By Aurelia


The Benaki Museum and Aria Hotels have formed a partnership to offer renting options at the Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor Centre for the public. Groups ranging from two to three people and groups of up to fourteen are being invited to make reservations now for this coming summer.

A spokeswoman for Aria Hotels has announced that the house will be occupied for almost the entire month of June, but space during the months of July and August is still available.

There are three options for occupancy in three separate properties:  the entire house, called “The Main House,” can be rented by up to fourteen people; the smaller “Traditional House,” can accommodate two to three guests comfortably; and “The Guest House,” adjacent to The Main House,” is ideal for two to three persons.

THE MAIN HOUSE.  This historical house is perfect for groups of up to fourteen or for two to three people who would occupy two self-contained units. Below is a description of The Main House; it is on two levels and connected with an exterior staircase.  It can be rented this summer during July and August at the rate of 2000 euros per night.



Ground Level:


  • One Double en-suite Bedroom (30sqm)
  • One Double en-suite Bedroom (43sqm)
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen with Dining Area
  • Common Restroom
  • Living Room with fireplace & Garden View


Garden Level:  


  • One Double en-suite Bedroom (51sq


  • Private Veranda


All guests in The Main House have access to the kitchen, dining area, living room.  The pool is shared and from this property there is private access to the beach and parking area.

THE TRADITIONAL HOUSE.  A smaller property, next to the main building, is available for rental in July and August 2019 for 1000 euros a night.  Details include:


  Occupancy: (02-03) guests

  • Bedrooms: One Double en-suite Bedroom (52sqm)
  • Kitchenette          
  • Private Veranda
  • COCO-MAT® double bed & mattress
  • Access to Sharing Pool, private access to the beach, parking area.


THE GUEST HOUSE.  This is available during July and August, 2019, for a rate of 300 euros a night.  Details are below:


Occupancy: (02-03) guests


  • Bedrooms: One Double en-suite Bedroom (31sqm)
  • Kitchenette          
  • Private Patio with Garden View
  • Access to Sharing Pool, private access to the beach, parking area.



EXCLUSIVE USE. Finally, if you are part of a group that would like to have exclusive use, the rate is 3400 per night during July and August and includes the following facilities and concierge services:

  • Welcome Drink upon arrival
  • Our delicious breakfast
  • Private Dining Area & Private Use of Kitchen
  • Concierge Service
  • Daily cleaning service
  • Linen change every three days, as per arrangement
  • Free Wi-Fi internet connection
  • Outdoor Sharing Pool
  • Private access to the beach
  • Parking area
  • Lunch/Dinner arrangements with our Chef, upon request
  • Pool service
  • Room service
  • Transfers upon request
  • Laundry service
  • Car Rental arrangements
  • Restaurant Reservations
  • Destination information
  • Special occasions arrangements (Anniversaries/birthdays etc.)


Spyridoula Tzoula, a representative of the Reservations Department of Aria Hotel, explained that “all rates are flexible and a fifty percent deposit is required.   This deposit is fully refundable if you decide to modify or cancel your reservation up to 21 days prior to the arrival date.  Alternatively, we have the pleasure to offer you a 15% Early Bird Discount! In this case a 50% nonrefundable deposit is required upon confirmation.”


Ms. Tzoula provided the following information on payment methods and also the hotel’s cancellation policy:

 Payment Methods for Patrick Leigh Fermor House (Exclusivity Terms)

  • All bookings for High Season to be secured by a 50% deposit upon confirmation (10% of total booking amount is non-refundable and is retained in any case of cancellation).
  • Accounts can be settled by cash or credit card.
  • Credit Cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners

Cancellation Policy for Patrick Leigh Fermor House (Exclusivity Terms)

  • For all cancellations 60-22 days prior to confirmed arrival date:  50% of total accommodation charges.
  • For all cancellations 21 days prior to confirmed arrival date:  100% of total accommodation charges.
  • No show fee, departure prior or arrival after the confirmed dates: 100% of total accommodation charges or remaining accommodation balance.


For further information and to make a reservation at the Centre, please contact Ms. Spyridoula Tzoula in the reservation department.  Her email is: [email protected].

To reserve a room in Kardamyli or nearby villages or to make travel arrangements, please contact Alexandros Koutsos at [email protected].

Photo courtesy of Benaki Museum.


Aurelia is a novelist and a professional travel writer who lives in Kardamyli during the summer while working on her third novel, Forever of Yesterday.  It unfolds in the mystical landscape of Kardamyli and sister villages in what some writers have called “The deep, dark Mani.” Her numerous articles are profiles of the people and places of Greece. Please visit