Valkenburg … a bit of history.
For many thousands of years before the Christian era, there was human habitation in the Geul Valley. Many objects found and various foundations of constructions are evidence of intensive population in Roman times. The first written record of Valkenburg dates from the year 1041. The document bears the date February 15, 1041 and the name Falchenberch is clearly legible.
According to historians probably Old Valkenburg is meant.
About the middle of the nineteenth century, vacationers and day trippers discover the unique and pristine environment where Valkenburg is located and visit the town for a day or spend a short vacation. It was initially only for the happy few, but the three hotels in Valkenburg in those days soon grew to many more. The construction of the railway Valkenburg-Aachen in 1853 with a castle-like station in Valkenburg is an important step towards opening up the before relatively inaccessible Geul town. It attracted many passengers to disembark.
They also discovered the impressive castle ruins with lots of scenery in the surrounding area. Valkenburg is also known as “Bath” Valkenburg or “Marl City”. You will see the warm yellow color both underground and above ground in the town and its immediate surroundings.
Valkenburg has many attractions and sights such as castles, museums and amusement parks. Thermae 2OOO (baths and spa), the spa park and the Holland Casino on top of the Cauberg enjoy great fame. Cozy shops, restaurants, terraces, the river Geul and historic buildings typify the streets of Valkenburg. On the outskirts of the town you can go on a wonderful hike or biking tour in the hills.
That is the best description of life and holidays in the South of Limburg. Besides nature, landscape, culture, folklore and architecture, there is also the gastronomy. Burgundian is the best word to describe it. Good food has to accompanied by a glass of wine from Valkenburg’s own or nearby vineyards. South Limburg’s proud wines have names like Domaine de Blaireaux, Stokkemer Wingerd, Weingoed Fromberg and the St.Pietersberg near Maastricht.
Some info about holiday villa “Bon Vivant”
It is a great and comfortable holiday villa with all the luxury you can imagine at the top of the Cauberg!
The location of the castle estate is unique: with the spa Thermae 2000 and the Holland Casino within a stone’s throw. Make a discovery by walking the beautiful trail on the other side of the hill, which leads to the famous Pieterpad. It goes through farmland in the direction of Chateau Gerlach where one can relax while enjoying a delightful lunch.
A spacious garden all around, French doors to the terrace with ornamental paving and privacy are the outstanding features of ‘Bon Vivant’. A children’s playground is located across the pathway. You have your 6-bed villa with a private sauna, solarium, whirlpool and half bathroom en suite (lockable) to your bedroom on the ground floor. You will find it difficult to choose: stay at home and prepair a great meal or pick one of the many nice restaurants for your lunch or dinner. Your luxury kitchen with granite working top, halogen lighting, large fridge with freezing compartment, combi microwave, dishwasher, coffee maker, kettle and coffee pad machine (Senseo). For your convenience there is also a washing machine and dryer in the internal storage.
But there’s more. In the standard equipment there is a baby cot, high chair, TV, radio, CD and DVD player, fireplace and extra TV in the bedroom on the ground floor and adjustable garden furniture. More luxury is available in the form of underfloor heating, thermostatic taps and extra parking place (2 to 3 cars next to the villa). Furthermore your villa is non-smoling and pets are not allowed
Detailed information about the villa you will find on the web page containing a floor plan with photos. The extensive Photopresentation is worth a visit as well as the selection of outings.
On the site you can dine out in the attractive restaurant. For children there is the children’s farm with lovely animals to cuddle.
Take your Wi-Fi equipped laptop with you because there is wireless Internet through KPN hotspots in your villa and a computer with internet in the center building (via the reception you can buy the prepaid card required).
You will find the following facilities on the grounds: reception, bike rental, spelotheek (toys rental), mini shop, internet corner, shopping service and take away rolls, shuttle bus to the center of Valkenburg and the station, go-kart rental, various small play grounds, sports field, table tennis, jeu-de-boules court and children’s farm. A bus runs from the entrance of the estate to the great shopping city of Maastricht. In the centre building you will find detailed information about the environment, walking, cycling and car routes, but also reduction of selling tickets for various attractions in the surroundings. Free use of sports facilities and free swimming in the large swimming pool at Sports and Recreation centre Polfermolen (fitness for young and old) on only approx.1 km. distance.
A touch of luxury: hotel service with made beds on arrival, daily cleaning of sanitary facilities, changing your towels every day (not during holidays). Thermae 2OOO offer several treatments at reduced rate. For Relaxing health treatment/massages in your villa.
We welcome you
Gerard & Yvonne Hoek