Boarding School in Limbourg

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Originally, the three-storey villa was built for an entrepreneur in 1903. In the 1960s, it was transformed into a boarding school which is still in existence to this day. Nestled in a beautiful, sweeping park, the villa with its stone façade and the former servants%u2018 house with its timber framed front exude a rather British flair. Both buildings are in very good condition. The villa, which at first sight appears like a time-honoured mansion, has been maintained almost exclusively in its state of origin, only the external staircase has been added in recent times. The main entrance with patio leads into a generous, wood-panelled stairwell whose original historic character has been preserved. However, all in all, the historical nature of the building had to give way to the modern usefulness required by the demands of operating a modern school. The rooms on the ground floor have been converted into contemporary classrooms with tables, chairs and blackboards forming an unusual contrast to the antique flair radiated by the historic fireplaces. Next to the classrooms, the ground floor also houses the kitchen, the refectory and the wintergarden, where students can play a round of pinball. A staircase which narrows as it rises leads to the second and third floors. Each floor has one washroom with toilets and student dormitory rooms with bunk beds which, despite being relatively cramped and spartan quarters, exude a rather homey, comfortable atmosphere, due amongst other things to the friendly colour scheme. One additional classroom can be found at the very top of the building, under the roof. While the villa accommodates male students, female students are lodged in the adjoining former servant´s house. The boarding school breathes a fascinating spirit of unwontedness. Good infrastructure and filming conditions. As a matter of course, production aspects must be discussed beforehand and adjusted so as to not disturb the day-to-day school operations.

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André Sommerlatte