Borthwnog Hall - Snowdonia country house bed and breakfast

Local life

Centre for Alternative Technology

The Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth looks at ways of developing and using sustainable technology both in the UK and overseas. It aims to ‘inspire, inform and enable people to live more sustainably’. It has seven acres of interactive displays, a water-cliff railway, tropical organic gardens and free holiday activities for children. It is also a huge source of information, much of it free, on sustainable living.

Museum of Modern Art, Wales

Alun Evans' On A Clear Day... from the permanent collection

The Museum of Modern Art, Wales, is in the Tabernacle, a former Wesleyan chapel, in Machynlleth. Throughout the year the museum shows modern Welsh art in a series of constantly-changing exhibitions. Works from the growing Tabernacle Collection are shown in rotation. In July each year artists are invited to enter a new work in the Tabernacle Art Competition. Expert judges and then the public choose the winners.

Corris Craft Centre

Corris Craft Centre houses 10 craft workshops, each producing hand-made traditional rustic or contemporary Welsh craft products.


Anyone can build a garden bench...

Sylvantutch, based at the Corris Craft Centre, makes garden furniture from recycled oak fencing. It also runs short bespoke courses to build garden benches, tables and chairs.


The coastal village of Portmeirion, now well known as the set location for cult TV series The Prisoner, was built by Welsh architect Clough Williams-Ellis from 1925 to 1973. An active conservationist and campaigner for the protection of the environment, Williams-Ellis wanted to show that it was possible to develop a naturally beautiful site without damaging it. His motto was ‘cherish the past, adorn the present, construct for the future.’ Portmeirion is 24 miles from Borthwnog Hall.