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Center Parcs De Kempervennen
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Westerhoven
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Spent 1 week here, and had a good time. We were in an Eden VIP cottage, the VIP extras meant limitless WiFi, towels and daily bread deliveries which we really appreciated. We were super lucky with the weather so bbq'd every night which is just as well as there's no oven weirdly! Lovely outside area with large dining table and a couple of sun chairs. Plenty of shade for when it got really hot. A lot of mosquitos so take plenty of repellent and after bite lotion.
We were in area 8 which is about a 15 minute walk from pool and restaurants, about as far away as you can get, but it meant it was quiet and peaceful, which was perfect for us!
We did the zip wire and wake boarding activities, they get busy so book as soon as you get there. Zip wire was amazing and worth every penny: €15. Restaurants were pricey and mostly 'fast food' but family friendly and functional. The supermarket was also expensive, there's an Aldi and Jumbo supermarket in the nearby town which are much cheaper and worth the trip. Hired a family fun bike for a day which was hilarious but watch out for granny on the back if you let the teenagers steer!
The aqua Mundo pool was as you'd expect, busy and noisy and the slides and 'rapids' pretty lame but again functional and good for younger kids.
The service was pretty good in general, some staff excellent and went the extra mile, others not so much but still satisfactory. All in all an enjoyable experience.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

I understand that there are mosquitoes in the park. It's nature. I don't even mind the old and DIRTY carpet in an old (and somewhat stinky) cottage in desparate need of renovation. But to have a cottage infested with earwigs is something I can't tolerate. We actually left one day earlier because we just couldn't force ourselves to sleep another night there. Not only did I find numerous earwigs on the floor in the corners of a bedroom but when I picked up a plastic bag I left on a table the day before, an earwig fell out of it and started to crawl on my arm, ugh!!!!!! You literally have to shake every object to make sure there is no bug in it or under it. One earwig even crawled into my child's suitcase, so when I was packing for our early departure, I had another unpleasant encounter. What a waste of money, such cottage can't (and shouldn't!!!) cost that much. We should have come for just one day of swimming in the Aquamundo, that would have been great. The Aquadome and restaurants there are really nice. But the cottage.... yuck!!!! Never EVER again. I don't know if anyone from Center Parcs is reading this, but I would welcome a partial refund or any other kind of compensation.

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Reviewed 14 July 2016

The facilities in this park are awesome, there is so much to do and both the market-dome and aquamundo are very nice.

The reason why I give this place a low rating is because the beds are horribly soft, when I complained they had a solution: insert a large plank between the mattress and the bed. A quick-and-dirty solution to avoid having to buy new beds I guess... not what you expect when you rent a "VIP cottage".

The next big problem was mosquito's, they are everywhere... now this is something that is annoying as you simply cannot sit outside, bbq or do anything without getting bitten. But what is really unforgivable is that the cottages do not have any window screens, not even on the ventilation holes. So when we arrived we spent most of our first night killing mosquito's after we closed the ventilation. (they left it open for us, thanks for that!)

But then the cottage became really damp and smelled moldy, nothing would dry so I ended up driving to a shop in town and getting mesh so I could cover the ventilation. It's plain stupid that I had to do this myself. If you know you have a mosquito problem, the least you can do is make sure they can't get into the cottages.

Anyway, I have a lot of mixed feelings regarding this place. It could be awesome and normally I would have probably given this place a 4/5 or 5/5 rating, but when you fail at the basics like being able to sleep without killing your back or getting eaten alive then you simply don't deserve a good rating.

Room Tip: Avoid anything near water... which is nearly impossible
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Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

Standards are not as high, everything is a bit tired, restaurant selection is average. Reasonably priced though, less to do than Longleat for the young kids.

Staff are excellent and the levels of English spoken is very good, the buffet is brilliant quality but the service is terrible, cues for food were excessive due to poor variety of restaurants.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

We took our granddaughters aged 8 and 10 here. It was an ideal place for them. The cottage we stayed in, (a 4 person premium) was well equipped. I especially liked having a dishwasher, and a DVD player.

There were plenty of activities for girls of their age could do; badminton, climbing, zip wire, aqua scooter, an introduction to diving, were the activities they took part in. The only problem is you need to accept that all of these are activities that have to be paid for, which can make life expensive. However the swimming pool complex was good, and, as it was the beginning of July, no overly busy.

We ate for a couple of nights in Evergreenz, the family buffet, and found a good variety of interesting food. Admittedly the girls ate the food for adults, not that provided for children.

There a couple of negative points, the grounds looked as if they needed a bit more maintenance in particular the children's petting area. Here the entrance gate was past its best and there were no facilities for cleaning your hands, which in these days of Health and Safety seemed surprising. The mosquitoes were a problem. It was just one of those unfortunate things, but it meant we couldn't open the bedroom windows. Insect screens for the windows would have made a huge difference.

Stayed: July 2016, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 July 2016

Stayed for a week in July - huge park with loads to do and near a nice town (Valkenswaard).
Had 3 free 'toppings' to use - got a list of activities that could be booked using these at check in. We used them for a ten pin bowling session (used up 2 toppings) and an hour pedalo hire. So I figure each topping is worth about 10 euro.
Bikes are almost essential - your cottage may be quite far away from the dome and pool. Also, useful to ride a bike to and from car park if you plan to travel out and about around The Netherlands. Very pleasant to ride around the park on bikes - lots of tracks and spots for picnics by the lakes.
Booked a premium cottage and to be honest found it a bit grubby. Would book a VIP cottage next time to see if it was better. Cottage itself was a little bit small with very little wardrobe/storage space for clothes. Fairly well equipped.
Supermarket on site was typically very expensive - better to go into valkenswaard to a supermarket like Lidl. Note: supermarket at site not open very late if you arrive in the evening.
Lots and lots of mosquitoes - were given information on check in about it and saw groundsmen spraying bushes presumably to try to control issue. I however have lots of bites (the only member of the family!). Make sure to take repellent to at least try to avoid bites and stuff for outside as we didn't sit out in our garden because of this.
Restaurants in the market dome were just OK, but if you want finer dining you'll have to go outside the park.
If you want a day out - go to Efteling theme park around 50mins from centre parc. An amazing park almost as good as disney.
Would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: Nearer to the market dome
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Reviewed 8 July 2016

Wife, daughter, grandchildren 2 and 4 and myself had a week in 2 standard cottages first week of July. First cottage stunk so was rejected moved to 609 which was much better. That was first day gone after big delay on Eurotunnel. Read small print for what you get, towels are extra!! Cottage was adequate, needed a really good deep clean. Mosquitos where a real problem not many people in the swimming pool without bites. We hired bikes for the week which made getting around much easier, 3 bikes plus a trailer for the little ones was about £100, but money well spent. Facilities are not the same as UK Center Parcs but we spent a lot of time in the Aqua Mundo swimming dome which the kids loved. Lots of kids running free range but this appears to be the norm. Not sure why but hardly anyone seemed to speak and hardly any thank-yous. We had a run out to Einhoven on the Tuesday and caught the market which was very good with excellent fresh produce. Area around camp is very nice but not sure if we would stay at De Kempervennen again.

Room Tip: Away from water
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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: $71 - $277 (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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