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Pets Pyjamas Gold Award for Woodfarm Barges!

Pets Pyjamas Travel Award Winners 2018

Pets Pyjamas are a national site for all things to do with travelling around the UK with your dogs. And we’ve just won one of their annual awards!

Pets Pyjamas Winners as well as VisitEngland GoldThe nice people at Pets Pyjamas contacted me a while back to tell me we’d been nominated in their 2018 awards. That was nice to hear as we had just been awarded Gold for all our Barns and Barges by the other nice people at Visit England. We also have their Pets Welcome Award too!

When they got in touch to tell me that we had won, I was over the moon!

“Best Unique Stay”

We have won their ‘Best Unique Stay’ for 2018 for our gorgeous Dutch Barges. Onderneming and Twee Gebroeders have had an amazing year!

It started with The Times featuring both barges in separate lists;

Onderneming was featured in their list of  the 50 most unusual holiday homes in Britain. Twee Gebroeders was in their list of the 50 most romantic places to stay in the UK! To be featured in that way was a fabulous way to start the year.

On the telly

Pets Pyjamas Winners also on ITVWe then featured in a piece on Dog Friendly Suffolk on ITV. This created an enormous amount of interest and we have had several ITV people come to stay since, which is amazing.

We then had a huge feature on our barns and barges in Dog-Friendly Magazine, with 6 pages talking about how amazing we are!

So to then be awarded this accolade by Pets Pyjamas is such a thrill. I don’t tell you all of this to make my ego any bigger. I’m telling you because in my mind it just says that if all these people say all these things in our first full year of letting our barges, then they must be worth trying for yourselves if you’ve thought about it.

What to expect

They are barges. They are different. It’s not for everyone. They’re quirky. They’re unique. But they are just amazing and the feedback we get from our guests is that it is such an exciting experience. You’ll need to be fairly spritely to get on and off. They have gangplanks with handrails but they do rise and fall with the tides. We can’t really do anything about that, blame the moon.

Location, Location, Location

We are also really lucky that they are both in fantastic locations! Snape Maltings and Woodbridge offer easy access to the incredible Suffolk Heritage Coast, and so many pubs, restaurants, coffee shops, delis and retail therapy. In a time of political nervousness, these are real feel good factors.

So thank you to the team at Pets Pyjamas and whoever nominated us (we have no idea!)

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Christmas Holiday Barge Advert

Christmas Holiday Barge

Christmas Holiday Barge search in full swing? Sorry but we can’t help as our barges (and our cottages) are full again this year. Have a read though if you’d like to know how the grey matter works in the Woodfarm Marketing Team!

Well it’s that time again in Christmas Holiday Barge land. The kids get excited in October. Grown ups get all worked up by the end of November. Then as the days tick by, it just turns into a frenzy. 

Yep, you got it… the fever pitch anticipation ahead of the release of the annual Woodfarm Christmas ad has the whole Nation, if not the entire planet, chomping at the bit!

We do tend to invest a bit less on our Christmas Holiday Barge ad than John Lewis do on theirs, but we know it always has the head-honcho’s there getting themselves in a tizz as we outdo them every year without fail, on a much lower budget than theirs! I think we spent £6.20 this year.

We’ve not actually done as ‘advert’ as such this year because both of our Barges, and all seven of our Barns are booked for Christmas and New Year.  We just thought we’d take the opportunity to have a laugh instead. And I can assure you, we did! (Even if I look miserable) 

So here is the OFFICIAL (but jolly cheap) Woodfarm Barges & Barns overly emotional, tear-jerking Christmas Ad 2018. Click below or go to YouTube here.

We’ve had another incredible year, so we just wanted to say a proper ‘Thank You’ to all those who’ve stayed, returned, and recommended us to friend and family. We seem to keep doing our thing and our guests seem to like what we do.

I hope all your preparations go well and you enjoy our Christmas Holiday Barge ad!

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Pets welcome – Luxury dog friendly Suffolk @ Woof Farm Barges!

Dog friendly holidays in Suffolk

Woof! Are you in need of a dog-friendly Suffolk holiday? Bring your human to Woodfarm Barges, where you and your furry friends make up a massive proportion of our guests. Our Suffolk holiday barges offer plenty of room to stretch your paws out, with large cabins where you can roam about to your heart’s content, and treats galore!


