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Why take a unique Barge holiday?

Onderneming at Snape Maltings

Thank you for taking the time to consider staying at one of our Suffolk Holiday Barges. Still mulling over your booking? Below are some reasons that might help you make a decision!

Please let me know if you have any queries by calling me directly on 01449 710032, or emailing carl@woodfarmbarns.com. You can even WhatsApp me by clicking below…

We’re dog-friendly

We say this on nearly every page of our website – but we still get questions about our dog-friendly status! Yes, we welcome up to three dogs on each of our Barges. Included in your holiday will be necessities to keep your dog happy, including dog treats in your welcome basket, dog poop bags, towels, and more. There are plenty of walks and activities for you and your dog to enjoy in Suffolk, and you don’t even have to venture far from your Barge!

Twee Gebroeders Barge

Fantastic reviews and awards

Our guests love staying at Woodfarm Barges, and we have many who return year after year! Guests have described our Barges as ‘authentic’, ‘unique’ and ‘exceeding all expectations’. But don’t just take our word for it! We have an entire page of reviews that you can read through at your leisure here.

We’re also the proud recipients of the Visit England Gold Awards for both our Barges and Barns, which we’ve been awarded every year since we first launched, back in 2014.

The main bedroom of our Holiday Cottage Barge

We’re constantly full!

The fact that we’re constantly taking back-to-back bookings is a testament to how popular our Barges really are! And no, this isn’t just us bragging, nor is it a sales technique – we would love to be able to fit everyone in who wants a booking, and we don’t like having to turn people away. We want you to be able to enjoy our Barges just as every guest has before you, so it’s important to book right away if you see a space in the calendar that fits your holiday dates.

Onderneming at Snape Maltings

Excellent location

Our Historic, Dutch Holiday Barges are located in blissful Suffolk, in the midst of nature but conveniently located near fabulous amenities such as riverside restaurants and independent shops. Onderneming is moored on the River Alde in the one-of-a-kind village of Snape Maltings, while Twee Gebroeders is moored on the River Deben at the Tidemill in Woodbridge.

Onderneming Barge at Snape Maltings

View before you stay

We know it can be difficult to make your mind up about where to go on holiday, as there’s so much choice out there. That’s why we’ve got plenty of info, images and videos to show you just why you should stay with us. We’ve just about covered everything you need to know about our Barges on this website, but if you have any more questions, feel free to message us at any time and someone will get back to you. Watch our videos here to find out more about our Barges.

We’re expanding to Tuscany

It won’t be long now before we can welcome guests at our breathtakingly beautiful Holiday Cottage in the heart of the Tuscan countryside in Italy. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing countryside break with warmer weather, a Mediterranean culinary exploration, picturesque views that would make any avid photographer swoon – or all of the above! – then visit our Woodfarm Tuscany website to know more and follow our progress.

FREE breaks!

We love to give away free breaks to our Woodfarm VIP Rewards Group. You don’t have to have stayed with us to become a member, and it doesn’t cost anything. All you need to do is sign up to our email list here and you could be selected to win.

We never share your info. It’s simply to keep you informed of the good stuff so that you may consider us when making your holiday and short break decisions. You can unsubscribe any time you like.

We hope that this page has provided you with all the information you need about our Suffolk Holiday Barges, but please let me know if you have any more queries by calling me directly on 01449 710032, or emailing carl@woodfarmbarns.com. You can also click here to book your holiday.

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What to bring for a beach day with your dog

What to bring to a beach day with your dog

As spring and summer approach, what could complement the warmer weather more than a trip to the beach with your dog? Just like humans, many dogs will adore the fresh air and the chance to run around – and if your dog is a strong swimmer and the current isn’t strong, maybe even a dip in the sea!

However, it’s important to be prepared when going to the beach. Just as you wouldn’t forget your sunglasses and sunscreen, you should also bring a few items for your dog’s wellbeing. Read on to find out what to bring (aside from the standard collar, leash, poop bags, etc.)!

But first, a brief note about Suffolk’s beaches

We know many people love going abroad for their holidays, especially to beachfront locations where the weather is much hotter and ‘all-inclusive’ is the name of the game. However, there are many reasons to take a holiday in the UK: it can be far more cost effective, it’s better for the environment and it’s a great way to visit areas that you might not have thought about before.

What to bring to a beach day with your dog
A local holiday with your pup is easier on the pocket and the environment!

