Unique characteristic and monumental country house on a plot of 2,765 m2 freehold land
This striking, detached and thatched villa cannot have escaped your notice if you have ever driven along the Oranje Nassaulaan; to many the house is known as 'the house with the ducks'. The official name of this national monument is "Malgré Tout" (in spite of everything).
Jan Meddens already lived in Warmond around 1900 and in 1913 he had 'Malgré Tout' built for him and his wife (and in those days the necessary staff).
In 1948, his nephew Jan Giesbers (employed by Meddens since 1917 and director since 1922) bought the house from the estate and moved in with his wife and 5 children, and a couple living in as staff. The house was fully occupied. Now, almost 110 years later, this beautiful country house has lost virtually none of its original grandeur and character; the photos speak for themselves.
Warmond is a village with lots of greenery, old country estates and the water sports area de Kaag. A recreational community with many restaurants, sports clubs, the necessary shops and the primary school. Secondary schools (including an international school), the beach and the historic centre of Leiden and its university are all within cycling distance. In terms of public transport, the village is also ideally situated: Sassenheim railway station provides direct connections with Schiphol Airport, The Hague, Haarlem and Amsterdam. The nearby A44 motorway ensures that the entire Randstad conurbation can be reached within a short travelling distance (Amsterdam, for example, is only about 25 minutes away).
"Malgré Tout" is located between Warmond and Oegstgeest, surrounded by greenery and overlooking a beautifully landscaped garden (a protected village view). The house is completely surrounded by a beautifully landscaped garden with, among others, rhododendrons and old trees. The various terraces offer a choice between sun and shade at any time of day.
The current layout is best shown by the available floor plans and photos. The house is of course perfectly suitable to be lived in in its present state and with its present layout. However, we can also imagine that you would like to adapt the house to your own wishes and requirements, while maintaining the unique style and features. "Malgré Tout" is flexible: suitable for a large family, as a multi-generational house or office space at home.
In anticipation of this, we asked the renowned Leiden architectural firm Studio VVKH to present their vision of a possible layout variant. The sketches can be found on the website, as well as some artist impressions of a possible interior interpretation. Since this concerns a national monument, these sketches are expressly intended as a source of inspiration and, of course, subject to obtaining an environmental permit. We offer serious candidates an initial session with Studio VVKH to take stock of the feasibility of their own wishes and requirements. The estate agent can tell you more about this.
- Year of construction: 1913
- Living area: 492m², other indoor area: 134m²
- Land area: 2,765 m²
- 10 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms plus 2 cellars
- Thatched roof, replaced in 2006, in excellent condition
- Parking within the grounds