‘De Belder’ estate, Hengelo
After calling at the electronic main gate, up the driveway and then the amazing impression of the English landscape park and matching appearance of the character-filled villa. This is the first characterisation of the NSW estate ‘De Belder’ with a surface area of 3.3 hectares (8 acres). It used to be even larger in the past, but as the first owner was a great lover of golf, a large part of the estate was transferred to the adjacent Golf Club Driene as early as 1928.
From the very charming villa, built in the 1920s by the Twente machinery manufacturer Dikkers, one has a view of the immense lawn with an over 100 year-old weeping beech symbolising the quietness of the estate. This quietness can be called unique, and thanks to its central location between Enschede and Hengelo at less than two kilometres, all facilities are within easy reach. The estate’s striking appearance and quietness are further enhanced by a large pond. The landscape is alternated with park woodlands and footpaths leading to (among others): the ample villa, a well-maintained tennis court, a very comfortable guest house, horse stables, paddocks and a riding court. All this within just a few minutes’ walk. The most important thing if ‘De Belder’ is of course the stately English villa. Designed by architect Karel Muller, who had more assignments from well-known Twente manufacturer families at the time. ‘Rijksmuseum Twente’, for instance, was designed by him.
The villa shows the grandeur of the past with the appearance and comfort of today. A couple of years ago, the interior of the house underwent a complete restyling. Attractive and high-quality materials were chosen with care and love. The largest hall and (living) kitchen (with modern equipment) have a warm appearance. The intimate character is also characteristic of the two living rooms, becoming very palpable in one of them thanks to the round bay window which offers a lovely view, and the glasshouse. The other living room is open to both the dining room and the charming library (with a total surface area of c. 225 m2). On the outside, parallel and toward the sunny south, is the large landing comprising: a spacious terrace, the porch and a luxurious whirlpool. ‘De Belder’ estate offers much freedom and adequate privacy. A wonderful part of the villa is also the extensive wellness room in the basement. There are a sauna, steam room, sunbed and walk-in shower. Furthermore, the basement has a climatised wine storage, lots of storage space and a large laundry room. Another part (72 m2) consists of a handsome office space with double (glass) doors. On the first and second floors are comfortable bedrooms, furnished with a keen eye for detail and tuned to the desired luxury and comfort. A good example of this is the master suite on the first floor, with stylish bathroom and a separate dressing room. This abundance is evident everywhere. Even the guest house is more than complete. From a living room with open fireplace to a living kitchen with all desired equipment, two bedrooms and a bathroom. ‘De Belder’ estate offers everything for pleasant and extraordinary living.