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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
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
"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
3 people found this review helpful.
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
3 people found this review helpful.
"Comments from other Mumsnetters: The site has a wonderful waterpark…"
Comments from other Mumsnetters:
The site has a wonderful waterpark with large slides,wave machine,waterchutes ideal for older children.There are two smaller pools ideal for younger children with slides.There is also a sauna for the adults.My five children loved it,with children ranging in ages from 14 to 3 years they were all catered for in the waterpark.The changing rooms had familly changing rooms which are ideal for yourself and little ones to get changed in.On the site there was a theme park which you had free entry into,here again there was plenty to keep teenagers,dads and toddlers happy and my favourite word it was - 'free!'Read moreLess
4 people found this review helpful.
"This was a great place to have a family holiday.…"
This was a great place to have a family holiday. We have three children of 2, 9 and 12 and there was loads to do for all of them. Also, most of the activities are free, which made it a relatively inexpensive holiday. There is a great pool complex with about 12 different kinds of water slides and other features and also an amusement park on site with loads of rides from miniature trains to scary rollercoasters. There are also great playgrounds dotted about with a wide variety of slides/roundabouts etc. A real bonus for us as the lovely, clean, sandy beach which is about 10 minutes drive away (or you can cycle on the cycle path). The beach was dotted with beach cafes which all had play equipment so we could sit and have a leisurely beer while the kids played in the sand. The nearby town is only 5 minutes walk and is very pretty with a wide range of shops and cafes. We stayed in a duingalow which we booked direct with the park through their website (there is an English version.) This looked like the best kind of accommodation and was in the quietest area. The duingalows were grouped around a playground where the kids congregated in the evening and played while we could sit on our little patio and have a glass of wine. All the Dutch speak perfect English and are very friendly. The kids think it was their best holiday ever and want to go back next year. Highly recommendedRead moreLess
6 people found this review helpful.
"We have been to Duinrell three times and are going…"
We have been to Duinrell three times and are going again this Easter (2010). If you have young children you probably don't need to leave the park as everything you could want is on the site. Shops, restauarant (expensive but okay), take-away (expensive, not okay), pub, cashpoint, doctor (hope you don't need one), theme park with free entry and rides for toddlers to teenagers to go on, huge (and I mean huge) waterpark which in the past was free to Eurocamp and Keycamp customers, but now we have to pay 3.50 euros to use for two hours (I agree with a previous review, the two hours is from the minute you buy the ticket to the minute you put it through the machine at the exit and if you are over two hours they will charge more). We go into Amsterdam each time we visit, using the park and ride at Sloterdick, and have been to the gardens at Keukenhof (which are amazing and there are plenty of places for the children - young and not so young - to run around). Ohh, I could go on and on about how great this holiday is (by the way, we have only gone for 3 nights (and a four night) at a time, I think that is plenty and leaves you wanting to go back.Read moreLess
9 people found this review helpful.
"Excellent holiday, adaquete mobile home and lots to do.…"
Excellent holiday, adaquete mobile home and lots to do. We love the pool (lazy river, etc) and lots of free activities at adjacent theme park (pedalos, ferris wheel, roller coaster, mini train, etc). We absolutely loved it.Read moreLess
4 people found this review helpful.
"We have been to Duinrell twice, both times booking direct…"
We have been to Duinrell twice, both times booking direct and staying in the site-owned "Duingalows", which are very nice (but have no oven, which we noticed AFTER we had bought frozen pizzas in the supermarket). Weather was fab on both visits.
It is a great holiday for kids. Loads to keeep them amused, most of it free (themepark, good playgrounds, nearby beach) or at least relatively cheap (fantastic swimming pool/slides complex, some attractions in the themepark have a nominal charge). It is our kids favourite holiday and they have been to many european campsites over the years. The restaurant is not good though, and the on-site takeaway is even worse. Luckily there are plenty of places to eat in the lovely little town of Wassenaar across the road. The pancake house next to the site entrance is very good too.
There was no night time entertainment to speak of at all when we were there but that suited us fine. Our boys played out with the neighbouring kids in the playground beside the Duingalows every night until dark and made loads of new friends.
