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Visitor Reviews - Vakantie Duinrell

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Vakantie Duinrell
2242 Jp
Netherlands   (Browse area)
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Tel: 0031(0)705155258

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Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 42 Reviews
              8/10 from 42 Reviews

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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Ryandlo 7 reviews from this member

Butlins in Holland!

I had really high hopes for this site as everyone I spoke to who had been raved about it but I was a little disappointed or maybe it was just not what I was expecting.

I think you either love or hate this place, my kids aged 9 and 11 loved it recon it's the best park a they've been too and we did 6 in Europe this year but for us it want my cup of tea, 3 or 4 nights was enough.

So firstly the site is huge and it has its own indoor water slide park and theme park.

The pitches are a bit cramped and awkward to get onto we nearly took our half a hedge trying to motormove the caravan in but it was a bit easier on the other end of the pitch but the reception didn't tell us to go that way.

We were under an acorn tree so quite a bit of shade and all night and day we had acrons dropping into the caravan and seagulls pooing all over.

When we first drive in around 3pm we are shocked by how busy it was and how many people we're roaming about only to find out that the site lets the public in for the day to use the pool and theme park, this not only makes it busy and hectic but if your staying on site you don't get any privileges, you have to pay 4 euro to use the indoor pool for 2 hours and kiss under 12 have to be supervised. It's jam packed and red hot in there, slides are good but I'd prefer to be on outdoor slides and queueing 45mins for a slide inside when it's 25 degrees is not my idea of fun. Kids love the park and we soon works out that we could take them in Ans make sure they were ok then we would come back our and leave them for an hour or so.

There is a small outdoor pool but it didn't open until he afternoon and if you went on that you can't swap in between indoor and outdoor it's one or the other. We never used the outdoor pool. The pool was open 10-10pm each day.

The theme park is good it has about 10 rides and 2 roller coasters, one goes upside down and the kids love it. The theme park is included in the price we got here for 10am when it opened so we hardly queued. There are tons of rides and the kids love exploring.

The theme park closed at 6pm and I think rally opening a little later for residents at least would be better.

The on site supermarket is well stocked and has almost everything but the one in town about 10 minute walk is cheaper.

The toilets were not the best dirty on a night and closed for cleaning at 8am in the morning what's that all about it's the busiest time?

Showers dripped out.

We went to two beaches while there, drove to one about 11km called schevenign which was lovely apparently the most famous beach in Holland and had loads of nice cool bars on the promenade with music playing

We also went to the more local beach wassenaar which we cycled to and it took us 20mins which was equally as nice just a little smaller, lots of places for food and drink but take cash out MasterCard or Visa cards didn't work, tbh we struggled in quite a few supermarkets but cash points were ok.

Overall a great site for kids but not parents.

If they would make it a bit cleaner and tidier and freshen it up with some paint get rid of the general public and sort the outdoor pool out so its more accessible then I think it would be much better.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Angry Dad 12 reviews from this member

After checking prices through the Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club I booked direct; if you do so, you take a slight risk on the exchange rate but get to pick your pitch (for a small fee - a bit like Centerparcs), get free Tikipool entry (if booking before 31st January), got access to special offer weekend rates and managed a 7pm latest departure, which was ideal for having a leisurely last day before going for the ferry at Ijmuiden (about an hour).

The site:-

Pitches - a number of options based on size and facilities; we wanted to be centrally located and close to the pool and amusement park so went for the Eiland. We also like a bit of privacy so picked a specific pitch which was on it's own. Because it was towards the end of the season and had been wet before we arrived, the grass was in bad condition, with bare sand in the main area; as you got to the sides, the grass was rather long and I ended up removing a lot of nettles to reduce the chance of children's' screams. Although we had a private tap, it was a push type one without a screw thread so I couldn't use the mains water feed as hoped. Electrics are 6A and tripped a few times; theoretically we couldn't use the kettle!

