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The Dune House. Published in National Geographic Traveller.

The conversation pit at the Dune House. We spent a huge part of our time sat in it drinking cocktails.

Being a family keen on the modernist style, it seemed fitting to introduce our children to holidaying in appropriate style. Dune House, right on the beach at Thorpeness had more wow factor than any other house we’d stayed in. It’s super high-spec: Miele appliances, underfloor heating, David Mellor kitchen equipment. Downstairs is almost entirely open plan, upstairs there are four double suites; private enough that you can holiday with other families but with space for retreat. Although the cubbyhole bedroom downstairs was the hugest hit with the children. Wraparound glass windows offered amazing, hypnotic views out to sea. Aldeburgh is a walk away but really this is a house you want to be in as much as possible (Waitrose delivers). We congregated around the real fire, sitting in the ‘conversation pit’ every night, over snowy February weekend. It was bitterly cold outside, every mod-con and warmth within.

Dune House, sleeps 9, prices from £783 for a 4-night midweek break. www.living-architecture.co.uk.

First published in National Geographic Traveller Family, Spring 2013.