If you’d love to go on a local holiday, but you still like the idea of being at the beach, then Suffolk is the place to go. Our beaches are very clean and, if you have a dog, many are dog-friendly at certain times of the year. Suffolk Coasts and Heaths is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which lines our county; this means that our beaches are untouched by development and maintain a healthy flora and fauna population. There’s so much to see here – and all just a stone’s throw away from our Dog-Friendly Dutch Barges!

5 things to bring to the beach with your dog

Plenty of water

Even though you’re by the sea, it’s essential to bring clean water for your dog to drink during your beach trip. A few gulps of sea water can cause diarrhoea, and any more than that could cause vomiting and dehydration, which is dangerous for dogs. If your dog is running around in hot weather, they will need plenty of hydration. Bring a bottle or two with you; some popular beaches offer communal taps for refilling bottles.

Towel

Whether or not your dog is going in the sea, beaches can be messy places, with sand, seaweed and other substances sticking to your dog’s fur. An old towel is a simple but very handy item to help you keep your dog clean.

Beach umbrella

Did you know that dogs can get sunburnt, too? Their noses and ears are the most sensitive areas, and it can be quite painful for them to get burnt there. Dogs can also get heat stroke from being in the sun for too long, and this can be very dangerous. A beach umbrella will provide some sun relief for both you and your pup – so take one during your next visit!

Floating toy

Bringing your dog’s favourite toy to the beach is nice – but what if it disappears under water?! Balls, ropes and other toys can quickly disappear if dropped in the sea, and this can result in a distraught doggy! Floating toys stay on the surface, allowing your dog to easily locate their toy. Take one along to the beach for a game of fetch.

Small first aid kit

Accidents do happen, whether your dog has stood on a piece of broken shell and cut themselves, or they’ve been stung by a wasp. A small first aid kit filled with essential items will help you keep your dog safe until you can get them home and make them comfortable again. A couple of bandages, dog-safe antiseptic towelettes and scissors can come in handy (always read the labels before using any products on your dog’s skin).

What to bring to a beach day with your dog
Stay with up to three dogs on our holiday barges, which are close to Suffolk’s beautiful beaches

Dog-Friendly Suffolk Holidays with Woodfarm Barges

We hope that you and your dog have a waggly tail of a time at the beach! If you are thinking about coming to Suffolk for a holiday, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our two historic, Dog-Friendly Dutch Barges are situated at Woodbridge and Snape Maltings, and both can accommodate up to three dogs each. We also have a set of Luxury, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottages further into the Suffolk countryside, but also not far from the beach.

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Get your fill of classical music at Snape Maltings

Violins in an orchestra

Love classical music? Or just want to try something different? Not only is the Suffolk music scene bursting with life in the genres of pop, rock, jazz and more, it’s also a hub for classical music – and arts complex Snape Maltings is the number one place in the county to get your fill.

The history of Snape Maltings

Built in the 19th century by entrepreneur Newson Garrett, the maltings were originally intended for converting barley into malt for beer production. Snape, the village in which the maltings are situated, although small, had a bustling inland port in the 1800s. Through this port, malted barley, fertiliser and sugar beet were exported to London and the rest of the UK. However, as production in other towns grew, output in Snape declined and the maltings closed in 1960 as a result.

Luckily, for us and many other music and art lovers out there, legendary British composer Benjamin Britten was on the lookout for the perfect location for a concert hall. Britten had already established the Aldeburgh Music Festival in 1948 in collaboration with singer Peter Pears and writer Eric Crozier; however, its new 832-seat home in the largest malthouse at Snape Maltings was far more suitable than the various churches and town halls in which it was previously hosted.

The concert hall was officially opened by HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1967. Its popularity with both the public and renowned and aspiring musicians prompted Britten and Pears to convert further disused buildings on the site into rehearsal spaces and teaching rooms, cementing Snape Maltings as a centre for music on the Suffolk coast.

The next big revamp came in 2006, when Aldeburgh Music purchased a 999 year lease on the Snape Maltings Concert Hall. The organisation invested around £14m into the venue, which, three years later, became the ‘Creative Campus’ with four performance venues and many rehearsal and public spaces.

