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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
3  Thank Busine55_Trave11er
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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
2  Thank Emmaandthegang
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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
3  Thank Jane L
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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.

Room Tip: Book VIP level, look at map of park to determine area of cottage
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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1  Thank Karen J
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

This was our first family (two adults, two kids 12 and 15) visit to a non U.K. Centre Parcs after many visits at home. We booked a midweek break and stayed in a VIP lodge to avoid having to take bedding, towels etc. and paid for wifi which worked well in the lodge as well as main buildings around the park.

The lodge appeared to have been refurbished recently and we didn't recognise the complaints seen in various reviews (although agree that there was no oven, only stove top, microwave and outdoor BBQ).

There was a great range of activities many of which are not available in U.K. Parks and they seemed keenly priced compared to home even with the weak pound. The kids loved trying waterskiing and high ropes and the family loved the aqua parc (inflatable obstacle course in the lake) and the zip wires as well the usual sports and swimming. Bike hire is almost essential and there are some great routes inside and outside the park.

Restaurants were more plentiful than we were expecting given some reviews although probably not as many as in the U.K. They are also, like the uk, fully priced although there were some deals and packages available.

What was really refreshing was the fact it didn't appear busy, certainly much less so than at home. It was easy to book activities and even though the pool is probably smaller than those at home there were no big queues for slides/rapids.

We loved it and would definitely recommend.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
5  Thank RMOKMM
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