Luxury villa has taste of Spanish style

THIS superb three-storey home set among the hills of Sai Kung is reminiscent of a luxurious Spanish villa.

It is hard to believe such a peaceful place can exist only 40 minutes' drive from Central.

The view from the road is very pretty; the house is surrounded by a European-style stone wall which is covered in vines.

Behind the grey entrance gate is a garage and a driveway with enough room for three cars. The garage door has been sealed, providing space for a large storage room.

Terracotta tiles cover the steps which lead to the outdoor area, which features a small garden and a pergola.

The terraced area continues around the back of the house to the swimming pool.

Behind the front door is a small entry room, covered with off-white carpet, with matching painted walls.

It leads to a beautiful dining area, filled with antique furniture.

A large dining table dominates the room. The room has polished floorboards, a large Chinese-style cabinet and a large window overlooking the pool area.

The floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors lead to a spacious balcony, which is large enough to accommodate a small party.

It is covered with terracotta tiles and has a black wrought iron balustrade.

The kitchen is a cook's dream; a huge area with three large work benches.

It is simply decorated with burnt-orange floor tiles and two silver sinks with matching fittings.

Work benches, lower and overhead cupboards are laminated in pale grey. The wall tiles are white and orange.

Beside the kitchen is a small amah's bedroom and bathroom.

There is enough room for a single bed and a cupboard. The adjacent bathroom features a shower, sink and a mirror.

An off-white carpeted stairway leads to a small hallway with a storage cupboard and table.

Next to it is a powder room, featuring a cream marble bench with silver fittings. Beige coloured tiles cover the wall and floor.

The lounge is a spacious, cosy area with a very old-English feel.

The left side of the room features a large granite fireplace, ideal for Hongkong's icy winter nights.

An off-white coloured lounge suite is in the centre of the room. It comprises three two-seaters and a five-seater.

The room has a comfortable, ''homey'' feel.

The right side of the room features a large writing desk: a good place to catch up on letter-writing as you gaze across the balcony.

Floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors separate the lounge area from the balcony, which is identical to the downstairs balcony.

The view is not spectacular - there is only a partial view of the mountains - but it is a nice place to take in the peaceful atmosphere.

Next to the lounge room is a large bedroom, which could also be used as a television room or a study.

It is very simply decorated with off-white carpet, matching painted walls, a large window and bed.

The second set of stairs leads to a spacious master bedroom.

This room was originally two rooms. When the owners renovated they created one room which serves as a split bedroom and sitting room.

The bedroom side features a large bed, floor-to-ceiling white cupboards and a large window, revealing a view of the mountains.

There is a large open sitting room - a relaxing area which features two lounge chairs, a makeup table and mirror, cupboards and a table.

FACTFILE LOCATION: Chuk Kuk Village, Sai Kung. SIZE: 2,100 square feet. FEATURES: Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, swimming pool, garden. PRICE: $9.5 million CONTACT: Barbara McKenzie, First Pacific Davies 842-4421.

The en suite bathroom is nicely decorated in pale peach with a marble top bench and two sets of sinks with silver fittings.

The wall tiles feature a peach and white floral design. The bathtub/shower is also coloured pale peach.

Off the master bedroom is a small guest bathroom which is bright blue, with matching wall and floor tiles.

There is a pale blue bathtub/shower and sink with silver fittings.

Next to the bathroom is a large study, which could also be used as a television room or another bedroom.

It features floor-to-ceiling white cupboards and two sets of windows.