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Grand opening – St. Gerlach Pavilion & Manor Farm

Oostwegel Collection are delighted to announce the grand opening of St. Gerlach Pavilion & Manor Farm, today, by Her Royal Highness Margriet Princess of the Netherlands and husband Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven. To mark the occasion, two pieces of art, gifted by generous donors who share an affinity with the Château St. Gerlach estate, are unveiled at a private event for 450 guests.

Oostwegel Collection invests €11.1 million in Château St. Gerlach estate expansion

Dating back to 1668, the Manor Farm at the entrance to the estate, has been entirely restructured and transformed into Burgemeester Quicx, Coffee & More. Supremely adaptable it not only offers a welcome draw for coffee or lunch, but also six breakout rooms for intimate meetings and events. Adjacent to the farmhouse, the contemporary pavilion designed by renowned architect, Francine Houben from Mecanoo Architecten, effortlessly blends with its historic backdrop and boasts three multifunctional meeting rooms, that can be used separately or combined to encompass a vast 850m2 space, accommodating up to 750 people. Francine Houben explained, “The St. Gerlach Pavilion is designed with a generous overhanging roof and beautiful arch, using materials inspired by the surrounding landscape: limestone, bluestone and oak, ensuring a successful connection with the existing Château and newly renovated Manor Farm.”

Owner Camille Oostwegel SR said, “The spectacular St. Gerlach Pavilion and renovated Manor Farm strengthens the estates overall proposition, making it primed for the future and more relevant than ever for both leisure and business guests.”

New meetings and events venue overlooking Château St. Gerlach

Officially launched today, by Her Royal Highness Margriet Princess of the Netherland and husband Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, The St. Gerlach Pavilion & Manor Farm have been trading since January 2017 and adds a new dimension to the existing hotel’s meetings and event spaces. Professor Pieter van Vollenhoven, whose continued support in preserving the cultural heritage of historic buildings has a connection to the estate that has endured for over 20 years, when he opened Château St. Gerlach in September 1997.

 

Artistic tributes unveiled

During archeological excavation, a 14th-century silver coin decorated with Johanna van Brabant’s and Philips de Stoute’s coat of arms was discovered on the site of the St. Gerlach Pavilion. To celebrate this discovery and mark the opening, artist Claudia Volders has been commissioned to create portraits of both individuals, to be hung in the Pavilion’s Johanna van Brabant salon, alongside the coins.
Additionally, the sculptor Frans van Straaten has been commissioned to create a bronze Limburg draft horse to stand between Manor Farm and St. Gerlach Pavilion entrance. Named “Bella from St. Gerlach” the statue is a celebration of Château St. Gerlach’s 20th anniversary and grand opening.

About Château St. Gerlach

Nestled in the Geul Valley, on the edge of the protected Ingendael nature reserve and just ten-minutes’ drive outside Maastricht, lies luxury hotel, Château St. Gerlach. The magnificent country estate has been thoughtfully and sensitively restored to encompass 113 guestrooms, suites and serviced apartments, a renowned à la carte restaurant, popular bistro, coffee bar, lavish spa facilities and 16 meeting and event spaces, including the newly built St. Gerlach Pavilion accommodating up to 750 guests.

A member of Relais & Châteaux since 1997, Château St. Gerlach is part of Oostwegel Collection, a Limburgian family business dedicated to gracious hospitality, artisanal cuisine and historically authentic properties. For more information: www.stgerlach.nl

 

Photos: Etienne van Sloun

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Kruisherenhotel Maastricht 5 star classification

Hotelsterren announces 5 star hotel classification for Kruisherenhotel Maastricht

Maastricht, 1 June 2017
Kruisherenhotel Maastricht was awarded a 5-star classification on Wednesday 31 May, making it the first hotel in Limburg to receive such a coveted accolade. Rated by Hotelsterren, a Royal Dutch Hospitality Association initiative, it is equally endorsed by Hotelstars, the European Hotel Classification organisation.

