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Updated January 2024
Holiday: September 2023
Looking for a fun family holiday to The Netherlands on a budget?
This Eurocamp Holiday Review is all about Lake Resort Beekse Bergen (in Hilvarenbeek, North Brabant, The Netherlands). I’ve included our experiences, photos, details about the Eurocamp accommodation, what there is to do locally (including the free entry to nearby attractions like Beekse Bergen Safari Park and Speelland!), driving time from Calais, the closest airport and everything else that you need to know about this fabulous holiday – it was one of our favourites for sure!
In September 2023, we took our annual road trip – this time we stayed in Paris for a few days to visit Disneyland, then travelled to the Netherlands (booked through Eurocamp) to split the rest of the holiday between Lake Resort Beekse Bergen and the infamous Duinrell Theme Park Resort.
We arrived home shattered after a very active holiday, but it was certainly one of our favourites – and the kids would have happily stayed at Lake Resort Beekse Bergen for ages.
What was Lake Resort Beekse Bergen like?
The Lake Resort Beekse Bergen site was enormous – it took us half an hour to walk from our mobile home to the resort entrance, though they run a handy (free!) land-train so you can time your explorations around that. (You can use the map to help you to navigate it all.) It goes all over the resort and to both Speelland Attraction Park and Beekse Bergen Safari Park.
As you can see from my photos, the lake with a beach area was stunning, and the restaurant and pool both over-look this gorgeous view. All of it is in-keeping with the safari theme, and with temperatures in the 30s for our whole trip, we actually didn’t feel like we were in The Netherlands at all! It felt somewhat tropical!
There were children’s play areas throughout the site, and in the main centre, both indoor and out. And, it was all very clean, well maintained and of high quality.
What was the swimming pool like?
The indoor swimming pool at Lake Resort Beekse Bergen was also located in the main centre, which we used most days to cool down. The pool area was fantastic with a jacuzzi pool, a main swimming pool, a flume and a children’s play pool.
There was a sort of seating area within the water, so I could sit and relax overlooking the view of the lake while the kids played, which was lovely. The swimming facilities were of a high standard, well managed and extremely clean.
What is there to do near Lake Resort Beekse Bergen?
Lake Resort Beekse Bergen really is all about the location. The safari-themed site is stunning, and it’s right next door to the most incredible Safari Zoo, and Speelland Attraction Park. Both of which are included (you can visit for free as many times as you like!) when you stay for three days or more at the resort.
Beekse Bergen Safari Park is 100% without a doubt the biggest and best zoo we’ve ever visited. You can get up close to the animals on the car safari, make the most of the trenched fences providing uninterrupted views of the animals on the walking safari and take the boat safari too. It’s super interactive, there are so many animals and such a huge variety of species – check out my full review for more info.
Also, attached to the park is Speelland Attraction Park – which translates as ‘Play Land’ – with free entry when you stay at Lake Resort Beekse Bergen. They have a large beach play area, waterslides, crazy golf, pedal / motor go-karts, bouncy pillows, bouncy castles and other attractions – great fun for the kids. Click here for a full review of Speelland.
This Eurocamp is also really close to Efteling Theme Park which is located just a twenty minute drive from the Lake Resort Beekse Bergen campsite. The Netherland’s largest theme park, it’s dubbed to be their Disney Land. It has excellent reviews and great reputation, and being so close eliminates the need to book any other hotels / accommodation to facilitate the visit.
We didn’t venture to Efteling having done Disneyland and also booked the Duinrell Resort (which is part of a theme park) but it may be something that you want to add to your list of days out with a stay at Beekse Bergen. If you like to move around like we do, the Duinrell Resort is around a 90 minute drive-away from the Lake Resort – check out my full review for more info: Eurocamp Review: Duinrell Theme Park Resort, South Holland, The Netherlands.
From Lake Resort Beekse Bergen, you can also visit nearby Rotterdam. And, Amsterdam is an easy motorway drive – around 1 hour and 15 minutes away. We hired bikes to cycle around the city (everyone cycles in the Netherlands!) – though it’s not a massive place and there aren’t lots of particular sights to see, it has a nice vibe. Filled with bridges and canals it’s a pretty place, and home to Anne Frank’s hide-out house, which we were keen to visit.
