Endymion – ‘a thing of beauty is a joy forever’
Nestled in glorious, leafy surroundings, you will find this wonderful, well-maintained country house with a summerhouse, second house and pergola. The villa is named after the famous poem by John Keats (1795-1821) - 'Endymion'. The cultural value of the villa has been officially recognised and it has received the status of a listed building on a unique plot of land of 4,113 m2. With a floor area of more than 700 m2, spread over three floors, the highly distinctive villa Endymion is a captivating example of symmetry and refinement.
History of Bloemendaal
The village started its life in the 12th century on a ridge of sand behind the dunes and was originally called Aelbertsberg after a court established by Count Floris II. Around 1550 the local landmark “Huys te Bloemendaal” was named after the Blommendael family, the owners of the house from the beginning of the 16th century, and this, in turn, gave its name to the village. Numerous linen bleacheries were set up here in the 16th and 17th centuries and the small village centre formed around the Reformed church (1635). Over the course of the 17th century, merchants from Amsterdam and Haarlem founded various estates in Bloemendaal. In the 18th and 19th centuries the bleacheries disappeared, instead new estates and flower bulb fields were laid out on the released land. From 1880 Bloemendaal changed into a village of villas and many estates were converted into villa parks. After the Second World War, Bloemendaal grew in popularity as a beautiful retreat from which to commute to nearby cities.
History and architectural style of the villa Endymion
The villa is the first independent work of the famous architect Theodorus Wijdeveld (1885-1987) and was built between 1909 and 1911 for the architect’s sister. Mr Wijdeveld also supervised the landscaping of the extensive gardens in 1910 and later, in 1924 for the new owner, designed the pergola and garage with chauffeur’s lodgings.
The unusual style in which the monumental façade of the house was created is described as "Um 1800". This was a German architectural trend that emerged at the end of the 19th century and was inspired by the Louis XVI style. Villa Endymion, however also resembles the work of the Dutch architect Peter Behrens (1868-1938). Villa Endymion was bought by Mr Carel W. Baron van Heeckeren and his wife Johanna de Kock in the 1920s and it was they who, in 1924, invited Mr Wijdeveld to design the garage and chauffeur’s lodgings.
Wijdeveld gave Villa Endymion its individual character through the application of various materials and decorative styles - the form of the fireplaces, the parquet flooring, the coffered ceilings and the wall panelling are different in each room.
The villa is rectangular in layout, with elements that project and recede. The exterior of the villa is constructed in brick that has been plastered white and it has a mansard roof covered with slates. Classical forms and details have been applied to the various facades.
Layout of the villa
A stairway between parapets, plastered in white and topped with vases, leads to the imposing entrance with its wooden front door and stone architrave. Visitors are immediately impressed by the imposing entrance hall, which is decorated in richly veined arabesque marble from floor to ceiling. One of the first central heating systems in The Netherlands can be found here, hidden beneath ornate copper lattices.
The ground floor has four square corners and on the west side it opens out to a Doric portal with high windows. Large glass doors offer access to the spacious terrace. The salon [lounge / parlour / sitting room???] and the dining room are to be found on either side and are accessible from the hallway through double doors [with decorative bookcases??]. The pattern of the parquet in the [salon?] is even more exuberant than in the hall. The parquet floor contrasts well with the beautiful modern bronze window frames - one of the villa’s masterpieces.
To the left there is a room with adjacent guest toilet and cloakroom. The central hall has beautiful mahogany panelling and there is a prestigious parquet floor composed of four different types of wood in a diagonal pattern. The hall is finished off with an elaborately decorated, high, coffered ceiling.
To the right there is a room with two of the original built-in cupboards. The spacious open kitchen is situated on the garden side and is equipped with all the modern appliances. Access to the beautifully landscaped garden is offered from almost all of the rooms. The staircase to the first floor is found in the great hall.
Behind the side entrance to the house, with its Doric pillars, there is a hall with a room with built-in cupboards and a large window, as well as a laundry room. The stairs to the cellar can be found here.
The hall offers access to the balcony. The staircase to the first floor is decorated with bronze griffons on the balustrade.
[“griffons” (=type of Belgian toy dog) or “griffins”/”gryphons” (= mythical creature half eagle, half lion)?]
This floor also has a gorgeous, vaulted and coffered ceiling.
There is a landing with a mezzanine over the stairwell and access to the separate toilet. The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe, adjoining/en-suite bathroom with bathtub, tropical rain shower, toilet, and double basin unit. Next to this bedroom there is a room with French windows onto the large balcony on the garden side. To the right there are two further bedrooms one of which has built-in wardrobes and direct access to the second bathroom, which is fitted with a shower, basin and toilet. There is also a fourth room on this floor. The staircase to the second floor, which may be closed off, is in the central hall.
This is a fantastic floor [WHY???] with many bespoke, built-in cupboards. To the left there are two rooms with fixed cupboards and to the right are the home gym and a bedroom. The bathroom is fitted with a bathtub, shower, bidet and toilet [no basin???].
Accessed by a staircase on the eastern side of the ground floor the cellar houses the central heating equipment, a separate wine cellar and two spacious cupboards/larders.
Layout of the grounds:
Leaving the villa, you walk across the main terrace and beneath the pergola to the summerhouse that is located at the end of the garden. You can also go through the pergola to reach the detached and independent second villa - approximately 180 m2 with garage.
Layout of the annexe
Entrance, hall with [a] cupboard [s] [one or more???] and access to the central heating system. From the hall you enter the living room and kitchen with its range of built-in modern applicances. There is access to the garden from the living room through the double French windows and access to the garage, which is fitted with four skylights. There is also a guest toilet here. A spiral staircase to the first floor rises from the corner of the living room.
A spacious landing leads to two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, the second living room and a bathroom fitted with a bathtub, basin unit, toilet and bidet.
Surroundings and accessibility:
The location is perfect/idyllic – Villa Endymion feels like an oasis of calm amidst the greenery, and yet it has a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants, as well as the Bloemendaal NS-Station and links to the main arterial roads little more than a stone’s throw away. Bloemendaal’s main shopping street is, literally, round the corner. Just a little further is Haarlem city centre, various sports facilities such as the B.M.H.C. (Bloemendaal mixed hockey club) and C.C. Bloemendaal (Cricket Club Bloemendaal), schools for primary, secondary and further education, and the beaches of Bloemendaal/Zandvoort are within easy reach. Other amenities are available to residents, including the Caprera open-air theatre. The location also offers excellent connections to Amsterdam (30 minutes in the car) as well as international destinations from the nearby Schiphol airport. Bloemendaal is located in an area of natural beauty, with a mix of terrains including the sea shore and dunes, extensive woods and excellent cycle and walking paths.
Plot of 4113 m2 with a pergola and summer house
Living area: 789 m2
Legally split into several apartment rights
Bathrooms: 3 – CHECK, include guest toilets?
Very unique building style and interior
Bathrooms: 1– CHECK, include guest toilets?
Living room: 2
Garage suitable for 2 cars
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