Fun house facts
The drawing room
Furnished with items from Agatha’s childhood home of Ashfield, Torquay, the drawing room was where the family gathered in the evenings for music, games and first readings of new manuscripts. It was added on to the building in 1815 along with the dining room, which makes it the newest part of the house.
The Steinway piano
Made in the 1980s this mobile phone was used by Anthony Hicks when working in the gardens.
It had one hour of battery life and weighs 3.5kg. It was the second ‘mobile’ phone made.
Much the same as when Agatha had it, with an oil-fueled Aga and serving lunches for visitors.
Five generations of Agatha’s family collected over 11,000 objects now in the house.
Home to the gong from 'The Second Gong'; the second strike provided the vital clue.
Find out all about Agatha and Max's time on archaeological digs.
Technically graffiti, the frieze was painted by Lieutenant Marshall Lee of the US Coastguard during the Second World War. The images depict the journey of the flotilla, starting to the left of the chimney breast and going clockwise around the room.
Lobster ice cream dish
Lobster was one of Agatha’s favourite dishes, which was served at her 80th birthday party, as well as blackcurrant ice cream. The full menu for the party can be found in the dining room scrap book.