From theRijksstraatweg you may need a moment to find Country Estate ‘de Dijkweide', itis located at number 89, just outside the village of Wilp in Gelderland. Onceyou are approaching over the long driveway – a sign reminding you to watch outfor young hares and deer – the estate can be seen ahead, basking in the morningsun, surrounded by extensive lawns, solitary trees, with the edge of the forestin the distance. Nearly 15 acres of private forest and meadows, partiallyleased out until recently, guaranteeing an unrivalled view. (With additionallyup to 20 acres available for purchase.)
Ascharacteristic for the period during which the house was built, a majestic redcopper beech tree has been planted in front of it. Undoubtedly, this would havebeen the place from which the architect J.G.A. van Dongen (1896 - 1973, renownedfor his Delftse School architectural style in his churches) was standing in1932, overseeing the construction of his design, without daring to dream thatthe property would be in virtually the same condition eighty years on. Hisexpertise and the dedication of the loving owners made it all possible. CountryEstate ‘De Dijkweide' houses a treasure of silent testimony thereof.
THIS HOUSEHAS EVERTHING. A TRUE FAMILY HOME.
Through thehallway and the spacious, bright living room with chateau parquet flooring, Ifollow the lord of the manor to the conservatory. ‘This is where we prefer tospend our time during the summer, when we aren't sitting outside on one of thepatios, that is', he explains. ‘The panoramic view over our private land, the tranquillity,storks and often a herd of deer make the need for a book nearly superfluous'.During the winter the fireplace in the living room, lit day and night, providesthe cosy atmosphere which characterises the entire house. Because ‘DeDijkweide' is big; large enough to invite your family for dinner and anovernight stay, without it ever feeling empty or cold even for just two. ‘Thishouse has it all, and we will miss it tremendously: the amazing and rarecombination of the space, the view, while feeling so comfortable and homely', hiswife admits. Of course, an estate of this size and allure can also be demanding.
With a greateye for authenticity and quality the house has seen many years of renovations,improvements and modernisations. You can cook a dinner using sleek built-inappliances at not one but two places in this house. There is also indoor accessto the in-house garage. A utility room for the washer and dryer, and two largepantry cellars under the kitchen, offer an abundance of space.
Through thestained glass windows lining the staircase coloured light flows into thehallway. At the top of the stairs two bright bedrooms – both with en suitebathroom – a separate shower and a storage closet all come out onto the landing.Waking up in this home must be a pure delight with the grand views from themaster bedroom balcony.
Under thebeams of the roof, on the attic, two extra bedrooms and a bathroom are hiddenaway like gems. ‘Our children have all flown the nest years ago, so we hardlyrequire all of this extra space, the layout and facilities truly make this anideal family home'.
‘Just popby for lunch in my own home.'
Thetranquil and panoramic location of the estate wasn't their only wish that wasgranted. With a company near Apeldoorn the access to the A1 highway is perfect.‘Just popping by my own house for lunch suddenly became an option'. To top itall off, in 1993 an outbuilding with a hobby room, a bathroom and space for noless than three cars was realised. A home practice or office is therefore onthe cards without the need for further changes.
The villageof Wilp covers all of the daily necessities, and for the rest the citiesDeventer and Zutphen are nearby. This fact also provides a large choice ofschools and leisure facilities.
Capacity ofthe detached villa 1,190 m3 and the office 598 m3.