Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Christmas 2018 Part 2

Efteling was everything and more that we had anticipated.  We stayed in one of the Efteling villages Bosryk in a cottage overlooking the golf course.  It had a few little extras such as a sauna in a shed  behind the property and a hot tub.  It had the little touches that made the difference, particularly for the children.  Six night caps had been left, along with the story book of the Sandman who visited to help get the little ones to sleep with a story.  Breakfast was delivered each morning and a little gift left each day as well.  Such a wonderful touch that enhanced our stay.





The grounds were spectacular, I would imagine in the Summer it would be a stunning setting.  The lake had Mr Sandmans castle in the centre, so was always a joy to walk past to see if he was there.





Each evening he told stories prior to going to bed, so much fun despite the language barrier.


Just a five minute walk from the village brought you to a special entrance to the theme park, which is divided into several areas.  There was so much to see and do it was so easy to fill our days.  The winter wonderland aspect was a joy which included ice skating, a toboggan run, cross country skiing and a a wide variety of speciality foods and drinks.





There were carollers singing intermittently around fire pits throughout the park, which gave the park such a wonderful atmosphere.



We have some wonderful memories of visiting this Fairy Tale Park many years ago when our own daughters were small, whilst serving in the Military.  As you can imagine it brought them all back and we laughed at some of their antics.  The boys loved hearing about their Mamas adventures when she was small.  The talking tree was a highlight, along with the carvings in the forest.




You can't possibly go to Efteling and not get a photo sitting on one of the mushrooms.


Another highlight was the Ravelijn show, the boys were given a VIP pass for this so sat in the royal box, it was such fun.






All in all an amazing break away, fun and laughter good food and good company we couldn't have asked for more.  One of the eateries was a pancake house where the pots and pans came to life. 






Such fun and the pancakes were good too.  There is something for everyone at this park with some amazing shows and white knuckle rides along with children's characters and rides more suited to Granny.





Time flew by we had so much fun, must admit to been cold at times but the fire pits and hot chocolate specialities certainly helped.  It is somewhere we would definitely go back.

Hope you enjoyed our little tour, there was so much more not least the Caro show which we did have to pay extra for but it as heavily discounted as we were staying at the park.  Well worth going to, the boys loved it when Granny was invited to participate.  All in all as good as Disney without the crowds and queues although some of the characters were not as familiar.

As always I thank you for your visit and comments.  I am still trying to get the cottage back into some order but am catching up with you as and when I can.

See you soon.

35 comments:

  1. I just commented on your previous post, then noticed this one. I would love to go there! What lovely cottages. I've ever been on skis, but the ski walk looks fun and I love the gallopers! Talking trees and pots and pans?! I'm not a theme park person ( we went to EuroDisney in 2000 and I hated it ) to many people for me. I went to Alton Towers in the late 70's before it became a theme park. Thank you for sharing you wonderful holiday. Best, Jane x

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  2. You have the most interesting sites to see. Thanks for walking us through it. Beautiful photos.

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  3. It looks like you all had a wonderful time, something a bit different from the norm. I bet it's wonderful in the summer too.

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  4. Wow that looks magical especially for the children , Glad you had a fantastic time xxx

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  5. What a fabulous place! Thanks for taking me along. Have a great week!

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  6. I'm sure the children loved it, so much to do. Typically Dutch. Have a wonderful week.

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  7. Oh, how wonderful it all looks, your grandchildren would have been entranced by everything. I love the look and sound of your little cottage too it looks so cosy:)

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  8. What a fantastic place to visit and have Christmas with family!!!!!!!!!!

    I'd love to see pics, of the inside of the charming cottage, too.

    Oh how delightful!!!!

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  9. A very interesting and fun place to visit. A pretty cottage!

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  10. That looks a great place to have fun. Your husbands white coat wouldn't last five minutes on me - it is a family joke here that if I wear white trousers what will immediately drop down them! Jo x

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  11. Oh my goodness, what a wonderland you were in for the Christmas holidays. Everything looks so interesting and inviting. I would love to go. Maybe in my next life. (grin)

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  12. I have enjoyed reading about your Christmas, you really did have a wonderful time, family are so important. x

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  13. Oh my! what a wonderful time you all had. What a fabulous place to stay and visit. XXXXX

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  14. What a wonderful getaway, full of fun and family. I've never heard of Efteling before and it does sound much better than Disney. I like it when different cultures can express their own forms of entertainment.

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  15. What a delightful holiday with your family. That's definitely one for the memory book!

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  16. What a fabulous place to visit. Looks like lots of fun!

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  17. That looked fun. I love Holland.

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  18. Great fun, I bet the children had a whale of a time, and Granny too!

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  19. Oh that looks like so much fun.

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  20. My goodness, this looks like a magical place your family enjoyed! How wonderful to revisit a place you have been before when your children were small and now for your grandchildren! ♥

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  21. Looks like a wonderful Christmas time visit. It was really nice to see your family in Santa caps too. I started thinking of Harry Potter when you showed the castle front.

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  22. Wow! What an amazing place. I am so happy for you that you got to go there, it looks enchanting . . . like walking into the pages of a storybook.
    Reply to the comment you left on my blog: I am happy to be an inspiration. Make your Barn reflect your creativity and most of all have fun with it :)
    This was a great pot, I truly enjoyed my visit,
    Connie :)

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  23. A fairytale holiday!! So nice that you had such a great time. I can't help noticing how much your daughter looks like you.
    Now to get everything sorted and get life back to normal.

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  24. You all had a good time! Nice pictures.

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  25. Wow.. what a fabulous place to take children during the holidays! I bet they will remember it for the rest of their lives. I enjoyed seeing all the photos of you all have fun as a family. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  26. The joy of reading blogs is finding out about places you never even knew existed. What an amazing place....and those trees with the faces...oh I so want one in my garden.
    Thank you for sharing this.
    Hugs-x-

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  27. Marvelous place to enjoy a funny day with family !
    The pictures are great and your hat suits you well ;)
    Have a cozy day !
    Hug
    Anna

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  28. I have never heard of this place - but what fun! And just perfect at this time of year!

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  29. aw what fun! and you all look so happy together :)

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  30. Oh this does look a magical place …
    So nice to see all of your photographs, it looks like you all had a really wonderful time.

    All the best Jan

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  31. What a great place to visit. Move over Disneyworld.

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