Our summer trip to the Netherlands provided us with so many experiences from city stays to the countryside and active to relaxing. We stayed at a number of Landal Green Parks which must be some of the best holiday parks in the Netherlands – they are brilliant at blending in to their environment and caring about the nature all around them. We were really excited to have a week of family fun in North Netherlands at Landal Esonstad.
Landal Green Parks are all across the Netherlands and each one is different, reflecting the environment it is close to. Landal Esonstad is in the north of the country, set around the water it looks like a mini Amsterdam, it is beautiful.
A week of family fun in North Netherlands at Landal Esonstad – Our accommodation:
When we return to Landal Esonstad I would love to stay in the little town houses in the main part of the village but for this stay we were out in the beautiful waterfront houses that were slightly away from the centre. They were a really peaceful place to stay and easy to get to the centre via the cycle paths.
Our 8 person house had a large downstairs which flowed from room to room with a dining area at the front.
The kitchen through the middle of the ground floor had a microwave, fridge and a real bonus of a dishwasher. It would have been great to have had an oven to help with the meals but it wasn’t a major problem.
There was a large lounge which had beautiful views across the rivers. There was a television and music system and lots of seats so perfect for a family to hang out after a day being out and about.
The lounge led on to a balcony with table and chairs to sit out and relax on sunny evenings.
There was also a downstairs loo and plenty of cupboards and space for shoes and coats.
Upstairs there were four twin bedrooms.
Two of the bedrooms opened up on to their own balconies overlooking the water.
There was a large bathroom with bath and separate shower and also a bathroom with just a shower in.
Outside there was space to park our car next to the house and there was a small playground opposite the house which was perfect for the children to be able to run outside and play whenever we were back.
The space was great and was perfect for chilling out when we weren’t off doing activities. It was feeling a little worn around the edges but nothing too bad and we felt really comfortable here and wouldn’t hesitate to return.
A week of family fun in North Netherlands at Landal Esonstad – The Resort:
Like all Landal resorts there was plenty to do at Landal Esonstad and something to keep everyone occupied.
There was a great play area with bouncy castle, swings and climbing equipment that the children really enjoyed.
And an indoor play area which was in the heart of the park’s town centre square which was free for residents and crafts and activities in the Bollo bear club for children.
Throughout the park there were playgrounds to stop at and play at which is such a great benefit of Landal parks.
There was also a wonderful indoor swimming pool so if the weather took a turn it was easy to find something else to do.
The park has its own 18 hole ‘pitch and putt’ Golf Course which is designed for families to play on. This was a nice alternative to the mini golf courses which we had experienced at other Landal parks. The course is suitable for children aged eight and over and is perfect for beginners as well as more experienced players.
Something we were really keen on developing while in the Netherlands was the children’s cycling. Before we left the UK none of our three could cycle – we just were never home to give it a concerted effort. A few days at Landal and we had the two oldest children cycling about and not wanting to stop. We hired bikes at Landal Esonstad, they are brilliant at having everything you could need including tandems and child seats. We decided to get one of the adult ‘bakfiet’ – a bike with a bucket seat at the front which was perfect for being able to all go for a cycle ride with the five-year old in the front. From that moment on we were constantly on our bikes.
On one of the days we went for an 8 km ride which given our oldest two had only been cycling for days seemed amazing to me. Cycling in the Netherlands is just perfect with bike lanes everywhere. One of our favourite things to do was to cycle to the nearby village of Anjum and pick up ice creams before heading back.
There were lots of routes you could take from cycling to the town of Dokkum or heading to the beach where seals bask on the sands and there were plenty of shorter simple cycle tracks crisscrossing the local farmland so you could simply head out and explore.
A week of family fun in North Netherlands at Landal Esonstad – Food:
The houses at Landal Esonstad are obviously self catering and we spent much of our time eating in and cooking up big family meals of pasta and stir frys. There is a small onsite shop that is well priced.
However it was just as easy to pop to the Co-Op in nearby Anjum which is larger and lovely.
If you want to eat out there are a number of options in Landal Esonstad. We didn’t try any of them this time but there was a pizza and pasta restaurant, a la carte meals in the Brasserie and fish and chips.
A week of family fun in North Netherlands at Landal Esonstad – The Best Bits:
It was so lovely to explore this part of the Netherlands, one that we have never had the chance to spend time in before. It was filled with perfect cycle tracks which criss-crossed the fields and ran around the lakes and along the coastline. We absolutely loved our time here and can’t wait to return.
You can find out more about Landal Esonstad here.
We were guests of Landal Esonstad for the purposes of this review but all opinions are our own.