Villa Berk en Eik is entirely private and hidden from the view of passers-by in the lee of its impressive forest plot of 21,771 m² in the Gelderland landscape, adjacent to the Hengstdal nature reserve. The villa, the beautiful tea cupola, the double garage, and the entrance gate are all registered as national monuments. Built between 1923-1926 with architecture by Oscar Leeuw, in the style of Interbellum-architecture with English country house style influences and based on a unique butterfly floor plan, its function, to locate as many rooms as possible on the sunny side. The undamaged and intact condition of the ex- and interior of the villa has been remarkably taken care of through well-executed renovations, whereby the beautiful original elements have been restored and preserved. It is a stately, chic, and charming whole, where one can live with pride.
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The VILLA was built by Oscar Leeuw in 1923-1924 on behalf of the cane sugar plantation owner with sugar factories and rentier from the Dutch East Indies, Herman J. Reuter. The initials of the Reuter family and the in-law family Ament “RA” are present on the front door. The villa and the cupola were built in 1923-1924, the garage dates from 1926. With its sober brick construction style, its striking overhanging roof, and its modest masonry accents, the villa belongs to the Interbellum architecture, which was influenced by the Art Deco style, Amsterdam school style, and expressionism.
After the Second World War, Reuter sold the villa to the Missionaries of the Holy Family, who converted the building into a study house. In 1955 the villa came into the possession of the Sisters, Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, who had the villa renovated by architect J. Strik from Boxtel. The name was changed to Huize Marie-Louise.
After being used as a study house, the villa has been occupied by private individuals, and the original name Berk en Eik has been put back into use. Due to well-executed renovations, everything is in excellent and original condition.
A double swing gate gives access to a long driveway that leads to the double garage. Before getting to the garage there is a branch going left which ends in a forecourt in front of the villa. The driveway and the forecourt, which furthermore has the character of a clearing in the woods, are covered with gravel. In the woodland garden behind the villa, there is a lawn that slopes to the rear and is surrounded by masonry steps and walls. A beautiful octagonal cupola is built to the right of the lawn. The cupola has an octagonal base and three open sides.
VILLA BERK EN EIK
An entrance with a friendly and open character with striking columns gives access to the impressive hexagonal vestibule, which is finished with approximately 2.50 meters of paneling with panels and oak doors and has a red and black tiled floor and a stately staircase.
Both wings are accessible from the vestibule and all rooms are connected to each other: Reception room - Living room - Dining room - Library - Guest room - Kitchen with double AGA stove - Serving kitchen and pantry. Kitchens feature tiled paneling with narrow green bands, granite countertops, cabinets, and sideboards with multi-pane doors. There are also cellars present, where all the original elements such as flagstones, trough vaults, a brick wine storage, and shelving units have been preserved.
The stately staircase with landing stairs gives access to the second and third floor. Here are several bedrooms and bathrooms.
EYECATCHING ORIGINAL ELEMENTS
Original elements that are particularly distinctive and striking include the beautiful high, tightly plastered coffered ceilings with cornices, herringbone parquet floors, marble sills, panel doors in frame, paneling, stained glass, fixed cabinets, original red-brown and white terrazzo floors, rich ornate oak staircase posts, rich brick ornamentation, masonry fence posts.
- Especially rich architecture
- Volume over 2850 m³
- Original elements which have been preserved
- Due to renovations, the excellent condition has been preserved
- Of increased value due to the high quality and intactness of the buildings
- Garage, entrance gate, and tea cupola are registered under supervision of the Cultural Heritage Agency of The Netherlands
- Butterfly floor plan
- Own forest plot where the seasons can be optimally experienced
- At the rear of the villa, the whole area is known as: a nature reserve
- Located within walking distance of the center of Nijmegen
- Certain easements apply to the plot in question. Among other things, a right of way for the Eversweg 6 plot.
In short: a particularly beautifully finished family home with a rich history and many nostalgic and romantic elements on a dream plot.
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