Just a mile north of Aldeburgh you'll find the fascinating seaside village of Thorpeness. The village was built as a holiday resort in the 1920s by Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, who was a wealthy architect and barrister. Ogilive wanted to create somewhere where he, his friends and his colleagues could go on holiday; almost the entire village was built for this very reason!
We’ll tickle your fancy with our Thorpeness cottages. Have a browse through the fantastic list of holiday lets in the area or polish up on your local knowledge by tapping “read more”.
What is Thorpeness like?
This village has heaps of character with quirky and unusual buildings dotted around its beautiful green surroundings. The purpose built meare is a famous attraction. With its shallow open water this lake provides a great family day out for all ages with the option of hiring boats for a day’s exploring. You can take your pick from our quality cottages in Thorpeness below.
What can I do in Thorpeness?
The mock-Tudor buildings are now iconic hallmarks of Thorpeness along with its mere, a large shallow boating lake spanning over 40 acres of water with a series of islands. It’s open every day until the end of the half term holidays in October. Perfect for all the family, it has has over 100 boats for hire including canoes, kayaks and sailing boats which is an ideal for a day out with the family or for a romantic row about for two!
Other amenities in the area include the Dolphin Inn which serves great food and drink in a relaxed setting. The beaches in this part of Suffolk are mainly shingle and an RSPB reserve can be found just south of the village.
What can I do nearby?
Thorpeness and its popular mere can be found just two miles from the delightful seaside town of Aldeburgh. Aldeburgh has a wonderful shingle beach and a striking shell sculpture by Maggi Hambling which takes centre stage. The high street boasts a wide selection of boutiques, rustic bookshops, art galleries and places to eat and drink.
Where can I stay?
Looking for advice on where to stay in Thorpeness? At Suffolk Secrets, we all live locally meaning we are able to pass on our local knowledge and handy holiday tips on how to make the most of your holiday in Suffolk. We have a collection of cottages in and around Thorpeness with some situated within easy reach of the mere. All of our properties have been assessed by VisitEngland’s strict criteria to ensure they offer a high standard of holiday accommodation. Our cottages in Thorpeness are no exception with properties achieving up to four stars. View the towns and villages we cover all across Suffolk here if you fancy staying further afield.
Want even more choice?
As well as Thorpeness, there are a number of beautiful towns and villages to explore. To see more of Aldeburgh and its surrounding villages, visit our page here where you will find the towns and villages we cover and more information about each. However, don’t forget Ann and the team at Suffolk Secrets can help offer advice about where to stay in Suffolk!
Pick up the phone and give them a call to ask for recommendations on 01502 722717 or pop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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