Facilities (site) - decent but not brilliant; plenty of showers, etc. Everything worked, with hot water for a shower every time and clean enough.

Tiki Pool - great for adults and kids alike; space to sit and knit or read; high adrenaline, family and kiddy slides abound. I've seen criticism of the state of the changing rooms and the first time we went, the floors were dirty but that was through user error rather than lack of management care - there's a clean aisle and a dirty aisle with dual doored cubicles but people were ignoring this and walking down the bare foot aisle in muddy/grassy shoes. After this first visit they closed off the ground floor changing and we used the refurbished upstairs one which were better in any case, though the lockers confused lots of people; you go to a console, it allocates a locker and you enter your own code which is then used to get your stuff back. You need to remember your locker number and code. Many can't.

Park - what can I say? Half a dozen high octane rides - not the best in the world but good enough; very little queueing; other stuff for all ages and persuasions, including dodgems! All free. Plenty of Youtube coverage if you need to know more.

Area - Wassenaar a short walk and is a lovely little town; like another reviewer we were impressed by the ice cream parlour (Luciano's) but other highlights were the Thai takeaway (Warung Asia) and the Saturday night street scene, when the shop owners set up stalls outside and some sell snack of various types as well as their goods - really nice relaxed atmosphere.

The Hague is a short drive and is beautiful - Escher Museum in particular.

Amsterdam - drive to Leiden (nice little town) and get the train.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Trailer Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Karee5 5 reviews from this member

We have stayed at Duinrell twice before in a mobile home(during May half term) and love the place so decided to camp for three nights on our way back from a week in Germany. We were allocated a pitch in Eikenveld, a bit of a pain getting to the pitch avoiding bikers, walkers, go karts and other vehicles as often single track! Our pitch was very shady with three trees overhanging which turned out to be a nightmare. It started raining the first night and didn't stop for the next 30 hours which our camper has handled with no problems before but the trees seemed to gather bucket loads of water and then throw it at the camper with great force every twenty minutes or so along with acorns and other debris. After 24 hours of this the camper could no longer cope and we developed several leaks so with everything soaking we had to pack up and go home a day early. We now have a stain on the awning which I can only presume to be tree sap. On the plus side the facilities are clean and plenty available, the rides are great fun and so is the pool, we had planned to hire go karts for our boys as they had great fun on these on previous visits but were unable to this time due to the weather. Not sure we'd go in August again as it was very busy and I would definitely prebook a pitch to ensure we weren't situated under evil trees!

Date of Visit: April 2015 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Tucker81 6 reviews from this member

As a lot of people seem to say, you either love this site or hate it. As we went at Easter, when it wasn't too busy, we loved it. I think you just have to accept it for what it is - a campsite with amusement park and swimming complex attached - and it's never going to be really peaceful. I think it might be a different place in summer, and I'm not sure I'd be able to cope with it then!

We stayed with Eurocamp, so didn't use any of the sanitary blocks. The on site shop was fairly large, but a bit pricey, as these shops usually are. The supermarket in Wassenaar was better value.

It's only a short walk to Wassenaar, and the main attraction there is the ice-cream parlour, where ice cream is €1 per scoop, great value.

The amusement park is great, especially at the time of year we went there weren't long queues, so could go on rides again and again quite easily.

The Tikibad complex is great fun if you like flumes and slides. There are different speeds of flume, ranging from slow to ridiculously fast, flashing lights, and the pelican drop - you can see a lot of the flumes on youtube!

We ate in the restaurant on our last night, and the buffet was great - meat cooked in front of you while you wait, and plenty of food to choose from.

I would, however, suggest you avoid the breakfast buffet. It's in a restaurant near the play park, where they have a buffet during the day, which looks lovely. You pay your €9 and then get led through to a separate room, where you just get to choose from some meats, rolls, croissants, orange juice and sprinkles. I have to say I felt really let down by it. I suppose I was just expecting a bit more variety, perhaps some cereals, but it just wasn't particularly appetising. I know it was probably a typical dutch breakfast, and I have no problem with that, I just think if I could have seen the food on offer before paying nearly €40 for the family I would have made a different decision.

