Castell Deudraeth Portmeirion


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Castell Deudraeth

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...

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-..become buildings

-that reflect their ability.

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-Portmeirion is testament

-to Sir Clough's talent.

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-Yet, it is not the estate's

-only masterpiece...

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-..as Castell Deudraeth

-also stands here.

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-Castell Deudraeth was originally

-home to David Williams...

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-..Merionethshire's

-first Liberal MP.

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-He developed the place

-and turned it into a castle...

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-..back in the 1850s.

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-Then the castle was bought

-by Sir Clough in 1931.

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-Situated 500 metres

-from Portmeirion village...

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-..the castle was built

-from solid stone.

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-But unlike ordinary castles,

-it has a slate roof.

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-Clough had grand plans

-for the old building.

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-His ambition was to combine

-the castle with the village...

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-..creating additional guest rooms

-and a restaurant.

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-But, due to his involvements with

-the village and lack of funds...

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-..no real work was done.

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-It was in a poor state back then...

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-..and has deteriorated

-even further.

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-There have been plans to develop

-the castle for the past 15 years.

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-They depended on financial

-assistance from different sources.

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-To realise Clough's dream the castle

-needed major renovations.

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-The aim was to restore it

-to its original glory.

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-Castell Deudraeth will soon

-be opened at Portmeirion...

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-..providing a variety

-of standards...

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-..yet maintaining the high standard

-of self-catering accommodation.

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-People will be able to enjoy

-visiting the place...

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-..and walk around

-or sit in the gardens.

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-It's the only way

-to make it feasible.

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-As the castle is owned

-by a registered charity...

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-..it was eligible to get assistance

-from the Lottery...

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-..and from the European Regional

-Development Fund.

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-With additional assistance

-from the Welsh Tourist Board...

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-..the plan

-is to renovate the castle...

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-..and provide eleven

-luxurious guest rooms...

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-..a restaurant

-on the ground floor...

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-..in addition to conference rooms.

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-They will also restore

-the Victorian garden.

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-It's a huge task and an exciting

-part of Portmeirion's history.

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-In contrast to the old castle, an

-exhibition was held last October...

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-..an exhibition better suited

-to the modern, technological age.

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-Technology 2000 is the third

-exhibition of its kind.

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-The idea is to bring technology

-into rural Wales...

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-..giving business the chance

-to see what's available.

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-People would normally have to travel

-to English cities.

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-It is, by now, one of the biggest

-technological exhibitions...

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-..in Wales and perhaps in Britain.

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-Technology of all kinds

-was exhibited here...

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-..for children, adults,

-small and large businesses.

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-Computers can lighten the workload

-and benefit all businesses.

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-Portmeirion is aware

-of the importance of this.

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-In my job as Training

-and Personnel Assistant...

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-..I make sure employees

-are given job descriptions.

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-We take personal details

-and give contracts.

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-Every person who works

-in the village...

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-..is trained through

-the Personnel Department.

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-A wide variety of work is done

-at Portmeirion...

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-..and it succeeds because

-the staff do their very best...

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-..to maintain the very highest

-standard of service.

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-With regards to training...

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-..we provide training

-for staff in the gardens...

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-..down to the housekeeping

-department.

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-They are provided with training

-which is relevant to their jobs...

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-..and additional training...

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-..such as an introduction

-to computers.

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-Although it may not be

-a part of their job...

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-..everyone here

-is offered the extra training.

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-We have a website that traces

-the history of the village.

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-It looks at Clough

-and his influences...

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-..the Trust, Brondanw

-and the history of the buildings.

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-There's a virtual tour

-of the village...

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-..and you can look at photos

-of the hotel rooms.

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-There are sections

-on the pottery, 'The Prisoner'...

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-..and people

-can also comment on the site.

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-They can ask us

-about accommodation...

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-..about the pottery and where

-it can be bought and so forth.

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-We felt it was important

-to have a website.

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-Portmeirion Pottery

-also has its own site.

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-Both sites can be accessed through

-the same address - Portmeirion.com

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-It is something that will grow.

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-We include news about the village

-on the site...

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-..along with any press releases.

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-The site is in five languages...

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-..Welsh, English, French,

-Irish and Breton.

