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Quirky accommodation for dog lovers in Suffolk

If I had a penny for every time I heard “Where’s the best quirky accommodation for dog lovers in Suffolk?”, I imagine I’d be well off enough to purchase a barge next to Twee Gebroeders and give up this blog writing lark for good. No, seriously. To answer the question once and for all, I’ve put some thoughts down about why our Barns and Barges for rent make for the most quirky accommodation for dog lovers.

But first, a slight detour that I promise is worthwhile. 

Back in 2000, a man named Red Wassenich made a donation to a radio station in his native Austin. When asked by the show’s hosts what had prompted him to make this donation, he replied: “Because it keeps Austin weird”. Though Red’s donation is unlikely to be what keeps the place weird – this is a city that boasts over a thousand restaurants that will serve you Tacos for breakfast, after all – his reply was readily embraced by Austin businesses. Being weird, they all seemed to agree, was a wonderful thing to be.

I would like to suggest today that we wouldn’t go wrong if we were to take some inspiration from Red and encourage everyone to do their part to “Keep Suffolk Quirky”. This seems only right when you consider that Suffolk is a county that boasts the UK’s smallest pub (complete with a mummified cat hanging from the ceiling), has a “living museum”, and is home to the most famous UFO sighting in Britain. It even has its own distinct and quirky dialect that we’ve helped to explain at length in our guide to speaking the slang of Suffolk.

Evidently, when it comes to being quirky, nowhere does it quite so well as Suffolk. 

This of course begs the question: where to find quirky accommodation for dog lovers in Suffolk? After all, it would be an awful shame to enjoy all of the quirky charms of the county and not stay somewhere that was similarly characterised by its quirkiness. Or somewhere that you couldn’t bring your dog.

Whilst you’ll probably notice we often use adjectives like “luxurious”, “bespoke”, and “romantic” to describe our Barns and Barges for rent, we’ve also been partial to “quirky” in the past as quirky accommodation for dog lovers they certainly are. To prove this point, we’ve decided to take a renewed look at our Barns and Barges for rent to identify the various qualities that make them just as quirky as they are luxurious, bespoke, and romantic.

What makes our Barns for rent the best choice when it comes to quirky accommodation for dog lovers

As accommodation that sets itself apart from traditional alternatives – a key measure of quirkiness – our dog-friendly Barns combine comfort and outstanding facilities for guests to enjoy when holidaying in Suffolk. Specifically, the combination of classic countryside interiors with hot tubs and enclosed gardens make our Barns amongst the most unique and quirky accommodations in the county, if we do say so ourselves. 

If you still need convincing that we do quirky accommodation for dog lovers as well as we do luxurious accommodation for dog lovers, consider Woodfarm House. A highly spacious Cottage for rent, Woodfarm House has an oak-beamed lounge, an inglenook fireplace and seriously squishy sofas for guests to take advantage of downstairs. Upstairs, guests are greeted by a king-sized bed, dressing room and bathroom complete with a ‘Ball & Claw’ footed roll-top bath. Outside of this thatched 15th Century country home is a private hot tub that is accompanied by an outdoor shower. Taking care of dogs just as well as it does humans, Woodfarm House also has an enclosed kitchen garden for the stretching of four legs (love that!). For more rigorous runabouts, our fully secure two-acre meadow is also available for your four-legged friend to socialise with our other canine guests.

As dog-friendly accommodation, it’s no surprise that all of our Barns have earned a leading reputation amongst dog lovers up and down the country. This reputation is further enhanced by their proximity to a range of dog-friendly pubs, restaurants and even a specially designed canine swimming pool. To discover all of the best things to do with your pooch when staying at our quirky accommodation for dog lovers, be sure to have a browse of our blog as well as our dedicated guides to dog friendly beaches. Continually updated, you can depend on our website for all of the very best things to see and do.   

Altogether, we’re pretty confident in saying that our Barns for rent in Suffolk offer some of the most comfortable and quirky accommodation for dog lovers that you’re likely to find. What’s more, we’re equally confident in saying that Suffolk affords dog lovers with perhaps the most exciting range of dog-friendly things to do of any county in the country.