We combine our dog-friendly ethos with the luxury that many don’t expect to find in holiday accommodation accepting dogs. Our beautiful barges are cleaned to a high standard, and offer amazing features such as double cabins, fully fitted kitchens and beautiful views of the River Alde and Deben.


But what about our dog-centric features?

Well, we don’t simply ‘tolerate’ dogs; you’re just as welcome here as your humans! Both of our sunny Suffolk holiday barges accept dogs, creating the perfect environment for your staycation. Feel right at home with your humans, and maybe even make some local friends. We usually advise a three dog maximum, so feel free to bring your brothers, sisters, mum, dad or best friends! If there are more in your canine clan, we can discuss this on an individual basis. We’ve even had house cats and rabbits in the past, but mostly dogs, so you’ll feel right at home.


At Woodfarm Barges, we are delighted to have been awarded the Pets Welcome accreditation by the English governing body ‘Quality in Tourism’. This means that our Suffolk holiday barges meet certain criteria to make a doggy holiday safe and fun for everyone.


In accordance with guidelines set by Pets Welcome, we offer the following in our accommodation:

* Water bowls and food bowls

* Torch and nightlights

* Refrigeration facilities

* Chews or treats (which can be chargeable according to the criteria, but we tend to provide a treat at no extra charge!)

* Suitable pet waste disposal facilities

* Poop bags

* Pet washing facilities and towels

* Stringent cleaning regime following each checkout

Book a dog-friendly break at Woodfarm Barges:




Pets Welcome! Dog friendly Suffolk holidays


Our library of canine guests is growing! Check out loads of photos of other four-legged guests having a waggly-tail of a time here.


However, it’s not just about what’s inside the accommodation that counts. We understand that you want to be as comfortable on holiday as you are at home, which is why we display vital information on local vets doctors, dentists, hospitals and all-night chemists on board.


In addition, we have information for our guests on the location and opening times of the nearest shops, cash machines, public telephones, post offices, and more.

Dog Walking

As we know you and your humans love to go for walks, we have plenty of advice on where to go for the best views, fresh air and exercise. There is a huge variety of walking trails, so whether you want to take it slow and stop along the way at a pub for a treat and a rest, or run wild and free along a beach, there’s a trail in Suffolk for you. Woodfarm Barges provides maps and books suitable for reference on walking in the area which can be found either in our barges.

Dog friendly Suffolk holidays

If you like to plan ahead, visit our sister site, which provides you with lots of ideas of places to visit with your humans.

We’re ideally situated in Suffolk, with great access to plenty of different walks in the area.

Take a trip to the eight-mile trail around Barham, Baylham and Coddenham. The walk incorporates the Baylham rare breeds centre, as well as taking you right past the Sorrel Horse Pub, which is very dog-friendly.

The next nearest walk is a five-miler, taking in Cretingham and Brandeston and past The Queens Head – a great pub/restaurant (you can see a theme here!)

There are also lovely lake walks at Needham and Hoppit Wood, both not far from Woodfarm Barges. We’ve featured the walk our page on ‘Walking in Suffolk’ on our sister site here.

Dog friendly pubs

Dog friendly holidays in Suffolk

Whether you’re visiting Suffolk for the first time, or are a frequent visitor or resident, it’s nice to know where you can go for a walk and a meal. Suffolk has a wide range of dog-friendly pubs dotted all over. While some request that dogs stay in the garden or terrace area, many allow dogs inside the pub as well. Here is a selection of pubs across Suffolk which allows pets either in the pub or in the garden (click here for the full list):

  • The Star Inn is a cosy and friendly pub in Wenhaston that welcomes well-behaved dogs. It has a large garden and serves good food.
  • The Tollgate Inn is a lovely restaurant and bar in Bury St Edmunds. It has a large garden and seating area where dogs are welcome.
  • The Queen’s Head, Bramfield is an award-winning pub and dogs are welcome in both the pub and the garden.
  • The Sorrell Horse Inn in Woodbridge is very pet-friendly and dogs are allowed in the pub and garden. The same goes for The White Horse at Tattingstone.
  • The Bildeston Crown allows well behaved dogs in the pub and they have a lovely, dog-friendly, outdoor seating area.
  • The Kings Head Inn in Orford allows dogs in both the pub, as well as in their accommodation, and The Cock Inn in Polstead allows dogs in the pub.
  • The Ship Inn in Woodbridge is dog-friendly, and so is The Angel Inn Wangford.