The Netherlands is absolutely lovely and everyone we met was so helpful and friendly (and fluent in English). We went to Madurodam (Holland in miniature) in Den Haag, and to the space expo in Nordwijk - or possible Kaatwijk - can't quite remember which! But both were great. To be honest we had intended to see and do and bit more but it was hard to drag the kids away from the site, they were having such a good time.
I would highly recommend Duinrell to anyone and I fully expect that we will spend at least one more holiday there before our children get too big for it.Read moreLess
6 people found this review helpful.
"Stayed on this site and had mixed feelings about the…"
Stayed on this site and had mixed feelings about the site overall. The slides and pools were great - they are not free to all guests staying on the site, you pay ?3.50 for two hours and if you go over this time in the pool then you are charged extra (so be quick getting changed!!) The pools were great for dc and really worth the money. The pleasure park and rides were also great and the dc really enjoyed them.
If camping under canvas/caravan/motorhome at this park the facilities are very clean but basic. The camping area is very basic and relly not good for a large outfit that may get stuck in the mud if it rains - there is not good drainage and just a little rain will have tents digging trenches around the tents to stop water coming in... This would be easy to put right and make then tents area far better.
The area is wonderful for cycling and Dan Hague, and the beach are within easy cycle distance.Read moreLess
3 people found this review helpful.
"Just spent half term there with mixed weather. Very impressed…"
Just spent half term there with mixed weather. Very impressed and are already looking to go back next year. There were no queues for most of the rides and only very small ones where there were any. The swimming complex was fab, 2 hours free if you enter between 10am and 2pm. We went 1 evening after a day out and it was only 3.50Euros so cheaper than our local pool. It certainly tired out our children (8,6&3). Only downside was the buffet restaurant that we thought was over priced for what it was. Great C1000 supermarket in Wassanaar itself.Read moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"We have been to Duinrell every year for the last…"
We have been to Duinrell every year for the last 6 years! It's great - we've stayed with both Canvas and Keycamp - not much difference between them, but I'd advise anyone booking to ask for the MiddenVeld pitches as they are nearer the theme park and super market/ restaurants. The free theme park access is great, as is the free entry into the waterparks. The beach is a 10 minute drive with loads of nice shore side cafes, while the town of Wassenaar is ok too. Amsterdam is within easy sight-seeing as is a minature village called Madurodam. Dutch people all speak English, healthcare is excellent - there is GP on site every day at Duinrell and it's 30 minutes from the Hook of Holland (boat) or 3 hours with the wind behind you from Calais.Read moreLess
5 people found this review helpful.
"We spent Easter 2008 at Duinrell and had a fantastic…"
We spent Easter 2008 at Duinrell and had a fantastic time despite it being literally freezing! The campsite itself was pretty basic and we didn't venture into the cafRead moreLess
2 people found this review helpful.
"This is a fantastic place to take the family. All…"
This is a fantastic place to take the family. All the major camping companies go there, and if you like you can book one of the site-ownned Duingalows, or take your own tent/ caravan.
The theme park itself is good for the whole family, but excellent for younger children. There are some white knuckle rides, but it isn't Alton Towers. And neither is it Disney. Rides are less 'professional' but you don't have to queue for hours either.
There is also an excellent water park, with lots of slides to suit all the family, from the white knuckle blitz and flits, and 10 floor pelican drop, to the low key Lazy River.
There are fast food options on site (not that good) and a resturant on site (not that good either), but there is an excellent pancake house at the gates of the park which is worth going to.
The campsite facilities are spotlessly clean, there is a reasonable supermarket on site, but it is probably worth stocking up before you get to the site. There is also a bar, and a bowling alley. There are bikes and go-karts to hire, and lots of cycle paths nearby.
All of the Netherlands is within driving distance. Things to see locally are the bulbfields (in season, obviously, otherwise it is just a bloody flat set of fields) and a miniature city at Madurodam (sounds naff, but is great)
We have been four times, and my kids talk more about their holidays here than the ones to Disney, which cost me far more money, and a promisary note on some of my major organs. If you go with one of the camping companies you get into the rides free all day, and get 2 hours in the water park.
Food isn't fantastic, but you can always stock up in France before you get there! ;-)))
It's a great place to go. And the Dutch are fab. Go. Tell them I sent you!Read moreLess