In 1910, Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie bought this parcel of land, north of Aldeburgh, and developed Thorpeness into a private holiday village for his friends and colleagues. The Country Club remains today, with tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a classic 18 hole golf course, regarded as one of the finest in Suffolk, all just a few steps away from the beach.
Watching over the village is the famous ‘House in the Clouds’; in an attempt to disguise the village water tower, the tank was clad in wood to make it look like a small house on top of a 5-storey tower. The traditional windmill that stands next door served as a water pump.
There is no bustling high street or supermarket, and limited mobile signal, so give-in to this oasis of calm and enjoy a peaceful holiday by the sea.
Take a leisurely row around the Meare, followed by a picnic on the beach or a generous cream tea in the Meare Shop and Tearoom. Ramble over the sand dunes and through the beach grass to the stoney seashore, with long views along the coastline to Aldeburgh town.
In August the Meare plays host to the Thorpeness Regatta, attracting legions of visitors. Boat races are held, then as night falls a procession of decorated boats glide around the Meare in a floating carnival, followed by a grand fireworks display. The Regatta takes place around the same time as the carnival in neighbouring Aldeburgh.
The popular town of Aldeburgh lies just two miles south of the village. Being linked by a scenic, coastal road, flanked by North Warren RSPB reserve, it is an easy cycle or walk away.