The first Limburgian hotel to secure 5 Stars
Kruisherenhotel was officially awarded its 5-star status at a celebratory dinner for stakeholders and the press. Ron de Bruijn, Director of Hotelsterren said, “We used 270 objective quality assurance points to judge the Kruisherenhotel and concluded that the extensive service and facilities offered are absolutely worth the stars awarded. We congratulate the Kruisherenhotel as the first 5-star hotel in the Limburg province, which now joins 27 other Dutch properties with the same classification. All 21,000 hotels under the European hotel classification system assure guests that they will receive a consistent and quality experience. The Kruisherenhotel is an oasis of tranquility in the dynamic city of Maastricht, where history and art converge at the crossroads of modern day luxury.”

Design between Heaven and Earth
During a cocktail reception a glass shipping container styled with hotel furnishings, including an Auping bed, dramatically sailed over the central square as a symbolic expression of the hotel’s positioning – Design between Heaven and Earth. Bastiaan Klomp, General Manager, stated that “We are proud that as a team we have achieved the 5-star classification. With this strategic milestone we can add a new chapter to the Kruisherenhotel story and look forward to an exciting future.”

About Kruisherenhotel Maastricht
Dating back to the 15th century, the former Kruisheren monastery and adjoining Gothic church have been transformed into a spectacular design hotel, located in the heart of Maastricht’s historic centre. A member of Design Hotels™, Kruisherenhotel Maastricht combines thought-provoking architecture with original features throughout the 60 ultra-modern guestrooms, each with their own individual quirks and details. The church’s impressive nave has been sensitively reimagined to create an arresting, semi-open place space that encompasses the hotel reception, restaurant, Wine Bar Rouge & Blanc, meeting spaces, library, glass elevator and three corner lounges tucked away in former side chapels.
A member of Design Hotels™ since 2005, Kruisherenhotel Maastricht is part of Oostwegel Collection, a Limburgian family business dedicated to gracious hospitality, artisanal cuisine and historically authentic properties. For more information: www.kruisherenhotel.nl.

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InnoSyn BV founded as independent chemical process R&D company at Brightlands Chemelot Campus

The DSM Innovative Synthesis Research Center, which was a part of DSM Chemical Technology R&D BV, is since May 1 an independent company, named InnoSyn BV. As an independent company, InnoSyn BV can further grow its business at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen (NL).

DSM has transformed its business to a more resilient and focused portfolio. As a result, the role of the Research Center Innovative Synthesis in DSM has also changed. InnoSyn BV will be an innovative partner for customers, using state-of-the-art technology in R&D for new and existing chemical processes. InnoSyn BV will continue to deliver high-end chemical process R&D services to customers, from lab scale, pilot scale including implementing industrial scale, e.g. at customer facilities.

Daniel Mink, CEO InnoSyn BV: “We are excited about the spin-out from R&D department in a large company into an independent chemical R&D service provider. Chemistry & catalysis are in the DNA of the new company. Our tagline ‘Tomorrow’s Chemistry. Today’ shows where our passion, strength and added value are. InnoSyn is already working for numerous large companies as well as for a considerable number of small companies. DSM will remain a long-term customer for part of its chemistry projects. All our cooperation partners are positive about the spin-out and they look forward to our development in the future. InnoSyn and its pilot plant will stay located at Brightlands Chemelot Campus, where we feel very much at home.”

Bert Kip, CEO Brightlands Chemelot Campus comments: “The unique capabilities of InnoSyn have a strong, synergistic fit with the ambitions of Brightland Chemelot Campus. The spin-out offers new opportunities for the campus and for InnoSyn’s people, expertise and network. We are proud to contribute to this development by taking a share in the new company.”

Twan Beurskens, Regional Minister of Economic Affairs and Knowledge Infrastructure for the Province of Limburg adds: “We are pleased that InnoSyn can continue to develop their business on the campus and contribute to the economic development of our province.”