Tag Archives: Wales

Portmeirion: a slice of Italy in Wales

Pastel-hued villas glowing in the warm spring sunshine, gently waving cypress trees, classical statues looking impassively over the piazza… All very Tuscan, you might say. Except we’re in Wales. And North Wales at that. Portmeirion was the vision of architect … Continue reading

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Pic of the week: the smallest house in Britain

Britain’s smallest house – the bijou residence that makes a bin look spacious. Picture by Nostromoo

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Brit buildings: Castell Coch

In a land of castles, it takes something a wee bit special to stand out from the crowd. This former 13th-century wreck, just west of Cardiff, was completely rebuilt by William Burges in the 1870s and the results embody the … Continue reading

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Five of the best: unusual places to stay

While there’s nothing wrong with good-value hotels offering identical rooms, overpriced mini bars and live entertainment that’s as bland as the carpets, it’s sometimes nice to sample something a little different. Lock your kids in a Victorian prison, yodel to … Continue reading

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