Mae'r rhaglen yma o 2003 yn bwrw golwg ar Gastell Deudraeth a'r gwaith yng ngheginau Portmeition. This programme from 2003 takes a look at the restoration work underway at Deudr...
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-The greatest honour for architects
-is to see their designs...
-that reflect their ability.
-Portmeirion is testament
-to Sir Clough's talent.
-Yet, it is not the estate's
-..as Castell Deudraeth
-also stands here.
-Castell Deudraeth was originally
-home to David Williams...
-first Liberal MP.
-He developed the place
-and turned it into a castle...
-..back in the 1850s.
-Then the castle was bought
-by Sir Clough in 1931.
-Situated 500 metres
-from Portmeirion village...
-..the castle was built
-from solid stone.
-But unlike ordinary castles,
-it has a slate roof.
-Clough had grand plans
-for the old building.
-His ambition was to combine
-the castle with the village...
-..creating additional guest rooms
-and a restaurant.
-But, due to his involvements with
-the village and lack of funds...
-..no real work was done.
-It was in a poor state back then...
-..and has deteriorated
-There have been plans to develop
-the castle for the past 15 years.
-They depended on financial
-assistance from different sources.
-To realise Clough's dream the castle
-needed major renovations.
-The aim was to restore it
-to its original glory.
-Castell Deudraeth will soon
-be opened at Portmeirion...
-..providing a variety
-..yet maintaining the high standard
-of self-catering accommodation.
-People will be able to enjoy
-visiting the place...
-..and walk around
-or sit in the gardens.
-It's the only way
-to make it feasible.
-As the castle is owned
-by a registered charity...
-..it was eligible to get assistance
-from the Lottery...
-..and from the European Regional
-With additional assistance
-from the Welsh Tourist Board...
-is to renovate the castle...
-..and provide eleven
-luxurious guest rooms...
-on the ground floor...
-..in addition to conference rooms.
-They will also restore
-the Victorian garden.
-It's a huge task and an exciting
-part of Portmeirion's history.
-In contrast to the old castle, an
-exhibition was held last October...
-..an exhibition better suited
-to the modern, technological age.
-Technology 2000 is the third
-exhibition of its kind.
-The idea is to bring technology
-into rural Wales...
-..giving business the chance
-to see what's available.
-People would normally have to travel
-to English cities.
-It is, by now, one of the biggest
-..in Wales and perhaps in Britain.
-Technology of all kinds
-was exhibited here...
-..for children, adults,
-small and large businesses.
-Computers can lighten the workload
-and benefit all businesses.
-Portmeirion is aware
-of the importance of this.
-In my job as Training
-and Personnel Assistant...
-..I make sure employees
-are given job descriptions.
-We take personal details
-and give contracts.
-Every person who works
-in the village...
-..is trained through
-the Personnel Department.
-A wide variety of work is done
-..and it succeeds because
-the staff do their very best...
-..to maintain the very highest
-standard of service.
-With regards to training...
-..we provide training
-for staff in the gardens...
-..down to the housekeeping
-They are provided with training
-which is relevant to their jobs...
-..and additional training...
-..such as an introduction
-Although it may not be
-a part of their job...
-is offered the extra training.
-We have a website that traces
-the history of the village.
-It looks at Clough
-and his influences...
-..the Trust, Brondanw
-and the history of the buildings.
-There's a virtual tour
-of the village...
-..and you can look at photos
-of the hotel rooms.
-There are sections
-on the pottery, 'The Prisoner'...
-can also comment on the site.
-They can ask us
-..about the pottery and where
-it can be bought and so forth.
-We felt it was important
-to have a website.
-also has its own site.
-Both sites can be accessed through
-the same address - Portmeirion.com
-It is something that will grow.
-We include news about the village
-on the site...
-..along with any press releases.
-The site is in five languages...
-..Welsh, English, French,
-Irish and Breton.
-You can read all about
-this magical village from home.
-The website covers Portmeirion's
-history as well as the latest news.
-We also have a web based newsletter
-that is updated every year.
-Of course, some don't have access
-to the Internet...
-..so prefer something on paper.
-This is the printed newsletter...
-..that is sent to everyone
-who stays here.
-They are also placed in the rooms.
-Many return here year after year...
-..and have a great interest
-in the place and what goes on here.
-This is a way of communicating
-with loyal visitors...
-..and with the first-timers.
-It gives them some background...
-..and it promotes future events.
-We've also been producing
-an annual magazine...
-..that has been
-..so we'll continue with it.
-On paper, on the Internet
-and even on the Monopoly board!
-We sponsor one square on the board.
-We felt that Portmeirion
-..on the first Welsh board.
-It provides publicity...
-..and was an ideal way
-to 'put the place on the map'!
-Located between Pobol y Cwm
-and a telephone company...
-already got its hotel...
-..and everyone is ready
-to sing its praises.
-Portmeirion is unique.
-You couldn't create Portmeirion
-in every Welsh county.
-But on the other hand,
-the lessons to be learnt...
-..are the ones of using local
-produce, using the language...
-..and showing the best sides
-of our culture and language...
-..in the best environment
-Portmeirion is one of the area's
-It employs about 160 people, most
-of whom are fluent Welsh speakers.
-All have to maintain
-high standards of service...
-..but they are all local people.
-It is, of course, world famous...
-..and is therefore a very
-important attraction to Gwynedd.
-The important thing is not
-just to attract people here...
-..but to attract them
-for the right reasons...
-..so they stay longer and spend
-their money at other attractions.
-Plans for the Millennium
-were detailed and busy.
-with a leisurely train ride...
-..while the restaurant was busy
-creating that special atmosphere.
-After hours of preparation, the
-dining room was a visual feast...
-..and was ready for the party.
