Double Room Bathroom
Two Single Rooms Dining Room
Situated in the upper half of the Village, Gate House sits above the first archway as you enter the Village from the direction of the Tollbooth. It has parking outside the Entrance, and there are some steps that lead down to the Village by the Dome. It has views of the Dwyryd Estuary.
Gate House (1954-55, listed Grade II 1971) was Clough's first
building at Portmeirion following the lifting of building
restrictions after the war (in force until 1954). It straddles the
driveway a short distance beyond the old tollgate. Rather than
clear a level site for the building Clough made use of the existing
terrain, making a feature of the rugged rock formations upon which
the Gate House has been constructed. The deep arch, which is
floodlit at night, contains a ceiling mural by Hans Feibusch who
painted several at Portmeirion. The random pattern of fenestration,
one chimney and many swags give Gate House a very Baroque
character. The illusion of shutters to the upper floor windows is
created by lines cut in the render and painted green.
Clough wanted visitors to enter the village having passed along a tree lined drive and then under a series of arches, finally emerging on Battery Square where the sense of space and colour would be all the more intense for the semi enclosed route that one was obliged to take.
Gate House is a self-catering cottage sleeping four people and comprising a sitting room, kitchen and dining room on the ground floor and a twin bedroom, two single bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor. During the 1960s it was often taken for the Summer season by Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles. The wardrobe in the main bedroom was actually built at his request and to his own specification.
Hans Nathan Feibusch, painter and muralist: born Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany 15 August 1898; married 1935 Sidonie Gestetner (died 1963); died London 18 July 1998. He contributed several Baroque murals at Portmeirion. Of his superbly painted ceiling under the Gate House Clough wrote, "...his profane achievements at Portmeirion are as lively, his pagan deities as vigorous and convincing as well could be." Feibusch also contributed drawings which Clough would have cut out into sheet iron and painted when short of a statue. The cutouts "...simply waited in the queue for an appropriate statue."