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Center Parcs Erperheide
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Peer
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Kent-UK
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“Reasons to goto CP Europe- how does this compare to the others?”
Reviewed 28 April 2014

We have now been to 3 of the European centre parcs- usually at easter with our 3 kids ( now 17,14,11) This review is partly to compare the 3 and to exthole the virtues of going to Europe. We have been to Vossemerren, kempervennen and this one. All share the single decent reason to go i.e its a whole lot cheaper than the UK ones ( and I don't just mean a bit cheaper) more later...
Summary: Erperheide is a very compact village small even. The pools are standard CP fare but very clean-nice toddler "beach" There is a huge indoor kids play centre, kids farm, its easy to get around. Its also a bit cheaper as the range of activities is not huge. For this reason it comes second on my list. If my kids were under 12 it would really hit the spot. We had a comfort villa for 5 -which was fine- we were hardly in it. At this level you get a hob, microwave- but no dishwasher or DVD player. It was clean and we had no problems. There is only one "pay as you go" place to eat the rest are all fixed price eat as much as you like. Fine , looks good quality etc but 29 Euros per adult kids seem to pay by age. The market cafe was fine did a nice range, pasta, pizza, local dishes etc. £320 for a Weekend in the easter hols- come on!! Kempervennen- again standard CP fare, pools felt in need of some TLC- but is has a real snow indoor ski centre, which is superb value for lessons. if you dont intend to use it I would go to my personal favourite De Vossemerren. Which is my pick. Its a larger more open visually inspiring site. Much more to do for the complete age range. The zip wire over the lake is a total must Large indoor kids pirate themed play centre- with huge and very high rops in the roof, decent lakes you can boat on.Greater range of places to eat. All three villages are quite close together, you are looking at about 3 and a half hours from Calais.

So thinking about going for the first time?
Booking- dead simple - do it online on the europe site and there are often discounts for having kids! or ealy/late booking( upto 20%- and yes in uk term time) You pay a fee to book online but you have your e ticket, check in while in your car and get your keys and all vouchers booked in a pack, alongside some food freebies and off you go! You also get free "Toppings" they are upto 4-5 freebies you can use as you like which you also book online. We used them to book a numberd villa and then for bike hire ( think about how much that saved!) You can book some activities online- once you have a booking you can ring the excellent phone helpline and book on there as well. Easy very peasy

What is it like? Its not the same as the UK there are some differences but they are round the edges- we think its better. I have to say we stopped using the UK ones a few years ago having been regulars- so I may not be upto date.Its not quite as swanky- so if having designer beds is your think on a centre aprcs holiday-great. The pool complex will feel very familair as they are pretty standard, market dome, villas in the woods, lakes, activities, car free, places to eat etc all will feel the same. the villas are split into comfort, premium and VIP, there are also some appartments and riverboats etc etc. generally they are like the UK a few years ago, by which I mean less swanky( although there does seem to be a major refurb programme going on) We have never had any problems. if you go premium your beds are made when you arrive ( rather than having to take sheets and duvent coverts etc.and you get a disjwasher and DVD etc. if you go VIP you get a sauna and breakfast delivered each morning. We did this once brilliant- the food we got did lunch and breakfast- the kids have never forgotton lollys and sprinkles !!! You can add this as an extra to any villa. Supermarket has most things you need and a bakery.

Each village has "one big thing" Voss has a brill indoor pirate themed play centre, complete with sand,ship, running water, rafts etc. Places to eat- the emphasis is on packages and many will have opted to pay for evening meals in on of the "eat as much as you like " resurants. Not for us- and not cheap at 29E per adult. In each the Market cafe provides enought a la cart at resonable value. 10E for a pizza, kids meals 6E, steaks. burgers, fish,salads, light bites etc.
All the staff speak great English due to the number of nationalities represented. During activities such as high ropes, zip wire and climbing wall the instructors spilt the groups into French,german, dutch and english and then proceed to run it in 4 languages. The staff I have always found to be very helpful.

Did I mention the cost? I can only comment about easter- but often the europe term times do not line up with ours. The first time we went we had a premium villa,breakfast delivered and pre booked a few activities. Even Adding the cost of the ferry PLUS a 2 room over night in Bruge with dinner the night before our stay. It was still cheaper than the price of the UK Centre Parcs.

