Its name means ‘Enterprise’ in English, and it was certainly enterprising of the Onderneming's owners to relocate this beautiful late 19th-century sailing barge to Snape Maltings, which is the one Suffolk riverside location most people would probably die for. Not only that: the barge, which saw around 80 years of service in Holland and Germany, has been so beautifully restored that even the most dedicated landlubber would relish a few nights on board – it's over 100 feet long and more than 18 feet wide and has all the mod cons you would expect from a regular holiday cottage, including good wifi. She's extremely dog-friendly too, and no wonder – there are few better places to bring a dog, with gorgeous walks stretching in all directions.
Inside is more spacious than you might expect, with high ceilings and two large living areas, one of them in the original wheelhouse (where you enter), with a large, fully fitted kitchen and an L-shaped seating and dining area. The wheelhouse room has the best views of the river, while the saloon down below has a wood-burning stove for cosy evenings by the fire. This rooms would originally have been a large cargo hold and has space for two comfy sofas, and another kitchen and eating area, with a beautiful old wooden dining table, a flatscreen TV, DVD player and DAB radio. You can also sit up on the deck to watch the sun go down (or come up).
There are three double cabins that comfortably sleep 6 people, and a double sofa-bed in the lower saloon for an extra couple. One bedroom has an en-suite wet-room and there are two additional bathrooms, one of which even has a bath! There's also a kids' den down from the wheelhouse with bench seating and a built-in bunk bed.
Finally there's the location, which couldn't really be better, with the cultural and shopping hotspot of Snape Maltings offering everything from eastern England's finest concert hall to a great pub (the Plough & Sail), lots of shops and an excellent food hall (guests can get 10% at most of the Maltings' outlets). When the shops are closed in the early morning or evening it's magnificently peaceful, and there are any number of walks you can do from the quay, following the south side of the river to the church at Iken or or following the path on the north side all the way to the sea at Aldeburgh ( around 6 miles). Or just walk into Snape village, where there is another couple of decent pubs – the Golden Key and the Crown Inn. With all this in mind, the Onderneming Barge has got to be one of Suffolk's most special places to stay. If you want something smaller, why not try its sister barge, the Twee Gebroeders, moored in nearby Woodbridge?
AccommodationRoom for 6–8 people, with three double cabins, a sofa bed in the saloon and small bunk for kids.
Price£1420 a week (low season), £2030 a week (high season), short breaks £600–£860
Opening TimesAvailable all year.
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