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"Great for family beach holiday with theme park aged children…"
We stayed here with Campus Holidays in July 2014. The accommodation was fine and the facilities on the campsite itself also fine. What was great were four things:
1) A few mins walk from a lovely little town, Wassenaar
2) A ten min drive from stunning north sea beaches with loads of sand, cafes and playgrounds
3) Great location for exploring other cities - we went to Rotterdam, Utrecht, Delft, The Hague and Amsterdam.
4) The attached theme park, to which you get free entry, is great for going for a little bit each day. Our kids are young but loved the trampolines and playground and ferris wheel. Older kids could go on more rides. Being able to go for a little while rather than a whole day at a time was fab as well as the cost being included.
The downside was you had to pay to get into the pool - it would have been nice to be able to wander in and out of the pool and go a few times every day.Read moreLess
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"Best family holiday we've had!…"
We spent a week here this month and would agree with everything the other reviewers have said.
We stayed in one of the Duingalows. I'd advise this rather than booking with Eurocamp etc because the price included free access to the pool. If you'd booked through another company, you had to pay 3,50 Euros.
Pool was fantastic - something for everyone. We went every day. The theme park was good too. Even though it was August, the queues weren't too bad - maximum of 20 minutes. We hired go-karts and the children loved riding around the site on those.
Whilst there, we visited Amsterdam (Park and Ride was a nightmare though; we queued for 1.5 hours to get into the carpark. I would advise finding a train instead!)and the beaches at Wassenaar and Schreveningen. Leiden looked a nice town too but we diddn't have time to go there.
Duinrell is definitely worth a visit; we're planning a return trip in the future. Next time I'd get the ferry though, driving from Calais took far too long!Read moreLess
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Just back from duinrell and we loved it have 2 kids 9 and 5 and there was loads for them to do all included in the price. Outdoor pool was a bit chilly despite the 30 degree heat outside but indoor one was lovely and warm although always busy but we tried to avoid peak times. Loads of parks rides and entertainment and a good mix of Dutch German and uk families there. Enjoyed the ferry ride there and the town nearby and beach were lovely too . I would book a duingalow direct with the site as the static caravans owned by canvas euro camp etc looked absolutely tiny compared to our dungalow, plus we got free pool entry too whereas the other holiday company's have to pay I think. Very big very busy park so book a site on the outskirts for a bit of peace and quiet! Returning next year as we loved it . Eating out and drinking was v expensive because of the euro so we just self catered so not a problem for usRead moreLess
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"Brilliant for children - would recommend!…"
We have just got back from a 4 night / 5 day stay with 2 x 8yr olds and a 4yr old. Had a great time and the children loved it.
The site is very pretty - set in a wood with little streams / lakes. There are various English mobile home companies, plus hundreds of touring caravan / tent pitches. There is also what they call a hostel and the site's own bungalows. Seems to have a mix of Dutch / German / Belge / English - certainly didn't feel like a "Brits abroad" type place. It was very clean, felt very safe. Slightly noisy during the day (noise from the theme park) but that closed at 5pm and it was pretty quiet after that.
The (free) theme park on the site is great - seemingly well maintained and managed. Lots of rides - some really quite scary ones but lots for youngers ones too (trampolines, ferris wheel, little boats, parks etc). The fact that its on hand all the time (children would have a quick go on the pirate ship on the way back from the site supermarket etc) made it really fun!
The water park (Tikibad) is also brilliant - probably around 15 or so different slides (some really quite fast), lazy river, wave machine, lots of little water features for toddlers etc. There is a separate little baby pool at the back. The outdoor pool wasn't open when we were there (perhaps only open during height of summer?). That is subsidised for campers – 3.5 euros per person for 2 hours.
We stayed with Keycamp – caravan was pretty modern, clean, well laid out, nice decking area with bbq etc. Had one issue with the pilot light going out but went up to reception and issue was resolved within 20 mins. Couldn't fault Keycamp at all. We were on the Eiland part of the site – caravans were quite close together but we seem to have gone at a quiet time as not all of them were occupied and noise wasn't an issue. No cars were allowed around the caravans (other than to load / unload) which meant we were happy to let our 8 yr olds (who hired go-karts for a day) pedal them around the little paths. The only negative about this part of the site is thats its in a really shady from the tree coverage – even in the glorious sunshine that we had, there weren't many spots where you could sit in full sunshine and the outdoor furniture needed cleaning every morning because it was covered in leaves etc from the trees (not a big issue though). The opposite side of the site (Middleveld / the Strip) has less tree cover (and apparently more space) so more likely to get sunshine but closer to the main road (although still not busy) so it just depends what you'd prefer. We looked through the window at the Duingalows (they seemed very nice) and saw the eurocamp ready pitched tents (very nice, well equipped, each one has its own gazebo next to it for outdoor space but they are all in a row down 2 sides of a field literally tent –gazebo-tent-gazebo with no space whatsoever in between - would be very disappointed if I'd booked one of those).
