Thursday, March 14, 2019

Agatha Christie's Holiday Home, Greenway



Do you like Agatha Christie novels?  Do you enjoy her famous writings of mystery and intrigue of Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple?  If you do, you may want to visit with us today as we drive to her holiday home, Greenway, located in Torquay, Devon, England.  We have our parking place reserved and are excited to share this beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie and her family.  Come along with us as we travel to Greenway.



Greenway is tucked in an area that is charming and residential.  The home is set in a lovely location by the Dart estuary. 


Today we are traveling by car, but you can come to Greenway by steam train or ferry.  Wouldn't that be fun?


We have our Royal Oak cards and are welcome to tour.  I've mentioned before how wonderful Royal Oak membership is if you are a US citizen and wish to tour National Trust sites!


The view toward the Dart estuary is so peaceful and serene.  I can see why Agatha Christie loved this property.  We can have a seat in one of their chairs for a while or we can go inside. 


Let's go inside.


Agatha Christie was known by her married name, Mrs. Mallowan, locally.  She wanted this place to be a retreat for her and her family away from public eye.

"One day we saw that a house was for sale that I had known when I was young...So we went over to Greenway, and very beautiful the house and grounds were.  A white Georgian house of 1780 or 90, with woods sweeping down to the Dart below, and a lot of fine shrubs and trees-an ideal house, a dream house."  Agatha Christie


Stepping inside one can clearly see opulence, but a coziness that is very lovely.


Agatha and her second husband, Max Mallowan, made changes to the home to make it their own.  They were collectors of many items including archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china, and books.






 Agatha Christie is known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short stories revolving around Hercule Poirot.  She also wrote romance novels under the pen name of Mary Westmacott. 




Dead Man's Folly was filmed here at Greenway.


The views out the windows are stunning. It's no wonder her family loved coming here for holidays.  Her daughter, Rosalind and her husband moved into Greenway after the death of Agatha and her husband Max in 1976.  Rosalind and her husband made their home here until they gave Greenway to The National Trust in 2000.  They continued to live here until their passing in 2004 and 2005. 


There is an interesting mural painting in the library.  It was painted by an American Coast Guardsman, Lt Marshall Lee when the home was occupied during WWII in preparations for D-Day.   Agatha thought it to be a fitting memorial and kept the mural when she returned to Greenway after the war when the home was decommissioned on Christmas Day, 1945.



The Dining Room was quite lovely with its curved wall.



The bedrooms upstairs were interesting with items from the 1950's.



Greenway is a lovely estate full of Agatha Christie's mementos.  How wonderful that her family has left it for posterity to get a glimpse into her life as Mrs. Mallowan. 


Thank you for coming along with us.  As we were leaving I had to take this photo. 


I love how the British take good care of their pets, even when traveling.