M.h. Tromplaan 23
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- 13 bedrooms
Property descriptionA highly presentable office and/or a magnificent family home
A country house in the city
Dont be misguided by the name of this truly regal villa. De Groote Schuur, meaning the big barn hardly speaks in favour of this magnificent house on the M.H. Tromplaan in the city centre of Enschede. The stately nationally listed villa is both imposing and subdued. Thanks to the dual purpose established on this property, for both living and working, the options for using the house are manifold.
The villa exudes authentic grandeur and extensive renovation works that were completed not so long ago have lifted its quality to a whole new level. The house was built in 1902, commissioned as a winter residence for the Blijdenstein family of bankers and designed by architect Gerrit Beltman, who also designed the characteristic outline of the steam-powered spinning mill Twenthe in Almelo. When designing De Groote Schuur, Beltman decided on a more eclectic style a Neoclassical architecture combined with the romanticism of the Swiss chalets, which was hugely popular around the 1900s. The Swiss architectural style can be seen in the timber-framed faade from the first floor up and the dormer windows at the front and back of the house. Other typical features are the sandstone bay window spanning two floors, the architrave around the entrance, and the cross-barred windows. One glance at this villa makes it crystal clear that Beltman wanted to build a grand house for a man of stature.
It is impossible not to be impressed when entering the villa via the covered entrance. The central hall exudes a regal grandeur the Carrara marbled floor in a book-matched pattern, the wood in the matching fireplace is ready to be lit, and the high ceiling shows stunning ornamental plasterwork. The atmosphere reminds us of the country manors erected by the nobility on our riverbanks in years gone by. De Groote Schuur is nothing less than a country manor in the city.
The property offers eighteen rooms in total, divided over three floors, and has a surface area of 675 m2. The five rooms on the ground are all accessed from the hall where the original floor-to-ceiling cross-barred doors add even more allure. Right behind the hall is the former dining room, richly decorated with wooden cassette wall panelling, a monumental wooden mantelpiece with a beautiful tiled tableaux, and the beamed ceiling. The bay window with stained glass windows is the elegant icing on the cake. Just look around and imagine the family sitting down for dinner, the jewellery and silver shimmering in the candlelight, the chandeliers, and a crackling fire. To the left of the hall, you find one of the large (living) rooms with a bay window and the quintessential sliding partition doors, Versailles patterned parquet flooring, a marble mantelpiece, wall panelling, and architraves decorated with splendid woodcarvings. The right wing of the house offers two more stunning rooms, one with an open fireplace, and a staff room. The first floor can be accessed by a lift but using that will have you miss the - literally - dazzling vertical stained glass windows that grace the imposing stairwell. On the first floor, a broad landing leads to six (bed)rooms with two balconies and a washroom. This floor also boasts beautiful, high cross-barred windows, bay windows, and an amazing sense of space. The second floor is also accessed by either the staircase or the lift and offers another six bedrooms and a washroom. The basement has been divided into four separate spaces and includes restroom facilities.
The monumental villa is surrounded by a plot measuring around 1,608 m2, elegantly fenced off by cast-iron fencing between brick pilasters. The rooms at the back of the house all have doors leading to a stately raised terrace and a functionally landscaped garden with parking spaces. De Groote Schuur has recently been used as offices but this has never infringed on the glorious and authentic look and atmosphere. This hugely presentable property is a turn-key option for business use but it only takes some minor adjustments to turn it, once more, into a hugely comfortable and elegant home with the perfect layout to combine living and working. Most of all, Villa De Groote Schuur is a family home avant la lettre, in a most wonderful and residential location in the city centre of Enschede near the beautiful Volkspark and within walking distance of the railway station.
M.H. Tromplaan 23, Enschede, Overijssel, Netherlands
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