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The House

No. 2 Westgate is a well appointed house situated in the heart of the village and will comfortably sleep nine.   There is a pleasant lawn with trees at the rear of the house and space for parking 2 to 3 cars.    It is walking distance from everything in the village, the Country Club, the Meare, The Dolphin Inn, the village shop, the Golf Club and the beach.  Grade II listed, the house was designed by architect Frederick Forbes Glennie and was built in 1929 on a quiet unmade road with five other houses, part of the original Ogilvie Estate, much of which was broken up and sold after the death of Ogilvie's grandson Alexander in the mid 1970s.   It has been owned, refurbished and well maintained by our family since then.


Thorpeness is no ordinary Suffolk village.  In the early 1920s, architect, barrister and playwright, Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie set about creating a safe, healthy and enjoyable fantasy holiday environment for his family and friends.   A place where children could enjoy the innocence of a traditional seaside holiday.  It is from this that Thorpeness, a village of mock-Tudor buildings, arose amongst the purple heather and golden gorse set back from the unspoilt beach.    Lying two miles north of Aldeburgh it now forms part of the Heritage Coast and is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Find out more about Thorpeness (Wikipedia) 

See Thorpeness as it was in the 1930s (BFI)

Map showing location of the house

Thorpeness lies nearly two miles north of Aldeburgh on the coast and forms part of the Suffolk Heritage Coast, now designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty.  It is accessed easily by road, being only 7 miles from the main London-Lowestoft A12, which is predominantly dual carriageway between London to just north of Ipswich. The distance from central London is approx. 100 miles. Saxmundham is the nearest rail station (6.5 miles away), on the East Suffolk Line that links Ipswich with Lowestoft. There is a bus (521) that runs between Saxmundham and Thorpeness but this has only three services a day and none on Sundays. You would be advised to use local taxis for this leg of the journey.

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