After an exceptionally long drive from Cardiff to Wassenaar, Holland, we arrived at Duinrell Campsite. The staff at the Canvas check-in were welcoming and took us straight to our caravan which was very nice inside and much more spacious than any other one I’ve stayed in on similar sites in Europe. There were 6 of us in the van with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The kitchen was fully stocked with cutlery and crockery and had a massive American style fridge and dishwasher.
Our van was less than a 5 minute walk from the main plaza with the shop, restaurant and pub. The Irish Pub was a bit disappointing as it was in a basement so was quite dingy and they didn’t actually sell any Irish drinks – well, none that we could see anyway. The World Cup matches were shown there but when there was no football on, the pub was deserted. Free WIFI is available in the plaza for those with laptops but you can also pay to use the campsite computers to access the internet for €2 per 10 minutes.
The best part of the campsite was the Tiki Waterpark which is Europe’s biggest indoor slide complex and is in the theme park right in the middle of the campsite. The theme park and Waterpark are open to the public but Canvas guests get to go on the theme park rides for free at any time and have 2 hours free use of the Waterpark every day. The theme park has mainly fairground type rides with just one roller coaster. It was good fun but the park was much more popular with younger families. The Waterpark on the other hand is brilliant fun for everyone (except those with a bad back!). I have never been on slides that fast or steep in my life! There is a small area for babies and toddlers as well as a wave pool, lazy river and Jacuzzis for those who don’t want to brave the slides. Another options is to use the steam room and sauna for an extra cost of €3.
The village of Wassenaar is a two minute walk from the campsite. It is not very big but has a nice high street with cafes, restaurants, a very tasty ice cream parlour and some shops as well as an Aldi supermarket which is much cheaper than the campsite shop. Also nearby is Leiden which is a slightly livelier town with lots of windmills, canals and a market making it a lovely place to go for a wander. We did find it very hard to park in Leiden though as the signs for the car parks were terrible and pointed all over the place! The most well know place nearby would have to be Amsterdam which has lots to see and do from Anne Frank’s House to diamond factories. The Canvas reception at the campsite gave us information on where to park in Amsterdam and recommended that we use the park and ride service which was a good idea as it was so cheap and easy.
One afternoon we went to the beach nearest to the campsite – 4.5km away. The beach is a massive 8km long and has been awarded the Blue Flag due to the clean sea. Unfortunately, there was an awful lot of litter left lying on the sand itself even though there were more bins on the beach than on any other beach I’ve been to. If it wasn’t for the rubbish, it would have been a beautiful beach.
Duinrell is a fantastic campsite with so much to do that there is no need to leave the site if you don’t want to. It doesn’t matter what the weather is like as there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. All in all we had an excellent holiday and would love to go back.