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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.
The gardens are at their very best right now: camellias and daffodils line the driveway, there is a swathe of snowdrops in front of the house and, throughout the gardens, camellias and spring bulbs add cheerful colour. With the trees free of leaves the views over the River Dart are not to be beaten - come and see for yourself when Greenway re-opens on Saturday 8 March.
What happened in winter?
Putting the house to bed
While the house is closed over winter the house team put everything to bed; working from the top to the bottom of the house cleaning, condition reporting and storing everything.
The garden team have been hard at work over the colder months; they have cleared and replanted many areas, as well as setting up a cut-flower bed. This big project was on top of their normal winter maintenance - the gardeners certainly had their hands full over the closed season.