The Dune House in Suffolk

Quirky Accommodation in England, Suffolk
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The Dune House lies just to the south of the picturesque village of Thorpeness in Suffolk, on an idyllic spot on the very edge of the sea, nestled among rolling dunes. You can walk out from the living room directly onto the beach and enjoy extraordinary panoramic views over the sea from the terraces, bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floor.

Living Architecture invited one of Norway’s most renowned practices, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects, to create a house for us on this archetypally English seaside site. JVA, as they are known, made their name building a series of accomplished houses in Oslo and its outskirts and intimately understood the need to balance the advantages of modernity with the traditional virtues of warmth and comfort.

The Dune House accommodates up to 9 people. It has five bedrooms:

• Four double bedrooms on the first floor (bedrooms 1 + 2 can be made up as twins), all with a bath in the room, and en-suite shower and WC.
• One bedroom on the ground floor (with a single bed), with an ensuite shower and WC

You enter the house via a concrete walkway set within the rising sand dunes, a large fully glazed door immediately sets the scene of the ground floor space being visually open on all sides to the landscape and views over the sea. The ground floor is largely open plan, containing dining table and chairs and a large modular seating section, set around a sunken pit space and log burning stove.

Stairs from the ground floor lead to the first floor library space, where you can access a small semi enclosed external terrace, with views out to sea. Off the library space are four bedrooms, each with their own bathroom with shower. A bath in each room allows for the visitor to soak, whilst looking out through one on the number of window apertures, framing the views over the sand dunes and the sea (bedrooms 2 and 3), or nature reserve (bedrooms 1 and 4).

Outside the house sits within the sand dune it is built upon, with a gate leading directly onto the beach.

The following are provided for your holiday:

• Miele kitchen appliances - oven, microwave combination oven, induction hob, dishwasher, fridge.
• David Mellor kitchen equipment - including DM kitchen knives, chopping boards, sieves and colanders, graters, whisks, tongs, cooking utensils, a range of DM saucepans (suitable for the induction hob), food blender, scales, mixing bowls, a rolling pin and pastry brush, glassware (tumblers, wine glasses, champagne flutes), DM cutlery (including children's cutlery), a tea pot, cafetiere and mugs.
• Miele washing machine in the utility house (plus an iron, ironing board and airer, but please bring detergent).
• REN skincare individual shampoo & conditioner, bath & shower gel and hand soap.
• Peter Reed high quality Egyptian cotton bed linen.
• Luxurious hand towels and bath towels.
• Luxury hypo-allergenic pillows and duvets (to ensure that everyone, including those with allergies, have a comfortable stay; but please note we do not have the storage space to also provide feather duvets and pillows).
• Hairdryers.
• A few food items to get you started in the kitchen: tea bags, coffee, semi-skimmed milk, bread, salted butter and olive oil.
• Basic household items: bin bags, washing up liquid, kitchen roll, hand-wash, dishwasher tablets, foil and loo paper.
• A library of books to keep the most avid reader happy, from local travel guides, to architecture and philosophy.
• Television (with freeview) and DVD player (do bring your own DVDs to play).
• Wi-fi internet connection (which you can access if you bring a laptop).
• Underfloor heating downstairs; plus starter fuel log (if you wish to use the fire in the living room); radiator heating in the upstairs bedrooms and bathrooms.

What's not provided:

• Beach towels.
• Landline telephone.
• High chair and travel cot.
• Additional logs for the fire (but these can be bought locally if desired).


• One well-behaved dog (who respects and loves modern architecture) is accepted at The Dune House for an additional charge of £20 per booking.

Prices start from just £760 for a 4-night break (the equivalent of £22 per person per night).

You can book The Dune House for a weekend (3-nights, Friday to Monday), a mid-week break (4-nights, Monday to Friday) or a week (7-nights, Friday to Friday).


Address: Suffolk, England
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1872 / 0.97078


Nearest train station is Saxmundham (approx. 20 min drive to Thorpeness)

Also Ipswich train station (approx. 40 min drive to Thorpeness)


The Dune House is located on the southern edge of the village of Thorpeness, on the Suffolk coast, a protected area designated as being one of exceptional natural beauty.Thorpeness was developed as a small seaside resort in the early 20th century, aiming to offer its visitors an escape from the pressures of modern industrial life. It has a picturesque lake or ‘mere’ at its center, where one can rent boats and feed swans, a handful of excellent pubs, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a golf course and a succession of holiday homes built in Jacobean and Tudor styles.Things to do:• The Dune House is close to some of Suffolk's most beautiful coastal towns & villages including Thorpeness • Boating on Thorpeness Meare (inspired by J.M. Barrie) • Thorpeness beach, including coastal walks along the beach south to Aldeburgh or north to Sizewell beach • North Warren Nature Reserve for bird watching (situated behind The Dune House, and beautifully visible from some of the first floor rooms) • The world-famous Aldeburgh Festival for music and the arts, and Snape Maltings for shops, galleries and restaurants • Nearby Minsmere nature reserve for walking and bird watching • National Trust owned Dunwich Heath - for spectacular coastal walks and nature watching (birds and seals) • National Trust Sutton Hoo • National Trust owned Orford Ness Nature Reserve and English Heritage Orford Castle • Holy Trinity, Blythburgh - a beautiful church hosting seasonal summer concerts • Crabbing in Walberswick • Bike hire from locations around Suffolk (including from The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness)Places to eat:• The Meare Shop and Tea Room, Thorpeness - a popular cafe for tea and cakes • The Dolphin Inn in Thorpeness • Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop - enjoy fish and chips on the beach from this world-famous shop • The Light House Restaurant, Aldeburgh • The Reggata, Aldeburgh • The Butley Orford Oysterage, Orford • The Crown, WestletonPlaces to buy local produce:• Thorpeness has a small local shop selling newspapers and local provisions (seasonal opening times) • Aldeburgh - the nearest town to Thorpeness. Fishing huts on the beach sell fresh fish caught by local fishermen. Aldeburgh also has a supermarket, local delicatessens, world-famous fish & chips, homemade ice cream, a chemist, post office, cafes, art galleries and a cinema.

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Listing type
Quirky Accommodation
5 Bedroom(s), 9 Sleeps
Double: 4
Double with en-suite: 4
Single: 1
Single with en-suite: 1
5 Bathroom(s)
Baths: 4
Showers: 1


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Pets: Some pets, please enquire
Smoke: No smoking
Children: Yes, great for kids
Long term rentals: No
Elderly or infirm: Not suitable
Wheelchair: No

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