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Kasteel Engelenburg

Meet The Team

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Johan and Carin Agricola, Owners
In October 2005 Johan and Carin Agricola became the Managing Directors of Engelenburg Castle. 

Johan had been the Managing Director of The Lord Charles Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa between 1997 and 2004. 

Johan and Carin were the General Managers of Landgoed Lauswolt in Beetsterzwaag (Friesland) between1990 and1997. 

From 2001 to 2002 Johan was Deputy Marshal of the Court at The Royal Household and responsible for the wedding arrangements of His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. 

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Tom Langenkamp, Executive Chef
Tom has been for 12,5 years our sous-chef. Since 2019 Tom is the Executive Chef of Kasteel Engelenburg. His vision is to use only the freshest local ingredients. Herbs from our own¢ gardens, game from our estate and fish from the Ijssel river and nearby lakes and sea. Working with supliers with whom he sharese a passion for sustainable food is the basis of our cuisine
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Béla Pálma, Sales and Reservations Manager
Béla started his hotel career after hotel school in 1994 at Kasteel Engelenburg.  He left us for a period of 5 years to become reservations manager of the 5 star Grand Hotel Karel V in Utrecht.  After his return to Kasteel Engelenburg Béla as appointed sales & reservation manager. Béla is head of department of our front office and reservations team.
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Arjen Pleij MV, Food and Beverage Manager
Arjen studied Hospitality Management and did his Master degree  at the University of North London.  During his traineeship in Scotland he fell in love with Scottish Single Malt Whisky.  But his real passion is wine.  He is  viticulturist of the wine academy and has in 2018 achieved the degree of Magister Vini, the highest degree in wine in the Netherlands. Arjen travels regularly to South Africa to explore new wines and stay in touch with the winemakers.  

Proefschrift restaurants has awarded Arjen Sommelier of the year 2018!
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Jurgen Luppes, Restaurant and Sommelier
In 1988 Jurgen started as employee number 1 at Kasteel Engelenburg after he finished his hotelschool training.  

Jurgen is is  viticulturist and liquorist of the wine academy and started with our South African wine collection. In 2010 Jurgen was the Dutch national champion Wines of South Africa in the World Cup sommeliers.

Under his guidance Kasteel Engelenburg developped the famous single malt whisky cabinet in our lounge and received The Scotch Single Malt Whisky Award in 2000. 

Jurgen has in 2016 been graduated to beer sommelier level 3 in Austria. Has loves to share his passion for craft beer pairing woth food. 
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André van Heest, Financial Controller
André is our financial controller since 2010. Before joining our team he gained a lot of experience at Bilderberg Hotels and Regardz Hotels.