White House Villa Description
The White House is one of the most famous buildings on Corfu and part of the island’s rich cultural heritage. It is the former residence of British authors Gerald and Lawrence Durrell, both of whom lived here with their families in the 1930s.
Gerald Durrell famously wrote My Family and Other Animals at Kalami. His brother Lawrence described the White House “…set like a dice in a rock already venerable with the scars of wind and water” in his book Division upon Greek Ground.
Of the interior he wrote “the rooms look lovely and gracious with their white-washed walls, and the few bright paintings and books. The windows give directly on the sea, so that its perpetual sighing is the rhythm of our work and our sleeping”.
Our many visitors arrive here inspired by his words. They relish the opportunity to live in the property where the author spent some of his most creative years. They love that little has changed about this special place.
Originally, the White House was a single storey property owned by Anastasios Atheneos, the grandfather of the current owner, Tassos. The second floor was added for Lawrence Durrell and his wife.
The ground floor is still the Atheneos family home, while the basement and traditional old fisherman’s hut are now the White House Restaurant.
Rooms on the upper floor where the Durrells lived and wrote can be rented during the summer season. The White House is also available for rent during the winter months and at Christmas and Easter when we provide portable radiators for heating on request.