Was the accommodation good?
We booked with Eurocamp but there was also tons of room for camping, and the resort themselves have loads of lodges too. We booked an Azure (known as Comfort Plus / Premium from 2024) and were upgraded to an Azure lounge – the only difference really being the comfy outside seating area. This mobile home seemed very new and it was all clean and lovely inside – it was one of our favourites yet.
The setting of the mobile home was brilliant. We were directly across from a huge field with woodland behind and to the side of it. It was lovely to sit out on the deck for breakfast, or for dinner and a game of cards in the evenings. Visiting during a heatwave, the temperature was around 32 degrees most days so we made the most of the outdoors.
For more info on the accommodation options, and to find out what to pack / what’s included, read my post: Eurocamp holiday reviews: Which accommodation should I choose? What’s included?
What facilities are on site at Lake Resort Beekse Bergen?
The shop on-site was large and fairly well priced and well stocked – open until 6pm when we visited. They had freshly baked bits, essentials and also extras like beach bits / goggles. A fresh baguette was €2 – making it easy to have cheap lunches and picnics. We didn’t need much from the on-site shop – we did a full shop at Lidl, which was just a 5 minute drive away and priced similarly to our usual shopping back home.
We were able to park directly in front of the mobile home we stayed in, making it easy to load and unload the car of luggage and food shopping.
Eurocamp mobile homes are not equipped with TVs, unless you hire from their top range, so it’s handy to take a tablet or laptop with you with some movies for when you want a quiet evening.
All of the Eurocamp reps we met on our trip were friendly, helpful and spoke (or were) English. The other staff on the site were also fluent in English and very cheerful and friendly. There was lots to do on site, and bikes and family carts could be hired. We didn’t eat in the restaurant but we did get chips from the take-away area.
Our only annoyance from our whole stay at Lake Resort Beekse Bergen was that it was boiling and we couldn’t swim in the lake due to an algae at the time we visited (which caused sickness) so we only paddled, but it would have been a gorgeous place for a swim and the water was a great temp.
How much does a Eurocamp holiday at Lake Resort Beekse Bergen cost – was it good value for money?
Our 6 night stay at Lake Resort Beekse Bergen at the beginning of September in an Azure (now Comfort Plus / Premium Accommodation for 2024) mobile home was £350 – which we thought was brilliant value for money. Though we actually only paid £150 (as we had a £200 voucher from Eurocamp after a noise complaint last year) so it was extremely cheap for us, and I would highly recommend this holiday if you have kiddies.
The resort was brilliant and, even at full-price it would have been incredible value for money, with the brilliant Beekse Bergen Safari Park and Speelland being the FREE icing on the cake. There were also quite a few other places in The Netherlands included for free with the visit, including: Dierenrijk, ZooParc Overloon, Aviodrome Aviation Theme Park and AquaZoo Friesland – though we didn’t go to those. Having the attractions included in the cost makes it a fantastic deal and lots of fun for the kids, who would have loved to stay longer.
It’s a beautiful site and we really enjoyed our time in The Netherlands, which is an easy 3 hour drive from the crossing at Calais. If you’d prefer to fly, the closest airport is Eindhoven which is about 20km away from the campsite. If you’re looking for a holiday with lots to do, Lake Resort Beekse Bergen should certainly be a contender. And, with so much on your doorstep, this a definitely a holiday that you could enjoy without a car if need be.
As we home educate the kids, we are fortunate to be able travel term-time which is a great money saver, but if you’re restricted to school holiday dates then look for May half-term getaways – they’re always so much cheaper than the summer holidays!
For more information, and to check prices for your dates, click here to check out Beekse Bergen Lake Resort on the Eurocamp website.
To find out more about Eurocamp and how to save money on your holiday check out:
Check out my article: A complete review / guide for Eurocamp holidays: How does Eurocamp work? How can I save money?
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