Since the first days of modern tourism on Corfu, The White House has been at the heart of visitor experiences for young and old alike.
The history, beauty and hospitality of the White House and the Atheneos family has attracted visitors from all over the globe.
It has also attracted the eye of film and TV producers, and the old house continues to enjoy its "time in the sun".
Lawrence Durrell returned to Greece and Corfu to make Spirit of Place in 1976, when he revisited the Greece of his youth (including The White House)
In 1978, the film The Greek Tycoon was filmed in Corfu. Kalami Bay was used as a setting and The White House, now a popular and busy taverna, was visited by the cast and crew.
The James Bond film, For Your
Eyes Only made in 1981, also had scenes filmed in Kalami Bay with The White House in shot in many of the scenes. By now, Giorgos was hiring boats to tourists from his family taverna as his business, based on the beautiful bay, continued to thrive.
CV Villas rented out the White House rooms to tourists who wanted to stay in Lawrence Durrell’s former home.
Gerald's story, "My Family And Other Animals", finally came home to Corfu, when, in 1987, a TV mini-series was made about the enduringly popular book.
Starring Hannah Gordon as Louisa and Brian Blessed as Spiros Amerikanos, it showed off Corfu to an ever-widening fan base.
The BBC made a film of My Family and Other Animals in 2005, produced by Simon Nye. Once again the White House was a popular meeting place for the film's cast and crew.
Many scenes were filmed on the quiet beach next to Kalami Bay called Gialiskari, as by now Kalami was more built up, with several apartments and restaurants along the beach.
In 2012, Nancy Myers' daughter by her second marriage, Joanna Hodgkin, published "Amateurs in Eden", about the marriage of Nancy and Lawrence Durrell.
A welcome biography, that highlighted the voice of Nancy and shared her love of her former home in Kalami.
Joanna stayed at The White House whilst researching the book.
In 2001, Giorgos's son, Tassos, married Daria and a few years later the family business took back management of The White House Villa and Apartments.
Times were fun at the White House!
The restaurant grew in popularity as the link between the Durrell family and the White House “...set like a dice on a rock...” became well known.
The White House, with it’s restaurant and the White House Villa, was (and remains) the only former home of the Durrell family that could be visited by one and all.
Between 2016 and 2019, Durrell-Mania peaked as Simon Nye once again adapted Gerald’s Corfu Trilogy.
Shown in the UK, the USA and many other countries and starring Keely Hawes as Louisa Durrell, it was hugely popular.
This was followed in 2019 by a documentary, partly filmed at The White House called "What The Durrells Did Next".