Please do check with any of these pubs before you visit with your dog as their pet policies may change at any time.

Dog-Friendly Beaches in Suffolk

With miles of beautiful beaches open to the public year round, Suffolk is a great place to bring your human on holiday.

The good news is that from October through April there are no dog restrictions in force in on Suffolk’s beaches so you can enjoy the benefits of any stretch of beach you fancy! In the summer, however, there are dog restrictions on some beaches.

Here’s a list of some restrictions from 1st May through to 30th September:


Aldeburgh – Although the main beach has restrictions during the summer months, there is a mile of wonderful dog-friendly beach just to the North of Aldeburgh which is well signposted, and stretches from the Wentworth Hotel to Thorpeness.

Felixstowe – While the main beach has dog restrictions in place from May through September, there are dog friendly beaches on either side of the restricted area, stretching from Spa Pavilion to Wheeler Road. These areas are well signposted and easy to spot. However dogs have to be kept on leads even on these stretches.

Dunwich – With the beautiful National Trust site of Dunwich Heath and a beach which is dog-friendly all year round, Dunwich is a fantastic location with plenty of long walks and refreshing water on offer. Bear in mind however, that Dunwich is the home to RSPB Minsmere, so there are occasional restrictions on dogs on the Heath (not beach) during the nesting season. If you’re not sure that you will stay on the beach then it’s best to check with nearby Aldeburgh Tourist Information before you make your trip to ensure these nesting restrictions aren’t in place.

Southwold – One of Suffolk’s most famous beaches, it offers a fantastic holiday resort for the family. Although the main beaches of Southwold have dog restrictions in place during the summer months, Southwold Benes, just north of the main beach, is dog-friendly throughout.

Testimonials from just some of our dog-loving guests

Monday 13th July 2015 – Don and Angela with Dodwin and Ollie the dogs;

We had a lovely weekend.  Thank you Carl for your exceptional welcome.

Sunday 28th June 2015 – Paul and Carol with Poppy the dog;

Idyllic setting in wonderful renovated well equipped holiday home.

Friday 12 June 2015 – Julz with Mooi the hamster;

My second visit – wonderful place to stay in a fabulous location.

Friday 5th June 2015 – Julie and Kev with Coco the dog;

Lovely cosy and comfortable.  Thank you for a relaxing break.


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Dog-friendly Pubs & Restaurants in Suffolk

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Star Inn, Wenhaston

If you’re looking for a holiday in Suffolk, you’ll be pleased to know that we have so many superb, dog-friendly pubs and restaurants to choose from!

Many have log fires, traditional decor and great food. Not to mention a range of fabulous local beers, ciders and wines from such brewers and vineyards as Adnams, Greene King, Aspall, The Earl Soham Brewery, St Peters, Hellhound, Calvors and Wyken & Shawsgate Vineyards, to name but a few.

Below, we’ve listed some of our favourite dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in Suffolk. Whilst you’re staying in one of our beautiful holiday barges with your canine friend, why not pop along to one of the establishments on this list? Many of these gems can be found along local walks – a great bonus if you want to rest your tired feet and enjoy a delicious meal and tasty beverage.


If you like the look of our suggestions, please check websites or phone ahead to confirm opening times and dog-friendly situations, as sometimes this can change. All of these pubs and restaurants were dog-friendly at the time of writing.

The Crown, Southwold

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Crown, Southwold

The Crown is just a stone’s throw from the sea. They have a snug ‘Back Bar’ where you can try out a range of fabulous Adnams famous beer. This is in addition to a more formal restaurant, so you get the best of both worlds.

The food is great and they have an extensive wine list, not to mention the well-known Adnams beers. 2014 saw them win Suffolk Dining Pub of the Year for the second year in a row by The Good Pub Guide, and a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence (like us then!)

Just 29 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Highwayman, Coddenham Green

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Highwayman, Coddenham

A warm, friendly family pub/restaurant in a timber-framed Suffolk building dating back to the 17th Century.

Right on the A140, the Highwayman is owned and run by David & Olga Parry who have been there for over ten years. They specialise in good, home-cooked food courtesy of chef Olga, and a good selection of well kept real ales courtesy of David.

Dogs are allowed in the beer garden, so sunny weather is needed.

Just 4 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Bell, Cretingham

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Bell, Cretingham

A real country pub serving fresh, home-cooked food.

