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The Old Rectory


The Old Rectory

Formerly a vicarage for the St Gerlach priest, the Old Rectory sits in the pretty village of Houthem-St Gerlach, within the Geul Valley of South Limburg. Built in the 1870s from original marlstone, the property includes five bedrooms, with 10 beds, and can accommodate up to ten people. Equipped with spacious living and dining rooms, as well as a kitchen, it also has a southwest facing terrace and outdoor pool. Privacy is assured from the garden that is ringed by the presbytery’s original boundary wall.

Just across the road sits Château St. Gerlach where guests can enjoy the many facilities and dining options available. There are also some interesting walking routes around the Geul Valley that can be accessed via the estate. The Old Rectory is available for weekly rental, as well as weekend and midweek stays.

facilities of the The Old Rectory

  • Terrace
  • Kitchen


The history of the Old Rectory

By 1874 the Old Rectory of Houthem, which was rented from the municipality, had fallen into disrepair. The parish decided to build a new one in Onderstestraat 18 on the site of a blacksmith’s foundry, which was subsequently demolished. Between 1875 and 76, master carpenter, Jan Brouns from Houthem was tasked with building the new vicarage.

The inscription above the door reads: “FabrICa DIVI GerLaCI Me ConstrUXIt”, which translates as a reminder of the year of construction by the Gerlachus church.

Towards the end of the 1990s, as the restoration of Château St. Gerlach got underway, the parish priest was rehoused next to the chapel. This led to the property at Onderstestraat 18 losing its official function as the Houthem vicarage.

The Old Rectory tour

Stepping inside the historic Old Rectory, guests will discover a hallway graced by a beautiful chandelier and original staircase. Located to the left is the sizable living room, which leads through to the dining area, with plenty of space for large gatherings. This room opens out onto the southwest facing terrace and outdoor swimming pool (can be used from May to September), overlooking the private walled garden. On the ground floor sits the open-plan kitchen with modern appliances and separate TV room. There is complimentary WiFi throughout the property.
Three bedrooms are located on the first floor, each with en-suite bathroom furnished with shower, double wash basin and toilet. The rooms that occupy the front of the rectory benefit from the stunning views across the Geul Valley.

Located on the second floor are two spacious bedrooms, one with double bed (made up of twin beds) and the other has a single bed. The large, shared bathroom comes with shower, bath, double wash basin and toilet.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate pets.


  • From € 1,980 for two nights, for bookings from Sunday to Thursday
  • From € 2,150,- for two nights, for bookings from Friday to Sunday
  • From € 6,500 for a week or seven consecutive days

No restrictions on day of arrival

Museums & sights

There are numerous museums and local attractions close by. We recommend the following:
Bonnefantenmuseum, Museum aan het Vrijthof, Kasteelruïne Valkenburg, Museumplein Kerkrade, Gemeentegrot Valkenburg and GaiaZOO Kerkrade.


Relaxation and cultural pursuits

Walking & hiking

The beautiful Limburg countryside can be discovered on foot by following many of the trails that lead directly from the hotel. Contact the hotel reception of Château St. Gerlach for a map and further information.

Cycling & scootering

Travelling by bike is a great way to explore Limburg’s undulating landscape, where an easy-to-follow route map offers useful directions. The hotel reception of Château St. Gerlach can arrange the hire of bikes, tandems and scooters. We suggest you reserve your chosen mode of transport in good time to avoid disappointment.


Check-in takes place from 15.00 on day of arrival at the Reception of Château St. Gerlach. We ask guests to also visit Reception, before 12.00 on day of departure to check-out.

The address for Château St. Gerlach is:
Joseph Corneli Allée 1
6301 KK
Valkenburg a/d Geul

There is no air conditioning in the rectory.

Children are very welcome! The maximum capacity in the presbytery is 10 persons and 2 children.

Er zijn geen huisdieren toegestaan.

Frequently asked questions

  • Smoking policy

    Smoking is not permitted inside, but is allowed in the garden. If the smoking restrictions are violated, €500 will be deducted from the deposit.

  • Interiors and furniture

    Please do not move any furniture without prior permission.

  • Cancellation policy

    Guests pay the full amount upon booking, this is non-refundable. An additional deposit of €1,000 applies to each stay.

    For further information or to book, email: villa@oostwegelcollection.nl

  • Contact details

    Please visit the reception at Château St. Gerlach with any questions. Alternatively, the hotel team can be contacted on +31 (0) 43 6088888.

  • Length of stay

    The rectory can be booked for stays of up to 30 days.

  • General Terms

    Please see the General Terms of Villas & Residences.