To the manor born

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 May, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 May, 2011, 12:00am


The New Territories houses some of the finest luxury properties in Hong Kong. Some of these properties also have a long history.

These houses face the sea, while they have their backs towards the mountains. Style-wise, they are a blend of East and West.

'Prominent country gentlemen in the New Territories often lived with their extended families. That explains why they were more interested in manor houses,' says Cheng Po-hung, an expert in local history.

'Some were made up of multiple houses. That way the clan could stay together while maintaining privacy. This style of living is based on the deep-rooted traditional family values among the Chinese people.

'These manors typically come with French or continental European-style balconies and doors that draw in fresh air and natural light. At the same time, designs also contain traditional Chinese motifs. You may also come across European-style glass paintings on the windows.'

A large garden is a must have. The need for a garden is not only for aesthetic and leisure reasons, but also to suit the lifestyle of big families.

'They could entertain guests and host a banquet in the garden, or let the caterer prepare food out there,' Cheng says.