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Vakantie Duinrell
2242 Jp
Netherlands   (Browse area)

Tel: 0031(0)705155258
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Open: March To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 44 Reviews
                8/10 from 44 Reviews

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Who's it for
 Adults Only   Club Members Only   Rallies Welcome   Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome   Motorbikers Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 Kitchen Facilities   Freezer Available   Motorhome Point   Fully Serviced Pitches 
 Shop On Site   Bar On Site   Restaurant On Site   Wifi Access 
 Kids Playground   TV Room   Games Room   Evening Entertainment 
 Fishing   Wild Swimming   Indoor Pool On Site   Outdoor Pool On Site 
 Horse Riding   Cycle Hire   Golf <1 mile   Tennis On Site 
 Beach <5 miles   Watersports   Boat Launch / Mooring 
Other Features
 Sea Views   Working Farm   Campfires Allowed   Open All Year 
 Waterside Location   Dog Walk   Public Transport On Site 

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Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Dandy6 3 reviews from this member

Second time we have stayed here the first time we stayed in a canvas static which was very small and cramped. The kids love it so we returned for a few days this year on our way to Germany in a campervan. We stayed in the field overloop which was very cramped and noisy. We were awoken at 8 every morning with music from the park which came from a speaker next to the field and went on all day. The other camping fields looked ok though.

Toilets were very busy and inadequate for this area too as they were shared with day visitors to the park and were closed for cleaning around 9 am which was annoying.

The park is good and plenty for the kids to do. Shop is good and lots of good shops in the town. Very good for cycling we rode to Leiden which was a nice town.

Wassanar is lovely place. I wouldn't rush back here but if you have kids and havent been before its worth a visit.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Static Rating:
Reviewer: Crankup 5 reviews from this member

6 of us booked directly with Duinrell. Worth doing as their statics are better than the Eurocamp/Suncamp/Thomson Al Fresco ones and not so squashed in either. They are mainly situated at the rear of the site amongst the woods, very similar to CenterParc. Also we had 3 hours per day (yes 3 not 2) for the TikiBad Pool Complex included. Book via the others and this is an extra. The site is massive and busy but it didn't feel too bad. The queues on the most popular rides were 15mins. If you don't mind getting wet on the log ride, then that queue was down to a consistent 5 mins. Pool complex was great fun. Lockers are via a pin code which was novel and easy. The supermarket on site was expensive but convenient. Aldi is an easy walk into Wassenar for some savings. There is an excellent Italian ice cream parlour in Wassenar where cones are a Euro - bargain, and matching queues but worth it. We used a restaurant further down one night which took Visa cc. Also bought train tickets at Leiden with Visa too no problems and used it at Duinrell. Reception staff gave wrong instructions for bus/train but we worked it out for ourselves. We had a day out in Amsterdam - everyone used the free wifi on the train, another novelty. Wifi on Duinrell site is pricey and was told not to bother, so we didn't.

All in all a successful trip, loads to do on site - I'd say it sat in between Butlins and Centerparc, a bit of both.

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.

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