Curious about Thorpeness?

Fringed by a shingle beach, marshland and stunning heathland, Thorpeness is a wonderful base for walkers, cyclers, birdwatchers – anyone wild at heartOnce a small fishing hamlet, this truly desirable spot is nestled along the Suffolk Heritage Coast just moments away from Aldeburgh 

At the heart of Thorpeness lies the enchanting and magical Meare, an artificial boating lake covering over 60 acres.

Created to resemble a series of interconnecting lakes, the Meare offers a delightful experience for visitors of all ages.  Rent a rowing boat or kayak and explore the waterways, passing charming islands with names inspired by classic children’s literature, such as Peter Pan and The Wind in the Willows.


Thorpeness is renowned for its quirky architecture, featuring an array of unique buildings that add to its distinct charm.

The House in the Clouds, a converted water tower standing at 70 feet tall, is one of the village’s most iconic landmarks. Its distinctive appearance, with a cottage perched on top, offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.


Thorpeness boasts a picturesque coastal setting that invites exploration.

Take a leisurely stroll along the shingle beach, breathing in the fresh sea air and admiring the panoramic views of the North Sea.  Follow the Suffolk Coastal Path, which winds its way through the village and provides opportunities to spot diverse birdlife and enjoy the natural beauty of the coastline.  Don’t miss a visit to Leiston Abbey, one of Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins.

Leiston Abbey in Suffolk
Seagull perched on a rock.

 A village steeped in history, it was originally developed as a private fantasy holiday village in the early 20th century.

Created by Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, a Scottish barrister and playwright, the village was designed with whimsy and charm in mind.  Gain insight into the rich history of the village and its transformation into the charming retreat it is today.

Thorpeness offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and leisure.

Unwind with a round of golf at the Thorpeness Golf Club, an 18-hole course known for the House in the Clouds watching over its fairways.   Enjoy a leisurely afternoon tea or sample delicious cuisine at one of the charming village cafes or The Dolphin pub, savouring the tranquil atmosphere that permeates Thorpeness.

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