This stunning 1920s ‘House In The Clouds’ is one of Britain’s tallest cottages – towering 70ft above the landscape.
The home was originally designed for children’s author and poet Malcolm Mason and covered up an old water tower, but now it is the ‘fairytale home’ of Sylvia Le Comber who has filled it with 50 stunningly crafted fairies.
The fairies are scattered all around the landmark house in the Suffolk coastal village of Thorpeness – with at least one being found in each room in tribute to Mrs Mason, who featured them in her writings.
The stunning 70ft high cottage in the Suffolk coastal village of Thorpeness is known as the ‘House in the Clouds’
The 1920s home, owned by Sylvia Le Comber, was originally designed to cover up a water tower on the Suffolk coast
The home, one of Britain’s tallest cottages, has got its name from towering over every other building in the village
The 78-year-old, who uses the ‘fairy house’ as her home, said: ‘I have changed very little since I bought the house in 1976. The house looks exactly as was in 1922.’
The home provides five bedrooms – two with double beds, three with twin beds – three bathrooms, a drawing room, dining room and one room at the top which is the same width as the base of the house.
There is also one acre of private grounds surrounding the home, which includes a tennis court. It was built in 1923 to provide Aldringham Mill with water but now is a ‘family home’ with impressive views across the coast.
Mrs Le Comber said the house, which looks out to Aldeburgh and Southwold, was originally converted from a water tower to a house by the Ogilvie family – farmers who used to own the Thorpeness village – for Mrs Mason.
The stunning view from the top of the 70ft high cottage in Thorpeness, which looks out to Aldeburgh and Southwold
The home provides five bedrooms – two with double beds, three with twin beds – and three bathrooms and a drawing room
The property in Suffolk is now the ‘fairytale home’ of Sylvia Le Comber who has filled it with 50 stunningly crafted fairies
Mrs Mason wrote in her book about the home ‘the fairies really own this house or so the children say. In fact, all of them moved in upon the self same day’. And in tribute to this, Le Comber has kept the fairy theme for the house.
Mrs Le Comber, who has now retired, added: ‘The house was made for Mrs Malcom Mason – she has a book filled with poems all about fairies. She lived there with her children and was granted it by the Ogilvie family.
‘It is funny because the number of fairies I have is constantly rising. More fairies keep arriving at the home, they just appear all of a sudden because someone has come round and dropped one off.
‘There is more than 30 fairies around my house all different shapes and sizes as well. There are so many I can’t keep count. People who come and stay find the fairies all over the house and it surprises me as well sometimes.
Fairies that live in the house in 70ft high cottage in Thorpeness, which is known as the ‘House In The Clouds’
Mrs Le Comber, who uses the ‘fairy house’ as her home, said: ‘I have changed very little since I bought the house in 1976’
The fairies are scattered all around the landmark house in the Suffolk coastal village of Thorpeness
At least one of the fairies is found in each room in tribute to old owner Malcolm Mason, who featured them in her writings
‘It’s lovely, I have big giant mushrooms that have grown at the front of my house and they are for the ‘real’ fairies – well that is what I tell people. All the children love the fantasy of the house.
‘They see the mushrooms outside the house and imagine the fairies flying to the mushrooms.It is funny, my home is seen to people as another Father Christmas but with fairies instead.’
The grandmother of three said she was thankful to own a house which is a well known landmark – and said it was great for when her family come to visit.
Mrs Le Comber, who has now retired, said: ‘It is funny because the number of fairies I have is constantly rising’
There are more than 30 fairies around the house – ‘all different shapes and sizes as well’, the owner said
Mrs Le Comber, who lives at the property in Thorpeness, said there are so many fairies that she ‘can’t keep count’
The grandmother of three said she was thankful to own a house which is a well known landmark
Mrs Le Comber, who said she loves to continue to fuel the imagination of her young guests, added: ‘It is quite extraordinary house – it is just an amazing property.It is a cottage inside – the house is very high maintenance.
‘It is lovely when the whole family come – it is a family home and the house as got pictures of us all around it. If other people stay at the house they will be able to tell it is a family home, I have made it that way.
‘It isn’t your Laura Ashley or Ikea home. It is a home, it is my home and it is there to be used.It is nice, warm and cosy.’