All in all, I would visit again, probably at a quieter time of year again.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Canvasbob 9 reviews from this member

The beauty of getting to Wassenaar from the Hook of Holland is that its literally a 45 min drive and that was morning rush hour through The Hague, very well sign posted and getting into the site was trouble free as you are separated from the day visitors to the amusement park which does not open till 10, the pitches are all flat and nicely spaced in the wooded areas.

As with all good camp sites this had very clean wash facilities, super friendly staff whose English puts us Brits to shame, a well stocked supermarket as well as a great pub, restaurants and take away area.

What makes camping at Dunerell special was the amusement park (which you’ll struggle to hear) this had something for all ages from the simple chair swing to the scary Mosquito ride and the bobsleigh as well as the rowing boats, massive play area and general great Euro park theme. Our kids (13, 11 & 8) were up and out to get in the park before the general public and had a great time doing all the rides whilst still quiet and this entry is included in your campsite cost.

Added to that there is the Tikibad, an indoor water park with some of the best mix of slides, fun rubber ring slides, lazy river, wave pool and some tall scary slides for the brave, 2hrs entry each into this was also included in the site price and it stayed open till ten at night so the kids were well and truly worn out.

We would also recommend renting from the on site bike store as they had little bikes, trikes, big bikes, tandems, bike trailers and go karts and you could easily cycle into Wassenaar to go to the C1000 supermarket or find the best ice cream parlour in Europe – you’ll easily find it due to the queue outside. Amsterdam is less than an hour’s drive north and we found one of the Park & ride areas and were able to spend the day in this great city walking around the canals and seeing all the sites. All in all a great campsite with a great amusement park next door in a great country – we’re planning to return in 2016.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Campervan1974 3 reviews from this member

We stayed for two weeks at duinrell in our own tent on a pitch with electricity and water. The pitch was on the Eiland.

Overall as parents it was a reasonably pleasant stay. The weather could have been better.

It rained for three quarters of the two weeks.

We went to the theme park and tikibad quite a few times which was good.

We took bikes with us and the children made lots of friends.

The playground in the park was accessible most of the time. It was very good.

They also rented go karts one day.

Toilet block was spotless. Showers free and hot.

The plaza takeaway pizzas were ok.

There is an Aldi in town and there is a supermarket called C1000. Also a nice bakers in the main shopping street Langstraat. I did not use the WiFi on site.

Our main gripe was that when staying on the eiland the theme park music started at 9am every day.

The park did not open until 10am. I complained. They stated that it was due to the winter clock that the music started at 9am. I asked twice for them to start the music at 10am and they did not do anything about it. Also the leaf blowers started at 8am. Apart from the bad weather and the early morning noise the stay was good.

Went to Amsterdam twice.

Cycled to voorschoten train station – 25 mins away on dedicated cycle paths.

45 min by train to Amsterdam central. Change at Leiden.

It costs 19 euros return per adult and 2. 5 euros return per child.

You can buy the tickets from a ticket machine at the station.

I selected “Buy Separate Tickets” – this allows you to buy single use OV-Chipkaarts.

I bought the adult tickets first using Mastercard.

Then bought Railrunner tickets for the children separately with coins.

You can pay with either MasterCard/visa or coin.

You cannot pay with euro banknotes at voorschoten.

We could not pay with plastic at many places at all in Holland.

The only places we could use plastic were – tourist office Amsterdam, van gogh museum, vapiano restaurant (good food and cheap), voorschoten train station, kinderdijk, the Chinese in wassenaar.

You could not use plastic at Duinrell or any supermarkets or shops in wassenaar.

The beach is good.

For interest -- We were not affected by mosquitoes at all. There were a few wasps but not really a problem. There were jackdaws and seagulls so you had to practice good rubbish management.

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