Holiday in a House in the Clouds

The House in the Clouds

With a name like ‘house in the clouds’, you’d expect a heavenly abode – a veritably celestial haven of an accommodation sitting in the sky. The house in the clouds doesn’t fall short of these expectations.

Granted, the self-catered holiday accommodation may not be of a supernatural nature, but the experience on offer in Thorpeness’ most unorthodox of accommodations is definitely exceptional.

The grade two listed building has a history as unusual as it is in design. The very fact that the village of Thorpeness was built to accommodate the pursuits of holiday-makers is one that lays the foundation of the house’s unorthodox nature. Many decades ago, in 1923, a certifiable renaissance man (he was a landowner, playwright and a barrister) named G.Stuart Ogilvie purchased the then fishing hamlet of Thorpe with the mission of creating the ‘most ideal holiday village in England’. In adherence to the barrage of praise Ogilvie received about the developments he made, he wanted to make sure no blemish was left exposed. That is why Ogilvie wanted to disguise the 30,000 gallon water tank that blighted the landscape by remodelling it as the house that stands today. In order to achieve this he built a five-storey clap-board house with a pitched roof, chimneys above a 60ft tower.
The Goliath of a building was still not known as the ‘house in the clouds’ at that stage however. It was only after Ogilvie’s primary tenants took residence in the house (Mr and Mrs Mason, the latter of which was a well-noted poet) and became so enchanted with the prospect of living atop the horizon, they playfully granted it the title. Local legend dictates that when Mrs Mason received Ogilvie at dinner one evening, and upon relaying to him her colloquial pet name for her abode, he reacted by insisting:
“The name must be changed to The House in the Clouds – and you are my Lady of the Stairs and Starlight!”
His remarks became reality and the period house – along with its name – stands as it did then as it does today, a vestige of the extravagant design of the roaring 20s (albeit without the function as the provider of the local areas water supply).

To book a stay in the house in the clouds today, expect the utmost luxury and unbeatable views that could only be found in accommodation that sits amongst the clouds – this is most apparent in the ‘room at the top’. These views in fact not only overlook the acre worth of land that it owns, but the famous Thorpeness golf course, Thorpeness Meare and the stormy yet beautiful Suffolk heritage coast.
What you might not expect is the sheer room that is available in the house; in fact there are 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a drawing room and a dining room nestled in the building, all which come with a series of premium features and amenities.
In short, the generously-equipped, spacious abode that sites atop a 70ft tower and boasts the most expansive views one could imagine certifiably give the house in the clouds an edge when it comes to holiday accommodation. All the more accessible when considering that despite the sizable ascent it requires, there are only 67 easy stairs which include 4 landings, 5 half-landings that each include resting seats.

Thorpeness’ surrounding countryside is indeed incredibly picturesque, so why not sit and enjoy it in a home that grants you a birds-eye view, albeit one that is tempered with a sense of opulence rather than high-flying turbulence.