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    The Patrick & Joan Leigh Fermor House - Kardamyli, Greece

    Home to famed travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor, this glorious villa located in Kardamyli in Greece’s Peloponnese is available to rent for just four months a year.

    Ideal for a whole house takeover, this peaceful setting is perfect for literary lovers or those who appreciate the beauty of coastal Greece.

    A charismatic and adventurous personality, Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor is celebrated as one of the finest travel writers of his generation. He had a deep affinity for Greece, which led him to build a beautiful home in the idyllic coastal town of Kardamyli. He wrote many of his books here, in the cool, stone-walled house with its garden filled with cypress trees and fragrant scrubs, and a view that stretches to the sea.

    Stunning Sea-Views

    The lowdown

    • Getting there

      The nearest airport is Kalamata which is approximately 60 minutes from Kardamyli.

    • When to go

      The house is available to rent for only 4 months of the year (June to September) so advance booking is essential.

    • Combine with

      Unlike many villa rentals you can rent the house for a minimum of 3 nights so why not combine a stay here with the Kinsterna Hotel, a Real Holidays favourite which is well located for exploring the eastern Peloponnese.

    Now, an opportunity has arisen for fans of Fermor to stay in this authentically restored Greek property. There’s a range of accommodation within three stone buildings: the Main House with three suites, the writer’s studio right next to it, which is formed into the Traditional House, as well as the Guest House, adjacent to the Main House and with rates including short stays too, this could be a magical place for a party or family get-together.

    It certainly lends itself well to larger groups, with plenty of places around the buildings and grounds to relax and take stock of your Mediterranean environ. There are open-air stone arched seated spots, a sublime swimming pool surround by olive trees, cool sofa-clad living areas and a large kitchen with scrubbed farmhouse table. Just below the house, stone steps lead to a pebble beach and the fishing village of Kardamyli offers deliciously authentic tavernas with stunning sea-views.