Welcome to the Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor House, situated in Kardamyli, Southeast Peloponnese, Greece. In 1996 Sir Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor bequeathed their home to the Benaki Museum with the express wish that the house would host intellectuals and scholars who wanted to work or study in an inspiring setting. The Leigh Fermors also granted the museum the right to rent the property for a period of three months per year. Under the alliance the museum will ensure the preservation of the house and its contents, and enable members of the public to have access to the property, while hospitality services will be provided by Aria Hotels, that specializes in the provision of authentic retreats in restored, historic Greek properties.
The Leigh Fermor House is situated in Kardamyli, Southeast Peloponnese, and is considered one of the most beautiful properties in Greece. This historical house can be rented as a whole villa (Main House, Traditional House and Guest House) to accommodate parties of up to fourteen people or as individual self-contained suites, each sleeping two to three people.
Within a Mediterranean garden of cypress trees, olive trees, fragrant shrubs, white oleanders and wild flowers rolling down to the sea, stand three stone buildings: the Main House with three suites, the writer’s studio right next to it, which will be turned into a Traditional House, as well as a Guest House.
At present, repair works at the buildings and the garden are underway so that the original character of the property is meticulously preserved. The Benaki Museum - Aria Hotels partnership will be launched in 2020. Aria Hotels will undertake operation of the property during the three month rental period with particular sensitivity to its unique legacy, offering guests a rare residential experience of Authentic Greek Hospitality in an environment of immense charm and character.
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Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011), universally known as Paddy, was one of the most charismatic and adventurous personalities of the last century. An author, scholar and decorated war hero, he is celebrated as one of the finest travel writers of his generation. As a member of the British Military Mission to Greece, he played a prominent role in the Cretan resistance during the Second World War. He was a great admirer and lover of Greece. In the 1960s Leigh Fermor and his wife Joan chose to spend the rest of their lives in Greece and to build their home, lavishing much love and attention on it, in the idyllic coastal town of Kardamyli.
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