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Clockwise from left: Aldeburgh’s seafront; the Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel; Indian cuisine at Sea Spice; the White Lion Hotel and Ogilvie’s restaurant
Golf Club and Hotel
A sea facing room at the White Lion, Aldeburgh
some impressive gin. Our group tried a locally smoked variation which fairly blows the socks off.
In between leaving the White Lion and arriving at our next destination, the Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel, we took our dog for a stroll along the coast by the Sizewell power stations. Not exactly a picture postcard location (and the sirens sounding for a drill had us thinking of
For a stay at the White Lion visit or call 01728 452720. B&B starts from around £120 for two sharing an inland facing room on their flexible, no deposit rate. Prices at Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel are from around £92 B&B for two, see or call 01728 452176. Dogs welcome at both hotels, check websites for special offers and festive packages. A tour and tasting at Fishers Gin can be booked at or
call 01728 454201.
Chernobyl) but, as the coastal paths take you towards Minsmere, it has a certain desolate beauty. We encountered groups of birdwatchers scanning the marshes for, presumably, new visitors to this wildlife haven.
Known for its Meare and converted watertower, the House in the Clouds, Thorpeness was the dream of wealthy Scottish barrister Glencairn Stuart Ogilvie.
Originally a fishing hamlet, in what would later be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it was seen by Ogilvie as the perfect place to create an adult playground for his family and friends. It’s certainly quirky, but charming too . . . a kind of last bastion of English eccentricity.
The hotel is great for golfers with a rolling heathland course presenting all manner of challenges. It also offers very comfortable accommodation for those who don’t play the game, as we discovered. We had a spacious Superior double bedroom with a mini, fenced in garden and much enjoyed dining in Ogilvie’s restaurant and at the bar. There are good walks nearby and you can go boating on the aforementioned Meare.
As at the White Lion, praise should go to the staff who went out of their way to adhere to hygiene and social distancing precautions but never in an overbearing way. Breaks like this should be relaxing and enjoyable, and both hotels delivered in these most challenging of times.

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