It would I believe, be considered strange if I did not include 'The House in the Clouds' in Thorpeness in our list of Suffolk Curiosities, but I think one could argue that the whole of the coastal village of Thorpeness could be included under the category 'curiosities'.
The entire village of Thorpeness was
the inspiration of the playwright and barrister
Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie whose family home was at the
nearby village of Sizewell.
When Ogilvie inherited the estate in the early 1900s he decided to convert the fishing hamlet of Thorpe into a fantasy model village.
Ogilvie was friends with J M Barrie, the author of The Adventures of Peter Pan, and it was his stories of Peter Pan that were the inspiration behind the village of Thorpeness.
An immediate problem for this new model
village was the supply of water. However, Ogilvie
did not want a large water tank creating an eye sore in
his village so he employed a method of disguising it, a
trick which he had already used to great effect at his
family home of Sizewell, where there he disguised the
water tank as a dovecote.