Interior detail;

You enter Onderneming via the large wheelhouse at the stern (back end!)

The wheelhouse has a large, fully fitted kitchen and an L-shaped seating area around a dining table with additional leather chairs.The barge features bespoke cabinetry with plenty of storage space. 

The port side overlooks the fabulous Snape Maltings, with it’s range of coffee shops, pub and boutique shops. Snape Maltings is a cultural Mecca for classical music aficionados.  The starboard side overlooks the reed beds and the River Alde.

The kids den leads down from the wheelhouse and has a bench setting and a built-in bunk bed

A corridor leads off the wheelhouse with a bathroom and double cabin either side and leads down to the lower saloon, which features all her original portholes. This saloon would originally have been a large cargo hold and would shock the original crew as it now houses a superb wood-burning stove, two comfy sofas, fully fitted galley kitchen, a gorgeous built in L-shaped leather seating area around a beautiful old wooden dining table, with extra leather chairs and a 32” flat screen TV and DVD Player, and DAB radio

Another corridor leads off this saloon to a washing machine and storage cupboards, then on to another bathroom and double cabin with built in wardrobe, then round to a further double cabin, with dressing room and wet room.


Built in 1899, she measures 28.7m in length by 5.5m wide (beam) with a draft (amount of the boat under water) of 1.6m. She is fittted with a DAF 1160 engine (160hp) though of course she was originally purely a sailing barge and this is a later addition.

Built in the Van Den Andel yard in Papendercht, Holland as a single mast sailing Klipper of 23m. De-rigged in 1963 she continued to work as a motor barge under the name of ‘Johanna’, carrying general cargos on the Rhine between Lobith and Emerich in Holland, and between Duisberg and Wesel in Germany. She continued trading under the skippers Johannes Meeuwsen and Jan De Hoog until he 1970’s. In the 1980’s she was used as a boat-building workshop before being retuned to sail under her original name of Onderneming and operating as a charter barge under sail out of Harlingen in Friesland. In 2009 she was brought to London for restoration and conversion to a residential and cruising barge

Getting here;

From the A12 take the A1094 signposted towards Snape Maltings. At Snape Church turn on to the B1069 into the village of Snape itself before turning left into Snape Maltings. The postcode is IP17 1SP

Guests joining us by train will head to Saxmundham on Greater Anglia, via Ipswich. It’s 2 hours from London Liverpool Street. You are then around 4 miles from Snape Maltings and we suggest booking a cab in advance (A2B Cars on 01728 633003 or Gull’s on 01728 602344

Places nearby – click to check out what’s in the area

Click here for an interesting article in The Suffolk Magazine on the previous owner and his history with Onderneming and other barges