dog friendly holiday barge in Suffolk -  Onderneming


Moored on the River Alde at Snape Maltings, near Aldeburgh. A stones throw from great pubs and a range of boutique shops. Perfect for families and small groups of friends seeking a unique getaway, with stunning views and great walks.

Built in 1899, she measures 94ft in length and offers guests spacious but cosy accommodation. She sleeps 6 comfortably in three double bedrooms but also has a comfy double sofa-bed and a kids’ den.

This magnificent Barge features many historic features, including all her original portholes. Two fully fitted galley kitchen / living / dining areas, and three bathrooms. Fabulous river walks right from the quay.

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Onderneming holiday barge – the finer details


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), with lots of seating and both have fully fitted kitchens so you can cook and chat in either! The upper 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.

Dog friendly

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


Please note that our Snape Maltings maintenance colleague has to empty the onboard ‘grey tank’ every few days, as well as top up your water. He does this on the deck and won’t need internal access. He always endeavours to do this like a ninja but don’t be surprised if you see someone on board first thing in the morning.

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. We have bikes available on request.

Take a virtual tour of Onderneming
Snape Maltings
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Snape maltings map
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.

Onderneming – even more details!

Interior detail;

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

The upper saloon 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 saloon and has a bench setting and a built-in bunk bed

A corridor leads off the upper saloon 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, comfy sofa-bed, fully fitted galley kitchen, a 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, with 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


  • 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
Woodfarm Barges
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 98 reviews
byMark, Dawn and Dylan the dog onWoodfarm Barges
Really great fun

Unique accommodation, really great fun, lovely location and so much space for 4 of us, plus a dog. Loved it for a birthday treat, would come back.

byKara, Wynne, Tom, Philly, Glen, Anna; plus Nellie and JK the dogs onWoodfarm Barges
A unique stay for a unique year!!

A unique stay for a unique year!! Fabulous 5 nights afloat on Onderneming. Breakfast views down the river, sunrises, sunsets - pure beauty. Wildlife aplenty - Egret a daily visitor along with the ducks who tormented the dogs!! Thank you.

byDawn, Paul, Scott, and Gilla the Corgi onWoodfarm Barges
What a beaut this barge is

Loved it! What a beaut this barge is. Enjoyed sitting upon the deck with a glass of Prosecco, watching the beautiful sunsets. So peaceful and so relaxing. We'll be sure to return!

bySophie, Richard, Jim, Izzy, Lauren, and Tolly the dog onWoodfarm Barges
A beautiful barge

A wonderful eight night stay. So calm and peaceful. Mixed weather - thunder and lightening, monsoon rain and sunshine. Highly recommend Iken Canoes for a day sail. We loved it! Thank you Nicki, Carl, and Onderneming - a beautiful barge - I wish you could tell us about your adventures of old! Till next time!

byJohn, Marsha, Daniel, Deb, Max, Mia, and Jet the black Lab onWoodfarm Barges
So different to stay on this lovely boat in Suffolk

It was brilliant and we had the best time, lots of fun being together. Kids enjoyed the den, their secret hideout. So different to stay on this lovely boat in Suffolk, surrounded by so much beautiful countryside. Children loved the walks and the swimming in the river and the sea, so did Jet.

byThe Gotts onWoodfarm Barges
The boat is fantastic, thank you.

A lovely break here at Snape Maltings, a fantastic location, lively and interesting during the day, and calm and peaceful in the evenings. We used to live on a boat so was the perfect opportunity to experience living on a boat again, and sharing the joys with our three boys. Swimming in the river, fab at high tide. Great walks on the doorstep, a visit to Aldeburgh and a dip in the sea highly recommended. The boat is fantastic, thank you.

byLynne, Annie, Lisa, Tim, Fred and Lucy onWoodfarm Barges
It has been a great experience

We have had a wonderful stay onboard; the weather has been fantastic. We have enjoyed the peace and quiet of the early mornings and evenings, watching the sun rise and set. The live music at Snape was an added bonus-but get there early for pizza! Loved beach days at Aldeburgh and Southwold. It has been a great experience and we will certainly recommend it to others.

byJem, Toby plus Franky the Dalmatian onWoodfarm Barges
Made us feel like we were on our own barge in France

A lovely birthday and ‘non-wedding’ weekend in Suffolk. Lots of memories of the children’s younger days when we lived nearby. A lovely barge which made us feel like we were on our own barge in France. Beautiful sunsets and swim at Sizewell and Aldeburgh. Can recommend the Lighthouse restaurant at Aldeburgh for a very relaxed meal. Very comfortable beds, plenty of space. Good breakfast. Thoroughly enjoyed by all.

byDaniel, Cheryl, Jerry, Amanda, Sandra and Warren, plus Robbie and Ozzie the dogs onWoodfarm Barges
Spacious and comfortable for 6 people

Great fun! All facilities good and working. Great location and good to get away after lockdown. Spacious and comfortable for 6 people, very clean.

byMick and Lynn onWoodfarm Barges
We found everything we needed on board, and more

Lovely four-night stay, we came up from south west Essex with our 14 year old Jack Russell Terrier; she did find climbing on board challenging! So glad that the shops are now open, and the Plough and Sail – normality beginning to return. Had a couple of lovely meals in the Plough and Sail. Great exploring the area and just watching the comings and goings. So many lovely places to visit close by. We found everything we needed on board, and more. Many thanks to Woodfarm Barns for making our stay so enjoyable.

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