HOT PROP­ERTY

NAS­SAU, BA­HAMAS

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The Car­ribean home of a for­mer royal and his Amer­i­can wife presents the perfect hide­away

In a story that many see echoed in the cur­rent Meghan and Harry saga, in 1936, Ed­ward VIII shocked the world by ab­di­cat­ing the Bri­tish throne, fa­mously claim­ing that: “I have found it im­pos­si­ble to carry the heavy bur­den of re­spon­si­bil­ity and to dis­charge my du­ties as King as I would wish to do with­out the help and support of the woman I love.” The woman, of course, was Amer­i­can di­vorcee Wal­lis Simp­son, who has been painted by his­tory as a femme fa­tale in­tent on de­stroy­ing the royal fam­ily, much like the mod­ern day Duchess of Sus­sex.

Prince Ed­ward, Duke of Wind­sor, was granted a stipend and sent off abroad, with the un­der­stand­ing that he would not set foot on Bri­tish soil again with­out the per­mis­sion of his newly en­throned brother. First came a tour of Ger­many that earned the cou­ple a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing Nazi sym­pa­this­ers. To avoid the po­ten­tial PR fall­out of th­ese per­ceived al­le­giances, the Duke of Wind­sor was shipped off to the Ba­hamas and ap­pointed gov­er­nor of the ter­ri­tory in 1940. And while the cou­ple waited for their of­fi­cial res­i­dence, Gov­ern­ment House, to be ren­o­vated, they ac­quired this home, dubbed Sigrist House.

While he was widely praised for his gov­er­nor­ship, The Duke of Wind­sor was un­happy in the Ba­hamas – per­haps rightly feel­ing that he had been sent there

The Caribbean home of a for­mer ex­iled royal and his Amer­i­can wife has come on to the mar­ket

to be for­got­ten. He re­signed in March 1945, and was quickly wel­comed into North Amer­i­can high so­ci­ety.

Lo­cated on a ridge on a 1.5-hectare plot on the out­skirts of Nas­sau, the house was built in the 1930s by Bri­tish movie pro­ducer Fred­er­ick Sigrist. Of­fer­ing ex­pan­sive ocean and bay views, the 15,000-square­foot, four-bed­room main res­i­dence has re­tained its colo­nial char­ac­ter, and fea­tures wood-pan­elled walls and fire­places. The prop­erty’s ma­hogany walls were shipped to Eng­land for fin­ish­ing and then sent back to Nas­sau for in­stal­la­tion.

In ad­di­tion to the main res­i­dence, the es­tate is home to a three-bed­room apart­ment and two four-bed­room guest houses. While it re­tains its orig­i­nal feel, the prop­erty has been re­fur­bished – from the elec­tri­cal and plumb­ing sys­tems to the restora­tion of wood and iron work. The lush trop­i­cal grounds flow out from the house’s ter­races, and are home to flower gar­dens, as well as fruit and co­conut trees. A swim­ming pool and spa look out over the sea.

The prop­erty is listed by Dami­anos Sotheby’s In­ter­na­tional Re­alty, Nas­sau.

Selina Den­man

The Sigrist House es­tate in­cludes a four-bed­room main res­i­dence, a three-bed­room apart­ment and two fourbed­room guest houses. The prop­erty, which was built in the 1930s, has been up­dated and re­fur­bished, and re­tains its colo­nial feel

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