It took us 4 hours to get there from Calais – no tolls, a really easy drive. Wassenaar itself is really pretty – a quaint dutch town, with lots of little bars and restaurants in the pedestrianised area. The local beach is worth a visit (we walked to it – about 5km) but there are lovely / safe cycle paths to it (in fact everywhere around) so if you can, I would definitely take bikes. You can hire them on site (like the go-karts) but they're quite expensive (10-15 euros each per day). We also went to Scheveningen beach – again worth a visit – huge beach with lots of lovely beach bars at the back. The sea was too cold for the children to swim in but they paddled.
We ate at the pancake house restaurant just outside the camp – great pancakes but a bit pricey for essentially a pancake! Didn't use the restaurants / snack bar on site. There was a little bar downstairs in the Plaza which had a couple of air hockey tables and a little bowling alley which we went to once (not rowdy or busy). The C1000 supermarket was very good (better than the supermarket on site) and only a 10 minute walk out of the camp. We visited the local market (expecting it to be a fruit / vegetable / local produce) but it was more of a flea market.
So, all in all, it was brilliant, the children loved it. The only caveat to that is that we had perfect weather and picked a really quiet time. I imagine if all the pitches / caravans were in use, it would be extremely busy. When we arrived on the Saturday it seemed busy (weekend caravanners) and we had to queue for some of the rides (max of about 20 minutes). The Tikibad also looked quite busy. By Monday, the place was very quiet, didn't have to queue at all for any of the rides (children stayed on some of the rides 3 or 4 times in a row because there was no queue) and when we used the Tikibad (at 10am when it opened) we didn't have to queue for any of the slides etc. I wouldn't have thought it would get overly busy with brits even in school holidays, but I would avoid the European school hols as far as you can and possibly go mid-week rather than over a weekend if you're just going for 3 or 4 nights. Just one other point - the cut off points for rides (both in the theme park and the Tiki bad) was 120cm or 150cm. My (average height) 8yr olds were just over the 120cm height requirement - if they hadn't have been quite a few of the slides in the Tikibad would have been off-limits (and the life guards were quite strict on that). There would still have been lots for them to enjoy, but if you have a 6 or 7 yr old who isn't quite 120cm, they might be slightly disappointed about ehat they can go on.
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"Fantastic place for all ages…"
Just returned from a 3 night break over the bank holiday weekend and a very good time was had by all! 2 teens , 2 adults, and 1 7 year old. there is something for everyone and the layout of the park was very nice, not straight lines of mobile homes like some parks.We stayed in a Canvas Mobile and it was very clean and would reccomend. Swimming pool was excellant, though some of the flumes are not for the faint hearted as are some of the rides in the free on site theme park. No comment on the restaurants on site as we didn't use them. Found prices for things for self catering average for a on site shop and not over the top. Wassenar is a very nice town with plenty of shops and bars to have a drink etc. We all want to return asap, so thats a good sign.Read moreLess
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We stayed at Duinrell in Aug 2011 for 4 nights after seeing the review on Mumsnet.
We chose a Duingalow comfort plus which was one of their mobile homes, it was very comfortable, with a dishwasher, coffee maker, TV etc. The duingalow was very clean and well maintained.
The site itself is fantastic, there's an onsite theme park which has a selection of rides suitable from the very young to the slightly older more adventurous. Entry to the theme park is included in your stay.
There's also a pool complex, and two hours a day of access is also included in your stay.
My DCs also loved the onsite go kart hire.
Onsite shop is expensive but has what you need, but there's a small Dutch town within walking distance with a medium sized more reasonably priced supermarket.
We drove, caught the Dover-Calais ferry then drove to Duinrell from Calais in just over three hours.
I have no doubt we'll be going there again. My children were campaigning for it this year, it was only the promise of Disneyland Paris instead that beat itRead moreLess
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