This characteristic house is a typical example of an early 20th-century country house that could be found in the forest-rich surrounding area of Antwerp, Belgium. It was built as a country retreat for the wealthy Nottebohm family. The family occasionally visited it during the holidays. The villa was located on the outskirts of a small village. Surrounded by forest the atmosphere was very serene.
This changed when the villa was temporarily seized by the German army during the Second World War. Luckily the villa survived the war and remained in one piece. The family didn't return to the villa though. It eventually was rented out and turned into a hotel with a restaurant.
In the eighties, it was put up for sale. Unfortunately, it never got sold. Years of vacancy led to neglect conditions. The family eventually applied to get it demolished. This because they didn't want to pay the yearly vacancy tax of 30,000 euros anymore. The province refused the request at first due to its architectural value. But since the villa never received a monumental status the family received a green light for the demolishment after they appealed in court. A rather sad ending for this wonderful country house.
Back in the days
Two old photographs from how the villa looked when it was still in great shape. Finding these photographs made me realize the villa had an enormous spire that is now is completely gone. It really looked spectacular back in the days.