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Tel code: 01728 | code search
Postcode: IP16 | code search
Population: 280
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The Dolphin Inn
"Very good place to stay. A village shop is next to the hotel (but it closes quite early so get what you need when you arrive), and the hotel has ..." More

The Dolphin Inn
"What an absolutely quintessential English pub! We were made immediately welcome and our hosts were the most generous and accommodating I have come accross in many a year! As a mixed ..." More

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The village of Thorpeness in Suffolk is perhaps one of the most unusual villages in the United Kingdom. In fact it was voted 'Weirdest Village in England' by Bizarre magazine in 2003. It is unkind, perhaps, to use the word weird but unique Thorpeness certainly is. The village was originally a small fishing hamlet before all the surrounding land (including the village) was bought up in the early twentieth century by a Scottish Barrister, Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie. Much of the land was put to agricultural use but Thorpeness was built as a model seaside resort for the use of the friends and family of Ogilvie. The village has some notable features, including the Almshouses which were built in the 1920s to the design of W G Wilson. The water tower was deemed to be an eyesore, so the building was clad with wood, which was then painted to make it look like a house on top of a five story block. Since the introduction of mains water to the village, the tank was converted into a large games room with magnificent views of the area. The 'house in the clouds' is still popular with visitors to Thorpeness today. Another popular attraction, particularly at the time of the annual regatta, is the artificial lake or 'mere'. The building of the lake was inspired by the J M Barrie novel 'Peter Pan'. Barrie was a personal friend of the Ogilvie family.


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The Dolphin (0.08 miles)

The Dolphin
Situated in the unique seaside village of Thorpeness, the Dolphin Inn, a free house, has placed itself in the heart of the community. A short stroll takes you to miles of unspoilt Suffolk heritage coastline and we ... More | visit website
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Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club (0.34 miles)

Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club

The Hours Fly by Where Time Stood Still....... A genuine seaside 'hidden gem' near fashionable Aldeburgh, unique amongst holiday villages. Located adjacent to the Meare and gardens this hotel offers 30 large, well-decorated en-suite bedrooms, ... More | visit website

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Swiss Cottage (1.58 miles)

Swiss Cottage
Swiss Cottage is a newly established 4* luxury Bed and Breakfast conveniently located between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. Our peaceful leafy location provides a relaxing base for anyone looking to visit the nearby pretty Suffolk villages. ... More | visit website
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Wentworth Hotel (1.74 miles)

Wentworth Hotel
The Wentworth sits right on the edge of the beautiful Suffolk coast, looking out over Aldeburgh Beach. Since 1920, it has been run by the Pritt family and Michael Pritt, third generation and present owner, ... More | visit website
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White Lion Hotel (1.80 miles)

White Lion Hotel

3 Star AA Hotel

Established in 1563, the White Lion Hotel was voted Highly Commended in the 2001 Hotel of the year awards. Enjoying a premier location on the sea front, the White Lion offers a ... More | visit website

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Dunan House (1.97 miles)

Dunan House

The house was built by Newson Garrett, father of feminist pioneers Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Millicent Fawcett in 1893. It has a big garden and is situated in a private road in the quiet and ... More | visit website

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Brudenell Hotel (2.33 miles)

Brudenell Hotel

This newly refurbished award winning hotel is located right on the beach in the delightful Edwardian town of Aldeburgh. The 44 spacious bedrooms enjoy sea, river or marshland views. Unrivalled views can also be enjoyed ... More | visit website

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White Horse Hotel (2.56 miles)

White Horse Hotel

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This small, friendly hotel is in rural Leiston, close to the coast at Aldburgh and Sizewell. The rooms are en suite and main bar shows Sky Sports and Setanta channels. Every room ... More

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Home From Home Guesthouse (2.60 miles)

Home From Home Guesthouse

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A warm and friendly atmosphere. Home from Home is a newly opened refurbished guest-house, in a large Edwardian house, located in the popular town of Leiston, giving comfortable friendly accommodation. ... More

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Eels Foot Inn (4.08 miles)

Eels Foot Inn

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A traditional, family run, country pub selling Adnams ales and great food.Our accommodation is separate from the Inn and is located in a barn style building only built in October ... More

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