Passion for country living
This beautiful country house, designed by Jan Frederik van Erven Dorens in the classic Gooische country house style, exudes class and passion for country living. Located on one of the loveliest avenues in Aerdenhout, this property backs onto Het Naaldenveld nature reserve.
Don’t be surprised if you spot a deer in the woods behind the house early in the morning, watchful and curious, every muscle tensed for flight. After all, you’re living on the edge of Het Naaldenveld nature reserve, with its hilly terrain, rugged pine forest and sand drifts. Het Naaldenveld was once part of the Groot-Bentveld estate, but nature has been allowed to run wild here, resulting in the gradual decline over the years of the stately, manicured appearance that you’d usually expect of an estate.
Zwaluwenweg, which has long been one of the most expensive residential locations in the Netherlands, separates the 6,200 m2 park-like garden of this wonderful country house from the grounds of the nine-hole Golfclub Mariënweide on the other side. For those who’d like to play a few more holes, however, there’s no need to worry – the Kennemer Golf & Country Club in Zandvoort is within cycling distance.
The architectural style of the house can best be described as the ‘Gooische country house style’. Exuding class and a passion for country living, the house combines the charm of a cottage with the allure of a stately home. It features white walls, windows with frames and external shutters in Provençal blue, and a plunging, undulating thatched roof, all set in the midst of a lush garden designed by landscape architect Els Proost, complete with a pond reflecting the tall trees.
Simple, pleasurable living
The English landscape garden with sprawling lawns and contoured flower borders accommodates the home, and the home bows to its surroundings. The property as a whole promises a simple, enjoyable lifestyle.
But don’t let the architecture fool you – this is no 1930s residence. It was the last of the homes designed by renowned architect Van Erven Dorens, and dates back to just 1984, so heritage status is still some time away. This is a distinct advantage given all the rules and requirements entailed by that lofty status!
The house is large, a true family residence, but it also feels intimate and warm. Once inside, you feel the full extent of the comfort and cosiness of this home. The current owners have thoroughly enjoyed living here for thirteen years, but now that their children have flown the nest, much of the space is left unused. ‘Each time I come down the driveway towards the house, I enjoy its beauty and its unique position in these natural surroundings’, says the man of the house. ‘The blue shutters give it a lovely, charming appearance. It’s fantastic here, and so peaceful, yet everything you need is close by. You couldn’t call it remote by any means.’
Getting the best of the sun and light
The automatic gate opens onto a driveway that curves around the villa and ends in a small roundabout or court behind the house. A beautiful oak double carport in heritage style was erected here a few years ago, as an addition to the very spacious indoor garage.
The entrance is therefore at the rear of the house, and opens into the central hall with staircase and high ceiling with gallery. The pleasant living room features an open fireplace and blends with a library/office on one side and the dining room and kitchen on the other. It offers views of both the front and back gardens.
The kitchen, with its practical utility room, opens onto the covered and heated terrace at the front of the villa. Because it faces due south, you’ll be able to enjoy the very best of the sun’s warmth and light here. And you’ll do so in complete peace too, since the villa is situated almost at the centre of the expansive plot.
Lovingly cared-for home
The spacious master suite is upstairs, with panoramic views of the garden, separate walk-in wardrobes, and a beautiful marble bathroom. The two remaining bedrooms share a bathroom, and there is a spacious office with its own archive area. The attic is accessible by fixed stairs and is currently being used as a storage space. It has adequate headroom and more than enough space for another two bedrooms and a bathroom.
As previously indicated, this country house has been home to loving and careful occupants. It presents a beautiful sight and is in excellent condition. The woodwork is beautifully painted, and the thatched roof, which was renewed 12 years ago, is good for another 20 years at least. The garden is also magnificent. This is a house that embraces and protects you, where you’ll always feel safe and at home. A true family home, it’s sure to be a place where you’ll experience unforgettable moments and create wonderful memories.
Aerdenhout occupies a very central location in the Randstad and has its own railway station. You’re just half an hour by car from Schiphol, Amsterdam and the Hague, and fifteen minutes from Haarlem. The beach at Zandvoort is five kilometres to the west, and another three kilometres brings you to Bloemendaal aan Zee. But if you’re wanting to enjoy peace and quiet and a good glass of wine, all you have to do is take a seat on one of the terraces around this wonderful house.
• Built on freehold land on a beautiful lot measuring 6,277 m2;
• Country home designed by Jan Frederik van Erven Dorens;
• Living area 350 m2 (total floor space 623 m2);
• Volume 834 m3 (total volume 1,772 m3);
• Situated on one of the most beautiful avenues in Aerdenhout;
• Adjacent to Het Naaldenveld.
Asking price: €4,150,000 (purchasing costs payable by the purchaser)