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
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.
Fantastic way to celebrate the easing of lockdown and Gilligan’s 7-month birthday! Lovely weather for swimming and amateur bird watching on deck.
Wonderful, amazing, every detail so well thought of. Couldn’t ask for a better weekend break, so much needed especially in the current times. Can’t wait to try the other barge and all the cottages. Thank you so much!
Just wow! Fabulous weekend retreat. Many thanks
Such a lovely time. Anchor pub was so good we went twice. Shingle Road beach was stunning.
We have had a fantastic stay in your beautiful Dutch barge. It has been very peaceful and relaxing. You have thought of everything. Many thanks.
Had a lovely stay here for new year, cosy and comfortable stay with all the home comforts. Lovely long walk to Melton, day in Aldeburgh. Perfect! Look forward to seeing you again.
Like your previous guests, this was a last-minute escape for us. A lovely surprise from my partner Ron, as an early birthday present. I dream of living aboard – he knows me well!! This little break aboard Twee Gebroeders has made me want to fulfil my dream even more. A fabulous weekend.
A last-minute getaway, booked two days before, my husband surprised me. I knew we were going to Woodbridge, but didn’t know where. So, as he dropped his bag at the gang plank, I was speechless! When Nicky met us to let us onboard, I was still taking it in. The stay on the boat has been wonderful, warm and cosy, lovely walks into town and either direction along the footpaths. Even the rain and really high tides have not dampened our spirits. Actually sad to go home, it’s been a lovely late November adventure! Great homely touches and the welcome basket was perfect! Thanks for a wonderful stay.
Lovely couple of days, thank you. The barge is a gem, cosy and comfortable, and Woodbridge has everything, and is very welcoming. The Coach & Horses on the Melton road serves good food and has a gluten free menu recommended by Coeliac UK.