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Center Parcs De Kempervennen
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Westerhoven
Reviewed 14 August 2009

We have just returned from our 4th visit to De Kempervennen (3 summer trips, 1 New Year weekend). We usually go for 2 weeks but opted for one weeks luxury in VIP villa with sauna (sleeps 6). Villa was tired looking outside but don't be put off as inside they are clean and tidy, (well the site is 45 yrs old now) and the sauna was fantastic - unfortunately villa had a leak which could not be fixed immediately and we were moved to top of range Eden Villa (sleeps 8). Beautiful new modern villa with loads of space, spa bath, showerheads bigger than a dinner plate but no sauna. Glad we had pre-booked our bicylces as we were quite a way from the amenities. I recommend booking-in on-line before you leave as the queues in the reception were huge and we collected all our keys and documents in the car park - so easy. De Kempervennen is popular with families with children of all ages and also we noticed alot of grandparents too. The pool is always a hit with the wave machine, the slides and the rapids are one of our favourites (at New Year we were outside at night whilst it was snowing - fantastic experience). The supermarket is expensive (usually 25-50% more than town) but convenient, however in the local town Valkenswaard which is about 20 mins cycle ride left at main road outside the Parc, there is a Lidl, Jan Linden and a nice shopping centre - Market day is Thursday. Also at Borkel (turn right at main road) is a windmill and a lovely cafe before cycling through parkland which is all accessible with designated cycle paths and very safe. One of the kids favs was the farm shop selling homemade ice cream (schepijs -left outside the Parc), which had a go-cart track & sunken trampolines. We only ate at Pizza/pasta on site as restaurants are quite expensive but for our last night it was ideal (Drinks approx Euro 2-2.50 each - Small Wine Eu3.50, cheaper to drink the beer!). We prefer to bbq, self cater or go out to town. Pancake houses are great too. Not everyone hires bicycles either - there is a free shuttle bus which travels around the parc (not on fri and mon which are changeover days).

There are plenty of extra cost activities to take part in (Ski-ing, water ski-ing, PADI course, etc) but equally there is plenty to do which is free (beach, playgrounds, snorkelling, BMX etc). This is one of the best family holidays we have had outside of Orlando. We did so much together as a family and thankfully the weather was fantastic. The staff are helpful and most speak excellent english. There is a laundry which cost Eu 5.00 for a 5 kilo load (washed, dried and folded in a morning) - worth it with three boys on the BMX track!

We have been to an english centre parcs but would rather go back to De Kempervennen. Loved the easy going way of life, no hassle, no problem, chilled out atmosphere - or maybe that was just us enjoying ourselves!

Also managed a day trip to Amsterdam from Eindhoven by (double-decker) train. Great day out on the canal boats and window shopping like we'd never seen before!! Quite an eye-opener but beautiful city none-the-less.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled with family
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3  Thank Wannanotherholiday
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Reviewed 12 May 2009

We are a family of 2 adults and 3 teenagers and this holiday was perfect for us. We are not a particularly sporty family at home and don't do many things together nowadays so this was a great holiday for being together and getting some exercise! We booked via centerparcs website. We booked 4 night midweek break at Easter at an offer price and then added extras. The premium villa(inc towels and sheets), skiing lessons for the children (1 hour each day for 3 days), cycle hire for all of us for the 4 days, 2 x 1hour badminton court, 2 x 1hr bowling lane - total cost £750. A bargain I think. I made a mess of booking of the activity passes and bought 5 because the booking area wasn't clear about what they included. I emailed centerparcs, who were very helpful and offered alternatives, including a full refunded of the passes I'd added. All sorted out efficently.
Main good points :
Use of facilities from morning of arrival til evening of departure.
Aqua mundo - children went in everyday and the 'rapids' were a big hit, in more ways than one! They loved them but came away with several bumps and bruises.
Skiing - my children were in a beginners group of 5 people (other beginner groups we saw were between 5 and 8 people) and they said the instructor was very good. By the end of day 2 they were skiing down the small slope!
Villa - a bit shabby outside but inside was modern and clean. There was a dead duck (we were close to the lake) next to the patio when we arrived. 2 men came to remove it just half an hour after we reported it to reception.
Plenty to do - We were out of the villa most of the time during the day and the activities we'd booked, along with cycling and swimming filled in much of our time. Our teenagers spent a couple of evenings playing pool and got chatting to other teenagers in the games area. We cycled to the nearby town (turn left onto main road about half an hour, slowish speed), which had shops, cafes/bars and a market. Cycle path all the way there so we felt comfortable with our children going on their own the next day. We also visited a wonderful pancake house close to the site and a village with a windmill (turn right onto main road). If we'd been there a week we would have spent more time cycling around the local area as the cycle paths were great.
Several american/english tv channels and films on villa tvs. We watched films a couple of times in the evenings rather than go 'out' onsite.

Not so good points :
We thought food was expensive, eating out and in on-site supermarket. eg. 2 course meals £20. The fast food/burger bar not too bad price wise. Cheap supermarkets in town nearby.
Evening entertainment not great.

