Knoll (80 years old) sells his English dream villa: ‘The hobby got out of hand’

Nol van der Heijden (80) built his dream home entirely in the English style. But the villa in Son which included, among other things, a café, a ballroom with a starry sky and a swimming spa, became too big for him and his wife. He sells his pride with mixed feelings. “My heart and soul are in this house.”

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Evie Hendricks

Those who don’t know that the house in the residential area of ​​Sonse Bergen was built in 2007, will think it’s a historic villa. The sand-colored stones and arch in front of the 1850s front door make the villa feel like an English country house, which is exactly the style that Knoll loves.

The distinctive bow from 1850 (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
The distinctive bow from 1850 (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

“We moved in 2009 and the whole building is in English and antique style. The stones, the roof and the ornaments all come from England. My heart and soul is in this house,” he says passionately. “I love this style. When I was young I often went to England to buy parts for motorbikes and cars and this is where I first saw these houses.”

Many parts of the villa come from England (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
Many parts of the villa come from England (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

Knoll has brought many original elements back into his interior décor out of his love for living style. The furniture is antique, there are royal chandeliers and some stained glass windows.

The furnishings are old (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
The furnishings are old (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

Upon entering, the living style is already visible (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
Upon entering, the living style is already visible (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

The toilets and bathrooms are finished in marble, the kitchen has an English stove and the frames and floors are wood. Enthusiasts laugh “I’m totally immersed in the style of living. I think I know more about it than the average Englishman.”

The marble bathroom (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
The marble bathroom (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

The English stove in the kitchen (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
The English stove in the kitchen (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

The floor and fireplace in the bedroom (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
The floor and fireplace in the bedroom (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

Lifting the car into the garage (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
Lifting the car into the garage (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

Knoll is a big car enthusiast (Photo: Honders/Alting makelaars).
Knoll is a big car enthusiast (Photo: Honders/Alting makelaars).

In another private room in the house is a distinctive brown café with a dance floor with a starry sky. “We had good parties there,” Knoll adds.

The cafe (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
The cafe (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

The dance floor with a starry sky (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
The dance floor with a starry sky (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

In addition, there is a wine tasting room and a swimming spa with a Victorian-style mural above it. This style is also reflected in the arches and statues in the garden. “Furnishing our home has become a hobby that has spiraled out of control.”

Swimming resort.  (Photo: Honders/Alting makelaars).
Swimming resort. (Photo: Honders/Alting makelaars).

Wine tasting room (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
Wine tasting room (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

There are several statues in the park (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).
There are several statues in the park (Photo: Henders/Alting makelaars).

Villa Nol costs 2,550,000 euros on Funda† He sells the house after years of fun living and lots of work going into it with a mixed feeling. “It’s already getting too big for us and due to some health issues that aren’t ideal either.”

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