Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Unusual Places to Visit in Suffolk

If you dream of luxury log cabin holidays in Suffolk, Windmill Lodges offers a relaxing break away and the freedom to see the region’s most beautiful - and unusual - sights at you own leisurely pace.

Windmill Lodges is the perfect destination for your log cabin holidays as it is a real home from home where you can feel truly pampered with all the wonderful luxuries that make your stay so special.

Whichever log cabin you book, you’ll discover your very own private hot tub, an attractive veranda overlooking a peaceful fishing lake, and a tasteful, cosy interior with sumptuous beds, soft leather sofas and all the mod cons.  Guests of Kingfisher Lodge are in for an even bigger treat as they have all this, plus the exclusive use of an infra-red sauna - said to offer a variety of health benefits.

Many of our visitors look forward to visiting the region’s most popular attractions, but it is always an added bonus - and sometimes even more interesting - if you stumble across some quirky or unusual sights.

Here we spotlight some of Suffolk’s many treasures, including bizarre and extraordinary buildings that make great photo opportunities. Although you can’t see inside all of the buildings featured here during your holidays in Suffolk, they are certain to provide lasting memories of your stay.

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Extraordinary Sights in Suffolk

A major landmark in Thorpeness is ‘The House in the Clouds’ a colourful, curious and almost fairy tale like building that seems to defy gravity as it rises out from the ground, seemingly into the clouds. This remarkable structure was originally a water tower built in the 1920’s and the 50,000 gallon water tank was masked so the building was in keeping with the other properties in the village.

The House in the Clouds has an interesting history as it was peppered by gunfire from anti-aircraft guns based in the village during World War Two. The tank was repaired, but the size of it was reduced. After a little over half a century of use, the tower was rendered  obsolete in 1977 when the village was provided with a mains water supply. Two years later the 70 ft high property was converted to a house with 68 steps, five bedrooms and three bathrooms.

The House in the Clouds isn’t the only tourist attraction in Thorpeness; this Mock Tudor village has a beach and an artificial lake inspired by the novel Peter Pan, by J M Barrie. The author was a friend of the Ogilvie family who bought the village and surrounding land in the early 20th century.

Another unusual sight to see is Fantasia, a miniature pink cottage that lies in the centre of a car park on the seafront in Aldeburgh. It always draws admiring glances and was said to have been recently sold (to a private owner) for around £250,000. Fantasia has just two rooms - an upstairs bedroom and a living room - and a tiny toilet and sink.

It is believed this charming cottage - that has been likened to a doll's house - was originally a fisherman’s cottage. Past owners made up for the lack of bath or shower with daily dips in the sea.

Aldeburgh is a wonderful place to visit where other attractions include Moot Hall, a court room and parish hall that once lay in the centre of the village. The early 16th century building has been used for council meetings for around 400 years and the Parish Clerk is still based here. It also houses a museum.

Why not follow in the footsteps of Benjamin Britten and take a leisurely stroll along the seafront (he used to enjoy walks in the area)? On your walk you’ll see the strange looking scallop sculpture dedicated to the composer. If you like fresh fish, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to buy catches direct from the fishermen - whose huts line the beach - so you can cook up a treat when you get back to Windmill Lodges.

If you enjoy hearing about the history of the area, Dunwich is another remarkable place to visit. It was the capital of Kingdom of East Angles in the Anglo-Saxon times, although coastal erosion has seen much of the town disappear into the sea. As the legend has it, in stormy weather, you can still hear the bells of the ancient churches submerged under the sea. In fact, all eight churches that existed in the 13th century have been swept away in the various storms of the 13th and 14th centuries.

To find out more about Dunwich, visit the museum to see this incredible story brought to life. Visits to the museum are free, but donations are always welcome. The museum is open weekends in March, 2 pm - 4.30 pm, daily April - September, from 11.30 am - 4.30 pm, and October daily, from 12 noon until 4 pm. 

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