All aboard for luxury on the award-winning Twee Gebroeders - an exquisitely renovated Dutch sailing barge, moored at the iconic Waterfront in the Suffolk town of Woodbridge.
Perfect for both couples and small families, Twee Gebroeders (‘Two Brothers') offers a wonderfully unique chance for couples (but up to four guests) to experience life on a Dutch barge without leaving any creature comforts (or the comforts of the quayside) behind. And, as up to three well-behaved dogs can stay too, the whole family can enjoy this beautiful accommodation and its iconic location.
Moored in the shadow of Woodbridge's famous Tide Mill (one of only two still in operation today), Twee Gebroeders has undergone a loving restoration with no expense spared, providing utter luxury on the picturesque River Deben. Over 110 years old, measuring 64 feet and painted a striking red, white and black, you can hardly miss this magnificent barge from the shore - but the best is yet to come once you've climbed aboard.
Step down into the stunning living quarters and you'll be amazed at the incredible renovation which has taken place. The large living salon, with seating, dining space and a fully fitted kitchen, feels just like home; in fact, you may be surprised to remember you're floating on a river! With windows running the length of the saloon, a skylight above, and white wood panelling throughout, the whole room is light, airy, and wonderfully inviting.
The large L-shaped seating area, offers a comfy space for everyone to relax in front of the TV and DVD player - yet also doubles up as a dining area once the bespoke folding table is in situ. Cute floral curtains, a library of books, games and DVDs, and nautical knick-knacks bring a wealth of homely touches to this gorgeous space.
The bespoke kitchen area is perfect for preparing your on-board meals, with handcrafted cabinets by a local furniture maker, opulent granite worktops and a cast iron range cooker in ravishing red. And, alongside tea, coffee and sugar, you'll find a mouth-watering breakfast hamper on arrival, packed with local bread, butter, eggs, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes.
A corridor leading from the salon takes you to a cosy twin bedroom - perfectly sized for children. Suitable for average sized adults too. Some of the finishing touches add nautical notes, while a TV with DVD player provides perfect entertainment. The beautiful Master cabin is found at the end of the corridor, filled with plenty of natural light from four fabulous portholes, and offering a cosy double bed, plenty of storage, a dressing table, and a TV and DVD player.
You'll also find a luxurious shower room on board, complete with a full-sized corner shower providing lashings of hot water. There's also a washbasin, a heated mirror and full-sized loo. Don't forget to admire the handmade tiles, painted in the Dutch Delft style and depicting Suffolk's famous avocets, for a unique nod to the local area and Twee Gebroeders' heritage.
Surely there's no better way to make the most of the Waterfront than from your cockpit up on deck - the perfect place to unwind with a board of Suffolk cheeses and preserves, a local ale or your favourite glass of wine. Marvel at The Tide Mill and spot wading birds as they fish in the shallows of the Deben.
Step ashore and there's more to discover, starting with delightful Woodbridge and its range of independent shops, cosy pubs and friendly cafés. Bring your walking boots for strolls along the riverbank, with Wilford Bridge to the north and Kyson Hill to the south. Across the river is world-famous heritage site Sutton Hoo, while further afield is the whole of the Suffolk coast to explore, including popular Aldeburgh and Southwold, atmospheric Dunwich and rugged Walberswick.
At nearby Snape Maltings, also look out for the wonderful Onderneming - Twee Gebroeders' sister barge, which is perfect for larger groups.
Whether you're searching for a romantic escape with a difference or an unforgettable family holiday that everyone will love, Twee Gebroeders offers just that. And with every luxury included, surely there's nowhere else you'd rather be than aboard this beautiful barge on the Deben!
Things to note
Stays are usually minimum 2 nights but please enquire for single night stays, no smoking, dogs are welcome to stay, children are also welcomed.
Tried and tested
"Splendid. What a fantastic boat, everything so comfy and accommodating. Woobridge is fab, everything you need including cheeky shopping! We wish time would slow down...we will be back for more!"
Chris and Leni
"Thank you so much for a wonderful week on the beautiful TG. Clean and comfortable, enjoyed relaxing on the deck with a glass of wine. Loved all the cafes, pubs etc especially the Hut and lovely cakes from the bread shop. Overall, fantastic stay in sunny Suffolk in the most unique accommodation. Thank you very much."
Sam and Patrick with Roxy the dog
"The perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of London life. A very special place to visit. Wish we could stay much longer."
Louisa and Nin
Region: Woodbridge, Suffolk
Cost (from): £329 (2 nights)
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 513
FacilitiesSleeps up to 4, double bedroom (TV/DVD player), twin bedroom, bedding and towels provided, private shower & toilet room, cushions, throws, saloon, seating unit, fold-out table, cooking range, fridge/freezer, storage, TV, DVD player, WiFi, books, CDs, board games, outdoor cockpit area, decking, seating for 6 people.
Sutton Hoo National Trust site, rowing, coastal walks, beaches, sand dunes, pier, amusements, boating, crabbing, castles, nature reserves, House in the Clouds.
At a glance
- Award-winning 64ft Dutch sailing barge, moored at Woodbridge Waterfront, offering outstanding accommodation on the River Deben
- Sleeps up to 4 (1 double; 1 twin)
- Pet friendly: up to 3 dogs welcome
- Suffolk breakfast hamper on arrival
- Explore Woodbridge and Suffolk coast; perfect for walking, birdwatching and relaxing