Last weekend, Saturday April 13th and Sunday April 14th, feel good blogger Curvacious.nl stayed with her family at TopParken in Landgoed de Scheleberg. She wrote a very nice blog post about this experience.
If you're following me on social media, you will probably have noticed: we went away for the first time with the four of us. We were invited to spend a weekend at TopParken Landgoed de Scheleberg in Lunteren. Practically around the corner and close to home, but still a true holiday feeling. In this article, I would like to tell you more about the park and about what we did during the weekend!
In the middle of the Veluwe, at the edge of the forest in Lunteren, you'll find the beautifully landscaped TopParken Landgoed de Scheleberg. A holiday park where you don't need to get bored for a single moment, if only because you can walk or cycle straight into the beautiful natural surroundings. In the park itself, there's also plenty to do. From tennis court, football field, table tennis table, volleyball court and playground to heated outdoor pool and paddling pool with sunbathing lawn, entertainment programme during high season, kids club and animation team. Of course there also is a very good restaurant with terrace.
From the moment you enter the estate – through a beautiful gate and long lane with trees – you already feel 'away from home'. It's clear that they gave a lot of attention to the roads, reception and the restaurant, but the accommodations themselves and the greenery also look well maintained. And I tip my hat for the staff! We received a warm welcome and were met with a friendly attitude when checking in and/or in case of questions.
We stayed in the 5-person comfort type, with open plan kitchen, equipped with everything you need, a spacious living room, bathroom with walk-in shower, a bedroom with bunk bed and a single bed, a bedroom with a large double bed and a nice terrace near the house. The attention to details is clear inside. Everything feels homely and 'complete' because they used good materials and nice details for furnishing and styling. Leather chairs, beautiful designer furniture, accessories, plants, standard made beds on arrival, very good Wi-Fi and even a cover on the sofa. It's great to have such a beautiful spot in the middle of nature as a home!
Nature lovers will certainly enjoy this area. You're in the middle of the Veluwe in the forests of Lunteren. You can enjoy wonderful hikes and cycling tours and you can quickly reach National Park De Hoge Veluwe with for example the Kröller-Müller Museum and the Museonder. We went for a wonderful walk (nicely with Cate in a sling, so no hassle with bumpy forest paths or strollers) and we even enjoyed some cycling on the famous white bicycles in these beautiful natural surroundings.
Of course there are many villages and cities to visit in the area, like Ede, Otterlo and Bennekom. We, however, choose to visit Ouwehands Dierenpark. This is one of our favorite zoos in the Netherlands and we usually go there a few times a year. The giant pandas are always imposing and some animals had babies. The sea lion show is great, watching the feeding is still Shae's favorite (certainly at the monkeys!), playing in RavotAapia – Europe's largest indoor playing jungle – and eating pancakes at "Het Berenbos" completed our day trip.
During the weekend we were there, the new restaurant at Landgoed de Scheleberg opened: @the Park Asia. As you can expect from the name, the menu is mostly Asian. Paul and me love Asian food and enjoyed it very much! From fresh sushi, dry-aged beef, tasteful dishes from the tipan plate.. and a wonderful desert menu with fresh fruits, different kinds of ice cream or one of the many coffee varieties. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch here with sashima salads and fresh bread, had breakfast on Sunday morning (we love breakfast buffets!) and had a more than great dinner on both evenings. One evening, we chose the surprise menu (so very finger-licking good!) and the second evening we picked something from the menu. Both meals were delicious and we can certainly recommend you to visit this restaurant if you're staying in or near the park.
It's also great that they took the time to tell a little more about certain dishes, the origin of the ingredients and that they asked for personal wishes when preparing a piece of meat or fish. And then the loving attention for our children! One received nice smiles and attention, the other got drawing material. They could even see what's happening in the kitchen and received a little extra delicacy now and then :)
At the Instagram highlights you can see more personal photos and videos from our weekend getaway, under the label De Scheleberg.
Of course it was exciting to go on our first weekend getaway with our family of four. Because of Cate's silent reflux and unrest, we don't have a very good daily rhythm yet and that was hard. But in the end, we had a very nice weekend with lots of quality time for each other, where we could enjoy nice activities and the natural surroundings. We decided not to worry, to plan as many things as possible between Cate's naps and to just enjoy the flow of the day. This worked out very well. Our girls did great and after the weekend we even felt like that they were really relaxed, like after a longer holiday. Yes, trips like these with the family are very valuable! ♥
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