I’m so excited to share with you the first part of our Efteling trip. I have LOTS of pictures, so I thought I’d start by showing you our lovely cottage and give you a peek inside the amazing Efteling hotel too.
Efteling is a theme park in Holland, with a magical difference. We were all so excited to stay there and experience the magic first-hand.
We chose to stay in Efteling Village Bosrijk, a wooden village by the lake. Here’s a little tour round the cottage.
This gorgeous holiday home is equipped with all comforts. The ground floor has a cosy living room, kitchen, toilet and access to the terrace. There are three bedrooms, as well as a bathroom with bath-shower combination and toilet. The second toilet downstairs was super handy.
I loved the homely feel of our cottage and we settled in right away.
They left sleepy hats for us to take home, which was a lovely touch.
Ava was super excited to sleep in bunk beds for the first time!
She was also so happy to see the little cute games table in her room.
The two other rooms have doubles, with one also having a travel cot.
It was great for us to have a bath, as Ava really dislikes showering. So this mean’t a much easier life for all of us.
The setting is really wonderful, tucked away in the forest. Our cottage was the closest to the building which housed the shop, pool and the restaurant. This worked out really well for us, as Ava’s little legs were very tired by the end of the day. So we were grateful that everything was so central.
The swimming pool is situated just through these arches and each morning we went for a family swim. It was a great way to kill time, as Ava rises early, but the park itself doesn’t open until 11am. The swimming pool was such fun, especially when the rapids came on!
From the village it’s about a 15 minute walk to the park. Although we never took it, there’s a land train which runs from the village to the park and back again at the beginning and end of the day.
On the Saturday I was given a tour round the hotel, which apparently was designed to look like a Castle in the sky.
In addition to the standard rooms, there are themed room, which were amazing!
All of the themes suites had these great seating areas, which would be so useful if, like us, your kids go to bed early.
Even the standard (un-themed) rooms had little glimpses of magic. In this wallpaper were some fairytale characters and inside the wardrobe where a little pair of magic red shoes. Like the ones you can see dancing in the park. I really loved all these wonderful touches.
Cute game in the kids area.
This was super cool. Lettering on the dresser, which could only be read if you looked at it through the mirror (and you were dutch!).
I loved the eclectic mix of egg cups for breakfast goers.
The breakfasts were really yummy, although Ava kept wanting a doughnut for breakfast!
It wasn’t uncommon at breakfast to see some of the fairytale characters, who would come into the restaurant to entertain the children.
I hope you’ve enjoyed having a peek into Efteling, I will be back on Wednesday with a post all about the park itself. Do you fancy visiting Efteling?
Disclosure: We stayed at Efteling in return for sharing our opinions.