natural therapies. Open daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm with later appointments available by request. Contact: 01766 772444 or e-mail spa@portmeirion.wales

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

    HOTEL PORTMEIRION BAR Dial 104

    HOTEL PORTMEIRION RECEPTION Dial 100 HOTEL PORTMEIRION RESTAURANT Dial 100

    MERMAID SPA Dial 444 CASTELL DEUDRAETH RECEPTION Dial 350

    CASTELL DEUDRAETH BAR Dial 357

    IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY Dial 999

    TOILETRIES

    All rooms are supplied with the following L’Occitane toiletries: soap, shower gel, shampoo and body lotion.

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through Reception.

    WATER

    Water from the taps in your room is safe to drink.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: These details should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change.

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  • Your Room

    For our stay we will be accommodated in both Hotel Portmeirion and Portmeirion Village, with several room types on offer. Guests in both areas of the hotel, and all room categories, may enjoy complimentary entry into Portmeirion Village and Gardens as well as use of the heated outdoor
    swimming pool.

    Main Hotel Room: These rooms are spread over two floors, there is lift access to the first floor and the second floor is accessible via a staircase. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea or coffee making facilities.

    Village Standard: These rooms feature an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea or coffee making facilities.

    Village Suite: The suites benefit from a separate living room and are situated in various locations around the village. All suites have an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea or coffee making facilities. 

  • Your Dining

    Fine dining is at the heart of Portmeirion and there are a number of award-winning restaurants including the Castell Deudraeth Brasserie and the Hotel Portmeirion Restaurant. Also, combining the creative Welsh food of the head chef, Mark Threadgill with the interiors of Sir Terence Conran, the Dining Room offers a unique dining experience. Here, using predominantly regional produce, the chefs are constantly developing new dishes and the restaurant has a great reputation for its
    ambitious and innovative food.

  • Hotel Directory

    Hotel Directory

    Click to download pdf

    Please find below further details pertaining to the hotel or click on the booklet to download. 

    Portmeirion Village in North Wales was created by Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and was designed to show how a naturally beautiful site could be developed without spoiling it. Williams-Ellis acquired the site in 1925 and worked to complete his grand vision over the next 50 years, completing the Village as we know it today in 1976.

    Portmeirion offers a wide variety of accommodation including the iconic Hotel Portmeirion, overlooking the sandy beaches of the Dwyryd Estuary and the individually decorated Village Rooms. Historic Hotel Portmeirion features 14 traditionally styled bedrooms and offers exceptional service, a fine-dining restaurant, and several relaxing lounges. Portmeirion Village is home to 32 individually styled rooms located in the heart of Portmeirion Village, each with its own character and charm.

    ADDRESS

    Portmeirion Minffordd, Penrhyndeudraeth Gwynedd LL48 6ER Tel: 01766 770000

    AIR-CONDITIONING

    Air-conditioning is not available in any of the rooms. Fans are available upon request.

    CHECK IN/CHECK OUT

    The check in time is from 3.00 pm and check out is by 11.00 am.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    If you wish to contact the hotel, please call 01766 770000. There is a phone in your hotel room, which has access to an outside line. Outgoing call costs will be advised by Reception. You can make room-to-room calls free of charge (see section on Telephone Calls). The hotel can be contacted by email at post@portmeirion.wales.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    A Daily Programme, detailing the following day’s arrangements as well as any specific information about the day’s activities, will be delivered to your room each day.

    DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

    If you have any dietary requirements such as vegetarian and gluten free, please notify the Reservations Department at Noble Caledonia. We will endeavour to accommodate your requirements. Once checked in, please speak with the Maitre ‘D at dinner on your first night to reconfirm your needs.

