Discovering Thorpeness and the Meare

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I visited this area of Suffolk recently, read on to find out more about it.

Discovering Thorpeness and the Meare

Thorpeness is a small but very picturesque village, in the East Anglian region of England , and within the county of Suffolk. There is a small town centre with shops, but just outside of the town is the Meare, which totally dominates the whole area. The Meare was created in 1910, and inspired the story of Peter Pan.

Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie, who was a wealthy barrister, playright and landowner from Suffolk, built Thorpeness. His reason was to encourage the wealthy Londoners to visit, and to this day it remains an upmarket holiday resort

This is what Ogilvie did

So in 1910 he brought a large area of land which extends from north of Aldeburgh, to Minsmere, and inland as far as Leiston. It was recognised as the place to holiday from the 1930s onwards. It remains so today with high quality accommodation both at the village’s House in the Clouds, and also the golf club.

The House in the Clouds has become an icon in the area. and was constructed in 1923 because Ogilvie wanted the local water tower, which served the village, to be disguised as a cottage, which would appear to the naked eye, to be floating above the trees around it. It was designed for Mrs Malcolm Mason, a local author of children’s books, who was also a friend of Ogilvie.

Another author who was a close friend of Ogilvie was J.M. Barrie, who spent many summers staying there with his friend. There is a special quality of magic and wonder about this spot, which probably explains why the naming of the islands on the boating lake all adds to the atmosphere and creates a fairy tale of its own.

The Meare is a beautiful spot

The Meare is well visited in all seasons, there is a quaint little shop with a picnic table outside , where you can buy refreshments, and sit and watch the ducks and swans, both in and out of the water. We vsited in January, and the shop was open, it was interesting to watch the hordes of birds flying around, and searching for worms, or anything else that they can find on a cold day They are totally oblivious of the public, and carry on with their lives regardless, and no doubt will do in years to come.

The Meare glistened brilliantly in the winter sunshine, and the beauty of the whole area is a joy to behold. There is a peace and tranquility about this area that reminds you of a place which time forgot. It’s a perfect place to go to escape the rat race, and enjoy the beautiful Suffolk scenery. Next time I go will be in the summer, and it will be interesting to see just how busy it gets, because that day, we had it virtually to ourselves.

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Birds, Ducks, East Anglia, Jmbarrie, Lake Water, Meare, Ogilvie, Peace, Peter Pan, Suffolk, The House In The Clouds, Thorpeness, Tranquility, Upmarket Resort, Water Tower

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Denise O
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Just a lovely place. I just love the water tower, love it! Carol, once again, you have taken me with you, on a lovely walk through another of your country's beautiful villages. You know it is my dream to visit there one day. Heck if I win the lottery, I am buying a place.LOL
I just want you to know, for someone like me, whom has dreamed (since I was a little girl) of going to England and is not able to get there. It sure is a close second, seeing it through your eyes. Once again, just lovely. Hon, there is no need in saying congrats on the star, after all this time... All your pages are top notch, to me, it is a given. Hello to Leo. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Carol
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Oh Denise, I am so glad I managed to share this beautiful place with you and other friends on here. I truly hope your dream comes true one day to visit England. If you did, I would certainly love to meet up with you. My love to you and all your family, and lovely Bugg too. Leo is here beside me as I write. xx

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author avatar Jerry Walch
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Denise said it all for me, Carol.

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author avatar Carol
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Jerry, and I appreciate you reading it.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Amazing lake and beautiful place to visit again and again.

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author avatar Carol
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you, I am glad you enjoyed reading and seeing the pics of it

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Wow what a beautiful location. I would love to visit Suffolk and see these places.

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author avatar Carol
26th Jan 2012 (#)

It is lovely Mark, we are hoping to spend more time in the area so I can write about other places nearby too. Thank you so much for my star. x

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author avatar Delicia Powers
26th Jan 2012 (#)

Just beautiful...a wonderful page and an amazing memory for me...

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author avatar Carol
26th Jan 2012 (#)

So you have been there Delicia, and obviously know just how wonderful it is. Thanks for reading it.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Jan 2012 (#)

We lived in England for most of Mike's Air Force service...two of my children grew up there and the third was born at RAF Lakenheath...part of my heart still remains in England I shall always love it:0) thanks Carol I truly loved this page!!!

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author avatar Carol
29th Jan 2012 (#)

That is very interesting Delicia, I am so glad I managed to revive a happy memory for you.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
27th Jan 2012 (#)

beautiful place as the article and the author

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author avatar Carol
27th Jan 2012 (#)

Oh bless you cowboy, so glad you liked it.

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author avatar Buzz
27th Jan 2012 (#)

What beautiful places in merry olde England. How I wish I could afford to visit them one day! Congrats on a well-deserved STAR, Carol.

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author avatar Carol
27th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz, bless you. I do hope that one day you can visit too.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jan 2012 (#)

Good that we still have some places that are not spoiled by modern monstrocities! One needs to unwind and what better places than these. Thanks for such a lovely take on a beautiful hideaway that many would dream to visit. Thanks, Carol - siva

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author avatar Carol
28th Jan 2012 (#)

I am glad you enjoyed is Siva, thanks for reading.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
27th Jan 2012 (#)

Gorgeous. Looks a bit like South Shields in my neck of the UK. Brill pix - great star page, Carol.

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author avatar Carol
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks Sheila, I have never visited South Shields, but hope to one day.

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