Villa Magnum Gaudium offers many different options for use, as a highly presentable office, a magnificent family home, or a combination of the two.
This property, which used to be a stately farmhouse and is now a nationally listed building, exudes both an imposing and subdued grandeur. The villa is located at the end of the so-called ‘Golden Entie’, the golden end, in Ruinerwold, 4 km outside Meppel.
The property was commissioned by the affluent Derks family in 1892, a family that still is one of the largest landowners in the Netherlands. The eclectic style that combines Neoclassicism with a wide variety of other architectural styles shows in the many retained period features. The architect clearly wanted to build a grand and prestigious house for this landed family.
The villa has been completely renovated with respect for all the original features, which were either retained, restored, or perfectly copied as much as possible. The building is now also completely insulated and has wall and underfloor heating.
The covered entrance brings you to the central hall that radiates regal grandeur. The floor and walls are decked with Carrara marble, the high, ornamental ceiling is beautifully plastered, and the walls show depictions of the four riches in life. The access doors, the door between the vestibule and the rest of the house, and the round window high up in the wall all include glass panels etched by hand.
Above the door, a unique piece of art represents two small angels carrying a coat of arms. Behind the door, we come to a long corridor with the stairwell and a roof lantern that brings in natural light to the center of the house.
Both sides of the hall lead to large reception rooms. On the left, we enter the large living room with the adjacent library. To the right, we find a drawing room and, next to it, the dining room. All rooms feature splendid high, ornamental ceilings. The ceiling in the drawing room is also beautifully painted. Both rooms at the front of the house include black marble mantelpieces with Irish fireplaces and splendid parquet flooring. All doors are beautifully carved and have decorated architraves and unique pediments.
The long corridor leads to the stunning side entrance and the large kitchen-diner on one side and gives access to a spacious wardrobe area plus toilet facilities, the larder and wine cellar, and the laundry room on the other side.
Upstairs, there are two large spaces currently used as offices plus a pantry. Here, the ceiling height is no less than 6 meters. The offices offer very comfortable work areas with the fastest internet connection available in the Netherlands, nl 1000 up/1000 down. Apart from the skylights letting in lots of natural light, the spaces are also well-ventilated. At the front, between the two offices, an elegant balcony overlooks the well-maintained garden.
Apart from the office spaces, the upper floor also includes two large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and storage attics.
Villa Magnum Gaudium lies on a 3500-m2 plot with beautifully landscaped gardens. Apart from the main house, the plot includes a new-built coach house containing sheds, storage rooms, and workshops. The upper floor of the coach house would be perfect as a guest house, for living-in informal care, as a separate residence, or as a B&B. The coach house offers a cozy living room, a well-equipped open-plan kitchen, 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and an enclosed balcony.
If you are looking for a property where you can combine living and working from home, then this very presentable house would be a unique and turn-key option. It would also only take some minor adjustments to convert the office spaces into very comfortable living areas and create a truly grand family home with 6 or more bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.