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.
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