Skip to Navigation

Dune House

Sleeps 9

Dune House was designed by Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects for Living Architecture. It is located close to the picturesque village of Thorpeness in Suffolk, on an idyllic spot on the very edge of the sea, nestled among rolling dunes. Step from the living room directly onto the beach and enjoy extraordinary panoramic views over the sea from the terraces, bedrooms and bathrooms on the upper floor.


Dune House

  • Located in the dunes, just metres from the sea.
  • 360-degree windows for all-round views of sea and landscape.
  • Fully accessible and suitable for up to nine guests of all ages; dog friendly.
  • Freshly caught local fish and shellfish to buy (when in season).
  • Revered local pubs and restaurants a short walk away.
  • Five bedrooms, each with en-suite bathroom.

The much-loved Dune House, continues to draw in new guests to the Suffolk coast, as well as commanding an almost cult following from our regulars. The design of the house suits all ages, families and friends, and creates an informal and relaxing environment to be in.

Guests enter the ground floor via an inclined concrete walkway semi-submerged into the dunes. Large windows on all sides, many of which can be slid open to create an indoor/outdoor space, give access to the sea just metres away. Guests can take an early morning swim, jog along the beach or just have their morning coffee watching the sun reflect off the sea. This glorious setting is also perfect for bringing your architecture/beach-loving dog along.

With kitchen, dining and sitting room all being within one extensive open plan space, guests can enjoy the freedom the house brings, and when the nights get cooler they can gather around the open fire, read, chat and relax. To the rear of the kitchen a small hidden room can be used either as a single guest bedroom, or for lazy afternoon naps.

Stairs lead up to a first-floor library space, with access to a small semi enclosed external terrace, giving further views out to sea. Off the library space are four bedrooms, each with their own bathroom and shower. The timber-lined bedrooms all have bath tubs, so guests can bathe whilst taking in glimpses of the sea or the meadows which surround the house at the rear.

Dune House provides the ultimate experience in seaside living; from watching the sun rise over the sea from the comfort of your bed, to strolling along the shore to buy freshly caught fish for dinner.


Dune House - Suffolk
Dune House - Suffolk
Dune House - Suffolk

About Your Stay

3D House View

Floor Plan

Open in Google Maps

What Guests Say

We really enjoyed the space, so much so that I am ashamed to admit we spent more time indoors than we usually do. In mitigation, standing on the polished concrete floor was like being on a beach with the tide out and the views were so perfect that I think we have an excuse.

The house was immaculate. We loved the design, such a clever response to the site and the environment. It was better in fact than in the photographs - at night it was magical. We REALLY did not want to leave. It was interesting as our ages ranged from 13 to 76 and we all felt the magic of the concept.

It was really special beautiful joyful and peaceful space to stay in - thank you.

The house was most certainly the best rental property I have stayed in. The provision of 5 bedrooms offered flexibility for our family. The size of the living space was excellent.

Loved all the light and views from the house, the dinner question prompts, the well chosen book list.

We really did have the most wonderful time at the Dune House. The location is spectacular, the house is stunning, the beds and pillows are really comfortable and even the weather was superb. The light and the outlook are both fantastic.

We really had the most enjoyable and uplifting time. The house is beautiful.

The house definitely had the wow factor and was sorely tested in blizzard conditions! Loved the design.

It was an absolute joy to stay in the house, the textiles were particularly beautiful and added a great deal to the warmth of the building.

It was clear that attention to the smallest details had been considered and it made the break.

About The Architecture

Following an invited architectural competition, JVA had the clearest of concepts - a house within the sand dunes, transparent base and 'floating' roof structure above.

The board marked concrete, and polished concrete floor anchor the structure within the surrounding dune-scape, whilst the complex geometry of the roof was inspired by the variety of pitched roofs of other houses along the shore and in the village of Thorpeness.

Slim columns around the perimeter, along with the central concrete core, support a 'floating' timber roof structure above. The shape rises and falls to create a series of non-linear shaped rooms for sleeping and bathing in. Here guests can feel more private, as opposed to the more open feel of the living space below.  Ash lined ceilings to this area complete this sense of a timber box floating above the heads of the guests within.

The large leather modular sofa system and bedroom furniture were specifically designed for this house by the architect.  Other furniture and soft furnishings have been carefully selected to provide a welcoming and restful environment.

JVA are renowned in Norway for their beautifully crafted buildings; Dune House whilst referencing the surrounding coastal architecture, adds a very Nordic sensibility to this special environment.

Contact UsBook Dune House

Top of Page



We use a small number of cookies on our site to enable functionality including Google Analytics. By continuing use of our website you consent to their use. No cookies contain any personal information but they are necessary for the use of our site. See our Privacy Policy for more information about what cookies are used.