Portmeirion is More Than Just Pottery


I’ve known about Portmeirion dishes for years — I’ve seen the botanical print pottery in many department stores. But I didn’t know why they were called Portmeirion or really anything about them aside from their existence. It turns out that the company takes its name from Portmeirion, Wales (pictured above), an Italianate resort village on the northwest coast. This colorful group of buildings and gardens was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis beginning in 1925. His daughter, Susan Williams-Ellis, started the Portmeirion pottery company in the 1960s, and created the signature Botanic Line in 1972.

Portmeirion is one of those impossibly pretty places that you just can’t stop photographing. It’s supposed to recall the Mediterranean but it seems more like a fantasyland than anything else, especially with its murals. The natural landscape of Portmeirion is beautiful too, as it’s on the estuary of the River Dwyryd. If you can’t tear yourself away from this unique place, don’t worry. You can stay at the Hotel Portmeirion right in the village. If you’re looking for something more contemporary, you can stay just outside at the Castell Deudraeth. From looking at its classic stone exterior, you’d never guess how modern the rooms are.

4 Responses to Portmeirion is More Than Just Pottery

  1. Linda
    Twitter: JourneyJottings
    September 25, 2009 at 9:32 am #

    I lived in Harlech just across the estuary from here for many years – Beautiful part of Wales, and Portmeirion makes it even dreamier :)

  2. Heather on her travels September 25, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    I’d like to get to Portmeiron, love that eccentricity about it, the vision of an individual. And I think almost every home in the UK must have some of that Bottanical china including me.

  3. jen laceda September 26, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    What a quaint little town! I can’t believe that’s Wales!

  4. Victoria Chao September 29, 2009 at 1:41 am #

    This is where Patrick McGoohan’s “The Prisoner” was filmed! I’m surprised it wasn’t mentioned in this post–I hear they’re making a big deal of the fact since McGoohan passed away earlier this year.

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