Snape Maltings
Snape maltings hosts the annual Aldeburgh Festival, launched by legendary composer Benjamin Britten

The Aldeburgh Music Festival

Despite its name, Aldeburgh Music Festival’s permanent location is Snape Maltings, which is a 5-mile drive from Aldeburgh town centre. The festival takes place over two weeks in June each year, and hosts dozens of classical musical acts from around the world. 

During this time, there are also various art exhibitions taking place in the galleries around the maltings. These exhibitions showcase a range of artists working in an assortment of mediums, from photography to moving images, to paintings and sculpture.

Snape Proms

Snape Proms takes place each August and welcomes musicians from around the world, from solo artists to orchestras. Make sure you get tickets early to this intimate event, which offers floor seating (bring a comfy pillow!) to provide a close-up view of the action.

Britten Weekend

Don’t think that all the classical music fun takes place in summer! Britten Weekend happens over a weekend in autumn, and celebrates Snape Maltings’ founder and his impact on the world of music.

Visit Snape Maltings’ website to find out more about these events, including dates, dress code, ticket prices and more.

Houseboat holiday in Suffolk - Onderneming Barge
Our Onderneming Dutch Barge is moored at Snape Malting on the River Alde in Suffolk

Staying in Snape

Snape is such a unique and inspiring part of the country (which is one of the reasons why Britten wanted to move the Aldeburgh Festival here!), so why not stay inspired by booking accommodation right outside Snape Maltings on a historic Dutch barge? Our spacious Onderneming barge is no more than a two minute’s walk from the concert halls, and we provide all the luxuries that you might need to enjoy a culturally fulfilling stay in Suffolk. Find more about Onderneming here.

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Where to see wildlife in Suffolk

A barn owl

Thanks to Suffolk’s varied landscape, a huge range of wild animals call the county ‘home’, including rare birds, mysterious marine animals and even snakes!

However, you don’t have to go aimlessly traipsing around in the depths of Suffolk to spot these creatures – there are dedicated nature reserves all around the county, managed by specialist charities who maintain natural habitats so that our wildlife can thrive.

If you’re staying in Suffolk to spot a skylark or an adder (we weren’t joking about the snakes!), there’s no better location to rest your head than our historic, dog-friendly holiday barges. These ‘cottages on water’ can be found in stunning river settings in the quintessential village of Snape Maltings and bustling Woodbridge. Both of these locations are close by to nature reserves, and you can even spot a range of birds and other wildlife from the windows of the barges! Take a look at each barge here.

Here’s a selection of some of our favourite nature reserves and wildlife experiences in Suffolk:

RSPB Minsmere

RSPB Minsmere
Spot birds amongst the flora at RSPB Minsmere

A coastal nature reserve that’s perfect for family days out, Minsmere is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. This means that you’re likely to spot a huge array of birds, from avocets to bitterns.

https://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/minsmere/

Dunwich Heath

Adder at Dunwich Heath
Want to spot an adder?

Now, if you really want to see an adder, Dunwich Heath is the perfect spot. These non-aggressive snakes feast on small birds and lizards, so there’s plenty for them to choose from at this beachside paradise. Plus, it’s dog-friendly.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath-and-beach

Alde-Ore Estuary

Alde Estuary
Take a trip down the river Alde with Iken Canoe

A 2,534 hectare biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest, Alde-Ore Estuary stretches along the Suffolk coast between Aldeburgh and Bawdsey. We recommend going on a walk along the Iken Cliffs footpath for uninhibited views of the Alde Mudflats and its undisturbed wildlife reserve, or taking a trip down the river with Iken Canoe. Keep an eye out for otters!

https://www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/aldemudflats

Orford Ness

Birds at Orford Ness
Visit the natural wildlife haven at Orford Ness

The habitats here range from vegetated shingle to brackish lagoons, and reed marshes to mud flats – a haven for coastal wildlife. You’re just as likely to see hares darting across the landscape as you are oystercatchers and migratory waders feeding on shrimp from the lagoons.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/orford-ness-national-nature-reserve

Owl Sanctuary

A barn owl
See a variety of owl species at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is a registered charity which cares for injured owls and other birds of prey at its facility in Stonham Aspal (which happens to be right near our luxury, dog-friendly cottages (on dry land) at Woodfarm Barns). There are flying demonstrations throughout summer, and you can also visit the Meerkat Kastle to feed the meerkats!