    DINING AND DRINKING

    There are a variety of dining options at Portmeirion including the following: The Dining Room

    Combining the creative Welsh food of the head chef Mark Threadgill with the interiors of Sir Terence Conran, the Dining Room at Hotel Portmeirion offers a unique dining experience and wonderful views across the Dwyryd Estuary. Open from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm, this 2 AA rosette hotel restaurant has a great reputation for its ambitious fare – using predominantly regional produce, the chefs are constantly developing new dishes to wow their diners. The lunchtime menu is available Monday to Saturday from 12.00 pm to 2.00 pm.

    The Terrace

    Take Afternoon Tea on the Terrace, or in the Bar and Lounges. Whether you are a fan of classic blends like Earl Grey or something a bit different like Ti Kuan Yin, the new tea emporium has it covered. Accompanied by a tray of tasty treats and stunning views across the Dwyryd Estuary, the elegant afternoon tea menu, is ‘dressed’ in Ted Baker’s uber trendy Rosie Lee collection. Service: 2.30 pm to 5.00 pm (Monday to Saturday) and 3.30 pm to 5.00 pm (Sunday). The Hotel Portmeirion bar is open to residents 24 hours a day.

    The Brasserie

    The Brasserie at Castell Deudraeth is a warm and friendly restaurant that has been flying the flag for Welsh fare for years. At its heart are exceptional service and a series of simple but stunning looking dishes which never fail to please. Sit in the light and airy conservatory or in the open and spacious dining room overlooking the surrounding countryside and Victorian gardens. Castell Deudraeth has several tables outside on the terrace for drinks and meals in fine weather. Relax in the bar or lounge with its carved stone fireplace, slate floor and dark oak panelling.

    DRESS CODE

    The dress code is smart casual.

    ELECTRICITY

    The voltage is 220 volts. All bathrooms are equipped with a shaver socket.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event that an emergency should occur during your stay, we ask that you remain calm and follow the instructions of the staff. We request that as soon as you enter your room, you carefully read the safety instructions fixed on the inside of your hotel room door.

    END OF STAY QUESTIONNAIRE

    Your comments are important to us therefore we ask that you fill in the questionnaire sent with your final documents. We are always looking for ways to improve your holiday and in order to do so we request feedback from our guests.

    IRONING

    All rooms and suites have an iron and ironing board.

    LAUNDRY SERVICE

    A laundry service can be provided on request. Details can be found in the guest information folder in your room.

    LIFT

    Please note there is a lift to the first floor of the Hotel Portmeirion and stairs to the second floor. Some Village Rooms are on the ground floor, rooms on other floors are accessible via steps.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you check out, please check your hotel room to ensure you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia directly. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    NEWS

    News channels are available on your TV in your hotel room.

    PUBLIC AREAS

    Gardens

    Discover the impressive natural landscape surrounding Portmeirion. The subtropical forest at Portmeirion, affectionately known as The Gwyllt (Wildwood in Welsh) features some of Britain’s largest trees, secret gardens, a derelict castle and rare flowers. Explore the 70 acres of exotic woodlands with 19 miles of pathways which cut through forests, secret spaces and coastal coves. Castell Deudraeth has a carefully restored walled Victorian garden with lawns, flowerbeds and flowering trees. Many of the unusual species found here pre-date Clough Williams-Ellis. During the Victorian period, former tenants Henry Seymour Westmacott and later Sir Williams Fothergill Cook, a celebrated botanist, planted a mixture of monkey puzzle trees, pines, magnolias, camellias, giant redwoods as well as various rhododendrons on the estate. By the turn of the 20th century, Caton Haig, a world authority on Himalayan flowering trees, continued Cook’s works of planting rare species in the woods, including the famous selection of rhododendrons. Among the 70 varieties of rhododendrons, are the red-flowering Portmeirion-bred cultivar rhododendron, known as the ‘Gwyllt King’. Cook also planted a magnificent magnolia campbellii with its enormous pink flowers and several ginkgo bilobas.

    There is also the exotic Japanese Garden with its pagoda and lily-covered lake and other hidden sites such as the Dog Cemetery, Tangle Wood, Ghost Garden and Shelter Valley. During the main season, guests can enjoy a free train ride to the Oriental Garden, where a classic temple overlooks the Chinese bridge and lake. Disembark the train at any point and explore one of the several paths that take you along 16 miles of coastal paths with stunning views.

