dog friendly holiday barge in Suffolk -  Onderneming


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.

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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), 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.

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

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
We are also pleased to be working with Snape Maltings:https://snapemaltings.co.uk/stay/
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 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


  • 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