We deliberated for a good while about where to take our caravan for it's first trip abroad and are so glad we picked this site. It is within two hours of the Newcastle Amsterdam ferry and very easy to find with Satnav and signs.
The site is not too big but not too small. It has a number of touring pitches which are separated into groups of 6/8 by hedges. Electric hook ups were very reliable.
The park has a lovely big park area for the kids and a small pool (with toddler pool). As we were there the week before the Dutch broke up for school holidays it was quite quiet but still plenty of other kids for out 9 and 11 year old to run around with.
They have a small bar which also sells meals. We never tried the food but the atmosphere in the bar when they showed the world cup was great.
Staff were all very friendly and were keen to give information on local cycle routes and attraction discounts.
Well suited for visiting the airbourne museum at Arnhem which all our family found very interesting.
The facilities were immaculate and we can honestly say we never saw any litter around the campsite at all.
We booked this site as a cheap getaway in the autumn half term, with the idea of having a 'different' type of touring break. Really glad we did!
The site is dead simple to get to, with a four and a half hour drive from Dunkirk; this was pretty good as we had to contend with very high winds, pouring rain, hail, snow, and a good degree of ice on the roads for the first 50 or so miles out of the port! But the roads in The Netherlands were cracking to drive on and the site well signposted from the motorway.
The site was 'running down' for winter, so the on site shop, bar and restaurant closed up for the season within a day of our arrival. The ladies amenities also closed, so 'dames' had to share with 'herens'. This wasn't a major issue for the two ladies of the family, and the gents block was kept very clean; having said that I'm sure they were only used by the four of us plus camp staff - it was very 'end of season'! Showers cost 50 cents, but ran long enough for our two kids to get bored, so more than long enough. The site staff were very friendly and helpful when we had any dealings with them, and the site itself is a mixture of touring pitches and statics, quite heavily shaded by lots of trees. We had booked a pitch through the caravan club, so got a very large pitch and so could park our car next to the van. EHU managed water heater, fridge and van heater all together without tripping once, water tap on the pitch, so all basic requirements catered for!
There are plenty of small shops and fuel stations locally so restocking is easy enough.
We made sure we visited as much as we could so the week wasn't wasted.
Arnhem & The Airborne Museum. This was about a half hour drive, with parking on site. For those interested in Operation Market Garden this is the place to visit. So much to see, with no space to write here, but this and the Allied Cemetery make you just sit and think. The John Frost Bridge is also only a short distance along the road, but again parking is at a premium. Follow up with lunch at the Schoonord restaurant, where the Allies had their 'Market Garden' field hospital, and it's a day to remember.
Nijmegen is a fairly modern city with plenty of shopping but parking can be difficult, not to mention expensive. The best place to park (we found) was in the Eiermarkt multi-storey car park. It's about €2. 50 per hour, and the storeys are built going down underground, not up in the air! A great place to eat in the city is the Grand Cafe Du Commerce (DUC), in Ziekerstraat 9.
We drove to Cologne for a day trip, which was particularly worthwhile. The cathedral is simply awe inspiring, and again the variety of shops is amazing. It's a fantastic place to spend a day. Total drive time, including finding the multi-storey car park, was an hour and 45 mins, but worth it. Plenty of parking in Cologne, and a joy to drive round.
Finally, we went to Amsterdam. Again, very limited parking in the city centre, so we opted to use the excellent Park and Ride scheme, travelling by tram into the city centre. The sole reason for going was to see the home of Anne Frank, a very humbling experience for all of us. We used the Bos En Lommer Park & Ride, and then caught tram number 14 to the Westmarkt; this takes you right into the city centre by the church, and less than 5 minutes walk from Anne Frank Huis. This city was by far the quirkiest and most worthwhile to visit of any of the city centres. Very picturesque and with many fascinating shops to see, including watching a 'legal' drug purchase in The Magic Mushroom shop! Cafes and restaurants are abundant when refreshment is required!
One point about the Dutch cities is the importance given to bicycles and trams - they come at you from all directions, and you need to keep your wits about you, but Amsterdam in particular was a crazy, amazing place to drive!
We would thoroughly recommend this site; it's ideal as a base to visit many interesting places in this part of Europe (only about 15 minutes from Germany), and had what we needed for the week. Amenity blocks very clean and warm, and pitches plenty large enough. The soil was well drained, particularly important given the time of year that we visited, and the site kept very tidy, no mean feat considering the number of trees dropping leaves everywhere.
A small word of warning - we couldn't use our credit or debit cards in the DUC cafe in Nijmegen, nor indeed in some of the smaller fuel stations. Fortunately our Visa debit cards were accepted in the motorway service stations and Shell fuel station about 3 miles from the site. Additionally they could be used to pay for car parks and in ATMs.
