Thorpeness Holiday Cottages

Imagine rowing your colourful little boat through swamps and jungles, avoiding crocodiles, jumping from the bow and landing on a treasure island to fight smugglers and pirates and sneaking up on unsuspecting landlubbers…

The Meare at Thorpeness is the place to visit to let your imagination run wild. A beautiful unspoilt piece of Suffolk holiday magic situated close to the popular holiday town of Aldeburgh. Created by Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie and based on his close friend J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan novel, the Meare contains a man-made lake where you can hire a whole fleet of rowing boats to fulfil the aspirations of all budding adventurers. All of this located within close distance of any of our holiday properties in Thorpeness and only a mile away from the self-catering cottages in Aldeburgh. 

Thorpeness is home to a wonderful country club within which fledgling tennis stars and even their more mature relatives can enter regularly run tournaments throughout the summer months. Social memberships are available to purchase which enable you to access the popular barbecues and lively games nights. 

Within walking distance from any Thorpeness property is the Thorpeness Golf Club where you can polish up your putting, choose some new slacks at the Club Shop or sit back and relax at the fantastic bar with wonderful views over the course. 

Thorpeness is a village well designed for the self-catering holiday, with four fantastic venues to eat and drink throughout the day, the unspoilt coastline offers walkers a beautiful vista, whether looking north towards Walberswick or Southwold or south where iconic Aldeburgh landmarks stand tall on the horizon.

What is Thorpeness like? 

This former fishing hamlet has lots of character with unique and quirky buildings dotted around its famous Meare. Thorpeness Meare, its islands and surrounding area cover almost sixty acres and is home to an abundant bird population. This iconic man-made lake provides myriad recreational opportunities including canoeing, rowing and kayaking between Easter and October each year. Thorpeness Meare is also a relaxing place to simply wander around and also offers plenty of lakeside benches. During the main holiday season teas, coffees and refreshments are served at the lakeside tearoom.

Thorpeness has a fantastic local pub called the Dolphin Inn which serves great food and drink. It has a large garden and in the summer months this is the perfect place for a spot of Al Fresco dining or a cooling beverage.

What can I do nearby? 

Thorpeness is within walking distance of Aldeburgh with its charming high street, traditional fishermen’s cottages, galleries and a fantastic choice of restaurants, cafes and pubs. One of the best ways to get to Aldeburgh is via a charming coastal pathway which follows the unspoilt, shingle beach all the way past the controversial shell sculpture by Maggie Hambling. Whilst ambling along this pathway, don’t forget to look out for some rare and unusual coastal plant species. You might also like to stop of at the local wildlife reserve – RSPB North Warren.

Where can I stay? 

Looking for advice on where to stay in Thorpeness? All of us here at Suffolk Secrets live locally which enables us to pass on our local knowledge to help you make the most of your holiday in Suffolk. We have a great selection of cottages in Thorpeness and the surrounding area and we are always happy you to find a property that’s just right for you. You can also be assured that each and every one of our properties has been assessed by VisitEngland to ensure that strict standards of self-catering accommodation are met.

Planning and booking a Suffolk holiday: 

If you’d like to find out more about any of our Thorpeness cottages, please don’t hesitate to call or email us! If you’re looking for holiday availability during a particular period, simply use search filter menu to refine your results. Here you can select the size of property required in addition to specific requirements such as properties with Wi-Fi, properties with a cot or dog-friendly cottages. For further help simply call 01502 722717 – we’re always happy to help!

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