A Tale of Two Houses

In tribute to our origins as the house of a passionate art collector with a penchant for hosting, The Vasilicos is proud to support the Honorary Hospitality Programme run by the Benaki Museum at The Leigh Fermor House, another legendary house with a history of hosting artists, intellectuals, and writers.

The beautiful house of Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor in Kardamyli is one of the most famous artists’ houses in Greece. Built in the 1960s, and thoroughly enjoyed for many years, it was bequeathed by the couple to The Benaki Museum in 1996. Lovingly restored, it now receives guests as part of a well-thought-out fellowship programme run in partnership with leading universities and foundations, which honours both the letter and the spirit of the bequest.

Alongside these residencies, the Benaki Museum also runs its own Honorary Hospitality programme. Every year, the Museum selectively extends invitations for stays at The Leigh Fermor House to persons of note, in recognition of their special relationship to Greece and the Museum.

It is this programme that is run with the support of The Vasilicos, and our guests who choose to book directly with us.

This initiative is of special importance to The Vasilicos due to our special relationship with the Benaki Museum, which exhibited part of our art collection in 2006.

2022 Roderick Beaton
We were especially proud to welcome Roderick Beaton as the first guest of this collaboration. Roderick Beaton is one of the most eminent specialists in Greek history, and we find it extremely fitting that our collaboration with the Benaki Museum started with this invitation. As our guests will know, his latest book, The Greek Revolution of 1821 and its Global Significance, published by Aiοra books, forms part of our Greek-themed The Vasilicos X Atlantis Books capsule library in your room and sits alongside Mani and Roumeli, two of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor’s most well-known travel books.
Link to Roderick Beaton’s lecture “British Philhellenism from Lord Byron to Patrick Leigh Fermor” (Greek only)

 

Little thank you presents for booking directly with us*:

  • Complimentary welcome and farewell transfers from/to port/airport
  • A complimentary wine tasting at our sister winery Vassaltis Vineyards
  • Early check-in (subject to availability)
  • Free late check-out  (subject to availability)
  • Greater flexibility with reservation modifications (standard rate only)

*applicable for stays over 2 nights

Direct bookings help us finance our project A Tale of Two Houses, which supports the Honorary Hospitality Programme run by the Benaki Museum at the legendary Leigh Fermor House in Kardamyli.