Twee Gebroeders is moored on the River Deben by the historic Tidemill in Woodbridge, Suffolk. She is the perfect romantic bolthole for couples, with room for a couple of kids too.
Built in 1897, she measures 64ft in length and offers guests the ultimate quirky romantic break. Enjoy a glass of wine on deck or walk into this quaint market town for a choice of fabulous pubs and restaurants. Comfy, cosy cabin bedrooms. Fabulous views from the portholes.No expense has been spared in the restoration of this beautiful old barge.
Wonderful river walks from your gangplank.
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Twee Gebroeders holiday barge – the finer details
Inside the barge
She offers comfortable self-catering accommodation for up to 4 in 2 cabins; 1 double and 1 twin. She also has a modern shower room, open saloon with a beautiful range cooker and outside there’s a lovely open cockpit with teak seating to relax, unwind and enjoy the views of the river and The Tidemill. All of the bespoke cabinetry inside was hand-crafted by a local furniture maker and she features wonderful handmade tiles in the shower room in the Dutch Delft style, in keeping with her heritage.
Please note that the bedrooms are cabins as She is a narrow barge. The double is a really comfy standard double memory foam mattress, and the singles are just small singles (also comfy memory foam), ideally suited for kids, but can accommodate adults.
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 was lovingly restored in 2008 from the hull upwards and no expense was spared, including all of the cabinetry and the centrepiece of the saloon, the fabulous cast iron oil fired range supplying heating, hot water and cooking on board.
Twee Gebroeders is moored so this is not a sailing holiday. She is static but due to her size you will not really feel her moving.
Woodbridge is a little town with a big personality where you will find plenty to see and do.
The Waterfront and quayside is a colourful mix of vessels from barges to sailing yachts presided over by the towns iconic Tidemill. Step off Twee Gebroeders and you will find yourself in the impressive new ‘Whistocks’ leisure development built on the historic boatyard, with cafe’s and coffee shops a stones throw away. What more could you want?
The Barge is moored on a public quay, with the nearest parking at the Train Station, just a two minute walk. You can drive to The Tidemill directly to drop off luggage though.
Out & About
If you do actually want more, then you have access to the some of the best of the British coast, with historic Orford and Aldeburgh within half an hour, or you could carry on up the coast a little to Dunwich, Walberswick and Southwold; all well worth a visit. We have bikes available on request.
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Twee Gebroeders, even more details!
Central heating throughout
Measuring 64ft in length, she is modest compared to Onderneming. One enters this beautiful ‘little’ (hardly!) barge at the stern (back end!) into the saloon, which offers a multi-functional living area. It includes a comfy L-shaped upholstered seating area, folding nautical table, galley with bespoke Iroko cabinetry, granite worktop to the galley kitchen and a fabulous cast-iron range cooker as the focal point. There’s a fridge/ freezer and bags of storage space. You’ll find a flat screen TV, DVD player and lots of DVDs, CDs, books and board games.
A corridor leads off the saloon to the rest of the barge;
The twin cabin;
A perfect den for kids but will also comfortably sleep two adults with full sized single bunks and high quality memory foam mattresses. More bespoke Iroko cabinetry providing ample storage space. TV. Individual reading lights.
The shower room;
This luxurious shower room features a full height quadrant shower and Aquilisa shower with lashings of hot water. There’s a full sized “proper” loo too, which is rare on a vessel of this size
The tiles were hand painted in the Dutch Delft style by the Norton Tile Company and feature Avocets, which are in abundance on the Deben and perhaps Suffolk’s best know bird. Towel rail/ radiator and opening porthole.
The main cabin;
A full sized, fitted double bed, with a comfy memory foam mattress. More bespoke Iroko cabinetry giving you storage and hanging space. Wall mounted TV and DVD player, individual reading lights and decorative ‘Weems and Plath’ oil lamps, as well as four opening portholes.
There has been a mill on the quay at Woodbridge for over 800 years. The present building dates back to 1793 and is one of only 5 tide mills left in Britain only two of which, including Woodbridge, are in working order. At 40 foot high the white clapperboard mill makes an imposing site overlooking the gentle waters of the Deben.
Step off the gangplank onto the quay and you have wonderful walks along the river bank in both directions. Walk North along the river to Wilford Bridge, which is the limit in a sailing boat. If you had a canoe you could carry on through reedbeds between meadows for another mile or so. You can walk it too.
