During February half term we spent a lovely week at Center Parcs De Vossemeren in Belgium. We booked VIP Cottage 251, paying a little extra at the time of booking to secure this particular cottage as it is very close to the Market Dome, Discovery Bay and the other main areas in the park.
There is no daily cleaning in the cottages as there is in some of the UK parks. This means that things like dishwasher tablets (you are provided with three), bin bags and toilet roll are not replenished, so you'll need to bring your own along or buy it once you are there.
You are however visited with a daily supply of fresh bread which is lovely, and provided us with enough rolls and croissants to last for both breakfast and lunch.
From looking at the park map, almost every cottage at De Vossemeren will have a view across one of the lakes or streams. We had a beautiful view across a lake, and we saw some amazing sunsets. It was a little too cold to use the outdoor area during our stay in February, but it would be a lovely place to sit in the evening during the summer, and the cottages are very well arranged so that your patio is fairly private.
We took the bedroom at the front of the cottage. It's worth noting that although the cottage is provided with a cot, neither bedroom is large enough to fit it (unless perhaps you rearrange the furniture quite significantly). We have had this problem at every Center Parcs that we have stayed in, fortunately we are now well past needing the cot but we've never had a room which would fit one without blocking a doorway.
The children had the back bedroom which was probably slightly nicer with a lovely view and television. Again quite compact in terms of size, but both bedrooms have plenty of storage. The cottage was always warm, and there are plenty of radiators for drying swimwear.
The kitchen is fully equipped and had everything that we needed. The only thing missing that you might expect is an oven, although there is a fancy microwave with grill function. The VIP cottages are supplied with a kitchen pack which contains a towel and tea towel, cleaning cloths, a scouring sponge and matches. There is also no washing up liquid supplied so we brought some of our own along. You may also need extra bin bags for rubbish, although we used the plastic bags that our bread was delivered in.
There is a spacious living area with seating, and (not pictured) a large dining table with four chairs.
There was only one toilet in the cottage, along with a separate bathroom containing a sauna, a walk in shower and a separate bath. The cottage was supplied with one toilet roll to start with, and you'll need to provide the rest yourself. VIP cottages are provided with a small pack of toiletries. The bathroom was not fitted with charging sockets for electric toothbrushes/shavers - obviously not the end of the world but it's the first place that we've stayed recently not to have them, fortunately ours all lasted the week!
The VIP cottages include a code for free wi-fi for up to four devices which we found to be fast and reliable. You can access the wi-fi in your cottage and also in the main communal areas like the Market Dome and Discovery Bay. There is a small supermarket on site for food and other bits which is well stocked and seemed reasonably priced, and there are larger supermarkets, including Lidl, in the nearby town of Lommel.
You can read more about what we got up to on our holiday at Center Parcs De Vossemeren here - A Holiday at Center Parcs De Vossemeren.
Here is a little video that I made of our holiday, with more of a look at the outside and inside of our cottage.
Finally, we have also spent two lovely weeks at Center Parcs Erperheide and I wrote a review of the very similar VIP Cottage that we stayed in there. You can find it here - VIP Accommodation at Center Parcs, Erperheide.