Portmeirion was created in 1926 by Clough Williams-Ellis. Over the next fifty years‚ driven by a passion for the landscape of North West Wales and a unique artchitectural vision‚ Clough transformed a neglected wilderness into a magical Italianate village‚ celebrated by The Times as ‘the last folly of the Western world’. In 1934‚ shortly after the West End run of her play‚ Queen of Scots‚ Josephine Tey and a number of her most intimate friends were among many theatrical stars to fall under its spell and find refuge there from the trappings of celebrity; Noel Coward wrote Blithe Spirit at Portmeirion in 1941‚ and John Gielgud‚ Gerald du Maurier and Alistair Sim were regular visitors.
The Dog Cemetery that appears in Fear in the Sunlight lies in the woodland beyond Portmeirion village and was created by the house's former tenant, Adelaide Haig, whose son Caton - an authority on Himalayan flowering trees - developed the wild gardens.
Famous more recently as the setting for George Harrison’s fiftieth birthday party and the 1960s television series‚ The Prisoner‚ Portmeirion is now owned by a charitable trust and is managed by Clough’s grandson‚ Robin Llywelyn. It remains true to its origins: a place of beauty‚ peace and inspiration‚ untouched – thankfully – by bloodshed or by film directors with a questionable sense of humour.
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