I spent a lot of time thinking about the ideal destination for our summer holidays this year. Knowing that the children would be 6 years and 7 months I needed to think what would work for both of them. After a lot of deliberation, we decided on a family road trip to Holland. I liked the idea that we could plan our own itinerary, go at our own pace and pack as much as we needed for the kids in the car.
Last year my brother visited Holland with his children and recommended it as family friendly, so I was sold. We also decided to stay for a few nights in Dunkirk, France as part of our return journey to break up the amount of travelling.
To kick off our family road trip we travelled down to Folkestone, which is around a 3.5 hour drive from home. We booked a night in a Premier Inn, not far from the Eurotunnel. As Baby Mack was still quite young, I didn’t want to push it too much with how far we were travelling at a time. This allowed us to get something to eat and a good night sleep before our crossing. Staying so close to the Eurotunnel meant that we were able to be there ready for our early crossing the next morning, aiming to arrive in Holland just after lunch time.
Our Accommodation in Holland
We stayed at Landal Het Vennebos in South Holland. Landal sites are quite similar to Center Parcs, everything you need is on-site and they are packed with family friendly features such as swimming pools, kids clubs and bike hire. Each of the Landal sites are different with varying styles of accommodation from beachfront huts to forest lodges. Landal Het Vennebos is set in a stunning woodland area with lakes running throughout the park.
We had chosen to stay in a three bedroom lodge right next to the lake. We also opted to pay to pick the location of our lodge, I chose a lodge next to the swimming pool and restaurants complex. I’m pleased that we did as the site was huge and we may have been placed much further away. Being so close to the pool meant we made plenty of use of it, especially as it was so hot during our visit, as a way to cool down.
A lodge worked well for us meaning that we could put the children to bed and still have space to enjoy the evening. I didn’t like the idea of staying in a hotel, making bedtimes difficult to juggle.
The lodge had a great range of cooking facilities, which we made use of to keep some costs down. We ate at the restaurants on site for some evenings, and also cooked simple meals for ourselves too like spaghetti bolognese.
Family Friendly Days out in Holland
The great thing about a family road trip to Holland is that we had our car ready and available to us for days out and exploring. Being familiar with our car also helped with our confidence when driving in a different country. There were so many activities to do on site such as swimming, play parks and a children’s farm however, it was also great to get out and about and explore the area. Here’s a few things we got up to…
- Hired bikes to explore the holiday park. We had pre-ordered the bikes before we arrived as we knew they would be popular. The site was perfect for bike riding as it was flat with smooth roads. Baby Mack loved being in the seat at the front of my bike and Mini put all of her practice to good use to ride well on her own.
- Efteling is the largest Theme Park in Holland. In my opinion a place to even rival Disneyland Paris. The park is set around a fairy woodland theme and has a huge range of attractions for all the family. We spent a whole day at Efteling and still didn’t manage to fit all of the rides and attractions in. Next time we will plan to stay on site for a few days to explore more of the site.
- Familie Suykerbuyck Pancake House. We stumbled upon this amazing pancake house and were so glad we did. The portions were generous and the food was delicious, I’m now a convert to savoury style pancakes. The hospitality and service was very friendly and there was a fantastic play area that Mini enjoyed exploring whilst waiting for her food.
- A day out at Speelland was a great way to cool down in the hot weather. Speelland is a large outdoor play space based around a lake with a man made beach. The whole area was filled with play areas, climbing frames, slides and rides. The entrance price was very reasonable and all attractions were then included with the admission price. We set up our picnic blanket and spent most of the day in and out of the water to stay cool, along with having fun on the water slides too!
Final Thoughts on our Family Road Trip to Holland
I learnt a lot through our experience of a family road trip to Holland. I’ve written a separate post with some top tips if you are planning a road trip of your own with children. I’d love to hear all about your plans too and any top tips you’d like to share.
I also put together a video capturing more of what we got up to on our family road trip to Holland to show you how much fun we had.
I loved that our family road trip to Holland felt like a real adventure, exploring new places and cultures as a family. Initially it felt a little daunting before we set off however, we all found it very easy. The people in Holland were very family friendly and welcomed our children. We found the roads easy to navigate and get about. I would definitely recommend a road trip style holiday for young families, with the right planning its a great option to see new places. We would also visit Holland again, perhaps exploring a different Landal site or trying to visit two different style parks during a longer road trip holiday.
We have truly caught the bug for family road trips and have already booked our next adventures for 2020, keep an eye out for future posts for where we have decided to go.