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Belvedere

Belvedere
Sleeps 6
Room Layout

Twin/Double Room (zip & link)                  Two Double Rooms (one on ground floor)

Kitchen - Diner                                         

Outside terrace overlooking the estuary

 

Two Shower Rooms (One ground floor)       Bathroom (1st Floor)

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Location

Located in the upper half of the Village, overlooking the Estuary and Bridge House. Belvedere has designated parking right outside the door of the cottage, and a door from the lounge leads onto a small terrace area. Village centre is approached via outside stairway.

History

The Belvedere (1960, listed Grade II 1971) is a simple Classical house of two storeys with plain pilasters and a balcony over a recessed arched porch. It was designed in 1960 and built the same year. On the original drawing it is called The Fountain House but as Anchor and Fountain already existed he changed this to Belvedere, justifying the name because "it occupies the premier view-point in all Portmeirion." In front of Belvedere is a balustraded viewing platform overlooking the road. The house was first used for hotel accommodation but is now a self-catering cottage sleeping six. From 1953 to 1978 Clough's daughter Susan Williams-Ellis and son-in-law Euan Cooper-Willis encouraged him to complete Portmeirion while assuming responsibility for the general management and arranging the appropriate finance. Thus the 1960s were one of Clough's most productive periods at Portmeirion with more than twenty buildings completed.

Clough incorporated a stained glass window from Castell Deudraeth in The Belvedere's kitchen/dining room. It was made for David Williams Esq., MP (1799-1869), attorney, landowner and first Liberal Member of Parliament for Merioneth. David Williams bought Castell Deudraeth, then called Bron Eryri, in 1841 and substantially rebuilt it as a castellated mansion. His motto Nid Da onid Duw translates as 'No Good without God'. Clough bought Castell Deudraeth and its surrounding parkland in 1931 thus extending his Portmeirion estate all the way to the main road at Minffordd.


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