The Benaki museum have provided an update on Paddy’s house. You can visit the webpage on their website. The highlights are as follows:
– the Benaki Museum has applied for the necessary permits to the Greek State (Structuring Service – Municipality of Kalamata) and is waiting for their issuing so that the works can start.
– the informative event planned for November 2016 in London has been rescheduled for early 2017, so that the availability of the speakers of the event is confirmed. The final dates of the event will be announced soon.
– discussions with educational institutions regarding collaboration in the future operation of The Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor Centre are progressing.
– a book in honor of Patrick Leigh Fermor, dedicated to his life and work, is in preparation and will be completed within the first semester of 2017. Another publication on the house in Kardamyli is also scheduled to be published soon.
The scope of the repair works:
According to the study and the proposal of the future and considering that the PLF house can provide ideal accommodation for up to 5 people/couples at a time, minor building interventions will be carried out without altering the form of the house. More specifically, the 5 guestrooms will each include a bedroom, an independent workplace and bathroom. (Basic kitchen equipment will be provided in the guesthouses located outside the main house). This setting ensures that all guests will be offered a large separate living space, perfect for isolation and uninterrupted concentration. Moreover, common spaces will be used as places of assembly and not as workplaces. All spaces created – apart from the basement, which may be considered the least privileged – will include large openings, a view and plenty of light and ventilation.
Apart from the fireplaces in some of the rooms, the house hasn’t had any other form of heating up till now. A heating and cooling system will be installed underground or through the roof, in order to keep the façades intact. The plans also include the full replacement of the electrical, plumbing and sewerage system, as well as the repair of the bathrooms and kitchen. Furthermore, repair and partial replacement of the roofs as well as reconstruction of the hencoop are also planned.
Along with the construction works, the garden shall be thoroughly cleaned, properly pruned and any damaged plants will be replaced. The current form of the garden will not be altered. Members of the Mediterranean Garden Society, who have visited the house, have expressed their interest in helping with the works in the garden.
Visit the Benaki website here.
Some of your followers may be interested in this link to the Benaki Newsletter which I received this week from Zorba’s Travel Agency in Stoupa. The newsletter gives what I believe will be the latest update on Paddy’s place and info that visits will end this month prior to ‘scheduled’ work. Also contains a few nice photos of the property – and a picture of the wording on his gate, a word that I never quite expected to see at the home of one who received so much hospitality!
Here’s the link: goo.gl/LavsZw
Bullshit. Nothing will happen! I wonder how naiv english people are.
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Good to hear that progress is being made. I’m reading ‘Dashing for the Post’ and am wondering which will take longer: Paddy’s struggle to get the land and build the house; or securing the future of the house and opening it as intended.
Sounds promising…but not before time. Hurah!