A traditional Free House with local ales, open fires, and locally sourced, homemade food. What are you waiting for?

Just 6 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Shoulder of Mutton, Assington

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Shoulder of Mutton, Assington

A real old country pub in the Suffolk Countryside. You’ll find fresh seasonal food, much of which is from local suppliers. It’s a free house so they serve a selection of local ales and ciders. Here you’ll find a pleasant restaurant area and an open fire in the bar.

They have delicious pub favourites on the menu, like mixed grill, steaks, cajun chicken, scampi, and fish and chips, all cooked well and served with chips or salad.

Just 26 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

Scutchers Bistro, Long Melford

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - Scutchers Bistro, Long Melford

On the edge of the beautiful green in picturesque Long Melford sits this award-winning restaurant. They have a collection of Good Food Guide Awards as well as the Michelin Bib Gourmand, so it’s worth checking out!

Owned and run by Nick & Di Barratt, they serve a mouth-watering à la carte menu. They are dog owners themselves and will allow small, well-behaved dogs to sit under the table. If you’re ‘borderline’ it’s best to phone, but they are very accommodating.

Just 25 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Ramsholt Arms, near Woodbridge

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Ramsholt Arms, Woodbridge

A fabulous pub by the river, near Woodbridge on the Bawdsey peninsula. It’s miles from anywhere but worth the trip!

This pub was originally called the Ferry House and is around 350 years old. It has a large walled garden which has great views of the River Deben. It’s very dog-friendly, with a great menu including many fresh fish dishes. As well as offering the obligatory traditional Suffolk Adnams ales, they regularly offer guest ales too.

Just 21 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Regatta, Aldeburgh

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Regatta, Aldeburgh

A superb, well-known restaurant in the heart of beautiful Aldeburgh.

Co-owned for over 20 years by Robert, the head chef who trained at the Connaught Hotel and La Gavroche in London before heading to Suffolk to treat us to locally caught fish and seafood, as well as vegetarian, poultry and meat dishes. A popular destination with our guests.

Just 25 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

Pea Porridge, Bury St Edmunds

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - Pea Porridge, Bury St Edmunds

In the heart of residential Bury St Edmunds sits quirky, award-winning restaurant Pea Porridge.

Privately owned and run by a couple as passionate about food as you would hope! It’s got three rooms, lots of old timber and brickwork and a really imaginative lunch and dinner menu, with influences from all over the world. As well as lunch and dinner, they have a great three course set menu costing about £18.50 at the time of writing.

Just 25 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Red Lion – Veggie Pub/ Restaurant near Needham Market

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Veggie Red Lion, Needham Market

This is a fabulous pub in the countryside just outside Needham Market. The Red Lion is East Anglia’s first and only exclusively vegetarian pub

The pub offers a great choice of homemade dishes using fresh, locally produced ingredients. Owner Jan Wise wanted to achieve her dream of serving quality, meat-free food in a comfortable and relaxing, 100% dog-friendly environment, and she has succeeded!

Just 11 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Lighthouse, Aldeburgh

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Lighthouse, Aldeburgh

A great restaurant, smack-bang by the beach in historic Aldeburgh.

This restaurant is a real favourite with Suffolk’s visitors for years, including our guests at Woodfarm. They offer freshly cooked, local, seasonal produce with a great atmosphere. I had the excellent meze and a superb duck salad the last time we went, followed by a walk on the beach afterwards.

Just 24 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Crown, Stoke By Nayland

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Crown, Stoke by Nayland

The Crown is an extremely popular pub/restaurant in the heart of Suffolk. They change the menu every month or so and creatively use seasonal produce. They have a bar, restaurant and terrace, all of which are really relaxing. The pub boasts an extensive wine list and great beers, including that traditional Suffolk fave, Adnams.

I’ve experienced superb food here every time I’ve been. It’s well worth a visit. A real favourite with guests at Woodfarm!

Just 24 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill

Perhaps one of the most popular pubs in Suffolk and a real favourite with Woodfarm guests.

This pub is located in the most stunning location, almost in the water on the river Orwell. It’s well known for great Adnams beers and superb home cooked food, all in a rustic, proper pub with bare oak floorboards, pints pulled directly from the keg and wonderful aromas wafting from the kitchen.

Just 10 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Anchor in Nayland

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Anchor, Stoke by Nayland

This is a traditional countryside restaurant and inn, nestled in the stunning Stour Valley.

