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Graycliff Hotel, Nassau

History has it that the Graycliff mansion was originally built in 1740 by Captain John Howard Graysmith, a famous pirate of the Caribbean who commanded the notorious schooner Graywolf and plundered treasure ships along the Spanish Main. His buccaneering not only made him rich, but it also brought him fame and he was greatly feared for his famous exploits.

In 1776, when Nassau was captured by the American Navy, Graycliff became their headquarters and garrisons. Hence the bars on the windows of the world renowned wine cellar. By 1844, Graycliff became Nassau’s first Inn ready to provide the traveller with genuine Caribbean hospitality; it was owned and operated by Mr. Nathaniel French.

Graycliff later became the private residence of a wealthy Canadian couple, Mr. and Mrs. I. Walton Killiam. They had an equitable solution: summers in beautiful Montreal and winters in sunny Nassau. During their ownership, they completely renovated the mansion and constructed the swimming pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens next to the Pool Cottage. After Mr. Killiam’s death Mrs. Killiam stayed on at Graycliff until her death in 1964.

Royalty purchased Graycliff in 1966, in the personages of Lord and Lady Dudley, Third Earl of Staffordshire. During their ownership, Graycliff hosted such nobility as the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (formerly King Edward III), Lord Beaverbrook, Lord Mountbatten and Sir Winston Churchill. Lady Grace Dudley added a strict English accent to the decor and priceless collections of antiques, some of which still decorate the guest rooms and public areas.

Graycliff was purchased in 1973 by Enrico and Anna Maria Garzaroli who turned the private home into the elegant hotel and restaurant that it is today. In 2000, following an expansion, the Graycliff Cigar Company and the Humidor Churrascaria restaurant were added.

Graycliff is a landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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