The Dune House

Dune House is situated near the village of Thropeness in Suffolk, on England’s eastern coast. Nestled into the dunes, the house offers fantastic views across the sea. The roof landscape is reminiscent of those on other local buildings, but its complex geometric structures are nonetheless unique and contemporary. Each of the four gables contains a bedroom, with a free-standing bathtub and an en-suite bathroom. The windows are positioned in such a way that you can enjoy beautiful views of the landscape and sea – either from the bed or the bathtub. Wood features prominently within all the bedrooms, enhancing their homely character. In contrast to these retreats, concrete, glass and aluminum have been used on the ground floor. The all-round glazing provides panoramic views from every area: from the living area with its own fireplace, to the dining area and open kitchen. The house’s corners can be opened with large sliding doors, which adds to the floating impression of the upper floor.

What to do

Thorpeness has a picturesque lake or ‘mere’ at its center, a handful of excellent pubs, tennis courts, a swimming pool, a golf course and a succession of holiday homes built in Jacobean and Tudor styles. Thorpeness beach, including coastal walks along the beach. North Warren Nature Reserve for bird watching, Aldeburgh Festival for music and the arts. English Heritage's Orford Castle, Framlingham Castle and Leiston Abbey, Blythburgh. Holy Trinity church, which hosts seasonal summer concerts. Crabbing in Walberswick, biking, horse riding, canoeing. A family day out at Easton Farm Park, Pleasurewood Hills or Southwold Pier. Visit Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Long Shop Museum and Beccles Museum,

Why we like this house

Great architecture that combines transparency and homeliness. Right by the sea!

This house is great for

Holidays with family or friends


Region/Town UK – United Kingdom, England, Suffolk, Thorpeness
Name The Dune House
Scenery seaside, situated between the dunes, close to the beach
Number of guests 9 people
Completed 2010
Design JVA Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects with Mole Architects
Published Haus & Bauen Extra 2018, 6/2017, many
Special Features The house was built for the organisation Living Architecture. Living Architecture offers to rent houses for a holiday designed by some of the most talented architects at work today, and set in some of the most stunning locations in Britain.
Architecture Modern
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), 1-8 (house/apartment), 8+ (house/apartment), Beach, Family, Garden, Pet-friendly, Sea
Same PartnersSecular Retreat, The Life House, The Long House, The Shingle House, The Balancing Barn

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