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-You can read all about

-this magical village from home.

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-The website covers Portmeirion's

-history as well as the latest news.

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-We also have a web based newsletter

-that is updated every year.

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-Of course, some don't have access

-to the Internet...

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-..so prefer something on paper.

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-This is the printed newsletter...

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-..that is sent to everyone

-who stays here.

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-They are also placed in the rooms.

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-Many return here year after year...

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-..and have a great interest

-in the place and what goes on here.

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-This is a way of communicating

-with loyal visitors...

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-..and with the first-timers.

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-It gives them some background...

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-..and it promotes future events.

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-We've also been producing

-an annual magazine...

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-..that has been

-quite successful...

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-..so we'll continue with it.

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-On paper, on the Internet

-and even on the Monopoly board!

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-We sponsor one square on the board.

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-We felt that Portmeirion

-should appear...

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-..on the first Welsh board.

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-It provides publicity...

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-..and was an ideal way

-to 'put the place on the map'!

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-Located between Pobol y Cwm

-and a telephone company...

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-..Portmeirion has

-already got its hotel...

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-..and everyone is ready

-to sing its praises.

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-Portmeirion is unique.

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-You couldn't create Portmeirion

-in every Welsh county.

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-But on the other hand,

-the lessons to be learnt...

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-..are the ones of using local

-produce, using the language...

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-..and showing the best sides

-of our culture and language...

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-..in the best environment

-in Britain.

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-Portmeirion is one of the area's

-biggest employers.

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-It employs about 160 people, most

-of whom are fluent Welsh speakers.

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-All have to maintain

-high standards of service...

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-..but they are all local people.

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-It is, of course, world famous...

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-..and is therefore a very

-important attraction to Gwynedd.

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-The important thing is not

-just to attract people here...

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-..but to attract them

-for the right reasons...

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-..so they stay longer and spend

-their money at other attractions.

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-Plans for the Millennium

-were detailed and busy.

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-Celebrations began

-with a leisurely train ride...

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-..while the restaurant was busy

-creating that special atmosphere.

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-After hours of preparation, the

-dining room was a visual feast...

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-..and was ready for the party.

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-# FOR AULD LANG SYNE #

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-With fireworks to end the evening

-it was a night to remember.

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-The organising had all

-been worth it.

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-I'm the Executive Chef here and I'm

-responsible for scheduling staff.

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-I ensure that all is well with them

-and that they get their days off.

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-I also arrange the menu every day,

-with Colin, our Head Chef.

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-The menu changes every day...

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-..so that involves a lot more work.

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-I have twenty staff

-in the kitchen...

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-..fourteen chefs

-and six kitchen porters.

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-So there's a lot of arranging

-to be done to keep them all happy!

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-On the whole,

-I have a very good team here.

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-In the kitchen, a wide variety of

-skills and experience is combined.

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-The aim is to make

-every meal special.

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-I'm the Sous Chef

-here at Portmeirion.

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-I've been here five weeks

-and I'm enjoying it immensely.

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-I worked previously

-at the Monkey Island Hotel, Windsor.

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-I worked there for three months.

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-Before that, I served

-in the Royal Navy for eight years...

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-..and did several tours of Bosnia

-and in the Gulf.

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-I'm now beginning to slot

-into a different style of life...

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-..outside the military.

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-I'm the Restaurant Manager

-and I've been here for three years.

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-It's a busy hotel and most guests

-come here to eat every day.

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-We have to make sure

-the restaurant is ready...

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-..for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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-There is a staff of twelve here

-and we make sure...

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-..that the standard of the

-restaurant is a high as possible.

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-When setting,

-the aim is to create a picture.

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-A place for everything

-and everything in its place!

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-I manage the hotel's

-Reception Desk.

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-There are three of us

-employed full-time here.

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-We look after the guests and make

-sure they get what they want...

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-..as quickly as possible.

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-Today, we are preparing flowers

-for a wedding.

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-The bride chooses the flowers

-and we make the table arrangements.

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-The atmosphere and the place

-has so many different aspects...

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-..that the word 'magical'

-can be used to describe it.

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-One feels as though one is caught

-in a different world here.

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-The hotel is situated

-on the seashore...

