The Suffolk Apartment

Originally part of an Edwardian Country Club, we know you are going to like our seaside apartment. Decorated in nautical blues and sunshine yellows, it's comfortable and cheery. It's in a great location, just one minute from the beach, with all important sea views. Right next to it are gardens and both grass and hard tennis courts.

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Holiday apartments to die for…

The Sunday Tribune, Ireland

Thorpeness

Thorpeness

The beach at Thorpeness

The beach at Thorpeness

Outside the apartment at Thorpeness

Suffolk

Tennis courts outside the apartment

Suffolk

Thorpeness

Shhhh come closer, we've a great little secret. Imagine a seaside getaway in England that has never seen a bar of rock, a bingo hall or a candyfloss stall. We have a great hideaway on the Suffolk heritage coast, much more Martha's Vineyard than Margate. Just one mile down the coast from the pastel coloured fishing village of Aldeburgh, you'll find the perfect English village of Thorpeness, where time has more or less stood still for decades.

Founded over a century ago, by Stuart Ogilvie and J.M.Barrie of Peter Pan fame, the village was originally conceived as a refreshing retreat for families seeking a little respite from the relentless heat in the Colonies. There you will find the amazing House in the Clouds, a wonderful boating lake and Mere where you can go off on Enid Blyton-type adventures down shady glades with a picnic in your rowing boat.

The wonderful beach with its smooth pebbles is a treat, devoid as it is from deck chair salesmen and general seaside vulgarity (all are banned). The beach makes the perfect place for a barbecue fish supper.

Perhaps one of the biggest treats in this depressing cling film wrapped, supermarket age is the sheer pleasure of buying fish from the local fishermen. Oh, the joy of seeing fresh sea bass, cod, skate and lobsters being trawled in by salty old sea dogs. They fillet it there and then for you and all you need is to cook it simply with butter and fresh herbs. To be by the sea, eating fish that was swimming around an hour ago, is a wonderfully fresh and breezy way to live.

Next time you are on a grubby train, breathing in polluted city air, eating another depressing sandwich, promise yourself you will go and eat some real food, gulp lungfuls of fresh sea air and sleep like a baby with the sound of the waves. You'll come back brand new.