The Gate House

Portmeirion, Gwynedd, North Wales, Wales, United Kingdom | Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Portmeirion

The most technically perfect, medieval castle.....

A travel blog entry by sueron on Aug 12, 2014

1 comment, 3 photos

... me, this is a sad castle because it had such great potential to be perfect for its purpose and yet never got to prove itself.
It is known as the history teacher's fantasy castle with its 13th century classic proportions and perfect symmetry - sigh!

An aside: We had forgotten how strong and dedicated the Welsh people are to their own Welsh language. Here, most signs are in English and Welsh with Welsh being first. You hear ...

Warning

A travel blog entry by sueron on Aug 11, 2014

3 comments

Some days, the public transport system is not all that user=friendly. Luckily, this is the exception, rather than the rule. Today, to move to Wales, we were scheduled to take 3 trains and a bus.
(We wondered at the bus part, because there IS a train station at Porthmadog. More on that later.) The first train performed well (pat pat). The second train was to get us to our connection with just 6 minutes to spare. It ended up running 18 minutes ...

Conwy and Snowden

A travel blog entry by summersabroad on Aug 09, 2014

... of it, arriving well before noon to tour the very large castle built by Edward I. A royal castle, only three kings ever stayed there: Edward I, his son Edward II, and Richard II (great-grandson of Edward II). The signs posted around were well done, though I wish there’d been more of them.

After a walk around the town and happening upon the smallest house in Britain (dimensions: 10 x 5.9ft in floor area and ...

The Beginning of the End

A travel blog entry by summersabroad on Aug 08, 2014

Today we left Manorbier, after a nice breakfast and the tea shop up the road from the castle, and which we've had a fondness for since our first stay here. It was bittersweet, the leaving. We’ve had a wonderful week and beautiful weather and will take away pleasant memories that will no doubt spur us all to try to reconvene again inside five years time.

Ben and I headed North, deeper into Wales. Our destination today was Cemmaes, in ...

To the sea

A travel blog entry by daily4 on Aug 04, 2014

1 comment, 17 photos

... steam train is running down to Tywyn and stops if you put your hand out. Of course, I missed it by minutes.

the lady at the mini station helped me find the not so track to get us closer to town which I promptly fudged up for 10 minutes by going the wrong way. not before I lifted the 80 pound dog over a fence. no, there is no photographic evidence..I'm pretty sure we were trespassing at that point.

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Location

This hotel, located in Portmeirion, is near Ffestiniog Railway, Welsh Highland Railway, Welsh Highland Railway, and Harlech Castle.
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TripAdvisor Reviews The Gate House Portmeirion

5.00 of 5 stars Outstanding