Esch, Gestelseweg 4

  • Volume in cubic meters: woning 615 m3
  • Living area: 163 m2
  • Plot size: 2147 m2
  • Year of construction: 1999

Set in beautiful rural surroundings adjacent to a protected nature reserve, this comfortable home comes with a veranda, spectacular garden and large garage that could easily be converted into a home office or a self-contained dwelling.

Are you looking for a great house in a large plot with lots of outside space, set in stunning rural surroundings with magnificent views and yet not too isolated? Then this is the place for you. From the garden, you can walk straight into the forest. Would you like a house with a home office, accommodation for a(n) (elderly or disabled) family member, a workshop or an art studio? Then you’ll certainly appreciate the large detached garage with office space, kitchen, WC and shower, which offers all this potential.

This house itself is set back from the road, tucked behind another property. With its classic style and authentic elements such as the antique natural stone floor and arch through to the kitchen made of original bricks, on first impression the house looks like a historic building. However, it was actually built in 1999. Many of the materials used to build the house were recycled from the farm that once stood on the plot. The thatched summer house was added in 2018, and the second outbuilding (garage) in 2020.

Thanks to its recent renovation, the property is equipped with all the comforts you would expect. For instance, the stone and tiled floors on the ground floor and the upstairs bathroom all have underfloor heating. There’s a central vacuum system (great for those with a dust mite allergy), a central ventilation system (bathroom) and an alarm system.

Let’s take a look around the property.
The house is semi-detached, and as mentioned set back from the road behind another property, with its own driveway and ample space for parking. The attractive, classic front door with decorative fanlight opens into a spacious hall with staircase to the first floor. In practice, however, the front door hardly ever gets used, since everyone enters the house via the back door. Also in the hall is the fuse box, a door to a bedroom or chill-out room, and a second door to the L-shaped living room with open fireplace within a class chimney breast. These rooms all benefit from attractive natural stone flooring with underfloor heating. The living room is light and airy thanks to its triple aspect, with large sliding doors out to the sunny terrace providing uninterrupted views of the beautiful garden and the forest and meadows beyond.

From the living room, a brick archway leads through to the Tinello kitchen with its characterful antique tiled floor and Belgian bluestone work tops. With the feel of an old castle kitchen, there are visible hinges, circular doorknobs and scallop-shaped drawer handles. In terms of appliances, the kitchen has an Indesit dishwasher (approx. three years old), a fridge, a freezer, an induction hob with extractor hood, and an oven. In the utility room with door to the garden are connections for the washing machine and tumble dryer, plus a downstairs WC.

On the first floor is a landing where classic panelled doors open into one large and two smaller bedrooms. Situated under the pitched roof, all these bedrooms have sloped ceilings for extra character. There’s the potential to create ample storage options here. The two smaller bedrooms each have a dormer window and the large bedroom two tilt-and-turn windows and a walk-in wardrobe. Also on this floor is a storage/central heating boiler room, a separate WC and a bathroom with two wash basins, an oval bath and a separate shower. The bathroom has underfloor heating and a radiator for towels.

Also on the landing is a pull-down ladder to a huge double attic. This provides plenty of extra storage for luggage and other things you don’t need every day.

Come outside…
Now we’ve seen the house, let’s take a look at the real star of the show: the outside space. This is a true paradise for those who love to relax outside, in the shade or in the sun, and enjoy the surrounding nature. Besides the stunning garden and veranda, two fantastic outbuildings form the cherry on the cake.

Directly behind the house is an elegant, covered veranda spanning the entire length of the house. Open the sliding doors from the living/dining room and your living space seems to double in size! Depending on the season, you can sit closer to the house in the shade, or a few metres away in the sun. From the veranda you have a view across the fabulous garden with its large, beautifully maintained lawn, trees and shrubs, all enclosed by a hedge. Ideal for anyone with dogs. At the back of the garden is a small gate leading to a nature reserve, which borders the nature reserve managed by Brabants Landschap. Perfect for walking and cycling. The house also has its own small orchard, at the front next to the driveway, including pear, apple and ornamental cherry trees.

Another gem the outdoor space has to offer is the thatched summer house with built-in barbecue, built in 2018. This is a fantastic space that will accommodate a large group of people; somewhere you can entertain family and friends until late in the evening. Is the weather turning a bit chilly? No problem: special panels can be deployed to close in the building completely (thus transforming it into a ‘winter house’!). So, you could even have a cosy Christmas dinner in here!

Last but not least, and deserving of special attention, is the second outbuilding, currently being used as a garage. Built in 2020, this building is fully insulated and fitted with all the necessary facilities to enable it to be converted into a self-contained dwelling. It has an entrance to the rear, its own central heating boiler, fuse box, kitchenette, WC/shower room and an office with wash basin. Plus, a huge workshop with large doors and windows on all sides. The workshop area is 7x8 metres and the adjoining office 15m2: ample space to create self-contained accommodation. As a single storey building it would be ideal for someone with limited mobility.

It’s clear that this property offers endless opportunities for those looking for a lot of extra space besides the house itself. For instance, someone wanting to run their own business from home or have a(n) (elderly and/or disabled) family member come to live with them. The location of the property is also ideal, with all the amenities of Esch just a short distance away. There’s a supermarket, primary school and day nursery (due to be refurbished), pre-school, sports centre, pancake restaurant and pub all within walking distance. What’s more, the house is easy to get to: the exit of the A2 motorway is just one kilometre away, but you don’t hear it at all thanks to the richly forested surroundings. The towns of Boxtel and Vught are all close by and it’s just a 15-minute drive to the vibrant heart of Den Bosch. Both the Zuidas in Amsterdam and the Coolsingel in Rotterdam are around an hour’s drive away.

If you want to clear your head at the end of a hard day’s work, this is the perfect place to enjoy a (woodland) walk in the surrounding nature. On the other side of the Gestelseweg is the Eikenhorst Estate, a beautiful walking area with the Essche river running through, and behind the house the nature reserve managed by Brabants Landschap. Then there’s the Kampina nature reserve with its woodland and lakes, situated just south of Esch, and the fantastic swimming lake De Langspier a short distance away between Boxtel and Esch: the ideal place for a refreshing swim in summer.

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