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Thorpeness Cottages

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 holidays@suffolk-secrets.co.uk.  

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Driftwood is a quaint property down a quiet track in Thorpeness and has gardens to the front and rear. The cosy sitting room offers a wood burner for the cooler evenings and allows access to the bedrooms and dining area. The dining area is in close proximity to the kitchen area and provides a nice few of the front garden.

Driftwood in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

Driftwood is a fantastic single storey holiday cottage situated a near to the Meare in Thorpeness.
Visit England 3 stars
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sorry, No Pets
Prices Per Week: £420 to £865
Rainbow Cottage is Thorpeness and sleeps 5 poeple. The dining room at rainbow cottage has French doors to the garden and is within close proximity to the kitchen. Rainbow Cottage has a modern fresh conservatory with wicker furniture as well a soft blue chair.

Rainbow Cottage in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

Rainbow Cottage is a moder family home located in the heart of Thorpeness.
Visit England 4 stars
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Pets: Welcome
Prices Per Week: £370 to £915
Ilex House sleeps 5 people and is situated on lawn filled gardens just a stone's throw from the coast. Relax in this welcoming sitting room with fire place and view of the sea. Gather in the kitchen for meals together around this benched dining table.

Ilex House in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

Ilex House is located directly onto the beach near Sizewell and is perfect for couples or a family looking for a holiday by the seaside.
Visit England 2 stars
  • Sleeps: 5
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Pets: Welcome
Prices Per Week: £295 to £670
This charming detached property is situated in the seaside village of Thorpeness. This tiled sitting room area with an open fireplace and french doors out to garden. A bright dining room area with ample space for all to dine around and with french doors out onto the patio.

Church House in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

Church House is a well presented holiday cottage situated in the heart of Thorpeness.
Visit England 4 stars
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Pets: Welcome
Prices Per Week: £400 to £1005
Micawbers is a beautifully designed house situated in the pretty seaside town of Thorpeness. An open plan kitchen/dining room area boasting both character and space. Sit down in this beautifully spacious sitting room with the luxury of a piano.

Micawbers in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

Micawbers is a fantastic self catering holiday cottage situated in the heart of Thorpeness.
Visit England 4 stars
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Sorry, No Pets
Prices Per Week: £430 to £1040
The Lamp House is a cladded fronted building in the heart of Thorpeness and offers accommodation for 6 people. This light sitting room enables you to access the garden and the dining room with ease. The dining room seats 6 people and will make for a jolly time when enjoying a meal.

The Lamp House in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

The Lamp House is a lovely holiday cottage situated in the heart of Thorpeness.
Visit England 4 stars
  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Pets: Welcome
Prices Per Week: £400 to £975
This bright family home down a quiet lane in Thorpeness provides the perfect accommodation for a coastal holiday in pretty surroundings. Put your feet up, switch the TV on and unwind in this sitting room. Enjoy preparing meals in this kitchen area with the sun on your back coming through the window on the right hand side.

Annie's House in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

Annie's House is light and spacious modern holliday cottage situated in the heart of Thorpeness.
Visit England 3 stars
Visit England Gold Award
  • Sleeps: 7
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Pets: Welcome
Prices Per Week: £390 to £945
Individual, elevated property looking over Thorpeness boating lake. If you feel like chilling out then this is the perfect space in which to take a breather with a cup of tea. This dining room is a great space for entertaining all of your guests.

3 The Haven in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

3 The Haven is ideally located overlooking Thorpeness Meare and offers excellent accommodation for both friends and families.
Visit England 3 stars
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Pets: Welcome
Prices Per Week: £570 to £1365
Enjoy this property for 9 people in the heart of Thorpeness. With a provided high chair the little one can enjoy this generous dining area too. A modern Kitchen facility with lots of natural light, ideal for cooking up a feast for the whole family.

8 The Haven in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

8 The Haven is a beautifully presented property siuated in the heart of Thorpeness overlooking the Meare.
Visit England 4 stars
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sorry, No Pets
Prices Per Week: £650 to £1595
10 The Whinlands is set within the heart of Thorpeness just seconds away from the Thorpeness Mere. The sitting room has quirky but charming shape but will seat all 10 guests comfortably. Gather round this large table with butterfly oil cloth to enjoy family or friend gatherings.

10 The Whinlands in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

10 The Whinlands is a large family home ideally located in Thorpeness and only a short walk from the Meare and the beach.
Visit England 4 stars
  • Sleeps: 9
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sorry, No Pets
Prices Per Week: £1055 to £1800
A large, family holiday property situated in the charming village of Thorpeness. Modern and spacious this living room is a great space for all to relax in. Enjoy meals together around this family-sized dining room table.

9 The Whinlands in Thorpeness Aldeburgh & Surrounding Villages

This large family home is perfect for big get togethers, ideally located near to Thorpeness meare and the beach.
Visit England 3 stars
  • Sleeps: 11
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Sorry, No Pets
Prices Per Week: £630 to £1025

* Please note the guide prices do not include other optional fees such as pet fees