Twee Gebroeders is a beautifully converted Dutch sailing barge moored in one of the most incredible spots in Suffolk. Characterful and compact, it is perfect for a romantic weekend for two (dogs most welcome by prior arrangement), although the clover layout means you can squeeze in up to four in a double and twin cabin. It’s moored in the popular town of Woodbridge, right near The Tidemill on the River Deben. The mooring is lovely and peaceful yet just a short walk from great restaurants and pubs like The Riverside and The Crown, as well as shops, banks and other amenities.
Woodbridge is a charming town which, like Twee Gebroeders, it is small and perfectly formed. The train station is on the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft and exploring Suffolk is easy if you want to leave the car at home, and the owners have thoughtfully provided free bike use.
Once you’ve drunk your fill of Woodbridge - taken photos of the Tidemill, visited the interesting local museum, maybe had a splash in the pool or a row on the river, and checked out the extensive gin menu at The Angel, lace up your walking boots and walk north along the river to Wilford Bridge, or south to Kyson Hill. Managed by the National Trust, Kyson Hill is a serene corner of Suffolk and good for bird spotting. You might be lucky to spot the bright flash of a kingfisher as you go along the river, and you’ll almost certainly see egrets on the estuary shore.
The world famous Anglo-Saxon burial site of Sutton Hoo is three miles east of where Twee Gebroeders is moored, taking around 10 minutes by car or 30 minutes by public transport. In addition to the ancient burial mounds, the estate has an award winning museum which includes a full-sized replica of how the chamber would have looked when a king was buried there nearly 1,500 years ago.
Suffolk’s beaches are certainly worth at least one day trip. Aldeburgh is a 30-minute drive, and Southwold is not much further. You can also easily reach Ramsholt, Shingle Street, Orford and Felixstowe, making Twee Gebroeders a convenient and superbly comfortable unique self-catering holiday home in Suffolk.
Carl Scott joined Independent Cottages in August 2013
If you've never stayed on a houseboat before then you'll be amazed at just how many home comforts you can fit into a small space with clever planning. The barge is well fitted and furnished to a very high standard, including effective heating and WiFi.
Outside: A large cockpit is at the front of the barge and accessed via the saloon. It is beautifully fitted out in teak to provide outdoor seating for up to six people.
Additional Information: WiFi, utilities, linen and towels are included. The owners have thoughtfully provided a breakfast basket, tea, coffee and sugar, as well as luxury soaps. Up to three well-behaved dogs are welcome by prior arrangement with the owner, as are other pets.
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