12 unique overnight stays with the family in North Brabant

By: Jeroen Sporting | Read time: 9 minutes
  • Recreatiepark d'n Mastendol boomhut
  • De Smulhoeve paard
  • Efteling Hotel Themasuite
  • Safari Resort Beekse Bergen

North Brabant brings you closer to a lifetime of memories. A weekend away with the family can be made extra special with a unique overnight stay – for example, sleeping in a treehouse, a railway carriage or a safari tent. Or waking up surrounded by giraffes, horses or alpacas. Everything is possible in North Brabant! The whole family will talk about these twelve unique overnight stays with children for a long time.

1. Staying overnight in a fairy tale

Enchanting theme suites

Enchanting theme suites

Only five minutes from the Efteling theme park, the Hotel will allow you to experience a magical night. You really do sleep in a fairy tale in one of the twenty enchanting theme suites, such as the Sleeping Beauty Suite or the Raveleijn Suite. Of course, you could also choose a cosy cottage at the holiday parks Holiday Village Efteling Loonsche Land or Holiday Village Efteling Bosrijk. An overnight stay in an accommodation gives you unrestricted access to the Efteling theme park and, in the morning, you will be the first in line at the attractions.

Efteling Bosrijk Efteling Eethuys ontbijten Efteling Hotel Themasuite Efteling Loonsche Land

2. Surrounded by wild animals at a safari park

  • Safari Hotel Beekse Bergen met uitzicht op de giraffen
  • Safari Resort Beekse Bergen ontbijttafel bij de dieren
  • Safari Resort Beekse Bergen
  • Safari Resort Beekse Bergen

Wake up in the countryside with a view of giraffes, zebras and other wild animals. In Beekse Bergen Safari Park, you can stay overnight at what may well be the most unique spot in the Netherlands. Choose a luxurious treehouse or safari tent. Or perhaps one of the beautiful rooms at Beekse Bergen Safari Hotel, with a view of the savannah, or a holiday house on the water. A pleasant way to come home after a day filled with adventure in the safari park!


“In addition to visiting the Safari Park, there are plenty of other things to do at Beekse Bergen. Enjoy a swim at Maji Springs, crush one another in a bowling match or let your children live it up at Beekse Bergen Playground.”

3. Waking up in a railway carriage

  • Slapen in treinwagon
  • Slapen in treinwagon

Another unique hotel experience with children can be found on rails in the centre of the Geelders nature reserve and the Groene Woud (Green Forest) of North Brabant. You sleep in a railway carriage on a historic track and yet are surrounded by nothing but the vastness of the countryside. In the immediate vicinity of Liempde, the family can go on endless bicycle rides, hikes and romps through the woods.

4. Staying in a treehouse

  • Recreatiepark d'n Mastendol boomhut
  • Recreatiepark d'n Mastendol picknick
  • Recreatiepark d'n Mastendol binnekant boomhut
  • Recreatiepark d'n Mastendol kinderen klimmen

Are you ready for an exciting night in the treetops? At Recreation Park d’n Mastendol in Rijen, an overnight stay in a treehouse will give you an unforgettable weekend away with the family. After an active day in the woods, the swimming pool or play island, it is wonderful to sleep in the comfortable treehouse. The recreation park is located between Breda and Tilburg and is therefore an ideal home base for a day out in the city. There are plenty of kidsproof activities!

5. A weekend in a safari tent

  • Recreatiepark TerSpegelt safaritent
  • Recreatiepark TerSpegelt safaritent spelende kinderen
  • Recreatiepark TerSpegelt sterrenstrand

You can stay overnight in a cool safari tent at one of the most fun holiday parks in the Netherlands. At Recreation Park TerSpegelt in Eersel, the children can have the time of their lives in the indoor swimming pool, the playgrounds, the pump track and the petting zoo. Staying overnight in a safari tent will even make this a real glamping experience. The Water Lodge, a safari tent on the water, is especially unique.

Een foto van Kiki Brouwers.

“From Recreation Park TerSpegelt, you can follow an exciting Sagas & Legends cycle route: De Gloeiige (The Glowing). Learn about the story behind the legend by following this 30-kilometre-long cycle route.”

You can also stay overnight in a safari tent at:

6. Glamping at a stable

Helping care for the horse and ponies

Helping care for the horse and ponies

If your children are true horse lovers, then you are guaranteed happy faces if you stay overnight at Camping Breehees. This small-scale farm campsite near Tilburg with its stable and boarding houses for horses allows children to assist every day in the care of the horses and ponies. You can fully enjoy farming life in North Brabant at this campsite, which includes a charming terrace, playground and the woods just around the corner. For the overnight stay, you can choose between a safari tent or a holiday home. You could also take your own motorhome or caravan.

