Luxury Outlook 2022
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Single Family Homes
Anyone arriving in Gaastmeer cannot miss the building. Marsicht, a beautifully robust manor farm with a special mix of stateliness, functionality and warm appearance. A house suitable for many purposes. Lying on the connecting water between two Frisian lakes and yet in the middle of the village with a breathtaking view for those who love Friesland. In addition to two beautiful farms, you can see grassland and water, if the weather is clear as far as Workum. The clouds in the high Frisian sky continue to fascinate, and the sunsets can be seen from home.
When we walk around the house, we see that the front has impressive windows and beautiful symmetrical savings fields. The front door is made from old parts and used here during the last restoration. We see the cellar windows, which are secured by heavy iron mesh.
The facades are enlivened by block-fluted columns or pilasters on the plastered plinths, depicting sandstone columns. They are interconnected by the gutter moldings or by plastered arches. On the left side and rear facade we see horseshoe-shaped stable windows with long nineteenth-century decorative anchors in between.
The roof has the shape of a hipped roof and is covered with black Frisian corrugated tiles. There are two top chimneys with decorative ironwork crowned plates. Between the chimneys, a row of eleven fantasy flowers has been placed in the same shape as the ironwork on the chimneys. Behind the farm we find the coach house in the same style. In addition, there is a new barn that matches the farm and coach house in terms of shape and material.
This nationally listed jewel has been completely renovated and preserved with care from 2004-2008. In fact, only the four outer walls have been left untouched, the rest has been tackled.
The reuse of old materials while maintaining the size and artistic character of the house resulted in harmonious large spaces, with high ceilings (4m) and doors.
Coffered ceilings have been installed above with squares in which the shape of the house is reflected. The 2 old eel barges that were found in the floor of the house and conceal the history of the house have been tastefully reused for decoration in the hall and kitchen. The 71 piles, full insulation, HR ++ glass, concrete floor with underfloor heating, geothermal heat pump and heat recovery installation complete the sustainability of Marsicht with energy label A.
In fact, the ground floor and the first (plus second) floor are each suitable for habitation separately. Both have living/work/bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. To get to the first floor, you don't have to go through the living areas on the ground floor. This gives a lot of freedom in the case of double occupancy, living informal care, a live-in nurse or B&B rooms.
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