One of the most elegant and unusual places to stay in Wales, this waterfront mansion is located at the heart of Portmeirion. The original part of the building is Victorian, although it was greatly expanded in the 1920s. Among its elaborate flourishes are a curved, colonnaded dining room and a library incorporating features that were built for the Great Exhibition in 1851. Bedrooms are comfortable and richly decorated, with views of the estate. Some rooms are located in separate cottages, in various locations around the tiny village. Local seafood and lamb are specialties in the restaurant, where the food is excellent but pricey.