Approached via a sweeping curve of driveway lined with swaying palms, there is a promise of drama and grandeur and Palmpei doesn’t fail to deliver either. Set in 1.9 acres of Nevis’ most coveted real estate, Palmpei sits alongside the Four Seasons Golf Course in exclusive Upper Jessups. An acre of the grounds have been lovingly and artfully landscaped, resulting in a pool that is surrounded by reaching palm trees and gardens bursting with hidden corners; the remaining land has been left to grass in order to maintain and protect the views that sweep down to the Caribbean Sea.
It is these views that resulted in the decision to invert the layout of the plantation style home: on the top floor, a vast open-plan kitchen and living room sprawls towards a wraparound balcony and the surrounding palm fronds. Light and bright with the typical vaulted ceilings of Caribbean design, this is an exceptional space for entertaining and relaxing.
On the lower floor, all three bedrooms lead directly onto the verandah and from there to the gardens. There are two generously-sized guest bedrooms but perhaps most notable is the master bedroom. With four separate entrances to the garden on three of its sides, the room incorporates a private sitting area; it is wonderfully light while still hunkered in the protective shade of the upper floors.
A self-contained studio apartment with full kitchen and ensuite, sits above the garage, perfect for additional guests or permanent staff.
While the house is grand and glorious – a freshly-painted marshmallow pink homage to southern style architecture – it is perhaps the gardens that will linger in the memory. Alongside the pool an in-ground hot tub beckons; terraces are there for sunbathing and sundowners. Life is lived to the accompaniment of rustling palm fronds and yellow flashes of bananaquits. Somehow, while being in the hub of Nevis, Palmpei is apart, a separate space crafted with peace in mind.
Here, the past has been fondly reimagined. Palmpei is perfect for homeowners looking to maintain traditions while holding onto the comforts of the modern world.
Master bedroom: 404 square feet of carefully designed space with a separate sitting area; four sets of double doors lead out onto private areas of a wide verandah. En suite bathroom with tub, shower, double vanity and bidet.
Two guest bedrooms: two generous double rooms share a separate bathroom.
Laundry room and closet.
Huge open plan kitchen, pantry and living room with multiple double doors leading out onto a vast covered balcony.
In addition, there is a full bathroom and a separate closet.
Separate garage with self-contained studio above.
Gardens: 1 acre of beautifully landscaped grounds complete with 24’ x 12’ pool and in-ground hot tub. A further 0.9 acres of grass, maintained to preserve the views. 22,000 gallon cistern.
Generous cellar and storage area