    ROOM ACCOUNT

    All guests will have their own “room account” once credit card details have been given to Reception on arrival which allows you to sign for any expenses and then settle your bill at the Reception Desk at the end of your stay. Prices are shown and charged in Pounds. Your room account can be paid by:

    • Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express).

    • Cash (Pounds).

    ROOMS AND SUITES

    For our stay we will be accommodated in both Hotel Portmeirion and Portmeirion Village, with several room types on offer. Guests in all accommodations may enjoy complimentary entry into Portmeirion Village and Gardens as well as use of the heated outdoor swimming pool.

    Main Hotel Room:

    These rooms are spread over two floors of Hotel Portmeirion, there is lift access to the first floor and the second floor is accessible via a staircase. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. Most of the rooms are double bedded but a limited number of twin bedded rooms are available on request.

    Village Standard:

    These rooms are situated in various locations around the village and have views of either Portmeirion Village or the Dwyryd Estuary. The rooms are either double or twin bedded and feature an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. Some of the rooms are located on the ground floor whilst others are accessible via steps.

    Village Suite:

    The spacious village suites benefit from a separate living room and are situated in various locations around the village with views of either Portmeirion Village or the Dwyryd Estuary. The rooms are either double or twin bedded and feature an en-suite bathroom, television, Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. Some of the rooms are located on the ground floor whilst others are accessible via steps.

    SAFE

    If you have any valuables, please leave them with Reception who will put them in the safe.

    SMOKING POLICY

    Both Hotel Portmeirion and Portmeirion Village offer a smoke-free environment. Smoking is permitted only outside and it is kindly requested that smokers take the comfort of other guests into consideration.

    SPA

    The Mermaid Spa at Portmeirion Village has a wide range of treatments on offer including body wraps, facials, aroma massages and manicures. Qualified therapists use the purest vegan-friendly products and all-natural therapies. Open daily from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm with later appointments available by request. Contact: 01766 772444 or e-mail spa@portmeirion.wales

    TELEPHONE DIRECTORY

    HOTEL PORTMEIRION BAR Dial 104

    HOTEL PORTMEIRION RECEPTION Dial 100 HOTEL PORTMEIRION RESTAURANT Dial 100

    MERMAID SPA Dial 444 CASTELL DEUDRAETH RECEPTION Dial 350

    CASTELL DEUDRAETH BAR Dial 357

    IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY Dial 999

    TOILETRIES

    All rooms are supplied with the following L’Occitane toiletries: soap, shower gel, shampoo and body lotion.

    WAKE UP CALL

    Wake up calls can be requested through Reception.

    WATER

    Water from the taps in your room is safe to drink.

    WI-FI

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

    PLEASE BE ADVISED: These details should be used as a guideline only. Information is subject to change.

Travelling with You

  • Chantal Cookson

    Chantal Cookson

    Chantal was born in Suffolk very near the sea and now lives in Northumberland where her husband farms and when possible, they go to their cottage in Suffolk.  Chantal has been associated with Noble Caledonia since the company was founded in 1991 and was part of the Expedition Team for many years on the MS Caledonian Star and has led tours, be it cruising or land, all over the world, including the Antarctic in 1999, aboard the Caledonian Star on her first voyage there and in 2017 was aboard the MS Island Sky on her first voyage to the Antarctic. Chantal’s initial experience of cruising was in British waters in 1991 when Noble Caledonia did the first cruise around the British Isles, which was a ground breaking voyage and led to a very successful and popular concept. Though her main job for over 25 years was working for Sotheby’s, she is now a Travel and Fine Art Consultant intertwining in her busy life still working periodically as part of the Noble Caledonia Expedition Team and also as a Tour Leader on Land Tours. From the Arctic to the Antarctica, South America to Australia, Africa, India, The Seychelles, Indonesian Islands and many other destinations including many times the West Coast of Scotland, she has been able to pursue her love of the oceans, zodiacing and photography. Chantal is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

