Approaching the unassuming entrance of Villa Peponi from the Saline Point road in Cap Estate, the property keeps its magnificent secrets, while instantly charming the eye with a cool grey exterior, crisp white brick detailing and lacy wooden gingerbread work. Architecturally, the home has a contemporary Caribbean style, its clean lines embellished with traditional local accents in the balcony railings and balusters, louvred shutters and lead-lighted dormer windows, crowned with a weathered shingle-style tiled roof.
A wide gravel driveway runs the length of the villa, with triple entrances to the home’s unique feature, a layout which is effectively three adjoining units; a welcoming portico leads to Villa Peponi’s main entrance of intricately-carved double wooden doors flanked with exotic scarlet Chinese lions. Flamboyant Cottage and Allamanda Cottage are accessed further along the driveway, each holding more treasures.
Inside the main villa, the two-storey layout and intelligent design have instant appeal and the home’s spectacular location is revealed. On the right is a state of the art, space-efficient kitchen, with soft-closing sleek white cabinetry and glittering black granite countertops, a natural pebble backsplash and top of the line appliances including a built-in wine cooler. A granite-topped island provides casual barstool dining, and just off the kitchen, a sunny breakfast nook seats four on a charming balcony. Also on the top level is a convenient powder room in the entrance hall.
To the left of the entrance, a spacious, bright study is furnished with minimalist, modern-chic pieces, and accented with vibrant tropical paintings. The room could easily be used as a guest bedroom with a queen or twin beds. The ensuite bathroom is elegantly tiled with vanity, toilet and shower. A tiled staircase leads to the lower level, and the living spaces of Villa Peponi continue to share the wonderful surprises of this unique property.
The comfortable lounge is strikingly stylish, designed with a fusion of leather and upholstery in monochromatic neutral tones, with modern lines, traditional nail-head trim and retro carved wood detailing, and splashes of tropical colour provided by large contemporary paintings. The aesthetic is luxe but understated, allowing the arresting views from the main verandah to draw the eye and cause a gasp of surprise. Overlooking the gently sloping gardens, the view takes in the Caribbean coastline of Smugglers Beach, all the way to Pigeon Island and the blue horizon beyond.
The Master Suite is also on the lower level, bright and breezy through ocean-facing windows, and decorated with stylish monochromatic furnishings and a dramatic leather and nailhead king-sized bed. The ensuite is spacious with soft cream ceramic tiling, single vanity, toilet, bathtub and shower.
Peponi’s outdoor living spaces feel truly integrated with the indoors, and the main verandah offers areas to lounge, dine and relax, each with its own captivating vista. The monochromatic décor is continued in elegant but practical outdoor furniture, allowing the lush green landscape and tranquil ocean views to dominate the attention. A tiled walkway leads to the shared pool, which overlooks the flowers and shrubs of the well-manicured grounds and the curved profile of Pigeon Island; a partially covered deck below is the perfect space for sunloungers.
Further along the walkway, Flamboyant Cottage is a separate split-level unit accessed through a lounge area which is well-appointed and stylishly decorated with a surprising silver couch and industrial chic accent tables. The modern and efficient kitchen is on the mezzanine level, and a private balcony with a spectacular old flamboyant tree right outside offers yet another wonderful view of Peponi’s lushly planted grounds and the Caribbean sea beyond.
The queen-sized bedroom of Flamboyant is a sunny, bright haven with vibrant green bedding, great views and cooling breezes through its open windows. Flamboyant Cottage is perfect for hosting two to three guests and its private, self-contained yet connected design will suit owners with grown up family or regular visitors to Saint Lucia.
Further again along Peponi’s walkway is the charming Xanadu Cottage, which sleeps up to four guests in its matching carved four-poster double beds. The style is modern colonial, with polished hardwood floors and mezzanine staircase, vaulted white ceilings and exotic ethnic artwork. The upper level leads to the main entrance and covered car-porch, a spacious cream-tiled, well-appointed bathroom with vaulted ceilings and a separate storage room and kitchenette, which is sufficiently equipped for drinks and snacks.
Xanadu is the perfect vacation space for a young family or two adults sharing. Scarlet bedspreads add a splash of tropical color and the all-weather patio furniture is rattan-toned with a contemporary design. The panorama from Xanadu is what makes this guest accommodation another secret treasure of Villa Peponi, with steep cliffs, jade white-capped seas, shimmering cobalt horizon, and the magnificent twin-humped silhouette of Pigeon Island dominating the breath-taking vista.
As if the everlasting panorama is not well-enough highlighted by this amazing property, along a paved path from Xanadu is traditional Caribbean-style octagonal gazebo, with ample space for a large patio dining suite, and perhaps the very best view of all. Although tucked away at the border of the grounds, this outdoor space commands the very best of the vistas, and captures the constant sea breezes making it perfect for entertaining, day or night.
Although a spaciously sprawling residence, Villa Peponi is cleverly laid out to suit a large family and guests, offering the very best of Caribbean architectural influences, designed with the outdoor lifestyle in mind with a modern European style and flair which renders the property irrestistably private and secluded, but with every practicality kept in mind for hosting visitors and entertaining.
An authentic Saint Lucian wooden cabin offers the final guest accommodation on the property, and Allamanda is enchanting in every detail from its private wooden balcony and mint green paintwork to the netted queen bed, crisp white tongue-and-groove walls and shuttered wood windows. Wooden steps lead to a separate shower, toilet and vanity, and closets flank either side, with a small wet bar area for drinks. A patio dining set offers a great view of the main house and cottages, while the garden location and westerly aspect offer another restful space in this multi-family property.
Villa Peponi is undoubtedly unique in its location, design and character; clinging to the coastal hills of Saline Point, the multi-unit layout never loses the feeling of home, and clever design makes use of every opportunity to showcase the beautiful setting as a backdrop to a luxury Caribbean family lifestyle. The landscape design contributes to the secluded, park-like feel of the property, while understatedly creative interior design and architectural detailing offer features and finishings which raise the bar on taste and luxury. Close to the amenities of Rodney Bay, Gros Islet and thirty minutes drive from capital Castries, the Peponi is an essential visit for investors looking for a beautiful Caribbean Home, a vacation property for their own use or rental.