https://www.owl-help.org.uk/

Easton Farm Park

Baby goats
Head to Easton Farm Park for family fun

For a classic, family-friendly farm experience, Easton Farm Park is a must-do. See and feed lambs, baby goats, piglets and more, and say hello to the county’s famous Suffolk Punch horses. Here, you’ll also find a cafe, large play area, shop and lots of other wildlife experiences for children of all ages.

https://www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk/

Jimmy’s Farm

A tapir at Jimmy's Farm
Embark on a ‘wildlife trail’ at Jimmy’s Farm

The recently introduced wildlife park at local-food-hotspot Jimmy’s Farm features a wide range of animals for children to learn about and engage with, including reptiles, farmyard animals and more exotic mammals such as coatis, capybaras and tapirs.

https://jimmysfarm.com/farm-wildlife-park/

Lavenham Falconry

Falcon
Get up close and personal with birds of prey at Lavenham Falconry

Based in the village of Monks Eliegh, Lavenham Falconry offers avian experiences like no other. From a one hour session with super intelligent and mischievous ravens, to a full day with mighty hawks, owls and falcons, there is plenty on offer for those who want up-close encounters with birds.

https://www.lavenhamfalconry.co.uk/

Staying in Suffolk

We would love to welcome you to our Onderming and Twee Gebroeders barges, where you can find plenty more information on Suffolk’s wildlife, as well as the best places to eat, shop and walk your dog(s) during your stay with us. We count ourselves extremely lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country, and we can’t wait to share the magic with you!

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Adnams Brewery Tour

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If you’ve heard about Suffolk’s rich and varied food and drink offerings, you’ve probably heard of Adnams Southwold (very often shortened to ‘Adnams’), one of the county’s much-loved, historic breweries.

Adnams Brewery
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Adnams is proud of the fact that beer has been produced on the same site of its Southwold brewery for over 670 years. The brewery’s history began in 1345, when Johanna de Corby and 17 others were charged in court for serving illegal measures; however, it wasn’t associated with Adnams until 1872, when brothers George and Ernest Adnams purchased it.

Beer bottling at Adnams
Beer bottling at Adnams in 1947 (@adnams)

Since then, the brand has been making iconic beers, popular spirits and delicious wines for distribution all over Suffolk and the world, with Adnams products reaching as far as South Korea, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.

For this blog post, however, we wanted to bring it back home to where it all started: the Southwold brewery. Here, you can take a tour of both the brewery and the recently introduced (in comparison to the age of the brewery) distillery. However, the brewery tour is a really immersive way to find out about the company’s vast, colourful history – so we do recommend it if that’s what you’re into!

Adnams Brewery
Adnams Brewery from the outside (@adnams)

On the tour, you’ll be able to see a huge collection of Adnams memorabilia, including photos, vintage beer mats, discontinued bottles and more. Your tour guide will take you through the raw ingredients that go into making Adnams beer, before walking you around the brewhouse itself and filling you in on how Adnams is really made. As you’d expect, there’s lots of neat, shiny brewing machinery and equipment to gawk at!

Like many modern companies, Adnams has refined their processes in order to reduce their carbon footprint. This includes recycling water and heat – two major benefits of the massive 2006 refit of the brewery. You’ll find out all about these processes before you head to the last part of the tour – the tasting session! Your tour guide will offer you samples from Adnams’ diverse beer portfolio, including the more unusual flavours, such as Earl Grey Lager.

Handy details

  • The tour lasts between 1h30 and 1h45, depending on how long you want to spend tasting beers at the end of the tour
  • Tours cost £20
  • Pre-booking online is recommended, especially around busy periods like Christmas and summer
  • The tour is over 18s only
  • There is some stair-climbing, which may not be ideal for those who are less mobile
  • We recommend booking on a weekday, as this is when the brewery is functional

Adnams visitor centre
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Southwold is a 45-minute drive from Twee Gebroeders at Woodbridge’s Tidemill Yacht Harbour, and 33 minutes from Onderneming at Snape Maltings. Not only can you enjoy the experience of the brewery tour, but you’ll also be able to explore Southwold, one of Suffolk’s most renowned beach towns.

Book an Adnams Brewery Tour here.

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Suffolk pubs near Woodfarm Barges

The Plough & Sail

What’s more British than heading to the pub for a spot of lunch on your staycation? 

