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Final two places for the Oldie's trip to Patrick Leigh Fermor's enchanting Greek house

Blog | By The Old Un | Jun 08, 2021

Picture by Demetres Papademos

In 1996, Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor bequeathed the beautiful house they built in the 1960s to the Benaki Museum. It has recently been restored, and our group of 10 readers will be one of the first groups to stay there. Dominic Green, a former president of the Patrick Leigh Fermor Society, will be our ‘expert’ but we have also hired Ruth Hackney, who lives locally. The house is right on the sea and there are plenty of terraces to which people can escape. This is an extraordinary opportunity to have the house to ourselves and to be able to tour the area with such expertise.. Have a look at https://www.ariahotels.gr/en/pages/house_patrick_joan_leigh_fermor.

Saturday 18th September 2021 - arrival

Depart Heathrow on BA flight at 1400; arrive Kalamata at 19:50 (two-hour time difference)

Dinner at PLF house.

Sunday 19th September - Kardamyli and the villa

A morning tour of the medieval village Kardamyli followed by lunch in the village; free afternoon to relax and enjoy the villa.

Dinner at PLF House

Monday 20th September - Upper Mani walking tour

Easy walk around Kendro, as described by PLF in Mani, followed by lunch in a mountain village. Free afternoon. Dinner in Kardamyli.

Tuesday 21st September - Messinia, Methoni and Pylos Bay

Tour of the battlefield of Messinia ; tour of Pylos Bay, after lunch in Methoni. Dinner at PLF House

Wednesday 22nd September - The West Coast of the Mani

Areopolis, Tigane (the salt pan in Mani), Gerolimenas (lunch where PLF stays in Mani).

Dinner at PLF House

Thursday 23rd September - Back to Blighty

BA Flight Depart Kalamata 17:55 arrive Heathrow 19:35

The last two tickets for a couple cost £4900 for the pair. Please email editorial@theoldie.co.uk for further information