When quirky Scottish entrepreneur Glencairn Stuart Oglivie set about planning his seaside leisure resort here in Thorpeness on the Suffolk Coast his guiding mantra was "If children are enjoying themselves, their parents have a holiday".
The village is a favourite holiday spot with families, couples and groups, offering an exceptional choice of self-catering cottage accommodation and a luxury golf leisure hotel. Thorpeness golf course dating from 1922 and part of the leisure hotel, is open to all and one of Eastern England's best coastal 18 hole courses.
Browse a wide choice of accommodation in this 1920s purpose built Suffolk resort which oozes quirky mock-Tudor and Jacobean charm, featuring unusual notables such as the 'House in the Clouds' a former giant water tower! Whether you're looking for a spacious five bedroom family cottage near beaches, spectacular coastal walking or on the hunt for a luxury golf leisure hotel with conference facilities on the heritage coast, you'll find it here in Suffolk's quirkiest seaside resort. Find Thorpeness accommodation and book online
The famous Meare at Thorpeness is the site of a superb regatta in August which culminates in a spectacular fireworks display to celebrate the holidays. Spread across two days, the mini-festival includes racing events and attracts many day-trippers as well as those staying for longer visits. The village, which has a permanent population of around 400, accommodates around four times that during the peak summer months and has been a popular UK holiday destination for decades.
First opened in 1913, The Meare is no deeper than three feet and is man-made! A real step back in time with its 'Peter Pan' influenced lake islands retained, you can take a tour of the lake on one of the original early 20th century boats, or on rowing boats, kayaks, dinghies, punts or canoes. Thorpeness village also features a famous 19th century working post-mill with a roundhouse.
Just south of the seaside village is North Warren RSPB Reserve, a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and the perfect spot to spend a relaxing afternoon. The reserve is home to many wild birds, ducks and geese.
One of Suffolk's most popular and well known golf courses, Thorpeness Golf course sits within a luxury hotel complex and welcomes visitors. Spectacularly located on the Heritage Coast, the 18 hole golf course dates from 1922 constructed in the earliest period of the holiday village. Regularly acclaimed in the National Press, the course is a real challenge featuring a landscape of gorse and heather, silver birch and pine trees.