Posted on: March 31, 2020 Posted by: Clara Smith Comments: 0

Edward VIII ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom in 1936 upon the death of his father, George V. But to rule he would have had to abandon the love of his life, American divorcee Wallis Simpson – and so that same year he chose to abdicate the throne in favour of his younger brother, George VI, Queen Elizabeth’s father.

A picture inside one of the mansion's bedrooms
The mansion is named after the person who had it built, British movie producer and aviation pioneer Frederick Sigrist © Sotheby’s

After his abdication, Edward VIII became the Duke of Windsor and lived in France with Wallis Simpson, who he married in 1937. But rumours that the couple were Nazi sympathisers grew around Europe, so much that the British monarchy decided to send Edward away by appointing him Governor of the Bahamas in 1940.

A picture of one of the house's corridors opening onto the gardens
The house makes clever use of doors to create rooms that are at times intimate or expansive © Sotheby’s

When Edward and Wallis arrived in Nassau, on New Providence island, the official Government House wasn’t ready yet – the couple stayed in Sigrist House, a mansion overlooking Goodman’s Bay in Cable Beach. And that’s the house that Damianos Sotheby’s International Realty has just put on the market for US$8.5 million.

A picture of the house's wooden sitting room
The mansion is built in Spanish colonial style but many of the wooden furnishings, and the fireplaces as well, were directly imported from England © Sotheby’s

The house, built in Spanish colonial style with wooden details imported directly from England, consists of 15,000 square feet which includes the gardens, a pool, terrace and patio. It has fifteen bedrooms and thirteen full bathrooms, and the space is divided to provide privacy for all guests, even those staying for longer periods of time – there’s the main part of the house but then also a separate apartment, as well as two different guesthouses.

A picture of the house's outside pool and jacuzzi
The house includes both a pool and a hot tub on the outside terrace overlooking the bay © Sotheby’s

Everything inside Sigrist House has been modernised and updated to the best standards of 21st-century living, but it stills maintains its natural character of a place “designed for gracious living in a bygone era”. If you’d like to know more about it, you can check out its official listing here.

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