We will certainly look at going back during one summer for a different view of this part of the world, but we thoroughly enjoyed this visit.
We are a family of 2 adults & 2 boys age 9 and 12. We have just returned from 11 nts at heumen bos as part of a caravan club rally.
This is a wooded site about as far east as you can go in the netherlands. The german border is only about a 15 minute drive away with towns such as Kleve and Goch worth a visit. Dusseldorf is about 1 hr 10 mins from the site and cologne about 1 hr 20 mins drive.
The site is family run with very helpful friendly staff. Although we visited in the 6 weeks summer holiday it was actually the end of the school holidays over there so the site was fairly quiet. There is an outdoor heated pool which has a jacuzzi in one corner and a separate paddling pool for toddlers.
It is surrounded by a lovely grassed are with a few small play things for the toddlers and a few pic nic benches. (i suggest you take your own chairs to the pool side), very clean changing cubicles are poolside with lockers available if needed. The pool was open at breakfast time right through to about 9pm.
There are a couple of table tennis tables to use if you take your own bats its free. Even with your own raqcuets you still have to pay for hire of the tennis courts 7. 50 euro per hour.
The play are is very big and has something for everyone. Whilst there our children built houses from wooded pallets and the the site had a campfire on friday night where they were all burnt.
Although we didn't eat there, there is a restaurant and snack bar on site. The restaurant food did receive good comments from friends and our boys ate from the snck bar and it was good and reasonably priced.
There is a small supermarket which does fresh bread/croissants etc in a morning, basic camping items can also be purchased.
The laundry I think was 5 euro for a wash and 50 cents per cycle for the tumble dryers.
There are 3 wash blocks on site. We were near the newest(blue and white in colour) and it was superb, would put even club sites to shame in this country. You have to pay with 50 cent coins for a shower but it lasts at least 6 mins and there is a family cubicle in the ladies.
Hot water freely available though from the was basins and of course the washing up sinks. Large changing cubicles with plenty of space and hooks for clothing. ( top tip, the electric on the pitch is only 6 amp so take a travel adaptor and use your hairdryer in the changing rooms, sockets available next to the mirrors).
Our pitch was grass and it appears they all are. Although you get 6 amps of electric, the fridges do not like the current for some reasons and keep tripping off(this was a problem for many people) so have nough gas with you! there is a tv hook plug on the electric post but take a male/female adapter with you so you can hook up.
Overall a very nice friendly site. If you have bikes take them with you as the cycle routes are amazing and are everywhere, right outside, not like in england ! a 10 minute bike ride will take you to the nearest large village of maldon where you can find supermarkets etc, a very nice ice cream parlour is on the front!
15 minute drive to nijmigen, go on wed or sat for market day, much better, and grab the best ice cream ever for 1 euro from near to c&a. Arnhem is about 30 minute drive, here you can visit the arnhem bridge and the museum at ooesterbeek.
I would recommend this site to anyone, please feel free to email me if you have any questions.
Easy access to the site with it located a very short drive away from main roads. Pitches are relatively easy to get on to although cars must be parked away from the caravans at all times after pitching. Very sandy soil with the grass worn down by both heavy use - it's a popular place - and/or dry hot weather (in the summer anyhow!).
Large & small outdoor swimming pools and huge play areas provided for the children. Decent shop on site along with bar & restaurant that are both of a very high standard but fairly priced.
Wash block facilities are okay but I've seen a lot better on other camping sites in the Netherlands. You also have to pay cash for the showers here (coin timed water supply). Barrier key deposit also to be paid in cash.
Location wise there is loads to do here. If you have any interest in WWII, the area is steeped in history re Operation Market Garden. Many other attractions in the locality and as it's a small country nothing is too far away really when it comes to driving distances, time and mileage wise.
Overall a good site & place that we would happily use and visit again.
First experience of Holland. We arrived in the second week of the new season so the pool was not open but looks pleasant enough. Bar and restaurant lively and food good.
We were ideally placed close to Nijmegen and Arnhem to visit WW2 memorials, cemeteries and museums. Drove up to Kukenhof Gardens, an absolute must, but be warned, the roads are very busy and it took us over 3 hours to get back. Consequently we took the train to Amsterdam which was less stressful and not overly expensive. Coming back to the site the pitches are arranged in 'fields' of about 8 - 10 grass standings reasonably close to sanitation blocks. These are warm but showing their age and showers are on timers at about 3 minutes for 50cents. A large part of the site has static units of varying size, age and condition and adjacent to the excellent play area are several day cabins which are rented out for parties etc.
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