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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 Anchor, Woodbridge, IP12 1BX

5 minute walk from Twee Gebroeders

25 minutes from Onderneming

The beer garden... The Anchor at Woodbridge, Suffolk
‘Proper’ pub just five mins walk from ‘Twee Gebroeders’

The Anchor is a great pub, with a buzzing atmosphere. Just a five minute walk from ‘Twee Gebroeders’. It’s a vibrant place with a varied menu. Clearly an old sailor’s pub as it’s a stone’s throw from the river.

Local chef Vernon Blackmore and his hard-working team have been at the Anchor for over a decade. They want you to enjoy the history of The Anchor’s interior so they have been very careful not to remove the pub’s old charm and character. The antique floor tiles may have been professionally cleaned but they are still wonky and remind you of all those sailors and their spilt beer from centuries past.

They have a bar and restaurant, and are open and serving food every day.

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 its 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
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Head to Suffolk for unique homeware and antiques

Yoxford Antiques, Yoxford

Sure, there are those who like their homes to consist of shiny new furniture and decor, but there are also many of us who prefer to deck out our homes with antiques and homeware from independent shops. If you’re part of the latter, Suffolk is perfect for you.

There are dozens of exciting independent stores in Suffolk stocking everything from the weird to the wonderful – and plenty near our luxury, dog-friendly barges and barns, too! 

Whether you fancy a new Persian rug or a centuries-old fireplace, there is plenty to peruse while you’re here. In fact, we’ve put together a blog post on our Woodfarm Barns site listing our top five favourites in our local area. Why not stop by and give it a read? Click here!

 

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See our favourite Midweek Mutt-Shots from 2019

Midweek Mutt-Shots

If you follow us on Facebook, you’ve probably seen our Midweek Mutt-Shots. If not, this is where we give our followers a theme, and they respond with a photo of their dog!

The images have ranged from hilarious to downright adorable, and we love scrolling through everyone’s contributions each week. It’s a nice little pick-me-up for everyone at Woodfarm.

Although we find it hard to choose a favourite each week as there are so many brilliant entries, we usually manage to come to an agreement and pick one or two dogs who we think fit the theme perfectly.

It’s a hard feat, becoming doggy king or queen of the Midweek Mutt-Shots, so we feel like our very special ‘favourites’ should be immortalised in a blog post. And that’s exactly what we’ve done! We’ve put each week’s favourite dog into a blog post over on our Woodfarm Barns site. That means plenty of scrolling through gorgeous dog pictures for you, and plenty of recognition for the dogs!

Head over to the blog post now to see what all the fuss is about, and follow us on Facebook to see more Muttshots!

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A dog-friendly day trip to Felixstowe

Felixstowe pier

Suffolk boasts many old-worldly seaside towns which still offer remnants of the heyday of British staycations. One example is Felixstowe, a dog-friendly destination with plenty of quirks.

From its century-old pier adorned with jangling penny machines and ice cream stands, to its pristine four-mile-long promenade and stunning Martello towers, Felixstowe succeeds at protecting its history. Here, you’ll find a town which has seen many small renovations over the years, but which has remained largely the same in terms of its general landscape and size.

However, being the largest container port in the UK, Felixstowe is growing faster than ever before and the townscape is gradually changing to accommodate a younger, more switched-on and increasingly metropolitan audience. This means that alongside the town’s historic architecture and vintage quirks sits a rising restaurant and cafe scene, attractive housing developments and a highly accessible high street with plenty of promise.

With this in mind, Felixstowe is an ideal day trip destination for a range of ages and interests – including those with dogs! If you’re planning on staying in one of our beautiful dog-friendly Dutch barges, you can easily reach Felixstowe by car. The town is 23 miles from our Onderneming barge at Snape Maltings and just 13 miles from Twee Gebroeders at Tidemill in Woodbridge.

Here’s a few ideas on how to spend your dog-friendly day trip to the coastal town of Felixstowe.

Dog-friendly activities in Felixstowe

Felixstowe prom
Take your dog for a stroll along Felixstowe prom

Hit the prom

Dogs are prohibited on Felixstowe beach during May to September, but you can take your canine friend for a stroll along the prom all year round. The town is blessed with a wide promenade which makes it easy to keep your dog away from others if it’s nervous. On the other hand, there are enough dog walkers along this seaside walk that if you’re open to your dog making some friends, he or she will certainly have no problem!

The prom is approximately four miles long, stretching from the pretty hamlet of Felixstowe Ferry to Martello Park at the other end of the town. If you reach the end of the prom and head down Manor Terrace, you can access the nature reserve and walk to Landguard Point, the most southerly point of Suffolk.

Felixstowe pier
Sit outside at the restaurant at the pier

Along the prom, you’ll also find the historic pier, the heart of Felixstowe’s seaside town charm. The pier’s most recent renovation saw a complete overhaul of the amusements, which are now housed in a modern structure complete with a restaurant, and a boardwalk running around the entire building – perfect for sipping a pint of local brew Adnams whilst the sun sets. You can sit outside on the boardwalk with your dog, too.