What makes our Barges for rent the best choice when it comes to quirky accommodation for dog lovers

It’s hard to argue that there’s any accommodation quirkier than a Barge. Quirkier still, if that barge happens to date back to the 19th century and is fitted with all of the comforts you would expect from accommodation built in the 21st century. Proudly describing both of our Barges as “quirky accommodation for dog lovers” long before such a description became trendy, they are moored at Snape Maltings and Woodbridge and provide easy access to all of the great and quirky things there are to see and do in Suffolk.

Stepping aboard Twee Gebroeders in Woodbridge – how could a barge thus named be anything but quirky? – guests are welcomed to a truly romantic bolthole. Measuring 64 ft in length, the Barge is equipped with cosy cabin bedrooms and offers remarkable views from out of the portholes. Lovingly and expertly restored, guests don’t have to walk far to discover a range of similarly cosy pubs and restaurants.

Blessed with another suitably quirky name, Onderneming at Snape Maltings is moored on the River Alde and is also only a short walk from a selection of restaurants and boutique shops. At 94 ft in length, and with the option to comfortably sleep six to eight guests at a time, this Barge for rent has a host of historic features that can be found around her two kitchens, and living and dining areas. With three bathrooms, three double bedrooms, and even a dedicated kids’ den with an extra single bunk bed, quirky accommodation for dog lovers doesn’t get much better than this. Or at least, we like to think so.

Both Twee Gebroeders and Onderneming are dog-friendly, making them the perfect place to holiday, whether guests have two sea legs or four. 

Quirky accommodation for dog lovers, with added benefits

As if our choices of quirky accommodation in Suffolk weren’t enough, Woodfarm Barns & Barges also offers all four-legged guests their very own Dog Passport. No, this isn’t a joke. It is, in fact, another quirky element of our approach to things. Containing a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about the area, the passport also provides your dog with complete freedom to roam the “Principality of Woodfarm Barns”. Providing complete peace of mind, this passport provides contact details for any veterinary services you may require during your stay. Ultimately, we make it possible for your pet to become an instant VIP and enjoy any subsequent stays they may have completely free of charge.     

You don’t just have to take our word for how well we take care of our four-legged friends at Woodfarm Barns and Barges. We’ve worked hard to build a leading reputation around this aspect of our Barns and Barges since 2009, and we have a dedicated guest book used by previous visitors who joined us for a pet-friendly holiday that’s brimming with positive reviews.

Of course, it should also be pointed out that our Barns and Barges for rent are all professionally cleaned after each visit, making them just as inviting for any dog lovers who may be staying without a pet of their own in tow.

In summary, both our Barns and Barges make for the perfect stay if it’s quirky accommodation for dog lovers that you’re looking for. Bringing together classic and cosy styling with all of the modern features that make holidaying great, we’re rather convinced that they are every bit as quirky as they are romantic and luxurious. What’s more, their dog-friendly nature means that dog lovers can enjoy the highest quality of getaway with their best friend alongside them.

To book quirky accommodation for dog lovers in Suffolk today, be sure to take a look at the availability of our Barns and Barges for rent.

Reasons to Stay at Woodfarm, Suffolk

We happen to think what we have on offer is pretty bloomin' good. However, we thought you might like a bunch of reasons to stay, other than we think you should!

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Brilliant beaches! Suffolk has an incredible Heritage Coast, with great beaches, all in easy reach of us.

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Dogs stay FREE, and we don't just tolerate them, we welcome them! We've built our reputation on this, and we're proud of it!

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Pawesome, fully-enclosed two acre Pooch Paddock for your Dogs to go bonkers and make new friends in.

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Free Doggy treats, Dog bowls, and Dog towels. Our furry friends even get Woodfarm branded poop bag holders!

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Visit England Gold Awards coming out of our ears, as well as their coveted ROSE Award for Service Excellence.

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Well in excess of 1,000 Five Star Tripadvisor, Facebook & Google Reviews. Over 25% of our guests come back!

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Private Hot tubs with seven of our eight Barns and Cottages. The ultimate in relaxation, just because you're worth it.

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Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yes, plural. Two AONB's on our doorstep! Suffolk Coast & Heaths, and Dedham Vale.

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Stunning river walks directly from your gangplank on either Barge! Wildlife and breathtaking scenery in abundance.

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