Villa Augustus’ story seems more like a fairy tale. To sleep in an old water tower, to dine in between the four seasons, to walk along an Italian garden and disappear in the Giardino Secreto – and yet, this is reality. The Wantij in Dordrecht turns out to be the perfect place for a transformative project you’ve never seen before.
You won’t believe your eyes for the beautiful and unique objects. There’s the chambre des raisins, a grape-chamber, where they used to place stems of plucked grapes in carbonated water. The owners have restored virtually everything themselves, and have tried their utmost to keep everything in its original state. This can be easily seen at the entrance, the old electronics room which is now the ‘market cafe’. In this high, open, old-fashioned space, bread is baked freshly, vegetables are prepared, and broth is made. The industrial style was kept intact by keeping the original tiles, among other things.
20 rooms were built in the old water tower, each of which is unique in terms of appearance and interior. Hidden corners and floors abound. Colorful, tight designs are mixed with unique antiques. A night in Villa Augustus is a party – besides the appeal and the view (river and city) – and you won’t forget it.
Villa Augustus works with products from its own herb garden, and as much of it as possible is biological. Besides a gallery and a number of greenhouses, a great amount of fruits and vegetables can be grown simultaneously here. The other gardens, situated around the herb gardens, are also a spectacular sight. Park-like, containing lovely paths, in foreign styles – and then there’s the hidden Giardino Secreto; a secret room with its own walled garden for the happy couple...