The Spa Pavilion at Felixstowe
Marvel at Felixstowe’s historic theatre on the seafront and sit outside with a coffee and cake

Further up are the Spa Gardens. Located next to the Spa Pavilion, an entertainment venue which first opened in 1909, the gardens recently received lottery funding to undergo extensive regeneration. Today, you can wander through manicured lawns and a selection of colourful, abundant and well-kept blooms in an easily accessible area. Walk your dog through the gardens and watch the goldfish frolick in the ponds, or play a game of fetch followed by an ice cream from ‘The Hut’ nearby on the prom.

The Spa Gardens at Felixstowe
Walk through the beautiful Spa Gardens and play a game of fetch

Grab a bite to eat

We mentioned the pier, but there are lots of excellent restaurants and cafes around Felixstowe – many of which are dog-friendly!

The Alex, Felixstowe
Enjoy the sun at The Alex on Felixstowe seafront

The Alex is a great example. Just a stone’s throw from the beach, The Alex is favoured by locals and visitors alike for its casual atmosphere and proximity to the shoreline. You can enjoy the sunshine whilst sitting outside the front of the bistro with your pooch. We recommend trying the nachos, or the generous portions of fish and chips.

Delphine's Diner, Felixstowe
Delphine’s Diner is dog-friendly, inside and out!

Just a two minute walk away from The Alex sits Delphine’s American diner, a spacious, dog-friendly restaurant with a retro theme and menu to match. Park up at your table and enjoy tunes from the fifties while you sip on your milkshake and tuck into a hamburger. The service is friendly and attentive, and there’s an extensive menu for vegetarians!

Head further into town to Felixstowe’s very own vegan cafe, The Greenhouse. Green by name and green by nature, this cafe offers a diverse range of delicious options with a heavy focus on locally sourced goods. It’s also dog-friendly! You can either sit inside with your pup and enjoy the charming interiors and the smell of the cafe’s iconic ‘nossage’ rolls (veggie sausage rolls), or watch the world go by at one of the small tables outside the front.

Stop by The Grove

Behind the modern Grove Medical Centre, you’ll find a large park and wood with a quiet walking trail leading to Old Felixstowe. This area is commonly known as The Grove, and it’s a popular area for dog walkers. Here, there is a choice in terrain, from the leaf strewn paths of the wood, to the open, grassy football fields, to the quiet country track. You may also spot a range of birds, including goldfinches, greenfinches and green woodpeckers, as well as a variety of butterflies.

How to get to Felixstowe

The locals say that there’s ‘one road in and one road out’ when it comes to Felixstowe – and they’re right. The town is surrounded by water on three sides and can only be accessed via the A14. However, the drive to Felixstowe is a very pleasant one, cutting through farmlands on a smooth dual carriageway. You’ll know you’ve hit Felixstowe when you see the iconic water tower which sits at the edge of town on the Dock Spur Roundabout; from there, it’s just a few more minutes to the beach!

As we mentioned at the beginning of this blog post, Felixstowe is an easy drive from our barges in Woodbridge and Snape Maltings. It’s also a short distance from our luxury dog-friendly holiday cottages in Stonham Aspal – so whatever your accommodation, you’re never too far away!

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Win a free holiday for Woodfarm Barges and Barns’ 10th birthday

We’re celebrating Woodfarm’s 10th anniversary with another competition! This time, you’ll have the chance to stay aboard our Twee Gebroeders barge in Woodbridge or our Granary Barn in Stonham Aspal. Both are dog-friendly and both present wonderful opportunities to take a well-earned break in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

There are many reasons to come to Suffolk, like the fresh country air, the picturesque seaside and the charming towns and villages dotted throughout the county. Here, there’s plenty of room for you and your dog to roam about – not to mention an abundance of award-winning pubs to visit when you’re tired of exploring. We’re very lucky to call this county home, and we’d love to share it with you if you decide to stay in our barns or barges.

If you like the sound of a free holiday, head on over to our Woodfarm Barns blog, where we explain all the details of the competition. Good luck!

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Newbourne dog walking trail with views galore

River Deben on the Newbourne dog walking trail

For scenic views of the river and countryside and a delicious pub meal, head to the small-but-charming village of Newbourne with your dog and venture on this easy circular walking trail around the nearby parishes.

Newbourne is just a 15-minute drive from our Twee Gebroeders barge at The Tidemill in Woodbridge, and 30 minutes from our Onderneming barge at Snape Maltings. 

Here, you’ll find a dog walking trail which takes you through the villages and parishes of this area, encompassing expansive countryside and riverside views. The walk takes you past two dog-friendly pubs which present the opportunity to rest your tired feet and indulge in excellent Suffolk pub fare.

You’ll also stumble across a range of architecture and historic buildings, including a house which was once occupied by two famous giants!

We cover this must-do Newbourne dog walking trail step by step on our Woodfarm Barns blog. Click here to read the post.