Things you might want to know :
Gloves must be worn for skiing. We took our own, ordinary winter gloves. Our children wore their own 'winter day' clothes. Ski suits and gloves can be hired on the day -£5 I think.
The map of the site they gave you on arrival wasn't as detailed as the one you can download on the website. I wish I'd printed one off to take with us.
When you book an activity pass its for a court and a bowling lane. So one pass covered our family.
There was no oven in our villa, just a hob and microwave. Only a problem if you buy oven chips before checking out the villa!
You can check in and get your keys when you arrive (we got there at 10am) and use the facilities but don't have access to your chalet til 3pm, or was it 2pm? We cycled round to our villa at about 1pm and it had all been cleaned so we got in early.

We like to try different places but the whole family want to go back to De Kempervennen as soon as we can. I see there is a tick box to say if you'd be happy to answer questions others have. Don't know how this works yet but I would be happy to answer questions.

  • Stayed: April 2009, travelled with family
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7  Thank wanttogetawaymore
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Reviewed 5 May 2009

great sized parc underated possibly and overlooked by brits easy to get to in a car from uk

this parc was much stricter about on site parking too as i have been to some centre parcs where they are overwhelmed by weekenders leaving cars everywhere until they leave on sunday night.

visually this parc is a feast with much to see around the 2 lakes one with padi diving courses, and the other with watersking, this park is practically dead flat so it is ideal for everyone it has long stretches of smooth well maintained raod for rollerblading its ideal.

the accomodations are usually centre parcs style but this time we stayed in a new eden vip 6 persons villa........no internet but bigger and more spacious rooms the gardens (more like patio) had litlle privacy though.

the restaurent in the ski centre has good steak meals 15 euro and huge widescreen tv and good staff.

the parc itself is an easy bike ride into Valkenswaard for shopping and market great little place.

things i didnt like were

its a big parc and your cottage can be quite a walk to the centre and the land train does not run on check in days

the entrance to the parc in your cars can be a real pain due to a bend in the road and heavy traffic on check in days arrive v early or v late

cats......there is a huge number of feral cats on this parc.

internet acces...........only in the market dome is there any wifi and main reception 1 workstation....

the tv and electrical goods in the cottages are a little out of date by modern standards

  • Stayed: February 2009, travelled with family
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Thank trickynicky
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Reviewed 12 April 2009

We love Center Parcs. This is our first time at De Kempervennen. Before we stayed at one of the Center Parcs in France. The only reason I can't give this one a higher rating is because our cottage smelled of cigarette smoke. That really made my stay somewhat unpleasant. I really think that they should have non-smoking cottages and if someone does smoke in them, they should have to pay what it cost to get rid of the cigarette smell. Other than that my family (hubby, teen daughter, and 8 year old son) really enjoyed our stay there.

  • Stayed: April 2009
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Thank CyKeWh
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Reviewed 3 January 2009

I booked a VIP Villa for my first visit to a Center Parc's. Our party of 10 had various ages from a 4 month baby to my 72 year old mother. We took a midweek break covering New Years Eve. The cost for a family of 4 was around a £1000, made somewhat more expensive due to the exchange rate variations. Some cash was saved some by taking the car on Norfolkline ferry via Dunkirk ( crossing £70 return), and driving through Belgium ( took 3 hours from port to CP)

The weather was very cold (-8) but the cottages were warm. The external look of the cottages is quite stark, and is a little off -putting on arrival. The cottage was very well equiped and comfortble , with nice local touches, like a personal sauna.

We were all very happy with the village centre activities. Although it was very busy there seemed to be enough room in the pool areas , and getting served in the cafes and bars was never a problem. New Year was a real eye-opener, the Dutch treat it like firework night. The spent fireworks around the main Dome were ankle deep on New Years Day.

The children in the group loved the swimming pools,and we went every day. On a couple of days we went early (10.00) and had the place virtually to ourselves. The chutes and flumes were a real hit.

Eating out was a quite expensive (£20 per head) for a basic buffet, but overall we didnt spend much whilst there, the supermarket was quite reasonable, the cafes were about the same as the UK.

My brother and his family used the snow dome and had a good time.

Overall, I would recommend the site to anyone with young children. Its a good way of having fun with the family , with some local flavour and cultural differences thrown in.


I booked via the centerparcs website, and have already booked my next trip to another Dutch CP in feb.

  • Stayed: December 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Richbonf
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Reviewed 17 December 2008

It was my first visit to a Center Parcs, so I can't compare it with other.

We had our baby with us, so we did spent quite some time at the beautiful pool and walking.
The bungalows look quite odd at the outside, but everything is more than ok at the inside.

We really enjoyed the gourmet delivered 'at home'.

  • Stayed: November 2008, travelled with family
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Thank Speukes
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Reviewed 2 November 2008

Second time at Kempervennen and another great time. The cottage we stayed in had recently been refurbished and was very modern and comfortable. This time we mainly went for the snow dome so our 15yr old could learn to ski - and he did! The off-site cycle paths are brilliant and traffic free and the overall experience is one of relaxation. Practically all the staff speak flawless English and are so helpful. We had no problems booking anything at all. Center Parks in Holland is much less commercial and busy as those in England and a fraction of the price. English Center Parks are frankly a rip off.

  • Stayed: October 2008, travelled with family
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Thank BilboandSmaug
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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: $72 - $275 (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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