John ap Hywel finished building Plas Brondanw around 1550, and a later member of the family William Williams, made improvements in 1660. In 1807 The Reverend John Ellis married Jane Bulgin, heiress of the Williams estate and from then the two names were joined to make Williams-Ellis.
Clough Williams-Ellis was brought up on other family property. In 1908 he was offered the Brondanw Estate by his father: "Nothing, just then, could possibly have been more ecstatically welcomed by me... The guardianship of a rambling old Carolean Plas set in a wildly romantic little estate among the Welsh mountains, that had been held by my family for over four centuries, was well calculated to inflame me."
In 1915, during the First World War, Clough married Amabel Strachey and when the war was over the Plas again became a family home. He became devoted to the rehabilitation of the house and the development of the gardens.
Use the links on the left to find out more about the history of the Plas, the Brondanw Estate and of Portmeirion village. Several Country Life articles, from 1931 to 1983 are availablefrom the Library page