At Woodfarm Barges, we’re in two prime locations for some of the best pubs in Suffolk: Onderneming is moored on the River Alde at Snape Maltings and Twee Gebroeders is at the Tidemill in Woodbridge. Both of these locations feature an array of delicious local cuisine and cosy pub atmospheres within easy reach.

The Grundisburgh Dog
Dogs are welcome at The Grundisburgh Dog – if you can believe!

The Grundisburgh Dog – IP13 6TA

11 minutes from Twee Gebroeders

26 minutes from Onderneming

The Grundisburgh Dog is a self-dubbed ‘proper pub’, featuring a tiled bar and a restaurant with a log burner to provide a warm, snug undercurrent. Choose from an excellent wine list or a fantastic selection of real ales to enjoy while you sit back and relax inside this spacious tavern, or saunter over to the Mediterranean garden in the summer.

As its names suggests, dogs are very much welcome at this pub – it has even won UK Dog Friendly Pub of the Year! Your pups can stay by your side whether you’re seated outside, enjoying a pint at the bar or demolishing a meal in the restaurant area. 

If you visit during Tuesday to Friday, you can experience one of the Dog’s themed nights and get a taste of the award-winning chef’s take on a particular cuisine. Alternatively, stop by on a Sunday afternoon for a hearty roast. 

The Turks Head
This pub is known for it’s excellent service

The Turk’s Head, Hasketon – IP13 6JG

10 minutes from Twee Gebroeders

23 minutes from Onderneming

Winner of ‘Outstanding Customer Service’ at the Suffolk and Drink Awards, The Turk’s Head is one country pub where you’ll be well looked after – as well as your dog! 

With many local ales, gins and wines to choose from, you’ll be able to get a real taste of Suffolk’s brewery and vineyard offerings. You’ll also be able to take advantage of a wonderful menu full of seasonal dishes and fine local ingredients.

Stop by for the increasingly popular ‘Indulgent Brunch’ between 10am and 2pm on a Saturday for a relaxing late-morning filler. It’s the perfect way to kickstart the day before a walk with the pooch!

The Table Woodbridge
The Table’s menu features cuisine from around the world

The Table, Woodbridge – IP12 1BX

5 minutes from Twee Gebroeders

20 minutes from Onderneming

Each visit to The Table in Woodbridge presents a unique dining experience. The ever changing menu showcases the talents of the brasserie’s chefs in the form of stunning world cuisine. One visit might proffer a perfectly light souffle, while the next might introduce you to an aromatic chicken curry.

The Table works closely with local suppliers to ensure the freshest ingredients for these beautifully cooked dishes. Even though you might be eating a fantastic Moroccan spiced lamb, it’s likely that the ingredients will have been sourced from a farm just down the road!

It’s central Woodbridge location makes it easy to access – especially from our Onderneming barge, which is just a five-minute walk away.

The Plough & Sail
The Plough & Sail is a two-minute walk from Onderneming!

The Plough & Sail, Snape Maltings – IP17 1SR

20 minutes from Twee Gebroeders

2 minute’s walk from Onderneming

Owned by twin brothers Alex and Oliver Burnside, The Plough & Sail is a delightful pub with a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere and first-class customer service.

Located in the heart of the small village of Snape, just a two minute walk away from the gangplank of Onderneming, this friendly pub is ideal for any time of day, whether you’re in the mood for a light meal or something a little more formal. The menu consists of a brilliant range of upmarket pub favourites, with plenty available for those with special dietary requirements.

Dogs are welcome in the old part of the pub, which includes a cosy snug and intimate balcony area. The courtyard at the back of the pub is also very enjoyable on a summer evening!

The Duck Campsea Ashe
You’ll find lots of duck-themed decor at the dog-friendly Duck at Campsea Ashe

The Duck, Campsea Ashe – IP13 0PT

13 minutes from Twee Gebroeders

11 minutes from Onderneming

To truly get away from the hustle and bustle, visit The Duck in the beautiful village of Campsea Ashe. A stylish pub with duck ornaments abound, you’ll find yourself lingering in the inviting atmosphere long after you’ve finished eating.

The well-stocked bar features the best of Suffolk’s breweries, alongside popular spirits and wines. Continuing the ‘local’ theme, The Duck sources local and seasonal produce for preparation onsite, with plenty of options for those who are gluten intolerant, vegan and more.

This is a great place to visit if you want to try the county’s famous Gressingham Duck. The pub has a great relationship with the supplier and produces a number of dishes centering around this delicious ingredient.

