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The Villa Nøjsomheden
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Villa Nøjsomheden is where we live. It was originally rebuild from a farm into a summer house by the bank director Koppel of Århus Bank who bought the house from farmer Søren Johansen 4 April 1872 and thereafter used to stay in the house with his family and servants during the summer period.

The house has 24 rooms and lays on a hilltop with a good overview of the Brabrand Sea.

Originally it had a large park of 26 "tønder," stretching from the front side of the Silkeborgvej road and down to the Brabrand Sea. Koppel imported rare trees and plants from abroad and had a large staff to maintain the garden which also had glasshouses with imported ovens from Holland.

The villa and the park was an attractive place with much wildlife why people from the area and as far as from Århus would visit the area in weekends for picnics and walks.

Today the park is reduced to a garden though. The villa has been owned by the Overgaard family since 1979. A timeline of the villa can be read at the bottom of this side.

Villa Nøjsomheden 1996
Villa Nøjsomheden 1996

Villa Nøjsomheden 2002
Main stairway in the house, 2002

Villa Nøjsomheden 2001
Villa Nøjsomheden 2001 just before the original windows from 1872 was renewed ...

The windows from 1872 was renewed in 2001. Here it's the large window in the livingroom.

Villa Nøjsomheden 1981
Villa Nøjsomheden 1981 when first it was snowing heavily, then came the rain and then the cold. The result was high snow with "a layer of candy"

The family in the garden, ca. 2000

Jytte Overgaard 2002
Even it is now only a garden, and not a park, the Villa Nøjsomheden got the first golf green in 2002. Here Jytte Overgaard is holding the flag.

Christmas in Villa Nøjsomheden 2002
Christmas in the villa, December 2002.

Christmas in Villa Nøjsomheden 2002New years eve at 1st floor, 2004.


The Annex:

The annex housed the animals, mostly horses back in 1872. Later on a washing house was added and then in the 1947 an apartment was made for the chauffeur of the Chocolate Producer Clausen who owned the house then. In the 1980's the apartment was extended further by four students who then rented it as their apartment for some years.
After a minor fire in the roof in 1992 the annex was rebuild and the roof extended so that two floors of the whole annex was made into an apartment.

The annex ca. 1997

The annex' first floor anno 2002

Office in the annex, August 2003

View from the annex to the lake January, 2003


The small annex [1998]

In 1998 yet another annex was renovated. A small house in the corner of the garden to house garden equipment. The plan is to make a Japanese garden next to the small annex.

The small annex [1998]

The small annex being build 1998 by Leif and Henning.


The new floor [1994]

In 1994 the floor in the livingroom was changed after we had suspected that there was a dead mouse below it. So the old floor from 1872 was removed and new one was laid. In the process the ceiling downstairs in the cellar was also renewed. During the work that went on for 6 months, it was found out that the smell did come from a dead mouse, but it was not under the floor but in a wall ...

The livingroom after the floor was finished in 1994. On the table the cat Garfield.

The floor from 1872 was made with beams (bjælker), pudding boards (indskudsbrædder) and pugging (a layer of clay for sound and fireproof, in Danish "indskudsler") as it was done in the past.


Timeline of Villa Nøjsomheden [1872 - 2003]

? -1872 Farmer Søren Johansen owned what was then a farm which he had taken over from his father.

1872-1914 M. R. Koppen, founding director of Århus Bank [later the Provinsbanken that became Nordea in 1990's], bought the area 4 April 1872 and started rebuilding it into the villa that is today..
He later on sold off 10 "tønder" (=13.630 acres) north of Silkeborgvej and 10 "tønder" south of the railroad [the land between the railroad and the Brabrand Sea].
Koppel and his family used the house for 3 months every year in the summertime and Mr. Koppel went by his horsecar to and fro the bank in Århus [6 kilometers] every day. His horsecar with two black horses had a distinguished sound that could be heard and recognized from a distance. The Koppel family often had many guests in the house for dinner, and the rule was that when the horses could be heard on the road, family and friends would gather around the dining table, ready to start dinner precisely when M. R. Koppel arrived ...
The Koppel household consisted of four maids, a chauffeur as well as staffs working in the garden and the glass houses.

1914 Butcher, Mr. Hasle, owned the villa for a brief period.

1917 Director of Aarhus Dampmølle, Mau Knudsen bought the villa and had electricity and central heating installed.

1936 Director of Aarhus Stiftsbogstrykkeri, Holmgreen bought the villa. He had the local furniture producer, Thorsen Møbler, make a dining table and chairs for 12 persons along with other furniture for the villa, all of massive oak, so that his 10 children couldn't spoil the furniture.

1943 The dentist Kerting owned the house for a year. He had two windows in the living room made into one large window (400 x 220 cm) as well as the dark wooden ceiling painted white so that his wife could get some light.

1944 - 1977 Chocolate Manufacturer Clausen owned the house and lived here with his wife and two sons. Clausen owned Elvirasminde Chocolate factory together with his brother, but later founded a food company at Søren Frichs Vej.
Clausen one day saw an advertisement in the newspaper for a "large dining table with furniture" which he bought - and later found out, from the driver who brought it, that the furniture had originally belonged to the villa (made for Homlgreen in 1936).

1977 - 1979 Boligfonden Bikuben bought the house and the then 15.000 m2 park with the purpose to tear down the house and build 20 new houses on the ground. However, after having been empty and unused for two years the villa was spared, sold to Jytte Overgaard, and only 15 houses were build in what had been the park of the villa.

1979 Jytte Overgaard bought the villa for herself and her two sons. The villa housed her company that sewed curtains, and as the rooms was renovated one after the other, part of the house was rented out to tourists via Århus Turistbureau for few nights at the time. In latter years the rooms has been rented out to students for longer periods and a large kitchen with dining area was renovated in the cellar for them [1995].
In 1979 Jytte Overgaard saw an ad on a "large dining table" in the newspaper and bough it - and later found out that it was the very furniture that Holmgreen had gotten made for the villa in 1936 and which Clausen had bought back for the villa in 1944. Several of the furnitures carry drawings underneath which has been made by the kids during World War II, some of the making fun of Hitler.
• 1980 - 1985 the villas cellar housed the comics studio "Hjelm Påbudt" where Thorsten Overgaard and four other comics drawers made comics.
• 1985-1989 the villa housed Thorsten Overgaard's advertising agency and publishing house. By 1989 the advertising agency had offices on the 1st and 2nd floor, part of the ground floor and part of the cellar.
• Thorsten Overgaard has lived in the villa 1979-1990 and 1993-1994 and moved back into the annex in 2001. He has actually had either office, room or apartment in all of the 24 rooms...
• Martin Overgaard has lived in the villa 1979-1987 and 1990-2001.

Things that go bump in the night and so on ...
• The villa has the "blue room" on the 1st floor in the north/west corner where "the blue lady" is said to come back in case the color of the walls are being changed from blue.
• In the wood next to the villa it is told that a "restless dog with eyes that light like fire" is living [ca. 1900].

The Blue Room [ca. 1992]




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