We first stayed in White Horses late 2013, a few months before the floods that resulted in the need for the renovation.
I must say I was a little concerned that the character of the building may have been lost, but the renovations have been done tastefully, and have preserved the nature of the cottage. The main building is one of the oldest structures in the village, and I feel that this needs to be used as a feature, and not hidden.
The planners at Portmeirion have not let me down.
The lounge area had been changed the least, and the removal of the bunks has brightened up the room.
The kitchen is now much better, and the fact that it's next to the dining area means that you no longer need to carry meals through the lounge area to get to the dining table.
The bedrooms are vastly improved, with the additional convenience of the toilet / washbasin / slipper bath in each room.
Both bedrooms now have a television, but I don't think we used those.
The refurbished bathroom is another gem, the walk in shower is a considerable improvement over the old, above the bath, one that it has replaced.
The old kitchen area has a day bed, and is suitable for when someone wants to sit alone for some peace and quiet (having said that, my son sat in there with his guitar, writing music, so it was't that quiet).
The changes to the terrace have not been detrimental either. The metal fence has been replaced with a wall, a very necessary part of the new flood defences.
One evening I stood on the terrace and watched a heron wading in the estuary, capturing it's supper, I counted four fish in it's mouth in the space of half an hour.
Later, as it got darker, we saw bats flying around, and later still we heard their echo locating squeals as they hunted for insects.
My son even saw a seal (I only heard it), and so if you have an interest in wildlife then this could be the place for you.
One thing that isn't very well publicised is that the Observatory Tower has a Camera Obscura in it. This is only only accessible to residents, day visitors do not have access. If you ask at the hotel reception, they will sort out a member of staff to take you up there. This will allow you to see the village and the estuary in a unique way.
Finally, since the flood prevention has stopped the ingress of the waves that gave the cottage it's name, Portmeirion has thoughtfully provided a White Horse inside the cottage.
The grin on it's face clearly shows what it thinks of the flood defences.