Camping Breehees paardrijden Camping Breehees safaritenten Camping Breehees speeltuin

7. Waking up in a sleeping car

For a unique overnight stay with children in Tilburg, you must go to Tilburg City Campsite. Simply the location alone is unique! You sleep here in the cool Spoorpark (Railway park) with Tilburg’s places of interest all within walking distance and yet you are surrounded by greenery. Completely in style of the surrounding Spoorzone, you can choose to stay overnight in a sleeping car. These cosy wooden gypsy wagons will make your weekend in Tilburg very special. And do you see that tall tower in the park? Staying at the city campsite, after a night’s sleep, you will be the first at the top of the Kempen tower, with a great view of the city at a height of 35 metres.


“If you are curious as to why Tilburg is such a great city for children, be inspired by this travel idea for an exploratory journey through Tilburg as a family.”

8. Staying overnight surrounded by farm animals

  • Vakantiepark Dierenbos geitjes
  • Vakantiepark Dierenbos huisje
  • Vakantiepark Dierenbos hertjes voeren

Feeding alpacas, brushing donkey and caressing horses ... At Dierenbos holiday park, your entire family will have an unforgettable holiday. The children can accompany the animal keeper, learning all about the many farm animals. Stay in one of the bungalows or make your stay extra special with a night in a treehouse or lodge tent. The holiday park is located in Vinkel. If the kids have had enough of the animals, the swimming pool or the mini golf track, the beautiful city centre of ‘s-Hertogenbosch or the fairy-tale Heeswijk Castle is just moments away.

9. The sportiest hotel in the Netherlands

A childproof overnight stay where you can do a lot yet also sleep very comfortably in a hotel is possible at HUP Hotel! There is a reason it is called the sportiest hotel in the Netherlands. If the weather is not nice during your weekend away, not a problem. With more than 10,000 m2 of facilities, including a swimming pool, PLAY area, indoor sports hall, bowling lanes and an interactive football wall, you do not actually have to leave the hotel. You may even find the time to go for a workout or to the sauna. HUP Hotel is located in Mierlo, a stone’s throw away from the Strabrechtse Heide, with several top routes to follow on foot or on a bicycle.

10. The pure farm experience

  • De Smulhoeve paard
  • De Smulhoeve alpaca's voeren
  • De Smulhoeve paardrijden

Would you like to learn how to saddle and groom ponies? Or would you rather go for a walk with the alpacas? While staying at De Smulhoeve, children learn all about caring for the animals. The mums and dads are welcome as well. This is a way to have true quality time with the family on your weekend away in North Brabant. You stay here in one of the Ranch tents, Lodge tents or Barn tents, which are equipped with all conveniences. This means that you can enjoy the ultimate farm experience in complete comfort. De Smulhoeve experience farm is located in Kaatsheuvel, close to the Efteling theme park and the Loon and Drunen Dunes National Park.

11. Cool bunk beds with a roof playground

  • Guesthouse Hotel Kaatsheuvel kamer
  • Guesthouse Hotel Kaatsheuvel daktuin

If you want to combine a day at Efteling theme park with something else that is fun to do in the area, you are at the right address with Guesthouse Hotel Kaatsheuvel. The hotel is located within walking distance of the Efteling theme park but is also close to the sand dunes of the Loon and Drunen Dunes and the cities of Tilburg‘s-Hertogenbosch and Breda. Here you stay in modern bunkhouse rooms with plenty of room for the entire family. The eye-catcher of the hotel is the spectacular roof garden. Can you already see the roller coasters and the fairy-tale forest? There is a special children’s tour through the greenhouses of the roof garden where the children learn all there is to know about how the vegetables and herbs grow. And there are plenty opportunities for playing, both indoors and outdoors!

12. In a Farmhouse Bed surrounded by alpacas

Go on an alpaca walk

Go on an alpaca walk

At the alpaca farm In de Hei in Mariahout, the entire family is welcome. You can stay overnight here in a Farmhouse Bed tent, right next to the meadow where the farm animals roam freely. Your stay will be unforgettable if you participate in an alpaca walk. It is so much fun to wake up at In de Hei because Farmer Jos feed the animals every morning. If you want, you can help him!

In de Hei alpaca's in wei In de Hei accommodatie In de Hei accommodatie binnenkant
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