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5 Reasons Why You Have to Rent a Barge in Suffolk This Summer

Kenneth Grahame, celebrated author of The Wind in The Willows, once famously declared that “there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as messing about in boats”. Whilst the Barges available to rent Woodfarm Barges are moored, we’re still confident that our guests are able to discover the truth of this wisdom when enjoying a holiday on board either Onderneming or Twee Gebroeders.   Dating back to the 1800s, our converted Dutch Sailing Barges are comfortably furnished and equipped with everything guests would expect from modern holiday accommodation. From cozy cabins to comfortable saloons and all…

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10 of the Best Places to Wine and Dine in Suffolk

At Woodfarm Barns and Barges, we’re committed to providing the best possible experience for couples looking to get away for a holiday in Suffolk. Situated amidst beautiful countryside surroundings and equipped with hot tubs and cosy bedrooms, we’re fairly sure that our accommodation has everything you could possibly require for a memorable romantic break. We’re confident, too, that the location of our Cottages, Barns and Barges make it easy for guests to do all of the things they could possibly want to do when taking a break, whether they’re celebrating a special anniversary or simply enjoying a summer holiday.Read…

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Secret Suffolk: 5 of the Best Hidden Gems You Should Know About

Every county in the world has its hidden gems and Suffolk is no exception. Behind every one of its standout attractions, there are various exciting destinations tucked away just waiting to be discovered by the more informed traveler.  From a forest and walking trail rumoured to be visited by UFOs, to a farm full of rare breeds, there’s a lot more to our floral and historic county than meets the eyes.Read the full article on the Woodfarm Barns website…

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Snuggle Up In Suffolk: How To Plan The Perfect Romantic Summer Staycation

We’re pretty confident that Suffolk rivals the big boys when it comes to romantic holiday destinations. We’re so confident, in fact, that we previously mentioned it in the same breath as Paris and Venice when describing the best place to take a couples holiday. Doubling down on this suggestion, we’re back to provide you with a detailed plan for the perfect romantic staycation in Suffolk. From fine dining to long walks on the beach and even horse riding, we’ve got everything you could possibly desire from a couples holiday right here in our beautiful county.  Whether you’re marking a…

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5 Reasons Why You Have to Rent a Cottage or Barn in Suffolk This Summer

At Woodfarm Barns and Barges, it will come as no surprise to learn that we believe renting a Cottage or Barn for a holiday in Suffolk is the best thing you can do in summer. Providing you with everything you need to relax in comfort and style, our Cottages and Barns allow you to experience everything that our fantastic county has to offer from a comfortable and superbly equipped base. Read the full article on the Woodfarm Barns website…

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“The Dig” Brings Suffolk to the Small Screen

“The Dig”, a brand new film from Netflix has turned the spotlight on to Sutton Hoo, a location directly opposite our barge Twee Gebroeders at Woodbridge. The featured image is me at Sutton Hoo years ago. Can’t imagine why they didn’t ask me to star in the film! Starring the multi award-winning Ralph Fiennes and Carey Mulligan, the film tells the story of how Edith Pretty, a landowner in 1939, requested a local archaeologist to look into some unexplained mounds on her estate.  After plenty of digging, it transpired that beneath these mounds was a royal burial chamber complete with…

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See the lights at Helmingham Hall’s Illuminated Garden Trail

Thinking about something different to do for Christmas this year? Helmingham Hall’s Illuminated Garden Trail is a festive extravaganza, set to light up the 510-year-old private estate – it’s really a sight to see! Taking place from 2nd to 13th December, the Illuminated Garden Trail at Helmingham Hall is perfect for a romantic evening out while you’re staying in Suffolk at our Barges or Barns. Not only will you be able to experience the grounds of this amazing private estate all lit up for Christmas, there will also be some delicious food available, as well as independent shops and…

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Directions and some extra info for your Woodfarm Barges break

Here’s some extra information such as how to get to us, links to things to do, arrival & departure info, deposit and balance info etc. You might want to save it to you your phone. PaymentsWe take a deposit of £100 per Barge at the time of booking, with the balance being payable one month before arrival (extended to two months for Christmas and New year bookings). If your stay is within a month of booking (or within 2 months if for Christmas or New Year) then the total amount is due now.Directions for our two barges;For OndernemingSnape Maltings,…

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See the autumn red deer rut in Suffolk

The red deer rut is a one-of-a-kind spectacle of nature and marks the height of autumn in the county of Suffolk! For everything you need to know about how to see the red deer rut in Suffolk, read on… What is the red deer rut? Taking place in autumn, specifically the month of October, the red deer rut is a part of the mating process for red deer. Mating begins with the females of the species gathering in a large herd. This herd is then joined by large, fierce stags, who are ready to intimidate each other in front…

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The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival 2020 – what’s happening?

The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival is a much-loved event in the Suffolk event calendar – however, this year’s event will be a little bit different. Read on for the lowdown of what’s happening during the 2020 festival. What is the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival Widely regarded as one of the best annual food festivals in the country, this event brings together dozens of local producers of fresh food, drink, confectionery and more. It’s the place to be if you want to fill your fridge and pantry with mouth watering produce – and indulge in a cheeky, freshly-made…

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Why take a unique Barge holiday?

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…

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What to bring for 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…

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Get your fill of classical music at Snape Maltings

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…

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Where to see wildlife in Suffolk

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…

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Adnams Brewery Tour

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 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. Since then, the brand has been making iconic beers,…

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Suffolk pubs near Woodfarm Barges

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 Anchor is a great pub, with a buzzing atmosphere. Just a five minute walk…

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Our new dog passport

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…

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Where to play golf in Suffolk

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…

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Indulge in the finest Suffolk foods at Aldeburgh Food 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! 100ft in length and 18ft wide, Onderneming is an incredibly spacious home-away-from-home for you, five…

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What to do at Dunwich Heath

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…

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Head to Suffolk for unique homeware and antiques

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…

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See our favourite Midweek Mutt-Shots from 2019

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…

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A dog-friendly day trip to Felixstowe

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…

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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…

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Newbourne dog walking trail with views galore

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…

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Explore Suffolk in a canoe

Our dog-friendly, Suffolk-based, 19th century Dutch sailing barges may be static on their respective rivers, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take to the water to see Suffolk! The River Alde – © Copyright Roger Jones and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence When you’re staying with Woodfarm Barges, think of your accommodation as a static luxury holiday cottage on a stunning waterway. You get all the benefits of a relaxing river stay, without requiring any experience in sailing – simply hop aboard via the gangplank and you’re set! If, however, you would like to try…

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Woodfarm Barges’ favourite Woodbridge restaurants

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as stimulating your tastebuds with some delicious local cuisine while on holiday – and Woodbridge in Suffolk has some great options. Visit this small, quintessentially English town, which is situated on the doorstep of our Twee Gebroeders barge, or just a 20 minute drive away from our Onderneming barge at Snape Maltings. Here, you’ll not only find traditional shops and picturesque walks along the river, but also a number of excellent restaurants. Some might find it surprising that such a small town in rural Suffolk has so much to offer in terms of eating…

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