Sykes Cottages: selection of Dog Friendly properties
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Two distinct, luxury, dog-friendly barges located in Suffolk. One (Twee Gebroeders) ideal for a romantic break, sleeping 2-4, and the other one (Onderneming) sleeping 6-8, making it just perfect for a relaxing break with family or friends.

Read on to find out more about these unique 'Floating Cottages', available for short breaks or full weeks. BOTH have been featured in The Times in 2018

 

TWEE GEBROEDERS

Twee Gebroeders, translates as ‘Two Brothers’ in English, reflecting the family heritage from her original Skipper in 1897

She is a fully restored 64ft Dutch Sailing Barge (a Skutsje) moored on the iconic waterfront at The Tidemill in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Absolutely no expense has been spared in this renovation!

Twee Gebroeders has been awarded the VisitEngland Quality in Tourism Gold Award so you can be assured of a high standard throughout. She also featured in ‘The Times’ in an article on romantic escapes in 2018!

The Barge

She sleeps 4 in 2 cabins but is perfect for couples as this is such a romantic vessel and location. We offer a 10% discount for couples. She has comfortable self-catering accommodation. The cabins are a double and a twin, and there is a modern shower room, with handmade and painted tiles in the Dutch Delft style, sticking with her heritage.

The saloon (eating, sitting, cooking bit) has a beautiful range cooker. All of the internal bespoke cabinetry was hand-crafted by a local craftsman and again no expense was spared!

Externally there’s a nice open cockpit with teak seating to chill out, unwind and enjoy the view of the Tidemill and river Deben. 

She was painstakingly restored in 2008 from the hull upwards and had a small fortune spent on her, including the cabinetry and the wonderful cast iron oil fired range supplying heating, hot water and cooking on board; the real centrepiece of the saloon.

Dogs
We welcome up to three dogs aboard and have built a reputation with our Barges and Barns for the combination of luxury, with a very open, dog-friendly attitude. This means you and your dogs can have the best holiday.

Location
Twee Gebroeders is moored so this is not a sailing holiday. She is static but due to her size you will not really feel her moving.

Woodbridge is a little town with a big personality where you will find plenty to see and do.
The Waterfront and Quayside is a eclectic mixture of vessels from sailing yacht to barges watched over by the town’s impressive Tidemill. Step off ‘TG’ and you’ll find yourself in the impressive new ‘Whistocks’ leisure development built on the historic boatyard, with cafe’s, restaurants and coffee shops a stones throw away.

Out & About
You could spend a short break here and not need to go back to your car but if you’d like to get out and about then you’re just a short drive to some of the best parts that the British coast has to offer, just had an hour from Orford and Aldeburgh, or venture on up little further to Walberswick, Dunwich and Southwold.

 

ONDERNEMING

Translates in English to ‘Enterprise’ or ‘Undertaking’. She is a late 1800’s sailing barge, steeped in history and has undergone a sympathetic transformation into a modern, luxurious, floating, Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottage, available for 2 or 3 night weekends, midweek breaks or longer holidays. We also offer midweek breaks off-peak for couples and small groups at a discounted rates.

Onderneming has been awarded the VisitEngland Quality in Tourism Gold Award so you can be assured of a high standard throughout. She also featured in ‘The Times’ in a list of the best unusual holiday houses in 2018!

The Barge
Dating back to1899, she is just under 100ft in length and 18ft wide! She has three full double bedrooms and comfortably sleeps six adults. Additionally the lower saloon has a double sofa-bed. No expense has been spared in this conversion and she has high ceilings throughout the vessel, with very comfy beds and all the best bits of modern living, including a full domestic central heating system so will still be cost in the middle of winter!

Many of her original features such as the portholes and interior panelling, with her original wheel and colossal dagger boards on the port and starboard sides. She has one en-suite wet-room and 2 additional bathrooms including one with a sunken bath.

There’s two large saloons (that’s lounge/ dining/ kitchen areas to you ’n’ me), one of which is in the original wheelhouse, with lots of seating and both have fully fitted kitchens so you can choose which to chat and cook in! 

There are stunning river views from the wheelhouse saloon, whilst the lower saloon has a wonderful wood-burning stove for cosy fireside evenings. You can also sit up on deck with your morning coffee or watch the sun go down, it’s up to you.

Dogs
We welcome up to three dogs aboard and have built a reputation with our Barges and Barns for the combination of luxury, with a very open, dog-friendly attitude. This means you and your dogs can have the best holiday.

Location
Onderneming is moored so this is not a sailing holiday. She is static but due to her size you will not really feel her moving.

She’s moored at Pin Mill on the River Orwell, between Ipswich and the Sea on Suffolk’s beautiful Heritage Coast, with a well-known and highly popular pub next door!

If you need a peaceful escape  with family or friends from the real world, this is the perfect spot! A panoramic view of the River Orwell to just sit and chill out, an superb pub the minute you step off the boat and breathtaking river walks in either direction once you’ve finished in the pub. What more could you ask for?

Out & About
If you are asking for more, then you’re within easy reach of some of the best of the British coast, with historic Orford, Aldeburgh and Woodbridge within half an hour, or head on up the coast a bit to Dunwich, Walberswick and Southwold; they are all a must if you venture out!

We’re so lucky that Onderneming is located in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a designated Conservation Area.

 

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