The history of Château Bethlehem dates back to the 13th century. In the beginning it functioned as Donjon, a fortified residential tower. In the following centuries the wings and rooms were added. It became habitable and furnished in the late 20th century. The last renovations took place in the 21st century and Teaching Hotel Château Bethlehem opens its doors.
In fact, the name still remains a riddle for many visitors. It was first named as such in the 17th century after the owner of the neighbouring Jeruzalem Castle returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. In memory of his journey, he renamed his castle ‘Jeruzalem Castle’. Inspired by his neighbour, the owner of Linmale Castle decided to rename his property ‘Bethlehem’. The years passed. The last owner in this period was a member of the Regout-Stevens family, who were well-known entrepreneurs in Maastricht. He used the castle as a private residence.
The castle underwent some startling changes. Living and sleeping accommodation was created in the farmhouse, the dairy became a wine cellar and the hayloft was transformed into a bar. This situation lasted until the middle of the nineteen-eighties, after which the entire castle was converted into offices. In 2008, the teaching staff moved to a new office building and a start was made on the Teaching Hotel concept.
Teaching Hotel Château Bethlehem is located in the heart of the Geul and Maas Estate, a joint venture between the municipalities of Maastricht, Meerssen, Valkenburg aan de Geul and the Province of Limburg. Together with residents, users and entrepreneurs we work on preserving, managing and developing the Buitengoed. By making connections between initiatives, restoring cultural-historical values and the landscape and making them visible and livable, we create a green and attractive environment for visitors and residents!