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Center Parcs De Kempervennen
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Westerhoven
Reviewed 12 October 2017

This was my first visit to center parcs for many years - unfortunately quite disappointing. The apartment was a bit old and (considering the interior) heavily overpriced. We didn't arrive with great expectations but even the smallest ikea sofa would have been better than the one provided (no comfortable reading evening on the fireplace possible!). However, the worst was the bed! Our matrasses were so outworn that they were sagging in the middle and the bed was smelling a little.

Besides the apartment the park was just ok, the lakes around are much smaller in reality than they look in the map and mostly just muddy ponds but that may be due to the season (October). The aqua park is much smaller than I was hoping for and nice for children, but I missed options for adults.

What is nice about the park are several activities around and the really friendly service staff. However, big warning on the apartments and sleeping stuff!

  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

We booked this at the last minute for a long weekend over the August bank holiday. Was a bit concerned when reading some of the bad reviews on here, however:
-The site is a lovely mix of woodland and lakeside areas.
-The villas are comfortable, nice beds. A bit musty when we first opened the door but aired quickly.
-The activities were both cheap and readily available without booking in advance.
-We had a distant villa (out of choice) down by carpark C. This is a great location.
-Good mix between the chaotic French parks and the regimented British parks.
-Get out on the bikes and there are lots of cycle paths around. Found a local pancake house which is great.
-Swimming pool was good, maybe smaller than some, but the changing rooms are lovely and warm with hot showers and dry floors - first class.
-Drive was easy.
-Wifi didn't work in the villa due to a fault (paid 25euro for it). I was refunded in full

All in all a great holiday made better by the sun, beer and the chips and mayo (nom nom nom)

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

We have just returned from a family break at de Kempervennen. We were pleasantly surprised after reading some of the reviews on here and would definitely return.

We travelled by ferry to Dunkirk, the journey was relatively straightforward although traffic was heavy around Antwerp, and we queued for about two hours. Check in was painless and we were greeted at the gate with our keys and a welcome pack.

We checked in to an Eden Premium 3 bed villa no 767, which was lovely, spacious, clean and tidy. We paid extra for a couple of towel packs and were given five towels in total. Outside we had two sunbeds and table and chairs but no barbecue, which would have been nice. We also had Wi-Fi and found this great, no issues with connectivity and four of used it without problems. We would advise taking an insect spray as the mosquitos had a feast from us and we were not prepared!

The activities were much cheaper when compared with UK Center Parcs, and the prices at the bars reasonable. We ate in the dome one evening which was lovely, and had a meal at the steak house another evening, which we found over priced and disappointing. The grocery store was a little over priced, but there are supermarkets in Valkenswaard which are easy to find and much cheaper.

The Aqua Mundo was great, although the rapids can be a little chaotic, but still fun. We did end up with a few injuries so be careful.

All in all, it was a great break and we would definitely return.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 September 2017

Center Parcs De Kemoervennen is so much better than English Center Parcs, the one in Holland is especially good if you have older children/Teens, ours loved the snow dome (learnt to snow board), the wipe course on water and the zip wire above the lake. I would just mention, if you are vegetarian, they don't cater that well, take lots of your own food from home or cycle to the nearest town which is not that far away. An excellent week, worth the boat journey, villa's in the 800's are nicely located.

Stayed: July 2017
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

We have just had a Monday-Friday break, first trip abroad for a 3-month old baby. Drive from Europort was easy (but advise printing out a Google Maps directions and obtaining a good road atlas as Motorways are confusing). On our arrival check in was speedy, but cottage seemed a lot more basic than expected as we had booked VIP. Towels were missing, no Wifi code in pack etc. After an hour of unpacking and settling in in 30c temperature with a fractious baby, realised from the paper work we had been given wrong keys. Back at reception found a distraught family who should have been in the cottage we had been allocated. We were quickly given the correct keys but had to pack up quickly in the extreme heat to move to the right place, another hour wasted. WE later found we were missing a shoe, which wasn't actually located in teh original cottage until the evening before we were due to return.
The VIP cottage was in better condition than the Comfort one we had been wrongly allocated, however the kitchen had no storage for food, so we had to move out some of the crockery into the store room area. The only socket in the kitchen was right by the hob, so kettles etc had to sit on the hob to be used! We had anticipated there being no cooker so planned meals accordingly.
The mattresses were excessively soft and the pillows very lumpy and uncomfortable. The duvets also rather heavy for Summer use. The outside area was nice but we noticed rather a lot of litter on the ground.
The Wifi worked well all the time, and we are glad we brought with us anti-mosquito plug-ins!
The range of activities for the 9 year old in our party was good, however the start times of many at 12pm meant full days out were difficult to fit in. We would have liked to visit Maastricht. We managed Eindhoven, which is worth a visit, especially the Phillips Museum and 1930s architecture. On the drive back to the Europort, we recommend 'S Hertegenbosch: very pretty town, even the suburban housing looks attractive, nice shops, a produce market and lots of restaurants and cafes.

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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Center Parcs De Kempervennen

Address: Kempervennendreef 8, 5563 VB Westerhoven, The Netherlands
Region: The Netherlands > North Brabant Province > Westerhoven
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Westerhoven
Price Range: $92 - $334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Center Parcs De Kempervennen 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
De Kempervennen Holiday Park offers a varied, unique and sporty selection of activities for a carefree holiday. In addition to having a wonderful time in the subtropical leisure pool, strolling through the Market Dome - with various restaurants, a grand café and lovely shops – you can try climbing, baby and toddler swimming, archery or go in search of Big Mama. Or as a previous guest commented: “Perfect for our annual group holiday! Everything was within reach for a great week.” The park also has a number of unusual types of accommodation, such as the spacious Eden cottages and luxury houseboats. The countryside as a playground De Kempervennen has two large lakes where you can go diving in search of the giant catfish Big Mama. Or you can go water skiing and wake boarding on the water which you can also whoosh over on the Zip Wire. You can be in the beautiful Malpi nature reserve in minutes by mountain bike, but to be honest, you don’t even need to leave the park for a really great time. Jump into your skis or snowboard the whole year round in the 5500 m2 of real snow in Montana Snowcenter, try paintballing with your friends or gain your PADI diving certificate during one of the multiple-day courses. “Really great for the children” The innovative holiday park offers a huge number of great activities for children of all ages, both indoor and outdoor. Orry and his friends put on various shows while children can play at being a chef, princess, knight or painter. Or how about snorkelling among exotic fish, a DJ workshop or the Aqua Scooter which will pull you along under water? And there is an extensive and highly entertaining programme in the evenings, as witnessed by this enthusiastic guest: “Holland’s got Talent: eat your heart out..!!!” Come and discover for yourself why De Kempervennen, about fifteen kilometres south of Eindhoven, is rightly called the ‘Pearl of Center Parcs’. ... more   less 
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