Even if it wasn't so much cheaper I'd prefer the Europe ones now. if you are thinking about doing this for the first time, my advice- give it a go. It's interresting how much less stressful it is when its not as expensive and there is plenty to do for younger kids for free.

Room Tip: At erperheid- no villa is that far away from the pools etc as its a small site
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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South Hanningfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Sfe clean compact fun

Everyone was friendly and helpful. Loved fresh bread delivered every day

The kids activities were varied and the football pitch was a big hit.

The ball pit was great and kids bingo with sorry

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

The very best place to spend a few day off! The staff is just great!
For those who love the natural, it is the place visit in Belgium. Having breakfast with ducks and squirrel is a wonderfull experience with childeren!

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Beverley, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

My wife and I were last at Eprerheide in 2000 when our children were still young and we enjoyed it back then. We decided to go back as a couple for a cycling/ wellness break and booked a small studio type two-person apartment. The apartment was perfect in every way. Spotlessly clean and in first-rate repair.

In the past we have holidayed at a lot at various Centre Parcs and Sunparks and Erperheide is certainly one of the best. As a cycling base it is right in the heart of the cyclists' paradise that is Limburg, with it's network of numbered and easily followed routes that take you through some beautiful, peaceful and safe countryside. Perfect for experienced and inexperienced cyclists alike.

We use the park as a base visit surrounding towns and cities and tended to eat away from the park itself as it can be pricey. However, if you have small children and self cater, the facilities and activities available for children of all ages make for a very pleasant and economical holiday. We were there during school term so the park had mainly young families with children of preschool age. The evening entertainment was of course aimed at this age group and my wife and I enjoyed having an evening drink whilst watching the toddlers and older children dancing their hearts out to well selected music by good quality live and disco acts. Priceless!

We also enjoy wellness and sauna breaks and we were looking forward to this at Erperheide. However this proved to be a disappointment for two reasons.

Firstly, the indoor/outdoor jacuzzi area has been boarded over, depriving the thermae of one of it's primary attractions. No explanation was given to us as to why this had happened.

Secondly, it appears that there is a section of people who think it normal to have saunas whilst wearing clothes! In a change to the way it has always been before, Centre Parcs has decided to designate two days of the week a 'swimwear' days whilst the rest remain as 'naked' days. I believe this to facilitate the reluctance of their growing French clientele to strip off.

This is not a major problem and I understand their desire to maximize their market. However, on the days that are clearly signed as 'naked' days, people continued to come into the the sauna area with swimming costumes. This made the rest of us who were enjoying a sauna in the traditional manner feel very uncomfortable. On one occasion a French family of mother, father and four teenagers sat with their costumes on whilst the teenagers obviously enjoyed the free show! No member of staff was there to challenge them. On other days, we did see staff who were conducting water checks have a word with others about wearing costumes, but they were ignored and there was no follow up action. So; beware of weird people with clothes on!

Room Tip: For a couple, check out the two-person apartments. Could be described as 'bijou' but really...
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

We had a nice time, the swimming pool was very good. The cottages were cosy and pleasant. Nice being surrounded by nature. The restaurants are very expensive though. Unfortunately we were burgled whilst we were there.

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Mackenbach, Germany
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

Overall great stay at Center Parcs Erperheide. My family and I had a wonderful time relaxing and enjoying the fun filled sites offered. If we had to do it all over again, we would not have changed anything.


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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 February 2014

I travelled with my son age 5 and my friend and her two boys of similar age. We were pleasantly surprised by the facilities and the ease of everything at centre parcs. The staff were friendly and spoke fluent English. The park was amazingly clean,. The comfort cottage was basic, the sofas could have done with being a bit more comfortable but that's all I would say to complain about it. The aqua mondo was brilliant for the kids and we spent every afternoon there. Be careful about the big slide with little ones. There is no height restrictions and I did think it was a little dangerous for wee ones.

The indoor play area was great too. There is so much to do there is no real reason to leave the park. We felt very safe there and the kids took their scooters and had loads of fresh air.

This place is like a secret to English families, I only saw one other English family there, but I quite liked that.

Great restaurants in bree called de potter. It's pricey but amazing food.

Thanks centre parcs for a brilliant half term!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Center Parcs Erperheide
Address: Erperheidestraat 2, Peer 3990, Belgium
Region: Belgium > Flanders > Limburg Province > Peer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Peer
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Hotel Class:4 star — Center Parcs Erperheide 4*
Number of rooms: 696
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