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-..with magnificent views

-when the weather is at its best.

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-At present, I have four

-Frenchmen working here...

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-..with possibly another one soon.

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-It gives us the opportunity

-to learn from their experience.

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-They can also learn from us.

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-We try to employ as many

-local people as possible...

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-..and train them here

-at Portmeirion.

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-They gain qualifications

-at the end of the training...

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-..instead of going to college.

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-The college comes into the

-workplace and assesses them.

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-We get them straight from school

-so it's an ideal opportunity...

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-..to give them

-good training quickly.

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-Hercules Hall is at the heart

-of the village...

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-..and has become

-a popular location for weddings.

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-The Tudor Room is decorated with

-panelling from Deudraeth Castle.

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-There was a Tudor Room

-in the old castle.

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-We've just adapted the panels

-to fit into this room.

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-We have a licence to hold

-civil wedding ceremonies there.

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-The new hall provided a new

-home for the Jacobean ceiling.

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-It originally came from Emeral

-Hall in Flintshire in 1933.

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-This room also has a licence

-for civil weddings...

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-..and has been very popular.

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-Over fifty weddings have

-been held there...

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-..with over 80% of couples

-getting married here.

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-It is a big part of our business...

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-..and people return

-for their anniversaries.

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-We use local produce

-for most of our dishes...

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-..from Llandudno,

-Pembrokeshire, Cardigan.

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-We use seasonal meat like pheasant,

-venison, rabbit and so on.

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-The produce is always

-local and in its season.

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-That's what makes the menu special.

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-The menu is changed daily with

-something to suit every palate.

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-This is the first course -

-red salmon.

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-It has been prepared

-in three different ways.

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-Firstly, its served on its own.

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-We also have smoked salmon roulade

-stuffed with cream cheese.

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-This is a salmon mousse served

-with toasted brioche.

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-It is served with a salad, a little

-yogurt and some mustard dressing.

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-This is the main course.

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-We have breast of duck

-with red cabbage...

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-..cooked in red wine and sugar.

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-It's served with caramelised

-apples and blueberries...

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-..with an orange

-and blueberry sauce.

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-Side-vegetables

-are saffron potatoes...

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-..courgettes stuffed

-with mushrooms...

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-..and a celeriac mousse

-with a carrot filling...

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-..and a parsnip mousse base.

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-The dish is completed with marrows,

-peppers, tomatoes and basil.

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-For dessert, we have prepared

-a chestnut parfait.

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-We have a slightly frozen

-parfait...

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-..with sponge and cream.

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-It has been made using eggs

-and syrup.

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-There is a chocolate ganache top...

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-..a fresh raspberry...

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-..a little caramel sauce

-and a praline...

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-..made with sugar and almonds

-and baked in the oven.

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-To complete the evening, we serve

-cheese with biscuits and celery...

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-..petit fours, coffee

-and plenty of champagne.

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-Thank you very much. Goodbye.

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-Portmeirion is a special place

-for a wedding.

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-There are great areas for photos...

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-..such as in the piazza

-or near the water.

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-The food is wonderful and

-they can choose their own menu.

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-They are usually so delighted

-that they can't wait to return.

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-Portmeirion is a partnership

-between the company that runs it...

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-..and the Trust that owns the site.

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-The company works hand in hand

-with the Trust...

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-..with regard to ideals,

-conservation and social values.

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-We hope we can give something back

-to the local community.

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-Brondanw has been here for

-centuries - since the Middle Ages.

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-But the current building has been

-rebuilt from almost nothing...

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-..after it was destroyed by fire

-during the '50s.

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-The first plants at Portmeirion

-were planted in this area.

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-From here on, the Gwyllt begins.

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-Portmeirion is unique...

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-..and I would describe it as one of

-the most unique hotels in Britain.

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-I'd also say that this is now

-the most Welsh hotel in Wales.

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-Every part of Portmeirion

-is different.

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-You keep noticing things

-that you may have passed...

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-..many times before

-without seeing them.

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-There is always something new

-to see.

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-If anyone's bored,

-they should come here!

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-Thanks for Sir Clough's dream

-and its realisation.

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-The architect would have been

-delighted to see...

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-..his masterpiece

-as it stands today.

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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.