Thorpeness - All Year Round
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If there was ever a village that deserved to be called 'fantastic' it is Thorpeness, built by a wealthy Scottish barrister with a penchant for mock-Tudor and Jacobean architecture. Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie was a Scottish barrister who made his money designing railways and bought some land from north of Aldeburgh to south of Sizewell where he created Thorpeness as a holiday village centred around the Mere. It is a place of pure fantasy, with pretty mock-Tudor houses and a fairy-tale 'house in the clouds'.
Thorpeness Meare is only a short walk from Thorpeness beach, where the children can paddle in the waves. The beach itself is an expanse of steeply shelving shingle leading down to some sand at low tide.
Just some of the attractions on offer:
Boating on the Meare:
Hire a rowing boat or kayak, take a picnic and row out to one of the many Peter-Pan themed islands, and discover Wendy's playhouse. Covering some 60 acres, with over 40 acres of water, the lake is no more than three feet deep, and so provides a very safe boating environment.
Thorpeness Golf Club:
Regarded as one of the finest golf courses in Suffolk, Thorpeness is a classic British heathland designed by five-time Open Champion and legendary golf course architect James Braid. The par 70, 18-hole Championship-standard course is just a stone's throw from the sea on the Suffolk coast, and its challenging 6,421 yards will test golfers of all abilities.