Baarn approves plans to develop apartments and hotel at Soestdijk
The Baarn City Council has approved plans for the MeyerBergman Erfgoed Group to develop luxury apartments, a hotel, and various hospitality businesses at Soestdijk Palace.
Former home of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard to be transformed
Soestdijk Palace, located in the province of Utrecht between Amersfoort and Hilversum, is the former home of Princess Juliana and Prince Bernhard, parents to Princess Beatrix and grandparents to King Willem-Alexander.
Plans to repurpose the 350-year-old estate were met with much controversy. After the Dutch government sold the property to the MeyerBergman Erfgoed Group in 2017, many - including Princess Irene and Princess Margriet - voiced concerns that the project would disrupt local nature.
Plans approved for restoration and renovation of Soestdijk Palace
The MeyerBergman Erfgoed Group have planned extensive renovations for the estate, including a thorough restoration of the palace and palace grounds, and the development of various cafes, restaurants, shops, conference rooms, apartments, and a hotel. The developers hope the grounds will become an ideal venue for “temporary exhibitions, lectures, [and] conferences.”
“Soestdijk Palace is an iconic place with great cultural-historical and social value for all of us,” said Ton and Maya Meijer-Bergmans. “As owners, we aim for a sustainable future for the estate.” Paleis Soestdijk | Made in Holland will open to the public in 2025.