About the Rothenhof
The Rothenhof is a villa, built in the English style in 1934 by Fritz and Alice Streuli-Matter. Fritz Streuli-Matter had just been recalled from England to become the marketing director of the Bally shoe company; he later became the CEO and Chairman. Fritz and Alice Streuli-Matter built the Rothenhof for themselves, their five children and their live-in servants. They remained in their beloved house, living well into their 90's.
Following the death of their parents, the Streuli children sold the house to Ina Kraan and Brad Richards. In the same year that the last Bally shoe was produced in Schönenwerd, namely 2000, the Rothenhof became not only home to the family of Ina Kraan and Brad Richards, but also to the Swiss branch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society. During this time, the Rothenhof was also extensively repaired and restored.
In May 2018, the Swiss branch of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society was passed on to a successor. The Rothenhof remains the home of the family, but will soon be placed on the market for sale.
Solothurn • Switzerland
The Rothenhof is located at the edge of town, bordering the forest between Solothurn and Aargau. The building plot is the highest in the town, with a spectacular view overlooking the entire Aare valley.
Schönenwerd is a town of roughly 5000 people, centrally located roughly equidistant from Zürich, Basel and Bern. When the Eppenberg tunnel is completed in 2019, trains to Olten and Aarau will run every 15 minutes during rush hour, and every 30 minutes at other times.
6292 m2 land
4074 m2 zoned for building • 2218 m2 zoned as forest
The Rothenhof is located on the edge of the forest; in fact, the building plot has been carved out of the forest itself. The building is located at the top of the plot, with generous lawn and garden areas levelled for use. The location is special, because current regulations would no longer allow building so close to the forest.
5 rooms • Plus garage, kitchen, pantry, and toilet
The ground floor includes a day office and four generous rooms with beautiful hardwood floors. Three of the rooms look out onto a generous terrace, which in turn borders the lawn. In addition, the ground floor includes double garage, a large kitchen with attached pantry, a large hallway with room for seating as well as a toilet. As a home, this is a generous and elegant living area. As a business, the ground floor could provide distinguished offices or meeting rooms.
9 rooms • Plus three bathrooms
The upper floor originally provided bedrooms for a large family as well as separate quarters for servants. The former servants' quarters include one very large room, three small rooms, a small balcony, a toilet and a bathroom. These could be used as a semi-private apartment or as office space. The rest of the upper floor is devoted to five generous bedrooms, along with two bathrooms.
5 rooms • Plus 3 machine rooms, generous hallway, and toilet
The basement is finished and insulated. While not directly heated, the temperature remains comfortable throughout the year. The generous rooms are ideal for use as workshops, fitness rooms, gardening rooms, or storage.
The house has a full attic. The attic floor is insulated, meaning that the attic itself is cold. The portion tall enough to stand in (about half the total) has flooring. The attic has skylights and lighting, and provides a huge amount of storage.
Sunset over the Aare
Picture taken on 28 October 2017 from a window on the ground floor.
Picture taken on 26 August 2018, from the lawn.
The terrace runs along the entire south side, and is reached through wide folding doors on both ends..
This is the original dining area, close to the kitchen. It currently contains a bar (walnut veneer), but the bar could be easily removed without damaging the floor. The bar connects to the terrace through wide folding doors..
This room faces the terrace through a large window, and connects to the bar on one side, and the conservatory on the other. Opposite the window is an open fireplace..
The conservatory has a large window with a view over the valley. It opens onto the terrace through the doors shown in this picture, and connects to the salon and the breakfast room..
Conservatory and breakfast room
This picture is taken from the conservatory, looking into the fourth room in the main living area. This room contains a masonry stove (just around the corner to the right), making it a lovely room to eat breakfast on a cold winter's day..
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