Enjoy the peace and tranquillity, combined with the magical surroundings. Go for a wonderful boat trip along the Vecht from your own private jetty. Take time out for contemplation in the beautifully designed Feng Shui gardens, or enjoy some ‘me-time’ in the splendid spa and indoor swimming pool. This exquisitely designed villa located by the river Vecht offers you the opportunity of a unique lifestyle that you will never tire of.
In this location, at this time, you will understand why the Vecht is regarded as one of our country’s most beautiful rivers. The morning dew hovers low over the tranquil water, which glistens in the sunshine. A pair of swans glide gracefully across this serene scene. On the opposite side of the river, the contours of the historic Gansenhoef estate are visible through the rising mist. It’s a remarkably peaceful view, almost too good to be true, and the owners of this villa will enjoy it every single day. Every day something different, every day something unforgettable.
This unique location is certainly among the many features that makes this 1994 villa one of the finest and most exquisite residential properties located along the river Vecht. For centuries the river was a highly desired residential location among wealthy Amsterdam merchants and aristocratic families, who built opulent country homes along its banks. Indeed, homes here are generally constructed in a traditional manner and usually in the classic Dutch style, but the client who commissioned this particular villa wanted to build a totally unique home by the Vecht, using natural materials and creating total harmony between the interior and exterior. The villa was designed as a single unity, in which all form and function serves the ultimate goal – a Gesamtkunstwerk. It is an architectural tour de force, but with the class of a classic. In both the design and the choice of materials, the architect drew inspiration from the basic principles of Feng Shui. This 3,000-year-old Chinese practice is aimed at achieving peace, wellbeing and harmony both in and around the house. The design and the choice of materials are also completely in balance with the natural surroundings.
The villa is located by a quiet creek, which branches off from the river Vecht. The exceptional view will never change because both a large part of the creek and the little island close by belong to the villa’s grounds. The plot area is 4.944 m². Careful thought has gone into the design of the gardens. The spacious terraces offer a fascinating view of the river on one side and the garden on the other, which has a ‘river’ of slate running through it. Large stepping stones lead to the enclosed lawn on the other side. The geometrical layout and the symbols incorporated in the design refer to Japanese garden architecture, which is all about depicting the power and strength of nature, as well as philosophical depth and inner calm.
The villa can be accessed via a security gate and a long driveway. A pedestrian bridge takes you to its covered entrance. There is also a wooden bridge leading to the jetty behind the house. A number of silver birch trees sway elegantly in the wind. They soften the villa’s straight lines and bring the beauty of nature within easy reach. The interplay of bricks and white plastered walls, the columns supporting the floor where the bedrooms are located, the imaginative split-level design, the spaciousness and openness between the three living floors, both inside and outside the villa, are essential to its architecture. In addition, the perfect details and the uncompromising choice of the very best and most valuable materials are a statement of exclusivity.
The villa has 788 m² of living area and, thanks to its huge patio windows, daylight can flow through the property unobstructed. The living area – split over two floors, with a mezzanine – has an open hearth and wooden floor in a herringbone pattern surrounded by natural stone. Sliding doors in the high glass walls open out onto a wooden terrace offering spectacular views of the water and the natural surroundings. The Bulthaup kitchen, with a natural stone worktop and Imperial and Gaggenau appliances, as well as the media room, can be partially separated from the living area thanks to ingeniously designed partition walls. So you can opt for spaciousness or intimacy, depending on your mood.
On the mezzanine floor you will find an office which overlooks the living space below, as well as the generously proportioned master bedroom suite with bathroom and walk-in closet, four comfortable bedrooms and an extra bathroom. In the basement there is a wonderful swimming pool, with large patio doors leading onto a terrace and a spa/sauna, as well as a double garage and plentiful storage space. In the gardens, which are linked to the villa via the basement, there is a charming double guesthouse with a living room, kitchen, bedrooms, two bathrooms and a fitness area.
The imaginative, carefully considered architecture, luxurious finishes and wonderful ambience make this villa an exceptional whole. Its location, as we have already noted, is utterly unique. It is an idyllic family home which offers the promise of
a harmonious, happy life. You simply need to see and experience this property to fully appreciate it.
- Plot area: 4,944 m²
- A private jetty on the river Vecht
- The creek that borders the property (a tributary of the river Vecht) is jointly owned by the neighbours
- Beautiful gardens with a Feng Shui design
- Complete privacy
- Living area: 788 m²
- Ten rooms (six of them bedrooms) and five bathrooms
- Two separate guest accommodations with their own private entrance
- Indoor swimming pool, sauna, fitness area
- Double underground garage
- Located just a stone’s throw from the centre of the village of Maarssen