The Kings Head
The Kings Head has a menu for dogs!

The Kings Head, Woodbridge – IP12 4LP

11 minute’s walk from Twee Gebroeders

21 minutes from Onderneming

Settle into this 15th century pub in the heart of Woodbridge, little more than a 10-minute walk from our Twee Gebroeders barge. 

Dog owners will love The Kings Head; dogs are welcome in the pub, and even have their own ‘Mutt’s Menu’, which features snacks such as pig ears and knotted bones to enjoy while you grab a pint or choose a delectable, locally sourced dish from the main menu. Owners Mike and Lucy Ball have two labradors themselves, so they know a thing or two about catering for dogs!

This is the perfect place to stop for some grub after a scenic walk along the river – especially when the fire’s roaring in winter!

There are also plenty of fantastic pubs near our luxury, dog-friendly holiday cottages at Woodfarm Barns. To find out about these, read our blog post here.

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Our new dog passport

Woodfarm Dog Passports

At Woodfarm, we’ve always made it clear that we don’t just tolerate dogs – we welcome them! That’s why we’ve designed a dog passport for you and your pup, full of handy info, tips and recommendations, and a very special offer…

The next time you and your dog(s) come to stay with us, we’ll provide you with your own ‘Principality of Woodfarm’ dog passport. We recommend personalising it straight away with your dog’s info on the profile page! Then you can have a flick through and read about all the special dog-centric features at Woodfarm and in the surrounding area.

What’s this offer we’re talking about then? 

After you stay with us and your dog receives their passport, they’re then qualified to stay for free on your next visit! We usually charge £15 per dog with each booking, but you’ll get this charge taken off your booking if you quote the offer found in your passport.

Want to find out more? Head to the post on our Woodfarm Barns site here.

 

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Where to play golf in Suffolk

Fynn Valley Golf Club

If your golf game is feeling up to par (sorry, I had to) then Suffolk is the perfect place to bring your clubs for a golfing holiday.

Take a few hours by yourself, with your partner or with friends and sample the best that our county has to offer, from beginner-friendly pitch and putts, to advanced links courses.

If you’re planning on coming to Suffolk for a golfing holiday, why not stay with us at Woodfarm Barges? Our unique, historic Dutch barges make for a fantastic stay, and we’re just a short drive away from a wide range of Suffolk golf courses. Our barges are dog-friendly, and so are some of these courses; however, we always advise ringing ahead to make sure that you are allowed to bring your pup, as policies may change over time.

If barges aren’t your thing, we also have seven luxury cottages on dry land at Woodfarm Barns, nearby. These are also dog (and golfer!) friendly.

Without further ado, here are our recommendations for golfing in Suffolk. 

The Championship Course, Aldeburgh

Dog on Aldeburgh Golf Course
Resident dog, Morse, at Aldeburgh

This is one of the oldest courses in the county. You’re in great company here; the Championship Course has been graced by many golfing greats, including Willie Fernie, Willie Park Jnr. and J.H. Taylor. This is a 6,603 yard heathland course that lies within a mile of the coastline. It features no par fives on the men’s card, proving quite the challenge, even for the most accomplished golfer. Many golfers bring well-behaved dogs to walk the course with them.

Distance from Twee Gebroeders: 17 miles

Distance from Onderneming: 5 miles

James Braid Course, Thorpeness

Thorpeness Golf Club
Thorpeness Golf Club, overlooked by The House in the Clouds

The proudly dog-friendly Thorpeness Golf Club would never want your furry friend to miss out on a long walk around their par 70! The James Braid Course is laid out on predominantly sandy soil, and is earmarked by the architectural attraction, the House in the Clouds. A traditional maritime heathland course, it was voted the ‘greenest golf club in Britain’ in 2018 thanks to its seamless blending with the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in which it lies. 

Distance from Twee Gebroeders: 19 miles

Distance from Onderneming: 7 miles

The Martello Course, Felixstowe

Sunrise over Felixstowe Golf Club
A misty morning over the Martello Course

Named after the grand Martello towers that stand like sentinels along the shore, the Martello Course at Felixstowe is one that many become attached to for its beautiful views and unique character. Suffolk’s only links course, the 18-hole at Felixstowe is available for year-round play thanks to the area’s low precipitation and mild climate. The opening tee shot features one of the best views around – in almost any weather you can view the entirety of Felixstowe Ferry, the mouth of the River Deben and the historic Bawdsey Manor on the other side of the peninsula. Plus, it’s dog-friendly!

