Adventurous men always left such a home to sail the seas or discover new lands, though as married men they did, in the main, leave the wherewithall for living to the family and provided for them while away. He was prepared to undergo hardship. The 'modern' man rarely does that these days. Leave he may - or rather be ejected - and all his possession taken. He has the hardship aplenty. Besides, there are few places left to discover and sailing the seas is to be anchored to rules and regulations, permits and licence fees. Odysseus could not be found today and his Penelope would be out clubbing.
|A Southern Gentleman|
|Is this you?|
Next, to aquire a Gentleman's Residence.
Especially if he is Chinese as I, for one, do not relish the ides of so many young fellows on the loose all over the place and behaving in an ungentlemanly manner.
Being a Gentleman is a State of Mind that is clear to all. If you are without the knowledge of just what a gentleman is I suggest you steer well clear of articles that describe all that he must have and be. Simply find one and observe. And yes, they are hard to find so seek in places where Gentlemen are likely to be found.
I was, m'self, a Gentlemen, albeit briefly. Yes, even Kings and Knights had beginnings which were not quite so exhaulted. It was as per an Act of Parliament (The War Act, if you must know) which dubbed me a Military 'Officer and Gentleman'.
It was a dark and marked day that our democratic representatives decided to make women officers who by virtue of distinct lack of vir could not be gentlemen so the title was dropped. The very Act was amended. A disgrace !
A 'young' man might be foolish enough to think that being a gentleman is 'old fashioned.' It is a foolish though, albeit true. It is of a different era. But a chap makes his own place and his own time. As I said it is a State of Mind which includes far more than a rolex watch and a smart suit. It is 'a Refined Masculine Human Spirit'. Independent. Self reliant. Attributes honed, Polished. And yes, I said Spiritual. It does not sit still, unless reading or listening or waiting on game, but 'aspires'. And comes with a Pipe.
Now, to his residence.
It may take a while to realise the full glory of a chap's Residence but an aim in mind is always useful.
This for instance is very like mine at present. Yes, mine is just a bit smaller, as previously mentioned in the Tavern when I moved quarters, but how a chap 'sees' his pad matters. And I am a hermit.
A large place with land, solitude and water nearby is always a good start. Most young chaps could not possibly afford such a residence but were say 10 to club together it may be in reach. Monks used to do that and still do. It would need to have plenty of rooms. Such would enable guests from time to time but the place should not have neighbours apt to drop in. In fact no neighbours for at least a mile all around.
Privacy is essential. And trees. And water. If you do not have water near, you will need a pool. Indoor preferably but out is fine too. You will need space for solitude and for those occasions when a group of gentlemen wish to practice manly arts outdoors, with weapons.
Some illustrations may take your mind toward your own ideas. So...
|This is a Monestery !|
Preferably within half a day's walk to the Tavern.
Mind you, were I as active as I used to be quite a while ago, I would opt for a mobile Residence. A Steed is an essential for a Knight.