Local Heart, Global Soul

March 14, 2015

Landing In Landal: A Holiday Home From Home…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Several  years ago my husband’s family decided that it would be a good idea if his mother, Oma  (Oma = Grandmother) could have a long weekend away somewhere in the Netherlands, with present, as many of the extended family as possible.

The destination on this occasion was the Veluwe, an area of national park in the east of the country that contains wooded forest, open and semi-scrub land and roaming wildlife such as deer and many birds.

Dotted amongst all of this are various small towns and villages and because it’s a popular tourist destination, many camping grounds ranging from the  tiny eco-friendly minimalist sort to the larger parks that have fully furnished holiday houses and  on-site amenities swimming pools, bowling alleys, cycles for hire and restaurants.

Since Oma is in her 90’s and I’m in no condition to be attempting tents and sleeping bags, the families have opted for three holiday houses close to each other in a large Landal holiday park.

The houses come in different sizes and prices and we also took a family friend and her young daughter, so our place slept six, in three different rooms.

The holiday home had all the immensities we required, a shower and bath for scrubbing off the large of Mother Nature that Little Mr in particular was sure to collect whilst rummaging around in forest, an on-site restaurant because Oma wished to treat us all to a meal once during the weekend (all other costs for her were of course laid on by everyone present), an outdoor space and tables etc for everyone to join together for outdoor meals “at home” in the holiday houses, and in the case of our kids, a space where they could sit together and make loom-bands, since in this archive post, this was the first year that the world had gone completely and utterly loom band crazy.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It was a pleasant surprise to find a dishwasher (the narrowness of my original 1930’s Dutch kitchen and the stone worktop mean one doesn’t fit in our kitchen at home) and  for himself,  a good coffee maker in the house, the perfect start to his habitual crack of dawn risings.

The beds (even the double beds) are made with German style duvets, which means a single duvet per person rather than one large double one.

I must confess that under this system there are never any hogging of the bedding problems and I’ve always warm enough … the downside is that cuddling up close together is tricky, trying to decide which bits of the his and hers duvets go where for comfort without gaps appearing letting in the cold when someone moves fractionally.

The other downside is that we have four very decent but not so new double bed size duvets at home (for the double bed in the guest room and in ours)  and I’m too eco-friendly Dutch to get rid of them whilst they have good life left in them.

Laundry is certainly a lot easier when dealing with single sizes so this arrangement is still high on my wish list for when the old duvets are at the end of their use.

Our living room (as we have the fractionally biggest house of the three rented for the weekend) is a good size to accommodate all should the weekend weather be inclement, there is a door leading out to the outside patio right off the living room and it’s one of the houses in this complex of over one hundred houses that is closer (relatively) to the restaurant, reception and main area, so do-able with crutches at least once. Let’s take a look around.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our children’s bedroom…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Our friend and her daughter’s room…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Around the Landal site, plenty for kids…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Most of the weekend’s meals were buffet, picnic style… like this…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Although on the last day, we (ok, the others not me) cleared the table at a flat out running pace as the first fat raindrops fell, and then literally two minutes later the heavens opened and the cloudburst looked like this…

 

1 Comment »

  1. It all looks very pretty.

    Comment by thatssojacob — March 14, 2015 @ 1:03 am | Reply


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