Or ‘Enterprise’ or ‘Undertaking’ in English, is an historic  late 1800’s sailing barge, which has undergone a sympathetic transformation into a modern, luxurious, floating, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottage, available for 2 or 3 night weekends, midweek breaks or longer holidays. Discounts for midweek breaks off-peak for couples and small groups.


Built in 1899, she is almost 100ft in length and 18ft wide! She sleeps 6 comfortably in three double bedrooms but also has a double sofa-bed in the lower saloon. With high ceilings, no expense has been spared in this conversion, with really comfy beds and all the best bits of modern living , she still retains many original features such as her portholes and panelling inside, and her original wheel and colossal dagger boards on the outside. She has one en-suite wet-room and 2 additional bathrooms including one with a bath.

There are 2 large saloons (lounge & dining areas to you and I), one of which is in the original wheelhouse, with lots of seating and both have fully fitted kitchens so you can cook and chat in either! The wheelhouse saloon benefits from the beautiful river views and the lower saloon has a fabulous wood-burning stove for cosy evenings by the fire. You can also sit up on the deck with your morning coffee or watch the sun go down, it’s up to you.


We welcome up to three dogs on board and we have a reputation for combining luxury, with a highly open, dog-friendly approach. The best of both worlds for you and your dogs.

She is moored on the River Alde at Snape Maltings, a stunning location near the beautiful Heritage Coast of Suffolk, with an incredibly popular, well-known, dog-friendly pub, as well as coffee shops, independent boutique shops and amazing river walks.


Onderneming is moored so this is not a sailing holiday. She is static but due to her size you will not really feel her moving.

If you want to escape the real world for a bit, this is the perfect place to do it! An unparalleled mooring at Snape Maltings on the River Alde. Stunning river views one side and easy access to the very best retail therapy in Suffolk. Snape Maltings has a wonderful pub, a choice of coffee shops, as well as homewares, giftwares, crafts and an amazing food hall. You have a breathtaking river walk once you’ve finished in the pub. What more could you want?

Snape Maltings is a cultural ‘Mecca’ in Suffolk, within easy reach of Aldeburgh, Orford, Southwold and the rest of Suffolk’s beautiful Heritage Coast.

You have wonderful walks in either direction and if you cross Snape Bridge you can follow the River Alde right round to the sea at Aldeburgh. It’s around a 6 mile walk. The River has an abundance of wildlife including Avocets and Seals so do keep your eyes and ears peeled!

It’s a buzzy, vibrant place by day, with a very up-market range of distinctive independent shops distinctive independent shops, cafés & galleries. We are so lucky to have all this to our ‘Port’ side, whilst on the ‘Starboard’ side, there’s a breathtaking expanse of reeds, water and sky.

The other side of the main Maltings buildings is The Plough & Sail, a great pub serving the ubiquitous ‘Adnams’, as well as a wide variety of wines and spirits, as well as superb food.

‘Onderneming’ does attract a lot of attention from passers by so do be aware that you may be asked questions about her. Most people want to know how you’ll get her under Snape Bridge!

By night and early morning it’s so peaceful and just the most magical place to be.

There’s a full calendar of events throughout the year so do see what’s on during your stay if you haven’t already. It’ll obviously have people milling about in the evening during the Aldeburgh Festival and other times during their event calendar. This is a truly unique and special location.

Snape Maltings have also embraced our ‘Preferred Partners Programme’ and our guests will be able to get 10% off may of the things on offer!

It’s an unparalleled mooring on the quayside with allocated parking and you will have wonderful walks along the river, directly from the quay. It’s such a tranquil location still but with so much more to see and do, as you will see.

Have a good look around and do check the Snape Maltings website for lots more info

Out & About

If you do actually want more, then you have access to the some of the best of the British coast, with historic Woodbridge, Orford and Aldeburgh within easy reach, or you could carry on up the coast a little to Dunwich, Walberswick and Southwold; all well worth a visit.

Onderneming is situated within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a designated Conservation Area.

Click here for more information, interior detail, history and directions

Price, Availability & Booking made easy for you

  • Select the barge and month of arrival you’d like from the drop down menu
  • Click on the date you’d like to arrive in the calendar. Our arrival & departure days are Monday, Friday and Sunday
  • Choose the number of nights you’d like to stay. Minimum two nights from Friday, four nights from Monday, or five nights from Sunday.
  • Choose how many of you are staying as we do have some discounts.
  • The price of your break will simply pop up, including any late availability discount
  • Then select ‘Book Now’ to go through and secure those dates for your Woodfarm break

Please note we make a small charge of £15 per dog, which will be added during the booking process
to allow us to cover a strict maintenance and cleaning regime and keep the barges spotless! 


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We are also pleased to be working with Snape Maltings:

Snape Maltings holiday cottages

While retaining a peaceful, classic air of calm there’s a lot to see and do at Snape Maltings.  The map below shows where Onderneming is moored in relation to the many things Snape Maltings has to offer:

Snape maltings map

Onderneming Barge Info

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    Monday, 6th of April, 2020
    for 7 nights

    Normal Price £1378.03

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  • Features
    • High ceilings
    • 3 double cabin bedrooms
    • 3 bathrooms ( 1 en-suite )
    • Bespoke timber panelling
    • Original wheel and leeboards
    • 2 large saloons ( lounge & dining areas )
    • 2 fully fitted galley kitchens
    • Kids den
    • Unbelievable river views
    • Log burning stove
    • Central Heating
    • Flat Screen TV/DVD/CD
    • DAB Radio
    • Free bike use
    • Stunning river walks from the gangplank
    What's Included
    • Breakfast Basket
    • Bed linen
    • Towels
    • Tea/Coffee/Sugar
    • Luxury Hand soaps