From the Rijksstraatweg you may need a moment to find Country Estate ‘de Dijkweide', it is located at number 89, just outside the village of Wilp in Gelderland. Once you are approaching over the long driveway – a sign reminding you to watch out for young hares and deer – the estate can be seen ahead, basking in the morning sun, surrounded by extensive lawns, solitary trees, with the edge of the forest in the distance. Nearly 15 acres of private forest and meadows, partially leased out until recently, guaranteeing an unrivalled view. (With additionally up to 20 acres available for purchase.)
As characteristic for the period during which the house was built, a majestic red copper beech tree has been planted in front of it. Undoubtedly, this would have been the place from which the architect J.G.A. van Dongen (1896 - 1973, renowned for his Delftse School architectural style in his churches) was standing in1932, overseeing the construction of his design, without daring to dream that the property would be in virtually the same condition eighty years on. His expertise and the dedication of the loving owners made it all possible. CountryEstate ‘De Dijkweide' houses a treasure of silent testimony thereof.
THIS HOUSE HAS EVERYTHING. A TRUE FAMILY HOME.
Through the hallway and the spacious, bright living room with chateau parquet flooring, I follow the lord of the manor to the conservatory. ‘This is where we prefer to spend our time during the summer, when we aren't sitting outside on one of the patios, 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, provides the cosy atmosphere which characterises the entire house. Because ‘DeDijkweide' is big; large enough to invite your family for dinner and an overnight stay, without it ever feeling empty or cold even for just two. ‘This house has it all, and we will miss it tremendously: the amazing and rare combination of the space, the view, while feeling so comfortable and homely', his wife admits. Of course, an estate of this size and allure can also be demanding.
With a great eye for authenticity and quality the house has seen many years of renovations,improvements and modernisations. You can cook a dinner using sleek built-in appliances at not one but two places in this house. There is also indoor access to the in-house garage. A utility room for the washer and dryer, and two large pantry cellars under the kitchen, offer an abundance of space.
Through the stained glass windows lining the staircase colored light flows into the hallway. At the top of the stairs two bright bedrooms – both with en suite bathroom – 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 the beams of the roof, on the attic, two extra bedrooms and a bathroom are hidden away like gems. ‘Our children have all flown the nest years ago, so we hardly require all of this extra space, the layout and facilities truly make this an ideal family home'.
‘Just pop by for lunch in my own home.'
The tranquil and panoramic location of the estate wasn't their only wish that was granted. 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 it all off, in 1993 an outbuilding with a hobby room, a bathroom and space for no less than three cars was realised. A home practice or office is therefore on the cards without the need for further changes.
The village of Wilp covers all of the daily necessities, and for the rest the citie sDeventer and Zutphen are nearby. This fact also provides a large choice of schools and leisure facilities.
Capacity of the detached villa 1,190 m3 and the office 598 m3.