Walk South along the river path and you’ll soon be at Kyson Hill, owned by the National Trust. There’s a slipway and boatshed at Kyson point, where the path turns right, running alongside Martlesham Creek. It’s a wonderful walk to the other end of the creek. This is the point that the fresh water of the River Fynn meets the tidal river water.
Wherever your feet take you along the River Deben you’re likely to experience a wide range of wading birds and if you’re very lucky, the occasional seal. Having spent a lot of time not he Deben we’ve seen them many times. There’s a large number of swans on the Deben too, and the very tame turnstones are fun to watch wading about in the mud at low water.
The quayside is just a short walk from the centre of this atmospheric little town, with a wonderful assortment of independent retailers and businesses, as well as some superb local cafes and restaurants. There’s even a tiny cinema within five minutes of Twee Gebroeders, with its own excellent bar and restaurant.
Woodbridge is also home to a couple of really nice parks, a model boating lake, a fully functioning windmill right next to your barge, tons of history with some stunning architecture, a museum and just over the river you have Sutton Hoo, an ancient Viking site, operated and owned by the National Trust.
From the A12 in either direction turn off for Woodbridge and simply follow the road through the town to the riverside, keeping a lookout for signs to ‘The Tidemill’ with this symbol. It is so iconic, it’s dead easy to find.
- Double cabin bedroom
- Twin cabin bedroom
- Shower room with handmade tiles
- Bespoke Iroko cabinetry
- Original tiller and leeboards
- Teak deck seating
- Cosy saloon ( lounge & dining area )
- Cast iron stove
- Amazing river views
- Fabulous pubs & restaurants within minutes
- Central Heating
- Flat Screen TV/DVD/CD
- Flat Screen TV in both cabins
- DAB Radio
- Free WiFi
- Free bike use
- Stunning river walks from the gangplank
- Breakfast Basket
- Bed linen
- Luxury Hand soaps
What’s included with your Woodfarm Stay?
It’s the little extras that make your holiday special.
Many thanks for all the well selected 'welcome' treats.
Thank you for all the breakfast, fruit and extras - a very nice touch. Lots of things to do and see and thankfully the weather was good. Thanks again.
The barge is so cosy and comfortable! The breakfast basket was a lovely touch - thank you. Enjoyed exploring Woodbridge - everything on our doorstep - shops, pubs and good restaurants.
Couldn't have spent a better weekend celebrating a 60th birthday. Barge is absolutely stunning. Have had a wonderfully relaxing time watching the tide and the birds
Boris our dog had a wonderful time and catered for extremely well, especially the treats! Breakfast supplies were very much appreciated too. This is our second break with Carl's fab accommodation - only Tuscany is in our sights now. Quirky little barge with everything you could possibly need. Thank you so much for a well needed break away.
We consider ourselves truly blessed to have snapped up a last minute cancellation, and had a wonderful short break on the river in this beautiful part of the world. It has been a real tonic in this most unusual of years! The barge has proved warm and comfortable, and the breakfast basket was much appreciated. We lived near Woodbridge for a short time many years ago, so it has been a joy to rediscover old haunts – a real wander down memory lane! I have enjoyed the Facebook posts over the summer and been eyeing up the barge for a long time. Only deterred by the journey from West Wales, but am so glad we came – wish we could have stayed longer! P.s. we love the puzzle – hope we can finish it!
Had a lovely short stay here – grandchildren visited us here and are begging us to book again so that they can stay too. Drove out to the Fox’s Inn at Newbourne, great for dogs and humans, and good service. Walks along the river (both ways) are beautiful. Really don’t want to face the reality of the outside world again – this has truly been an escape for the weekend.
We’ve had a very relaxing few days, much needed after lockdown for all those months. Sutton Hoo was the highlight for us, should not be missed. We re-visited Southwold and Walberswick, and super fish and chips at Aldeburgh! Off now to collect plants from Suffolk Plant Centre. Thanks for everything.
This trip was a great surprise for my wife’s birthday. She has always wanted to stay on a barge. We both love coming to Woodbridge so staying here was a bonus. The weather was very rainy, but it didn’t stop us from our walks. The barge was beyond our expectation, very comfortable, clean etc. The breakfast hamper was great – thank you. It was great looking through your album on the restoration of the barge, fantastic achievement by all.
We had a lovely weekend on this lovely barge. Great facilities on board and the breakfast hamper was lovely, thank you! The weather was not the best but it didn’t stop us enjoying this lovely area. There are some great walks which we enjoyed and our two dogs really enjoyed themselves. We will definitely be back. Thank you Carl and the team.