“The fairies really own this house
or so the children say,
In fact, they all of them moved in
upon the self same day.” *
In the pretty village of Thorpeness on the Suffolk coast there is a house which literally towers head and shoulders above its neighbours and can be seen for miles around. Known as ‘the ‘house in the clouds’ this 70 foot 5-storey tall former water tower was originally built and clad in wood with the water tank ‘disguised’ as a house so as to blend in with the surrounding countryside and to conceal its true use. Completed in 1923 it stored 50,000 gallons of water to provide the village with a water supply. Mains water was installed in the village in 1977 and two years later the water tank was finally removed and the conversion into ‘the house in the clouds’ completed. The rooms are spread over 5 floors and there are 68 steps from top to bottom, though there are 4 landings and 5 half landings to make the climb easier. And if you like a room with a view and a holiday with a difference it is available to rent.
* Verse inspired by the House- Mrs Malcolm Mason. 1923
Words and photographs Copyright © 2016 by Antony J Waller