Thorpeness Travel Guide

  • Thorpeness Windmill from the other side.
    Thorpeness Windmill from the other side.
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  • Thorpeness Windmill.
    Thorpeness Windmill.
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  • The House in the Clouds
    The House in the Clouds
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Thorpeness Things to Do

  • Thorpeness Windmill

    The Windmill is situated in the village, and up a dirt track. There is a sign to say to the Windmill, and visitor centre.

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  • Town Signs - Thorpeness

    In Suffolk, almost every town/village seems to have a sign comparable to this one. Quite often they are carved from wood and painted. Thinking about it, the only town I haven't seen one in in Suffolk is in Ipswich, which is by far the largest town, and is the country town of Suffolk too. There may well be one there too, and I just haven't seen it....

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  • A cross between a Cathedral and a House

    I am not sure what this building was supposed to be, or even quite what it is actually used for. The best I can tell, it is living accommodation. I suppose it goes well with the now converted church, in that it looks like a cross between a Cathedral and a house, although I suspect it was just designed to look like this, and it has probably never...

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  • The Old Church

    This may look like an old church. Indeed it WAS an old church. But what seems to be happening more and more is that instead of having an old church here there and everywhere, and not enough priests/minsters to go round, some old churches are being sold off and converted into elaborate appartments, or sometimes just a huge house. This is exactly...

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  • Suffolk Coastal Walks

    There are various coastal walks in the area. The most obvious one being the one that goes through Thorpeness and down to Aldeburgh - another interesting town a few miles down the coast. There is also Slaughden a little further past Aldeburgh. That used to be a town, but it no longer exists. The Suffolk coastline gets a pounding from the waves, and...

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  • Thorpeness Boating Lake - AKA Thorpeness...

    Apart from Golf, of which there is an 18 hole links course next to the House in the Clouds, the other sport that is well catered for in Thorpeness is boating (of the rowing variety). This boating lake (man made) has numerous boats that are available to rent and row. Unfortunately it was closed when i was there, so I was unable to ascertain the...

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  • The Dovecott

    Dovecotts are reasonably common in England. I'm not sure how common they are overseas, although I have seen the odd one in Spain. They are probably pretty self explanatory, but are basically an ornamental house for doves (and probably pigeons, which incidentally are classed as a pest in Britain and are essentially described as flying rats! - it has...

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  • The Almshouses

    These almshouses were built in the 1920s by W.G. Wilson. They look to be some of the more authentically historical buildings in the village - most of the rest of them have a slightly quirky feel to them. I suspect these days they are probably used as normal homes or holiday homes (almshouses were originally built to house the old and needy as a...

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  • Well what were that Windmill and the...

    This unusual house, which is now known as "The House in the Clouds" used to be a water tower. The architect (Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie) who bought and designed a large part of Thorpeness around the 1920's needed a water tower, but did not want an ugly structure. he therefore though he would disguise it as a house. The Windmill (which is from the...

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  • The Windmill

    The Windmill is probably one of the oldest building in Thorpeness. Mostly because it was not built in Thorpeness, but moved their later to help pump water. Originally it was in Aldringham (which is a few miles away), but the whole building, including its millstones was moved up to Thorpeness by Ogilvie when he realised he needed a way of pumping...

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  • The House in the Clouds

    The House in the Clouds was originally built to serve another purpose. However it is now used as a house, and it is rented by the week (or even by the night out of season) to holiday makers - at rather high premiums I feel! Please see the website for more details on costs as they vary by the season and seem to go up a reasonable amount year on...

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  • A Levitating House?

    This is quite a colourful picture, but what precisely is going on with that house? It appears to be levitating! This house is probably the most famous thing about Thorpeness. I have seen it described as a folly, but a folly is a building that is built that serves no useful purpose, and that was not the case for this house. The useful purpose it was...

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Thorpeness Nightlife

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    The Dolphin

    by easyoar Written May 14, 2006

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    From what I can tell, Thorpeness appears to be more of an old persons resort. The twon has around 400 permanent inhabitants, and this is the number of people that live there in the winter. However in peak season the number of inhabitants rises to around 1600 people. Due to the large changes in population, Thorpeness has managed to get itself voted into a book of the 100 worst places to live in Britain as well as being voted the 'Wierdest Village in England'. I didn't explore too hard, but the only real nightlife I could see was this pub, and a few restaurants which were all closed (this was an evening in May)

    Dress Code: It's a pub, so none really.

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Thorpeness Warnings and Dangers

  • The Toads

    I'm not sure what this Warning is really all about. After seeing how much Thorpeness seems to dislike dogs, perhaps they have put down poisonous toads like the Australian Cane Toads to get rid of a few extra dogs. However as this is a road sign, it's probably aimed at motorists rather than dogs. Perhaps the warning is that hitting a toad will...

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  • Dog Warning 3

    The final bit of doggie dislike I saw (and I wasn't even trying to find any) was the sign on the beach. Apparently it is Ok to take dogs onto the beach between October to April, but between May to September it is banned. Now I saw no sign that dogs have to be on leads or even accompanied, so are we assuming that solo dogs also have to be able to...

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  • Dog Warning 1

    Thorpeness seems to have a hatred for dogs. Now I consider myself to be pretty neutral when it comes to dogs, but check out the next few warnings. Dogs seem to be persona non grata in Thorpeness if you catch my drift. This first one isn't that unusual, but is a little on the high side.If your pooch does some doggie dirt and you don't clean it up,...

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Thorpeness Off The Beaten Path

  • Giant Sea Shell

    This has been a very controversial local project. It sits on the beach, more or less midway between Thorpeness and Aldeburgh (although it is probably closer to Aldeburgh, and is officially part of Aldeburgh. I fail to have any comprehension of why this is controversial. It is near no hosing, it is just on the beach. It also is nothing especially...

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  • Aldeburgh

    Just down the coast from Thorpeness is Aldeburgh. This is another popular holiday town, which shares the same shingle beach that runs down the coast from Thorpeness. It therefore makes a good coastal walk. This is still a fishing village at heart, and has lots of fishing boats up on the beach. it is easy to buy fresh fish direct from the fishermens...

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  • Lots of Wild Flowers in Thorpeness

    This Periwinkle with blue flowers is known as the lesser periwinkle (Vinca minor). It is also known as the common periwinkle and is also referred to as the myrtle.Periwinkles are a perennial, evergreen herb. It was originally a plant that was native to the island of Madagascar. It has been cultivated by humans for many centuries. It is now found...

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  • Sand baths

    Is this a form of bird mud wrestling? It's not uncommon to see sparrows in England either splashing around in shallow water having a bath, or as you can see here, "splashing" around in the sand/soil for an alternative type of bath. Sparrows always seem to be quite sociable birds and you can often see them in large groups (rather than defending...

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  • Gorse

    If you see this shrub out of the flowering season, you'll probably hate it. It grows in big roundish spikey bushes and the spikes are big and sharp. You'll want to keep well away from it. However when you see this shrub in the flowering season it is coated in bright yellow flowers which have quite a strong perfume. To me it smells quite like...

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