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Beautiful and spacious house in Suffolk

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

4 Large Bedrooms, Shower Room And Bathroom, Bucket And Spade Cottage

Westdene is situated up an unmade, private roadway. It has light and spacious accommodation for 8 people with all mod-cons, including dishwasher, Freeview TV/DVD, library of DVD's and paper backs, microwave, washing machine, stereo. Full central heating.

We, as a family, have been visiting Thorpeness for over three generations and still have not run out of things to do. There's boating on the Meare, with its many exciting islands to visit, e.g. Smugglers' Cave and Pirates' Lair. You can take a rowing boat, sailing boat, punt, kayak, canoe or a two oars and cox. Two fantastic golf clubs, one within walking distance. Great food at the Dolphin Inn, only a few minutes walk away. Tennis courts, literally, across the road. The beautiful beach, which is still so undiscovered and yet very stunning. Minsmere for the bird watchers. Aldeburgh and Snape for the cultured and the shoppers. Two cinemas within two miles for the rainy days, not that you get many of them to the East of the country and a local swimming pool. The walks are fabulous and Thorpeness has its own House in the Clouds, which is a must see!

The house itself you can't help but feel at home in:-

- Ground floor: living/dining room with open fire, kitchen, utility room, fitted kitchen, twin bedroom, double bedroom, wc, bathroom with bath, wc and shower.

- First floor: Twin bedroom (one single and one small double), double bedroom, shower room with wc.

- Outside: Enclosed, enormous south-facing garden with patio area and BBQ.

There is ample parking at the front of the house.

You will not be disappointed!

More Details

Julie Bourne
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
9 July, 2018

About Julie Bourne

I have been coming to Thorpeness since I was a baby, to stay with my Grandparents, who also visited Thorpeness when they were young. I feel most relaxed when I walk in the door at Westdene and have spent many hours on the beach, tennis courts and rowing round the Meare.

Julie Bourne purchased this house in 1974

Why Julie Bourne chose Thorpeness

Thorpeness is unique, no where else has so many attractions for both the young and the old, do not miss out on this one off experience.

What makes this house unique

Lord Ogilvy built Thorpeness in the 1920's, copying beautiful areas he'd seen around Europe, this is one of the most picturesque parts of the world, with a never-ending list of things to do. Or you can put your feet up in front of the fire or in the garden and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had the best weekend staying at Westdene. It's a lovely seaside country home, really spacious yet retaining warmth and cosiness. The house comes with everything you could need- from board games, to trampoline to loads of kitchen equipment.The location was amazing- with beach, lake and seaside town all within walking distance. Highly recommend taking boats out on the lake, visiting House in the Clouds and getting fish n chips in Aldeburgh. However- it was hard to be torn away from the amazing garden to be honest!

Thorpeness is like nowhere I have been before- there is something very magical and charming about it.

We didn't meet Julie but she was really helpful and accommodating. This was the perfect cottage retreat, full of things to do come rain or shine. We can't wait to come back!
Jul 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Thorpeness in Aldringham cum Thorpe

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • There are an additional two separate loos.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 1 - the double bed can be split into two large singles (travel cot available, without bedding)
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • 3 bicycles
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This house will suit anyone of any age; lads'/ladies'/family/couples' week/weekend away - no one will regret visiting this unique location.


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Beautiful and spacious house in Suffolk
average rating of 4.75 based on 5 reviews

Very homely with lots of extras

  • 4 of 5

Very homely. Spacious rooms

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for choosing Westdene, hope to see you again soon, best wishes, Julie
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Beautiful cottage in Suffolk

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is about 200 years old and huge.

We had a wonderful time with our children and grandchildren as a late Christmas present.

The location is wonderful if you like a beautiful village, brilliant local pubs, bird watching and being by the sea. We hope to come again.


  • Review Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed the Thorpeness experience and the house. What a wonderful Christmas present! :). Hope to see you again. Julie
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Warm and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Well equipped, comfortable and great garden.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review. Hopefully you’ll be back in the summer months to enjoy the garden :)
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Thoroughly enjoyed Thorpeness what a beautiful village

  • 5 of 5

Property was plenty big enough with everything we needed to hand. Clean and very comfortable so good we were able to take our dog too. Would recommend

  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Aldeburgh Fish and Chips
The best fish and chips!! :))
Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club
Gorgeous golf course with good bar and bar snacks and wonderful cream teas. You can also or...
Thorpeness Meare
Fun for everyone, kayaks, rowing boats (small and large), sailing dinghies, punts, canoes - ...
Leiston Film Theatre
Great for a rainy day - usually has the most up-to-date films
The Dolphin Inn
Great food, beer and wine selection, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
The Dolphin
Nearest Ferry
90 Miles
Nearest Golf
500 Metres
Thorpeness Golf Club
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
The Dolphin
Nearest Beach
500 Metres
Car: recommended

Our family has been holidaying at 'Westdene' for three generations and it just gets better every year! Whatever time you choose to visit this unique part of Suffolk, there is a never ending list of things to do.

For families there's our huge garden and all the attractions of Thorpeness are within walking distance; the Meare, where you can hire boats and explore the many islands, the Windmill, House in the Clouds, tennis courts at the Country Club and of course the beach.

The Golf Club with its challenging 18-hole links course is nearby as is the Dolphin Pub which has a garden and offers great food.

Two miles away is beautiful Aldeburgh, packed with excellent restaurants, shops and the best fish and chips in Suffolk!

Westdene is situated up an unmade, private roadway. It has light and spacious accommodation for up to 8 people with all mod-cons:

Ground floor: living/dining room with open fire, kitchen, utility room, fitted kitchen, twin bedroom, double bedroom, wc, bathroom with bath and shower, and wc.

First floor: Twin bedroom, double bedroom, new shower room and wc.

Outside: Enclosed, south-facing garden with patio area. There is ample parking at the front of the house.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

January-June & Sept-Dec: £900 per week.
Feb & Oct half terms, both May Bank holidays, Easter, August Bank holiday, July, August, Christmas, New Year: £1500 per week.
Weekends: £350.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.