Distance from Twee Gebroeders: 14 miles

Distance from Onderneming: 26 miles

Purdis Heath Course, Ipswich

Ipswich Golf Club
An example of the ever-changing colour at Ipswich Golf Club

Most people who visit Ipswich don’t realise that there’s a peaceful, stylish golf course just a few miles outside the county town. Another James Braid design, the Purdis Heath course was created with the experienced golfer in mind, as you’ll find your game exposed to the elements throughout play. Visit in different seasons and you’ll discover that the course transforms in tandem; autumn has to be our favourite, with the stunning range of golds, reds and burnt oranges appearing on the trees. 

Distance from Twee Gebroeders: 9.5 miles

Distance from Onderneming: 21 miles

Par Three Course at Finn Valley Golf Club, Witnesham

Fynn Valley Golf Club
A view of the fantastically presented Fynn Valley golf course

If you’re a beginner and you want to try your hand at golf on an informal, relaxed course, the Par Three at Finn Valley is just right for you. With club hire available and no dress code, you don’t even have to be prepared to take a whack at golf here. Don’t let the informality put you off, however; the Par Three is very well maintained and beautifully presented. 

Distance from Twee Gebroeders: 8 miles

Distance from Onderneming: 20 miles

Stonham Barns Golf Park

Smugglers Bay Adventure Golf
Plenty of fun to be had at Smugglers Bay Adventure Golf!

For an entertaining day out with the family, the UK’s first golf park at Stonham Barns features eight golfing activities that are sure to cause endless smiles and many memories. From the Smugglers Bay Adventure Golf complete with treasure-filled cave and a shipwreck, to a super fun footgolf course, there are hours of enjoyment to be had at this golf park. For those who are a little more serious about learning to play, there are also luxury bays with course simulators, as well as excellent coaching services.

This is just around the corner from our luxury cottages at Woodfarm Barns!

Distance from Twee Gebroeders: 13 miles

Distance from Onderneming: 20 miles

We hope you enjoy your golfing holiday in Suffolk, whichever course you decide to play. Don’t forget to browse our unique, dog-friendly barges on the Suffolk riverways, or our luxurious, dog-friendly cottages at Woodfarm Barns.

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Indulge in the finest Suffolk foods at Aldeburgh Food Festival

Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Did you know that the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is happening this weekend? Taking place across two days, this festival celebrates the best of what our county has to offer in terms of locally sourced food and drink.

At Woodfarm Barges, you can stay right in the middle of the action on our unique, historic Dutch barge, Onderneming. You can be the first person through the gates of the show – and the last, depending on how many samples you want to consume!

Houseboat holiday in Suffolk - Onderneming Barge
Our Onderneming Dutch Barge is moored at Snape Malting on the River Alde in Suffolk

100ft in length and 18ft wide, Onderneming is an incredibly spacious home-away-from-home for you, five other guests, and even your dogs! The festivities will be right on your doorstep, as this beautiful barge is moored at Snape Maltings, where Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is held. 

The who’s who of Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

Here, you’ll find over 100 producers exhibiting the best of Suffolk’s food and drink scene. Satisfy your appetite with mouth-watering cheese by award-winning farms such as Fen Farm Dairy and Suffolk Farmhouse Cheese. Let your nose lead you to the sweet and savoury baked goods of Two Magpies, Pump Street and Brownie & The Bean. Indulge your tastebuds with the rich, juicy offerings of butchers such as Salter & King and The Wild Meat Company. If you’re planning a family roast this Christmas, this is the place to get your inspiration!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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For the forever-hungry, there’s also a magnificent selection of street food vendors ready to fill your tummy. Enjoy the tender texture and succulent flavour of a classic hog roast by Parkers Hog Roast and follow up with fresh, homemade doughnuts from Doodle Donuts. If Greek food is on your mind, make a beeline for The Souvlaki Shack where authentically cooked pork and pitta is waiting for you. Or, if you’re after a quick snack, stop by Wrights, purveyors of posh cheese toasties. Are you salivating yet?

What’s on at Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival

If you’re not so keen on wandering around stalls all day, there’s a great programme of activities available at Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival. 

