Or ‘Two Brothers’ in English, is a 64ft fully restored Dutch Sailing Barge (a Skutsje) based on the iconic waterfront at The Tidemill in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Absolutely no expense has been spared in this renovation!
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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?
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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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
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.
Fabulous five days spent relaxing, eating, and drinking in this great barge. Took long walks with our two dogs. A visit to nearby Walberswick is a must, great beach to walk the dogs on. The weather has been extremely kind this week, so it was lovely to sit on the deck – reading a book and watching the world go by! Carl has thought of everything to make our stay comfortable. Was really looking forward to our stay and it didn’t disappoint.
Lovely couple of days made even better by fabulous late September sunshine. Good facilities on board and generous breakfast hamper. Particularly enjoyed looking through the photobook of the restoration of the barge.
Originally due to come in May but due to the 'unprecedented times', we had to re-schedule. Circumstances meant we hoped for, but didn't anticipate, favourable weather. However we were not disappointed and the sun shone all weekend. A glorious time was had by all.
Suffolk is so calm and peaceful compared to home, and it was lovely to get away for a few days after lockdown, lasting for us since March 18th. We had fabulous weather throughout and enjoyed some gentle walks and pleasant drives. My Top Tip: mind the broken kerb outside the ice cream stall at the Railway station! Loved the breakfast hamper and the views from the barge. Very comfy beds, and The Growler kept us on our toes! Thanks Carl.
Awesome stay aboard, once our three rescue Rotties mastered getting on and off. Everything you could possibly need on board. Fabulous beaches and river walks for our Motley Crew. I think we may go and look to see where Onderneming is moored. Still a couple of days to go but will definitely be back.