Landal Greenparks run holiday parks in the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Germany and the UK. We spent a delicious week at one of their Danish ‘vakantieparken’: Landal Seawest, on the coast of west Jutland at Nørre Nebel. It was an hour’s drive from Billund airport, where you’ll also find Legoland. Here’s a post about the fun times we had in and around Seawest, but for now I’d like to take you on a quick tour of one of their self catering cottages: the two-bedroom family cottage that we stayed in.
We arrived early at the park, and were excited to find out which of the cute cottages would be ours. Painted in welcoming colours of sky blue, sand yellow and the traditional Scandinavian maroon, some of the cottages clustered around the lake and Seawest’s entertainment complex. Ours was set a little further back. Just far enough so that the only sound we heard was the occasional squeal from the water slides. But close enough for it to only take us two minutes to reach the restaurants, shops, bowling alley, spa and sub-tropical water paradise.
Inside a Landal Seawest two-bedroom holiday cottage
Here’s a video of the family friendly accommodation:
At Seawest, they struck a good balance between homeliness and comfort. The cottage layout was typically Scnadinavian, with the living room set upstairs to make the most of the warmth rising from the under-floor heating. We didn’t need to use this during our stay, but it was lovely to snuggle up in the evenings, under blankets that were folded up on the sofas. Hygge seems to come as standard in Denmark.
Although it felt cosy, at the same time our cottage wasn’t stuffed with ornaments that we’d worry about the children breaking. It was a functional but inviting space.
The layout was a simple two-up, two-down, with the upstairs almost seeming like a mezzanine floor, with its open staircase that let the light trickle down into the hallway. A small desk nestled under the stairs, and there were bags of power sockets, so it was easy to find a place for me to sit and catch up on work, or for the children to plug in their games consoles. We used standard European converter plugs in the sockets.
The bedrooms in our cottage varied in size. The downstairs bedroom was smaller, with space for a double bed and a small wardrobe. The upstairs bedroom was spacious, with a double bed that could be pushed apart to make twins, a desk, a wardrobe and two bedside tables. D and I decided that the children were too old to share a double bed for the week, so the kids bagged the larger room, much to their delight.
Landal included a linen pack as part of our package, and it was nice to find the beds already made up for us when we arrived. Included in the pack were towels. There were bags of them: almost enough to let us have fresh towels every day.
Bathroom and utility room
Our bathroom was well-equipped for a week of self-catering, with a washing machine and tumble dryer stacked into a utility space. In the corner was a shower, which was hot and powerful. Good for a relaxing wake-up on the mornings when the weather was chillier, I imagine: the park stays open into the winter months. There was plenty of cupboard space for all our things, and nice soft lighting around the mirror, which we left on overnight so that the children could find their way to the bathroom if they needed it.
Landal were as generous with their welcome packs as they were with their towels. We found heaps of little toilet bags and wooden boxes on the downstairs bed: one bag and one box per person. The bags contained two bottles of shower gel and shampoo. In the wooden boxes were store cupboard supplies: tea, salt, sugar, fresh coffee and coffee filters. D and I drink lots of coffee, but after nabbing the children’s share we found there was enough to last us the whole week, and we didn’t need to buy any more.
Cleaning products came in separate bags, with enough cloths, dishwasher tablets, washing-up liquid, detergent and bin liners to last us the whole week and more. We did need to buy tin foil and clingfilm, but these and other essentials were on sale in Seawest’s shop, as well as in the supermarket at Nørre Nebel.
Kitchen and oudoor dining area
In true Scandinavian fashion, everything in our kitchen was well-organised, and had its own place. The shelves were even labelled, although as we couldn’t read Danish, we might have accidentally left the wine glasses where the tumblers should be, and the cheese grater in the knife drawer. On the whole, there was more than enough crockery, pots and cutlery for a week of self-catering. We even had ten egg cups. The only item we didn’t seem able to find, was bowls. There were plenty of shallow soup bowls, but none of the deep cereal bowls we use all the time at home. Perhaps the Danes don’t eat from them as much as we do.
With a bluetooth-enabled CD player, a dishwasher, microwave, single oven and a large fridge-freezer, our kitchen was a step above some of the holiday park cottages we’ve stayed in. The kitchen opened out onto a small dining space behind the cottage, although we preferred to eat dinner at the table indoors, with the afternoon light pouring in through the large French windows.
The most pleasant part of the cottage – and the place that made us catch our breath when we arrived – was the living room. The high ceilings, large window with a Juliette balcony and the view across to the forest, all made it seem very cosy – but enjoyably different to what you would expect to find in the UK. The TV channels were mainly in Danish, apart from a news channel, but D and I watched netflix on our laptop in the evening, while the children crashed out after their days of swimming, cycling through the forest, ten-pin bowling, geocaching, playing on the beach and breathing in all that invigorating sea air.
Security and wifi
Although Landal Seawest felt like an incredibly safe place, security measures helped give us extra peace of mind. There was no key for our cottage, only a four-digit pin number which we memorised, and typed into a keypad to unlock the door. We didn’t worry about the children getting lost, as the place was small compared to our home town of London, and quiet when we visited outside the Danish school holidays, at the end of August. But even so, when we arrived the staff on reception gave each of our children a wristband, which we wrote our details on, and which they kept on for the whole week. It meant that if they ever became lost, they could go to reception and the staff could call us.
The wifi in our cottage was strong. I’d go so far as to say it was the best we’ve had in a holiday park. It was also free. Each cottage had its own network, which you logged into via a code printed inside the cottage fuse box. Away from your cottage, free wifi was available inside the entertainment complex.
Would I stay in a Landal Seawest two-bedroom cottage again? While the children were still young, I certainly would. There were one or two downsides. For instance, the blinds in the bedrooms were thin, so children used to blackout blinds might be woken by the morning light. And I suspect our family would outgrow the cottage once the children hit the teenage years. But Seawest had plenty of larger cottages, and the entertainment complex was enough to keep children of all ages happy.
Have you stayed in a Landal cottage? Where – and how did it compare to ours in Seawest?
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Landal Seawest hosted us for the purpose of this review. All views are my own, and we would happily have paid to stay in accommodation of this standard.Google+