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Greenway house and garden: 'the loveliest place in the world'
Take this extraordinary glimpse into the beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family.
This relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests. The family were great collectors, and the house is filled with archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books.
In the garden don’t miss the large and romantic woodland which drifts down the hillside towards the sparkling Dart estuary. The walled gardens are home to the restored peach house and vinery, as well as an allotment cared for by local school children. A visit to Greenway isn't complete without seeing the Boathouse, scene of the crime in Dead Man’s Folly, and the battery complete with canons.
On busy days there may be timed entry to the house; we'll let you know upon arrival if this is the case.
Step back in time this Christmas as the house is filled with decorations from the 1950s, the café will be serving seasonal treats, and the gardens are the perfect place to walk off that Christmas pudding. Greenway will be open 27-31 December from 11am-4pm for just £5 entry for adults, £2.50 for children, and under 5's and members visit for free.
Nearby Coleton Fishacre is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in the run-up to Christmas, as well as 27-31 December, 11am-4pm.
What happens in winter?
Decorating for Christmas
In late November a festive team of volunteers descended on the house to transform the ground floor with decorations created from evergreen foliage in the garden. Hanging Agatha Christie's, and her family's, collection of Christmas decorations on the tree added the perfect finishing touch.
Putting the house to bed
Once the house is closed the house team begin putting everything to bed for winter. They work from the top to the bottom of the house cleaning, condition reporting and storing everything.
The garden team have big plans for the colder months; they are clearing and replanting many areas, as well as setting up a cut-flower bed. This big project is on top of their normal winter maintenance - the gardeners will have their hands full over the closed season.