Offering superb food and local beers, The Anchor sits on the river, and I’ve arrived here several times in my Kayak as it’s very easy to pull up on the bank and stroll in for a bite to eat and a beer! Located in the heart of Constable Country, this pub is perfect for a picturesque walk with the dog.

Just 20 miles from Woodfarm – Check out their website here

The Black Lion in Long Melford

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Black Lion, Long Melford

The Black Lion is one of my all-time favourite places to eat, drink and chill out. It’s a wonderful old restaurant right on the village green in the picturesque, historic Suffolk village of Long Melford.

With such lovely decor, you feel like you are in someone’s (very nice) home. It’s an deal location for a long lunch or dinner. There’s also a great bar with comfy sofas and a roaring fire in the winter, with board games.

Just 17 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Angel, Stoke By Nayland

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Angel, Stoke by Nayland

The Angel is housed in a lovely, 16th century timber-framed building which has been selling beer and food since the 17th century!

It’s still very much a traditional coach house in the heart of this gorgeous Suffolk village. It has a superb reputation for its food, as well as its wide range of local beers and extensive wine list.

Just 20 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Four Horseshoes, Thornham

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Four Horseshoes, Thornham

Reputedly the oldest pub in Suffolk, The Four Horseshoes is certainly a firm favourite of mine and many of our guests at Woodfarm.

Here you’ll find rustic oak beams, a thatched roof and a quirky interior, as well as local beers and freshly cooked homemade food from an extensive menu. What more do you need?

Only 9 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Star Inn, Wenhaston

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Star Inn, Wenhaston

The Star Inn is a cosy and friendly pub in Wenhaston that welcomes well-behaved dogs. Owned and managed by Carl and Virginia, it has a large garden and serves good food including pies, fish and vegetarian options.

Only 25 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Tollgate, Bury St Edmunds

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Tollgate, Bury St Edmunds

The Tollgate is a lovely restaurant and bar in Bury St Edmunds and has a large garden and seating area where dogs are welcome.

A Greene King pub, The Tollgate serves burgers, steaks and other meat dishes, as well as pub classics and sandwiches, and Sunday roasts.

Only 24 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Queen’s Head, Bramfield

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Queen's Head, Bramfield

The Queen’s Head, Bramfield, is an award-winning pub and dogs are welcome in both the pub and the garden.

Enjoy delicious, locally sourced grub here, from roast pork belly, to fish pie, to Italian lamb cassoulet, as well as local beers.

Only 22 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Sorrel Horse Inn, Woodbridge

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Sorrell Horse Inn, Ipswich

The Sorrel Horse Inn in Woodbridge are very pet-friendly and dogs are allowed in the pub and garden. Owned by Bridget, Matthew and Philip, the Sorrel Horse has been family-run for 28 years. Here you’ll find a tradition pub interior with exposed beams and antique decor.

Only 6 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The White Horse, Tattingstone

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The White Horse, Tattingstone

The White Horse is a 17th Century Grade II listed inn serving delicious food and real ales, wines and spirits. Outside the pub, you’ll find a large beer garden and campsite, while inside the pub is a homely interior with exposed beams and brickwork, and a log-burning stove. The whole pub is “dog and muddy-boot-friendly”!

Only 16 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

Bildeston Crown, Bildeston

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Bildeston Crown

The Bildeston Crown allows well behaved dogs in the pub and they have a lovely, dog-friendly, outdoor seating area. Owned by Chris and Hayley, the pub is housed in a 15th century former coaching inn, and features an open fire and a courtyard and terrace.

With quality, locally sourced produce, you’ll find upscale classics here alongside casual dining options.

Only 16 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Kings Head, Orford

The Kings Head, Orford

An Adnams pub, The Kings Head in Orford is a beautiful 13th century pub which allows dogs in both the pub itself, as well as in their accommodation. The bar and dining room feature wood burning stoves, creating a toasty, homely atmosphere. Enjoy Adnams drinks and delicious homemade pub classics, sandwiches and specials.

Only 25 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here

The Cock Inn, Polstead

Dog friendly pubs Suffolk - The Cock Inn, Polstead

Dog walkers taking a stroll around Dedham Vale will love The Cock Inn in Polstead, with its 17th century restaurant and tea room. Grab a beer in front of the log fire, or on a summer’s day eat a meal al fresco in its large garden. Here you’ll find a cracking fish and chips, as well as various meat and vegetarian dishes.

