About us

Once started as the establishment owned by Gerrit van der Valk, it is now managed by Bob Zeeuw van der Laan, who took over from his parents, who belonged to the Van der Valk family. 


"About 35 years ago Uncle Gerrit passed the pension where the owner was waiting for a bid to sell the pension. Before midnight he would know if the deal would be on or off. Uncle Gerrit decided to stay and wait until midnight, but the telephone did not ring. Then he bought it and Martin and Angela Zeeuw van der Laan turned it into the Van der Valk Hotel de Cantharel. Martin worked in the kitchen and Angela as waitress. The first day the returns were two Dutch guilders".

The preparations for the construction of the A1 had been started and when the motor way opened, the drivers passing by could have a stopover in a brand-new hotel restaurant. At first it had a main building with 50 rooms, in 1986 a wing was added with another 40 rooms. 


In 35 years time the Van der Valk Hotel de Cantharel has developed a very good reputation that is widely known.  In our renovated trendy lobby you will already sense the mixture of business like dynamics and a relaxed atmosphere. Meetings, congresses, training sessions and seminars can be held in the recently expanded congress centre with many flexible meeting rooms and in the impressive auditorium de Hoge Veluwe. But the hotel de Cantharel is also popular with leisure guests, based on its amenities, its unique and central location in the Veluwe, Holland's largest wooded area. Here one is close to everything, yet away from the hustle and bustle and exactly there where tens of biking & walking routes as well as other recreative trips start. 

Most beautiful terrace in Apeldoorn

In the hotel you can relax in the White Door wellness & beauty centre or have a workout in the gym.  Take your time to enjoy the live cooking buffet in our characteristic restaurant or have a drink in our cosy hotel bar or on the most beautiful terrace in Apeldoorn during summer. The Hotel de Cantharel will always continue to optimise and improve its service and quality. 

Drop by

Discover the warm hospitality of the Van der Valk Hotel Restaurant de Cantharel. You are very welcome.