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Imposing old mansion at Varazdin Breg.

Ref: 1591

Offers in the region of €200,000 invited.


The former home of a noble family from the days of the Austro-Hungarian empire. It has been empty for several years yet the imposing nature of this grand country manor house remains. In need of full restoration, it does offer the chance to re-create something grand from the now the faded building and grounds.

The slides (below) show the key features and descriptions, we have other photographs available if this property is of interest and, naturally, we're always happy to answer your questions.


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Front aspect viewed from the entrance driveway
Front aspect viewed from the entrance driveway, there are two further levels below those shown here.
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three-quarter view showing the length and depth of this large old mansion
A view showing the length and depth of this large old mansion.
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the art-deco style wrap-around balcony is a strong feature.
Seen from the lower garden, the art-deco style wrap-around balcony is a strong feature.
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Viewed from the lower garden showing the rear of the house
Viewed from the lower garden showing the rear of the house, the annex is off to the left of this image.
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this 'glass' room offers perfect views out over the vineyards
Starting inside at the upper level, this 'glass' room offers perfect views out over the vineyards which once belonged to this property, and then further over the hills of Varazdin county. This room has original parquet flooring, it measures 5.3m x 4.2m, the ceiling height throughout this floor is a high 3.3 metres.
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This floor is dominated by this central vestibule
This floor is dominated by this central vestibule which measures a whopping 11.3m x 5.0m, it is separated by French style doors, there are large windows at both ends giving good natural light. Most of the rooms at this level converge onto this space.
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 Upper level, Room 1. Accessed from the main vestibule, 5.3m x 4.8m,
Upper level. Accessed from the main vestibule, this room measures 5.3m x 4.8m, again with 3.3m ceilings. The old "call the staff" buttons are still in place on the wall. The original herring-bone parquet floor is in fair condition.
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Next to room 1 is this former bathroom with an adjoining door
Adjacent is this former bathroom with an adjoining door, sadly everything has been removed including the wall tiles. 5.4m x 2.0m.
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 entering via a set of French doors, there is another large bedroom,
Crossing to the other side of the central vestibule and entering via a set of French doors, there is another large bedroom, 5.4m x 4.4m, it has windows to the front and flank walls. The herring-bone parquet survives quite well.
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One corner of the upper level appears to be given over to the staff
One corner of the upper level appears to be given over to utility functions. The rooms are smaller and there seems to be a former kitchen plus three other smaller rooms plus stairs to both the next level down and up to the roof space. We have photographs of them all, please contact us if you'd wish to see the full set of images.
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The roof space is one large open area measuring 15.5m x 11.2m
The roof space is one large open area measuring 15.5m x 11.2m (the house footprint size). There are gable windows to one side, five chimneys, a full concrete load bearing floor, the structural beams are massive. The floor to central apex height is some 4.6m.
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Moving down the stairs from the higher level to the ground floor, you arrive at what appears to be another utility area of four smaller rooms, perhaps these were staff quarters. Two of the rooms measure 4.0m x 3.2m and 2.6m x 2.6m, the other two are smaller.
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Directly beneath the upper level central vestibule is this room of similar proportions
Directly beneath the upper level central vestibule is this room of similar proportions at 5.0m x 11.4m. Less ornate than its upper level partner but still an enormous space. The floor apears to be laid with flagstones. It has large windows at one end and French doors (shown) at the other.
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The east wing has this double height space
The east wing has this double height space, the ceiling being at the same height as the ground floor room whilst the floor is lower by a complete level. Clearly there was once a large timber wine press at work here in days gone by. At 9.3m x 5.3m and a height of 4.9m, this is a huge space. The large double doors shown lead out towards the annex and onto the vineyards. There are windows at both ends.
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There are more large double doors leading further down to a full two-room basement
From the 'press' room, there are more large double doors leading further down to a full two-room basement utilising 2/3rds of the building footprint. Each measuring 11.4m x 4.9m. A large basement swimming pool and massive games room perhaps?
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Attached to the main house is this annexe structure
Attached to the main house is this annexe structure, currently split into rooms, the overall dimensions are 9.0m x 6.4m. There is no internal connection between the house and the annexe.
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Beneath the front of the main house is a curiously shaped basement style space
Beneath the front of the main house is a curiously shaped basement style space. With an earthen floor and pill-box style windows, its former purpose escapes us completely. Overall dimensions are 12.2m x 3.8m.
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There is an integral garage measuring 5.3m x 5.4m
There is an integral garage measuring 5.3m x 5.4m with windows and a strange plaque extolling the actions of then original owner, Dr. Vladimir Milković, who appears to have engaged in some kind of war action here in 1943, more about that below....
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looking out over the formerly owned vineyards and the hills of Varazdinbreg
Viewed from the upper floor balcony, looking out over the formerly owned vineyards and the hills of Varazdinbreg.
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Plan view of the house footprint in relation to the land plot on which it is located.
Plan view of the house footprint in relation to the land plot on which it is located.




A short YouTube video clip of the views from the house can be seen HERE.

Overview...

The Hapsburg empire once ruled these lands but was wiped away after the 1914-18 war. However, their influence, culture and architecture lived on throughout the inter-war period. This house was built by such a former imperial family as one of several mansions and grand estates they owned in Hungary and what later became Yugoslavia. The history of central and eastern Europe tells us the remnants of the former imperial empires were wiped away completely by the coming of post world war two communism, most of the nobility and rich private land owners had their properties confiscated. This property was no exception and passed into state ownership in 1945/6. We understand the former owner was storied to have killed a nazi sympathiser in 1943 (hence the plaque in the garage) but this clearly did not sufficiently impress the new Tito-ist government who then took the property into state ownership.
What followed is a much repeated story of neglect and many such grand old mansions as this slowly fell into disrepair until they were ultimately left empty. In brief, this place is a faded old mansion where once a mega-rich family lived and over-lorded a large wine making operation from vineyards stretching as far as you could see. The vineyards are now owned by others but the house remains, waiting for its saviour. Is that you?
There are a number of possible successful outcomes for this property, they include a private residence, a hotel, conference centre, sporting/wellness centre... We understand there are no heritage based restrictions on what may be built here nor is there an outstanding claim from the descendents of the former owners - a rare advantage in itself!

The key points include...

  • Total area of the plot is 1,800m2.
  • The house footprint is 302m2.
  • Multiple large rooms over four levels.
  • Two very large halls/vestibules in the former residential area.
  • Huge double height hall at ground and sub-basement level.
  • Two very large basement vestibules.
  • Double integral garage.
  • Large attached annexe building.
  • Lovely views on three sides to hills and vineyards.
  • Direct access to a county road.
  • Extensive grounds surrounding the house.
  • Most mains services are already on site.
  • A Croatian company is not required for foreign ownership.
  • One owner, a local company.
  • The owner invites offers in the region of €200,000.

Contact us for further details, or just to get answers to questions you may have, please quote our reference code: 1591.
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