Thorpeness was promoted as The Home of Peter Pan. The author, JM Barrie, was a friend of the Ogilvies and regularly visited the village. His characters inspired the magical islands in the centre of the Meare. The landings are still marked with names from the book, and you can find locations such as The Pirates Lair and Wendy’s Home, to play on.
An architectural folly which disguised the water tower that used to contain 30,000 gallons of water. It’s now a unique family holiday home, with fabulous views over the surrounding area.
Grade II listed, this windmill was built in 1803 and then moved in 1923, when it was converted to a water pumping mill for the nearby water tower, the House in the Clouds. It’s now privately owned and you can arrange to visit between Easter and September.
THORPENESS VILLAGE STORE
An independent, friendly and well stocked village shop in the heart of the Thorpeness serving both local residents and visitors alike. With a great range of local suppliers from Stokes sauces to Foskers fruit and vegetables.
A wide range of boats are available here including dinghys (generally suitable for one to two people), larger rowing boats, punts, sailing boats, canoes (for 2 or 3 people) and kayaks (one person).
Work your way through the carefully crafted menu of seasonally sourced cuisine from breakfast through to dinner during the summer months. Free wifi and complimentary newspapers. With modern light rooms just 50 metres from the beach
A family-run business situated in the unique seaside village of Thorpeness holds a special place in the heart of the local community.
Resurrected after a devastating fi re in 1995 and rebuilt in 1998, The Dolphin Inn, together with the Village Store, have become an indispensable part of village life. After being carefully refurbished with old pine furniture and a traditional bar, this pub has a friendly, bustling atmosphere with a good mix of locals and visitors. Decorated with old photographs of Thorpeness, wooden tables and chairs, a large log fi replace and subtle lighting, it is easy to understand why this is a popular meeting place with the locals.
The Dolphin is an ideal resting base to explore Thorpeness and neighbouring towns Aldeburgh and Southwold, or for just a peaceful walk around Snape Maltings and RSPB Minsmere reserve, plus many more local ‘must sees’. David James and his daughter Kerry have been running this handy little hideaway for fi ve years and now boast an eventful calendar for locals and tourists. Along with the head chef, Chris Theobald, they have created one of the top restaurant dining destinations in the area. With a style of food that refl ects traditional and modern infl uences –the focus is on using locally sourced or home-grown produce. This is truly a great British pub where you can expect really good food and excellent beer served in a warm, friendly environment.
FROM THE PUMPS
As a free house The Dolphin bar dispenses award-winning real ales, sourced locally from independent producers and micro-breweries, including Adnams, Brandon Brewery, Crouch Vale and Woodfordes. An excellent wine list has been developed from some of the best cellars around the world. This features alongside a large selection of bourbons, single malts and port.
You can fi nd the shop just behind The Dolphin where Carole supplies the village with all its daily needs, from fresh local produce to newspapers, home-cooked meals straight from the Dolphin kitchen, or her abundance of local knowledge. The aim of the shop is to provide a much-needed service to the community, local and tourist alike, and that it is a place where you always feel welcome.
Old Homes Road
Thorpeness IP6 4FE