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Thorpeness

Thorpeness houses by the beach

Thorpeness is a fairytale inspired holiday village that was dreamt up and created by the Ogilvie family in the early 1900’s. In the heart of the village is a Peter Pan themed boating lake, plus several places to eat and an emporium. 

This beautiful little village has many hidden treasures, so make sure you go for a walk around to explore! You might be lucky enough to find the iconic House in the Clouds; once an old water tower that supplied the village, the building was converted into accommodation and disguised to look like a fairytale home to remain in keeping with the Ogilvie family vision.

Thorpeness The House in the Clouds

Along the lane from this quirky house you can also see the charming Thorpeness windmill, originally built in Aldringham in 1803, it was dismantled and rebuilt in Thorpeness in 1923.

Thorpeness windmill

In the heart of the village lies Thorpeness Meare which covers 60 acres; with 40 acres of shallow water boating lake, and Peter Pan themed islands. These were hand dug in 1912-1913, and the tiny islands contain locations found in J M Barrie’s novel. Boat rental is available from spring through to the end of summer, including row boats, kayaks, canoes, punts, and dinghies. A fantastic adventure for all the family! Refuel at the cafe by the Meare, or spend some time by the lake feeding the ducks and swans!

Thorpeness the mere

For those who are steadier on land, Thorpeness boasts one of Suffolk’s best Golf Clubs, with an 18 hole course and a restaurant attached. Another lovely place to look around is the Thorpeness Emporium, a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles, with a cafe attached that sells delicious food and drink. 

Thorpeness is the perfect day out; there are so many unique and historic buildings to be seen all around the village, some fantastic places to eat, and to top it off, the village is situated beside a beautiful shingle beach that is lined with charming seaside homes. If you are feeling energetic, it’s also just over 2 a mile walk along the beach to reach the town of Aldeburgh

Thorpeness beach