Day 39 of The Quirky Tour and Jess and Dom enjoyed a stay at Woodbridge Barge in Suffolk, England.

Find out more about their stay: 

Woodbridge Barge view over the water

First Impression:

The 100 year old Dutch barge has a lovely wood interior and an aga. We really enjoyed the boat and it’s surroundings during our time here.

It was great to arrive to a lovely welcome pack with good breakfast and other items.

Carl, the owner, showed us around. We have worked alongside him promoting his romantic getaways since 2018.

Red & white Woodbridge Barge on the water

The Accommodation:

The barge is not for those with mobility issues as you go over a walkway and pass along the narrow side of the boat to reach the cockpit and enter the boat.

Once inside the vessel there is a wooden seating area, small table and kitchenette with oil aga.

Off the passage beyond that is a twin room for children, a shower room, and a double bedroom.

Pumps need to be actioned for the bathroom so there is responsibility in that regard. 

Collage: view over the water and the double room with portholes

Food and Drink:

You will be ensured the best start to your holiday with a big welcome hamper including eggs, bacon, mushrooms, tomatoes, bread, butter, milk, jam, marmalade, fresh fruit and cookies!

There is easy access from the mooring of the barge to restaurants and bars, and you can get more supplies locally as required.

Owner Carl recommends the Anchor at Woodbridge, where you can enjoy a friendly welcome for you and your dog, with great home cooked food, ideally enjoyed after a walk along the River Deben.

Collage: Kitchen and living area on the barge

Jess' top tip:

Woodbridge is a lovely riverside town and the barge is in the centre of that. I highly recommend using the boat as your base for a lovely few days here.

There are a pair of bikes onboard for guests use. We took these out along the path at water’s edge passing HMS Vale - a boat with deck cafe looking out over the River Deben. And on to Sutton Hoo (about 20 mins on the bike in all and a pleasant ride).

Sutton Hoo is the richest archeological find in the U.K. An entire Saxon ship was buried with treasure and a King in a burial mound back in the 6th or 7th century and was found in 1938.

Have you seen the film The Dig? A fascinating bit of history and we enjoyed the walk and river views around the National Trust site.

Dom on the supplied bike

Jess' review of Woodbridge Barge - 17th February 2023

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