2nd April 2023 – (London) 38-year-old Malaysia-born Mandy Lieu, the ‘ex-mistress’ of incarcerated Macao ‘junket king’ Alvin Chau has been in the spotlight for her purchase of Ewhurst Park, a 925-acre estate in Ramsdell, Hampshire, last year. The estate was once the seat of the Duke of Wellington and cost Lieu a whopping £28 million.
Recently, Lieu updated her blog, where she revealed that she had invited the Malaysian High Commission in London and 60 primary school children to visit Ewhurst Park. The children were given a tour of the estate, and Lieu was seen wearing a low-key outfit of a jacket, black joggers, and trainers, and sporting an all-back ponytail. While her face looked rosy and her spirits seemed high, some netizens noted that she appeared to have aged significantly since her modelling days, with her hairline receding and her complexion not as radiant.
Lieu’s passion for the countryside and her desire for her children to grow up surrounded by nature was the driving force behind her purchase of Ewhurst Park. She fell in love with the place after visiting it in November, where she was impressed by its lake and ancient woodlands. Lieu got very excited about the prospect and the potential of the place and immediately made the decision to purchase it.
Lieu plans to transform Ewhurst Park into an eco farm producing high-quality organic food. She has already allocated 400 acres for regenerative farming practices and is working with her neighbour, Tim May, who farms the Kingsclere estate nearby. She is also in the process of establishing a market garden, orchard, and forest garden on a 1.5-acre plot, planting figs, sloes, and Asian pear.
As someone new to British land ownership, Lieu described learning the ‘rules’ of the game as ‘humbling’. She has been working hard to understand the regulations and make sure she is following all the necessary protocols to make Ewhurst Park a success.
Lieu reportedly received a £29.7 million ‘break-up fee’ from married Macau tycoon Alvin Chau, who had an estimated $2 billion fortune, when they ended their five-year relationship in 2019. However, Chau has been arrested by Macao authorities and has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for racketeering and illegal gambling activities in January 2023.