Only 25 miles from Woodfarm – Have a look at their website here


Some honorable mentions

The George and Dragon, Long Melford allows dogs in the pub, except when food is being served. The George in Cavendish has a terrace/garden area where dogs are welcome, although they are not allowed inside the pub and the same goes for The Brantham Bull in Manningtree. The Ship Inn in Woodbridge is dog-friendly, and so is The Angel Inn Wangford.


Please do check with any of these pubs before you visit with your dog as their pet policies may change at any time.


I hope this blog has been helpful in your search for dog-friendly pubs and restaurants in Suffolk. If you think we should add any other places, then please feel free to email with a little bit of a write-up, weblink and a photo if possible to


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Deben Leisure Centre for staying active

Deben Leisure Centre

The Deben Leisure Centre is a superb gymming and swimming facility in Woodbridge and available for our guests to use whilst they are staying aboard our barges (or barns)

Deben leisure centre gymThe Deben Leisure Centre is a short walk from Twee Gebroeders in Woodbridge and only a 20 minute drive from Onderneming so if you’d like to keep your gym or swim routine up during your stay then this is the place for you as you can ‘pay and play’.

It’s an excellent facility in what was the old local authority swimming pool building. It’s had a £3.5m facelift and the is open for business for day visitors and members alike. It’s now part of the ‘Places Leisure’ group with a presence all over the country but as far as we are concerned, they have an excellent facility here for us to tap into.

Deben leisure centre in WoodbridgeSo many people like to maintain their usual fitness routine whilst away on holiday. We don’t have gyms aboard our barges but we do have the next best thing, The Deben Leisure Centre.

The gym is well equipped with all brand new equipment in June 2018; a great range of cardio, free weights and resistance machines. There’s also the usual TVs with subtitles on the walls, as well as built into the cardio equipment; basically everything you could want.

The pool is usually split into three lanes in the morning when I go; slow, medium and fast lanes so just pick whichever one you’re able to enjoy. After a session in the gym my arms won’t let me get in the fast lane!

The Deben leisure centre is open from 6am until 10pm during the week and from 7am until 8pm at the weekend so there’s really no excuse for the keen staycationer!

Anyone can use the pool for £4.75 per visit and the gym for £10.20 per visit


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Snape Maltings : our epic voyage

Our Dutch Barge Onderneming is now moored as your ‘floating holiday cottage’ at the iconic Snape Maltings. This is the story of our epic voyage round in July 2017

Snape Maltings and Onderneming: Our epic voyageI say epic, but Snape Maltings isn’t exactly in the frozen Tundra so it was all a little bit, errrr, fine actually. And with no frostbite as we did it during beautiful weather in July on the Suffolk Coast. However, as we love a pun and we are now moored on the River Alde, we called our little movie ‘Scott of the Aldetarctic’ (it’s my name, geddit?)

Snape Maltings is the most beautiful setting and the perfect base for your relaxing break with a difference, with family or friends.

Snape Maltings around the cornerWe set off form our old moorings at Pin Mill on the River Orwell, bound for Snape Maltings. And as with all true expeditions, we stopped off for the night in just a few hours. In this case it was in Harwich for an awesome fish n chip supper!

At first light the next day and with the scent of Snape Maltings in our nostrils we headed off up the coast, avoiding lobster pots and an unexploded bomb just before we got to Orford (it’s true!)

Snape Maltings at last. Our arrival aboard OndernemingOnce we’d left the sea and started our winding route in to Snape Maltings along the River Alde we certainly did well not to get stuck for a day or two. At almost 100 feet in length, this beautiful Dutch Barge was a little tricky to navigate around some of the bends, particularly on the last stretch from Iken to our destination. 

We were very fortunate to experience some beautiful scenery and wildlife, including a seal on the last stretch.

But we made it and in good time. 

Please have a look at the full video here and feel free to contact me, Scott of the Aldetarctic with any questions. I’ll answer the first one for you now. Now, we’re not taking you for a spin! She stays put for you to enjoy all that Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh and the surrounding area has to offer.

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Snape Maltings Open Barge Day

Onderneming at Snape Maltings

Snape Maltings is a cultural Mecca in Suffolk and we are holding an  ‘Open Barge’ day on Sunday 19th August aboard our recently relocated Dutch Holiday Barge to give you all the opportunity to come and have a look around before you book. PLUS we will give a discount voucher to everyone who comes and the chance to WIN a FREE BREAK!!

