We spent a couple of nights in Portmeirion Village in December 2011 and one evening we chose to eat in Castle Deudraeth (pronounced 'Dye drath') as it was one of only two options in the village and we didn’t feel like getting the car out and driving into Porthmadog as it meant one of us had to not have a drink.
We booked the time with the reception at the main hotel using the phone in the room. Interestingly we chose not to eat in the village on our second night and in the late afternoon I got a phone call asking if we would like to book a table at either the hotel or the Castle for that night which I thought at the time was a bit pushy but I decided to take it as ‘helpful’ so as not to feel annoyed!
When you eat at either the hotel or the Castell Deudraeth and you are staying in the village there is a small mini bus which collects you outside your accommodation and takes you to whichever venue you have chosen to eat at. When you have finished they will then call to bring the mini bus to collect you and deliver you safely back to your room. I thought that was an excellent service as the Castell Deudraeth is quite a walk from the village at night and there is not a lot of light and the road is very narrow.
We arrived safely at Castell Deudraeth with another family sharing the bus. They had young children and a pushchair so took up a few seats in the bus. When we arrived at the front of the castle one of the young girls said "It’s Windy Castle" and we laughed as those of you who are forced to be Peppa pig fans will know it is the castle that features in those stories.
We were welcomed into the castle and the front entrance is lovely, just as you imagine a castle entrance room should be but with 21st century warmth and comfort. It is possible to stay in the castle but I am afraid i don’t know the cost of the rooms there.
A BIT OF CASTLE HISTORY
This is not an ancient castle but rather an early Victorian mansion built in a castle style. Clough Williams-Ellis bought the building and grounds in 1931 so that he could have a proper access from the main road and also expand his village. In the 1930s it was used as a hotel , it then became a public school and then rented private apartments.
In 2001 the castle opened as part of the village as further accommodation and the restaurant. The renovation was made possible with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund as well as the Wales Tourist Board.
As I said we were welcomed by the girl at the front desk and shown to our table. Apart from the table next to us and the family who arrived with us and were shown into another room we were in a pretty empty room. The table next to us were just choosing their food and we sat and sort of kept an eye on what they were ordering to get an idea of what we might have offered. Two more tables of people came in and were shown to their table. They were given menus, then they had their drinks brought to them and still we sat.