Inside the House In The Clouds

Posted on 16th January 2011 in Aldeburgh/ Fairies/ House In The Clouds/ Thorpeness

When I was little, Grandfather used to drive us passed the House In The Clouds or the house on stilts as he used to call it.

It is in Thorpeness, near Aldeburgh. My grandparents, I believe my nan especially, had a real soft spot for Aldeburgh (pronounced allbra if you didn’t already know…) and so now do I.

You can see the house from quite far away as it sits just above the tree line and really does look as though it is just floating in the clouds :)

Opposite the house there is a windmill – which is currently for sale!

One of my earliest memories is being left by the side of the road at this windmill (actually I’m assuming it was this one, only think I know for sure is that is was A windmill!) while my family drove away… was funny apparently.

Today while I was standing looking up at the house a guy came up and asked if I was on holiday, I said no and asked if he was. He said yes and that they’d rented the house for the weekend. The expression on my face must have given a lot away as he asked if I’d like to have a look inside! SQUEEE!



Apparently some people find that odd things happen when they stay in this house. The guy who showed me around said they’ve had a few instances where the lights have gone off/on on their own. Like last night, they switched the lights out and went for a walk along the beach – when they got back the lights were on! There are nicknacks EVERYWHERE, someone has collected a whole heap of stuff, it’s just fascinating.


The pond that it overlooks is lovely, full of swans and (judging by the amount of men with large cameras, binoculars and telescopes) many other wild birds. The Island in the centre is Peter Pan island complete with a crocodile :)



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  • Reply JallieDaddy 16th January 2011 at 10:53 pm

    I remember going there: great place! Fantastic that you got a look inside: you charmer, you! Thanks for this, great photos :)

  • Reply Troggymole 16th January 2011 at 11:21 pm

    Oooh, I think the office should transfer to the windmill! You jammy dodger going in for a look around. You may have found my perfect “week away with husband but not child” venue.

    • Reply mrsljhall 18th January 2011 at 9:26 am

      No no, that would be St Kitts!

  • Reply alysonsblog 16th April 2011 at 12:34 pm

    wow thats really beautiful

  • Reply TheBoyandMe 16th April 2011 at 9:17 pm

    Oh I loved this post when you first put it up, so pleased you’ve chosen this one to link up! Thanks for linking up to ShowOff ShowCase.

  • Reply HELEN JESSUP 16th April 2011 at 9:26 pm

    what an odd looking place, with a great history…

  • Reply Jennie 18th April 2011 at 11:40 pm

    What a great house!

  • Reply John Jansson 25th February 2013 at 2:08 pm

    We were really looking forward to our weekend away to the House in the Clouds to celebrate my mother’s 80th birthday. It is not cheap at £525 per night in January but we thought it would be a wonderful treat for such a special occasion. How wrong we were. Although striking from the outside, the inside is a disappointment, claustrophobic and rather tatty. The dining table in the draughty kitchen is very cramped, with uncomfortable pews providing the seating. The multiple flights of stairs, described by the owners as “easy” are, in fact, steep and inadvisable for the elderly or the very young. And once you have mounted the 68 steps to the striking games room at the top of the house, you are met with an Arctic experience as it is woefully under-supplied with heating (one small radiator and an inadequate gas fire), making it usable on only the warmest of days. And warmth is a real issue: the ageing boiler failed on numerous occasions during our stay, forcing us to alter our plans in order to contact and await visits by a local handyman and a British Gas engineer. Yet despite the discomfort of a day without heating (on a freezing, snowy January weekend), the owners (disgracefully) did not feel that this was worthy of any refund whatsoever. Not recommended.

  • Reply Ronald Chadwick 3rd April 2014 at 9:08 am

    Hi it’s Ron Chadwick I notice there’s quite a few of my painting in your fabulous house they look great thank you. You might like to catch up on my Moore recent work.

    Regards Ron..

  • Reply clare 26th October 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Thorpeness Meare is described in the article as a pond. It is a lake. With island included, the whole area is 60 acres, water 40 acres. Being man made, it is only 3 ft deep for safety.
    I live nearby.

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