    Chantal Cookson will be on the following tour dates: 12 to 17 May 2019
  • Alan Mason

    Alan Mason NDT. F.Inst.G. Dip.Hort. M.CI. Hort. is one of Europe’s most experienced and best qualified garden designers and consultants. Having achieved the distinction of being the UK’s youngest head gardener at Bramham Park when still in his 20’s, and then Gardens Manager to the Queen's cousin Lord Harewood at Harewood House in Yorkshire - where he and his team elevated the gardens into the top ten most visited gardens in the country - he set up his garden design consultancy in 1987. He has since designed and created gardens for royalty and other leading public figures in the UK and France. Creating the gardens at Le Manoir du Hilguy for Holiday Property Bond, and at his own home, Le Manoir, Port de Roche in Brittany, brought Alan Mason Garden Design International success.

    During the 80s and 90s Alan also presented the long running ‘Gardens without Borders television programme, which featured gardens in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Holland.

    His French links continue, particularly in Brittany and Normandy, which have a similar climate and challenges to the UK. Alan is currently developing a beautiful riverside garden near Nantes, selected by the Ecole National Superiore d'Architecture de Versailles as representing the best of quintessential English garden design in the 21st century.

    Alan Mason is a founder member of The Professional Gardener's Guild and the founder of the Senior Garden Advisors consultancy group which brings the services of  top former Head Gardeners' from Stately Homes such as Chatsworth, Castle Howard and Harewood House to a wider public. Alan is also a judge of the show gardens at the prestigious Sandringham Flower Show and a garden design lecturer for The Royal Horticultural Society. 

    Alan Mason will be on the following tour dates: 12 to 17 May 2019
  • London Festival Opera

    London Festival Opera

    We are delighted to be joined by London Festival Opera on many of our tours and cruises. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music themed cruises grow in popularity. London Festival Opera have achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in palaces, castles, country houses, theatres, concert halls, embassies and private homes and gardens. Recent engagements have been throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as Barbados, Marrakech and Moscow.

    Particular attention is given to the design and quality of our costumes which are as authentic as possible. Whether it is a period evening dress, such as Regency or Victorian to enhance a gala performance or a full production, the costumes will be of the highest quality and style.

    Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the company has a considerable reputation and has appeared in some of the world's leading venues including as a guest company in one of the Italy's greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice.

    London Festival Opera will be on the following tour dates: 12 to 17 May 2019

London Festival Opera

We are delighted that London Festival Opera will be joining us for our stay and presenting two concerts in the superb settings – performing a selection of celebrated arias and ensembles from the operas of Handel, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet and Puccini as well as some lighter pieces from the world of operetta and musicals. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music themed tours grow in popularity. London Festival Opera has achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in the UK and overseas and has performed for Presidents, Prime Ministers and senior members of the British and European Royal Families. The company has performed at 10 Downing Street, the British Embassy in Paris, the President’s Palace in Malta and as a guest company in one of Italy’s greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice. Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne, the programmes presented include a wide and varied range of repertoire. 

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An exploration of the seabird islands of Britain and Ireland aboard the Ocean Nova

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  • Plymouth
  • Isles of Scilly
  • Lundy / Skomer / Grassholm Islands
  • Holy Island, Wales
  • Ailsa Craig, Scotland / Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland
  • Derry
  • Iona / Lunga
  • St Kilda
  • Handa / Shiant Islands
  • Canna / Loch Scavaig
  • Oban

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See some of the Loveliest Gardens of West Wales including performances by London Festival Opera

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Swansea, Wales, UK
  • Aberglasney Garden
  • Picton Castle and Garden
  • St Davids / Dyffryn Fernant
  • Narberth / Manorbier / Saundersfoot

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Royal Crown

Itinerary at a glance

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