The unique and quirky village of Thorpeness is situated on the coast in between Minsmere, the RSPB bird reserve and the popular towns of Aldeburgh and Snape with its famous Food and Drink festival, Literary and Music festivals, inspired by Benjamin Britten at the Snape Maltings international concert hall.
Thorpeness is a fantasy village, the work of one Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, a Scottish barrister and playwright with a little help from J.M. Barrie of Peter Pan fame. In 1910 he completed his dream, a village including a pub, a shop, a church, a tennis club, golf course, boating lake and holiday lodgings.
The Dolphin, now the hub of the community, is an ideal resting base to explore Thorpeness and our neighbouring towns, or just enjoy a peaceful walk around Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere reserve plus many more local must sees. A short stroll takes you to miles of unspoilt Suffolk Heritage coast and the very popular Mear, a boating lake which is on our doorstep and just up the road – The House in the Clouds, a red house atop a five-storey black weatherboard tower.
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Local places of interest
Built in 1912, the Country Club is set in a stunning location overlooking the sea and the beautiful coast of Suffolk.
This purpose built events venue accommodates 130 guests for a sit down meal and up to 200 for an informal reception.