This imposing manor with royal allure near castle Vorden in the gorgeous bocage landscape of the Achterhoek transcends all definitions of comfort and luxury and has an extraordinarily high finish, for which only high quality materials were used.
Carpe Diem is a manor founded in 2003, in the middle of an amazing fully-grown landscaped garden of 1.4 hectares at only 300 metres from Castle Vorden. The entirely fenced area is located adjacent to the front side of a paved forest road and at the back there is an idyllic path next to the Baakse Beek to the lively centre of Vorden with all its amenities. The forestry environment with eight castles is a beloved hiking area connection to the Pieterpad.
The soft yellow plastered design is the result of an intensive collaboration with architect Egbert Hoogenberk. Landings, columns and the large pond with majestic fountain provide the house with a historical appearance, which fits excellently in the environment. A stately driveway leads to the court at the back and the double garage, featuring automatic doors, below the talud with an underground connection to the house. At the west side there is a gorgeous heated swimming pool with orangery annex luxurious guest accommodation in matching style. The swimming pool features an automatic purification system and cover lamellae. Hidden between the trees there is also another large garden shed with garage door.
The manor includes an unparalleled level of comfort and amenities. The garden has a sprinkler system, video security and automatic access gate; the house itself features an alarm system, lightning conductor, fire detectors, terrace heating, electric windows and shutters, thermal storage system, central vacuuming system, lighting with movement sensors and a lift. All functions are also adjustable and operable with an advanced home automation system per area.
The interior was detailed to perfection, making use of high quality materials and craft techniques, such as oak parquet in herringbone pattern with ornamental edges, marble floor tiles in open book, countertops of polished freestone, doors and mirrors with decorative carved glass and sculpted, antique fireplaces. Kitchens, (walk-in) closets and sink/washbasin furnitures are each designed by Piet Boon.
Behind the imposing entrance with columns there is a vestibule and a majestic staircase with a spiral, lazy stairway, which forms the heart of the house. Straight ahead, you enter the small salon at the front with on the right suite doors to the large salon and on the left salon doors to the kitchen diner. There is a phenomenal view on the garden everywhere. Both kitchen diner (including Quooker and Le Cornue stove) and the large salon have opening doors to the covered landings with optimal sunlight (southeast and southwest). The front kitchen at the northeast side form the informal entrance and features a countertop, refrigerator, disposal sink and closets. In the passage to the staircase there is a toilet to the right and on the left an alcove with chic vanity unit.
Above the small salon there is the master bedroom with night toilet in the wall closet, with adjacent an office with opening doors to the spacious terrace to the southwest and view on the garden, the swimming pool and orangery; then a passage with on both sides a walk-in closet which then turns into a very luxurious bathroom with detached bath, double washstand, separate shower and toilet. At the east side there are two spacious bedrooms with in between a shared, luxurious bathroom with separate shower and toilet. The front room has opening doors to a spacious terrace oriented to the southeast.
Below the shield hood there is a large storage area and two large rooms on both sides with half-round skylights and flight stairs to the flat roof.
Large central area with lift, three areas which are in use as a wine cellar, fitness area and home cinema, a technical area and a shower area with connections for washing machine/dryer plus a separate toilet. From the basement there are illuminated outside stairs to the swimming pool and the passage to the underground garage.