The Area

Thorpeness is a world-renowned village created in the early 20th century by the wealthy Ogilvie family as a private holiday retreat.

Much of the village, and particularly the Meare, was inspired by J.M. Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ (the author was
a close friend of the Ogilvie family). It wasn’t until the 1970s that the family began to sell properties
in the village and to this day they still retain a large interest in Thorpeness. The village is known for its range of extraordinary buildings – perhaps most notably the ‘House in the Clouds’.

Although focused around the Meare – Thorpeness has a superb beach that is just a few seconds walk from Barnhall.

This rich and varied coastal area has a dramatic appeal.

Southwold, Blythburgh, Dunwich, Aldeburgh and Orford – from Woodbridge up to Southwold each village has distinction and History.

The Snape, Aldeburgh and Halesworth festivals offer all year round high-grade culture and exhibitions and the Legacy of Britten Pears brings occasional influence. Often glorious and distinctive weather and huge skies are the norm. Fresh sea air mingling with mature Oak, Birch and the newer Pine forests, provide added appeal when walking or bird watching in the several splendid Nature Reserves. Golf courses, Horse riding and ample Sailing opportunities on the Alde or Deben, compliment swimming and other seaside recreations on the sandy or shingle beaches often surrounded by Dunes and Marron grass.