Try out your skills at a masterclass. The Great British Bake-Off’s Chetna Makan is hosting a one-hour class on healthy Indian food, taken from her new book Healthy Indian. Meanwhile, author and presenter Jo Pratt is teaching attendees about pescatarian cooking with a hands-on workshop revolving around seafood scotch eggs.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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That’s not all. One of Suffolk’s most well-known alcoholic drink brands, Adnams, is hosting a two-day drinks experience at the show, which will involve talks and workshops with cyder, gin, mocktails and more.

Where to stay

If this exciting event takes your fancy, we would love you to come and stay with us at Woodfarm Barges! As we mentioned, our historic Dutch barge, Onderneming, is based at Snape Maltings, where the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival takes place. However, we also have another barge, Twee Gebroeders, which is just a twenty-minute drive away, at Tidemill in Woodbridge.

If those are fully booked, we also have seven luxury, dog-friendly cottages at Woodfarm Barns in Stonham Aspal, which is 20 miles away from Snape Maltings.

We hope that you’ll visit the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival, and we look forward to welcoming you at our beautiful Suffolk accommodation!

Find out more about the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival here.

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What to do at Dunwich Heath

Dunwich beach sunset

Often called ‘the lost city of England’, the historic village of Dunwich on the coast of Suffolk is worth a visit for its heath, beach and ruins

If you’re after a family day out or a walk with the dog, Dunwich is an excellent place to visit. A half-hour drive from our Onderneming barge at Snape Maltings, and 35 minutes from Twee Gebroeders at Tidemill, Dunwich is easily accessible for a day trip of any length.

But what is there to do in this village of less than 200 people? Plenty, actually! For such a small area, it is brimming with activities. Here are some ideas of what you could do on your trip to Dunwich.

Greyfriars priory
The ruins of Greyfriars Priory are some of the most complete ruins found in Dunwich – © Copyright Rob Noble and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Absorb the history

Dunwich was once the capital of the Kingdom of the East Angles during the Anglo-Saxon period. A bustling town, its size at its height made it England’s 10th largest town! However, it was battered by annual storms, eroding the coast until its buildings began falling into the sea – you could call it Britain’s Atlantis.

Though much of the old Dunwich is now underwater, you can still find ruins dotted around the village and surrounding area. This includes Greyfriars, a Franciscan friary founded before 1277; a medieval leper hospital; and the last grave of the ill-fated All Saints’ Church, which lies 15 feet from the edge of the cliff on which the church once stood.

If it’s raining and you don’t feel like wandering around ruins, visit the village museum, which details Dunwich’s incredible history in the comfort of a cosy indoor space.

Explore the Heath

With its vivid purple heathers and coastal wind-beaten paths, the Heath is ripe for exploring. Bring along your dog and walk one of the many trails which can be downloaded beforehand or requested at the Visitor Information Centre.

There’s plenty of wildlife to spot at Dunwich Heath. Visit the pond, where you can get to know common newts, intriguing water scorpions and even water stick insects. You’ll also be able to spot many different types of birds, including one of Britain’s rarest: the stone curlew, which recently began nesting at the Heath again.

Dunwich beach
Dunwich Beach allows dogs all year round

Enjoy the beach

Dunwich beach is dog-friendly all year round. This is perfect for dogs who love running up and down long stretches of shore and splashing about in the water.

Wood at Dunwich BeachEncourage your kids to look after our fragile beaches with a mini beach clean, before enjoying a hard-earned ice cream at the Flora Tea Rooms. If you’re after something heartier, try the renowned Ship at Dunwich, which sources ingredients from local producers, farmers and fishermen for its seasonal menus. It’s a dog-friendly pub, so feel free to bring along your furry friend and enjoy a delicious meal.

 

We hope you enjoy your visit to Dunwich Heath! Don’t forget that our luxury, dog-friendly Suffolk barges are within easy reach of this beautiful part of the county. We also have seven luxury, dog-friendly cottages at Woodfarm Barns, some of which have large, private hot tubs! Our cottages are a 45-minute drive away from Dunwich. Bring your dog and enjoy all that the Suffolk countryside has to offer.

'Onderneming'. A great place to stay near Dunwich
‘Onderneming’. A great place to stay near Dunwich

'Twee Gebroeders' in Woodbridge. A romantic break near Dunwich
‘Twee Gebroeders’ in Woodbridge. A romantic break near Dunwich