Snape Maltings. Home to OndernemingOpen Barge is like an Open House. But on a Barge. At Snape Maltings; we’re not rocket scientists!

We are so pleased to be working with Snape Maltings and to give our guests the chance to take a well earned family break, or a chilled getaway with friends aboard our fabulous Barge. Having appeared on ITV in June 2018, The Times Travel Section in February 2018, and Dog-Friendly Magazine in June 2018, we are well poised to be offering guests the most unique stay. And Snape Maltings is arguably one of the best places in Suffolk to enjoy the stay.

Not only can you come and have a look around before you book, but we will have a Golden Dog Bowl of Discounts, as well one Golden Ticket for a FREE BREAK aboard our beautiful Dutch Barge. We will have a Discount Voucher for EVERY party so take a lucky dip and see how much you will get off your next Onderneming break! They’ll vary from £25 to £250! Not only that, there will be a Golden Ticket in there for a completely FREE BREAK!!!!

Snape Maltings is an unparalleled visitor destination and one of the world’s leading centres of music. Having started with the Aldeburgh Festival it has grown over the years and we will be writing so much more about this over the coming months.

Onderneming at Snape MaltingsAs far as our guests are concerned on an every day basis, Snape Maltings offers a wonderful range of independent shops, cafe’s and galleries, as well as a great Suffolk pub and amazing walks.

There’s so much available online for you to see what the area has to offer but we wanted to mark the move to Snape Maltings with a unique opportunity to have a look around inside ‘Onderneming’ too! You’ll be able to come aboard and have a look around the social areas, as well as bedrooms and bathrooms too.

On top of that we’ll feed and water you too!

Please drop me a line to let me know you’re coming, so we can have an idea of visitors. Email me (carl) on…..

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FREE Holiday Barge or Cottage Break in Suffolk

Free Holiday Barge break

Our Holiday Barge business is newer but we’ve had our Holiday Cottage business for almost a decade as I write this and yet we are still working on new ideas to entice people. We thought giving a FREE BREAK away just for keeping in touch with us was a Win/ Win!

Free Holiday Cottage Break for one winnerWe’ve really made a name for ourselves our the last 9 years with our Holiday Cottage business and since 2017 we’ve had a Holiday Barge business too! We’ve appeared on the BBC and ITV, as well as featuring in The Times and Dog-Friendly Magazine too!

So why are we just giving away a FREE Holiday Barge or Cottage Break for no good reason? Well, one of the ways that we have developed our business is by keeping in touch with our growing VIP Rewards Group, or mailing list as it’s commonly known. We rarely try to ‘sell’ with our newsletters; we use them to let you know about cancellations and exclusive offers, as well as keeping you informed on all things of interest in Suffolk so you can have the very best Holiday Cottage or Holiday Barge break with us.

Free Holiday Cottage or Barge Break for a lucky winnerWe have an incredibly low unsubscribe rate but just to ensure we stay connected with you, we give away a completely FREE BREAK to one lucky Winner every year, just for being part of our ‘gang’. Yes, it really is as simple as that. Just subscribe to our VIP Rewards Group and you’ll be in with a shout.

It’s simply our way of saying ‘Thanks’ for signing up and following us. We have so much repeat business, both on the Holiday Barge and Cottage side, that we are pretty confident that you’ll come back for more. We might make you pay the next time though!

We will pick a winner every year and give them a Four Night midweek break!

Terms & Conditions;
The prize is for a FOUR NIGHT MIDWEEK BREAK either in The Granary Barn, or aboard Twee Gebroeders, between the end of October and the end of March, subject to availability, excluding Christmas, New Year, Valentines, School and Bank Holidays so you have a full five months to take your FREE BREAK!

It’ll be for two adults and up to three dogs.

Please note that we cannot announce the winner first on Social Media, it has to be by email. If we do not hear back from you within 48 hours of notifying you that you have won, we will pick another winner and so on until someone responds. By entering you do consent to us announcing your name (no other details) on Social Media once you have accepted your prize. We’d obviously really appreciate it if you could then shout it from the rooftops!

There is no cash alternative.

If all that doesn’t suit you or you are of the opinion that “no-one ever wins these” then feel free to not enter and gaze at your navel instead. We have given away many breaks over the years to some very happy people, but you’ll never be one of them.