-# FOR AULD LANG SYNE #
-With fireworks to end the evening
-it was a night to remember.
-The organising had all
-been worth it.
-I'm the Executive Chef here and I'm
-responsible for scheduling staff.
-I ensure that all is well with them
-and that they get their days off.
-I also arrange the menu every day,
-with Colin, our Head Chef.
-The menu changes every day...
-..so that involves a lot more work.
-I have twenty staff
-in the kitchen...
-and six kitchen porters.
-So there's a lot of arranging
-to be done to keep them all happy!
-On the whole,
-I have a very good team here.
-In the kitchen, a wide variety of
-skills and experience is combined.
-The aim is to make
-every meal special.
-I'm the Sous Chef
-here at Portmeirion.
-I've been here five weeks
-and I'm enjoying it immensely.
-I worked previously
-at the Monkey Island Hotel, Windsor.
-I worked there for three months.
-Before that, I served
-in the Royal Navy for eight years...
-..and did several tours of Bosnia
-and in the Gulf.
-I'm now beginning to slot
-into a different style of life...
-..outside the military.
-I'm the Restaurant Manager
-and I've been here for three years.
-It's a busy hotel and most guests
-come here to eat every day.
-We have to make sure
-the restaurant is ready...
-..for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
-There is a staff of twelve here
-and we make sure...
-..that the standard of the
-restaurant is a high as possible.
-the aim is to create a picture.
-A place for everything
-and everything in its place!
-I manage the hotel's
-There are three of us
-employed full-time here.
-We look after the guests and make
-sure they get what they want...
-..as quickly as possible.
-Today, we are preparing flowers
-for a wedding.
-The bride chooses the flowers
-and we make the table arrangements.
-The atmosphere and the place
-has so many different aspects...
-..that the word 'magical'
-can be used to describe it.
-One feels as though one is caught
-in a different world here.
-The hotel is situated
-on the seashore...
-..with magnificent views
-when the weather is at its best.
-At present, I have four
-Frenchmen working here...
-..with possibly another one soon.
-It gives us the opportunity
-to learn from their experience.
-They can also learn from us.
-We try to employ as many
-local people as possible...
-..and train them here
-They gain qualifications
-at the end of the training...
-..instead of going to college.
-The college comes into the
-workplace and assesses them.
-We get them straight from school
-so it's an ideal opportunity...
-..to give them
-good training quickly.
-Hercules Hall is at the heart
-of the village...
-..and has become
-a popular location for weddings.
-The Tudor Room is decorated with
-panelling from Deudraeth Castle.
-There was a Tudor Room
-in the old castle.
-We've just adapted the panels
-to fit into this room.
-We have a licence to hold
-civil wedding ceremonies there.
-The new hall provided a new
-home for the Jacobean ceiling.
-It originally came from Emeral
-Hall in Flintshire in 1933.
-This room also has a licence
-for civil weddings...
-..and has been very popular.
-Over fifty weddings have
-been held there...
-..with over 80% of couples
-getting married here.
-It is a big part of our business...
-..and people return
-for their anniversaries.
-We use local produce
-for most of our dishes...
-We use seasonal meat like pheasant,
-venison, rabbit and so on.
-The produce is always
-local and in its season.
-That's what makes the menu special.
-The menu is changed daily with
-something to suit every palate.
-This is the first course -
-It has been prepared
-in three different ways.
-Firstly, its served on its own.
-We also have smoked salmon roulade
-stuffed with cream cheese.
-This is a salmon mousse served
-with toasted brioche.
-It is served with a salad, a little
-yogurt and some mustard dressing.
-This is the main course.
-We have breast of duck
-with red cabbage...
-..cooked in red wine and sugar.
-It's served with caramelised
-apples and blueberries...
-..with an orange
-and blueberry sauce.
-are saffron potatoes...
-..and a celeriac mousse
-with a carrot filling...
-..and a parsnip mousse base.
-The dish is completed with marrows,
-peppers, tomatoes and basil.
-For dessert, we have prepared
-a chestnut parfait.
-We have a slightly frozen
-..with sponge and cream.
-It has been made using eggs
-There is a chocolate ganache top...
-..a fresh raspberry...
-..a little caramel sauce
-and a praline...
-..made with sugar and almonds
-and baked in the oven.
-To complete the evening, we serve
-cheese with biscuits and celery...
-..petit fours, coffee
-and plenty of champagne.
-Thank you very much. Goodbye.
-Portmeirion is a special place
-for a wedding.
-There are great areas for photos...
-..such as in the piazza
-or near the water.
-The food is wonderful and
-they can choose their own menu.
-They are usually so delighted
-that they can't wait to return.
-Portmeirion is a partnership
-between the company that runs it...
-..and the Trust that owns the site.
-The company works hand in hand
-with the Trust...
-..with regard to ideals,
-conservation and social values.
-We hope we can give something back
-to the local community.
-Brondanw has been here for
-centuries - since the Middle Ages.
-But the current building has been
-rebuilt from almost nothing...
-..after it was destroyed by fire
-during the '50s.
-The first plants at Portmeirion
-were planted in this area.
-From here on, the Gwyllt begins.
-Portmeirion is unique...
-..and I would describe it as one of
-the most unique hotels in Britain.
-I'd also say that this is now
-the most Welsh hotel in Wales.
-Every part of Portmeirion
-You keep noticing things
-that you may have passed...
-..many times before
-without seeing them.
-There is always something new
-If anyone's bored,
-they should come here!
-Thanks for Sir Clough's dream
-and its realisation.
-The architect would have been
-delighted to see...
-as it stands today.
Mae'r rhaglen yma o 2003 yn bwrw golwg ar Gastell Deudraeth a'r gwaith yng ngheginau Portmeition. This programme from 2003 takes a look at the restoration work underway at Deudraeth Castle.