We visited Duinrell over the Easter Break ( Easter Saturday 19/4 to Saturday26/4), travelling down to Dover - Calais and driving up through France and Belgium.
We booked, as per our previous holiday, with Eurocamp and managed to bag a bargain price of £350 in a 2 bed Classic Plus including Ferry Crossing.
On arrival at the Parc ( which is very easy to find) we checked in and were shown to our Van. Dissapointingly, as we arrived, the Van next door was heaving with Kids (we stopped counting at 6) and the Parents were playing horrendous Euro-Happy-Hardcore music at full blast from the courtesy Ipod dock. We had also drawn the short straw and were allocated a Pitch right on the end of a row, next door to the Bins. A bonus was that there was a car park right outside our pitch, but as the van next door had 3 (yes 3) cars with them, there was no space for our 1 vehicle. The Eurocamp rep advised that our nearest parking space would be 2 rows along down the side of someone else's Van. Not happy with this I left the car in our Sun lounger space.
The accommodation (ignoring the premium view of the Bins and delightful neighbours) was more than sufficient for the 3 of us ( 2 adults and an 8 year old). Large lounge / kitchen / dining area, more than adequate bedrooms (1 en-suite) and a loo. The décor was good and plenty of blankets were provided for the beds. Even greeted with a bottle of wine.
The main lounge window was only 2 feet away from the decking of next door, so the whole week, the window was kept shut with the curtains drawn. Quite unnerving having numerous kids peering trough your window at all hours.
The neighbours also had to be told (in German) to keep the noise down at past 10'o clock the 2 nights that they were there. After them we had a lovely Polish / German family who also had numerous friends staying at the Parc and proceeded for 3 nights to dine Al-Fresco on the (2 foot away) decking till after 10.
A tip at this point would be to arm yourself with a handy German Phrasebook and learn how to politely ask the neighbours to keep the noise down.
Other than the lovely continental neighbours, the Parc was fabulous. We easily found our way to the Supermarket / restaurant / entertainment area which was a minute's walk. As per other reviews, I would recommend walking into the town and visiting the C1000 supermarket as the store on site is quite expensive in comparison.
The Theme Parc is more than sufficient to keep kids entertained for a week, although the height rules really need updating on some of the rides. I lost count the amount of times we went on the Swing Carousel, Rick Coaster, and the Log Flume.
When the Theme Parc was closed, the play park was always open and was more than sufficient to keep kids happy.
We did visit the Tiki Bad Waterparc which is onsite and Paid the 3.50 Euro discounted entry per person. Again, if you have a child under 1.30m, there are only a handful of slides they can use. The 2 hours we had were more than enough and we weren't tempted to pay to enter again. If it had been included in the price (as is if you stop in the Duingalows) then we MAY have been tempted to go once more.
The little town of Wassenaar is beautiful and very typically Dutch, even sporting a windmill at the far end of the pedestrianized shopping zone (although only open a few days a week).
The location of the Parc is fantastic if you want to explore. We had lots of ideas before we went of all the places we would go and see, an only managed to see a handful. The Beach at Scheveningen is a must and was only 10 minutes drive away, and whilst visiting at this time of year, it must be a crime to NOT visit Keukenhof.
We also went to visit the local Beach one morning, and after being advised that you cannot walk to it, drove up. The parking was 2.5Euro's and must have been the easiest money the locals make. We spent 15 minutes there walking up and down the beach dodging the dog mess that was being left by the numerous dog walkers.
Overall, did we have a good time. Yes, I'd say despite the Accommodation location & neighbouring families we enjoyed our stay.
Would we return - More than likely not, and it may possibly be our first and last visit to Holland.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Staying overnight at Holiday Park Duinrell, together with family or friends. Amidst nature, with the sea close by, surrounded by the cities of western Holland and with Scheveningen near by, you'll enjoy some well deserved recreation. An amusement park within an arms reach and the splashing of the Tiki Pool within a short distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Duinrell Holiday Camp Hotel Wassenaar
- Duinrell Wassenaar, South Holland