Origin of the family business
Over 55 years ago, grandpa and grandma Kromhout started the first building blocks of Koningshof.
Grandpa Jan Kromhout grew up right in the centre of Rijnsburg in a farming family.
Grandma Katalin Kromhout-Dobos came to the Netherlands as an orphan from Hungary by train on 3 October 1923 at the age of 9. After the war, trains full of war children were brought to the West to gain strength and a new home. This is how she ended up with the loving butcher family Bram and Marie de Mooij in Rijnsburg. This is where Jan and Katalin met and got married.
It was Jan's wish to emigrate to Australia or Canada, but they settled at a farm in the Elsgeesterpolder in Rijnsburg around 1950. Jan became a farmer in livestock and arable farming. After years of living the farming life, disaster suddenly struck. Grandpa Jan was kicked by a horse. Looking for other income, he opened up his pastures to campers. That was the moment around 1962 when 'Camping Koningshof' was born. The whole family cooperated in welcoming camping guests.
In 1972, the youngest son of the Kromhout family Philip (Flip) started working at the campsite after spending a year as an exchange student in America and graduating from the Hotelschool. In 1976, Flip officially took over from grandfather Jan and developed 'Camping Koningshof' into an international 4.5-star holiday park. Flip had a clear vision. He worked for the Recron trade association, started Hospitable Biker campings and introduced Koningshof to the English Caravan Clubs, among others. Soon, Koningshof became too small and Flip could also be found at D'Olde Landschap in Drenthe, Camping Arnhem, Delftse Hout, Camping De Zuidduinen and De Noordduinen in Katwijk aan Zee.
The camping DNA resides in the 3rd generation as well. Now, daughter Penny and son Pim wave the sceptre. Both grew up with the business. After completing Penny's studies at the College of Tourism and Pim's studies at the Higher Hotel School, they have enjoyed working at the holiday park for many years. In 2018, we completed a new centre building with the whole family. A nice upgrade and an innovative start to develop this across the entire holiday park.
We can proudly say a wonderful family business with which we distinguish ourselves by our personal hospitality and the many facilities the holiday park offers!