Agatha Christie (known locally by her married name Mrs Mallowan) spent many happy years at Greenway, her beloved holiday home. She and her family would retreat here once her latest book was complete, to enjoy each other's company in the relaxed surroundings. Find out about her time here, and watch the video for a virtual tour of the house.
Young life of Agatha Christie
Greenway: a dream house
" One day we saw that a house was up 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 about 1780 or 90, with woods sweeping down to the Dart below, and a lot of fine shrubs and trees - the ideal house, a dream house."
Making themselves at home
Their time at Greenway was interrupted by the Second World War, when the house was requisitioned and used first to house child evacuees, and then from 1944 to 1945 by the U.S. Coast Guard. You can see evidence of the Coast Guard's occupation of Greenway in the Library; the frieze was painted by Lieutenant Marshall Lee. After the war, Greenway once again became a holiday home for the Mallowans and the venue for family and friends to gather.
In 1959 Agatha's daughter, Rosalind Hicks, purchased the house from her mother, and moved in after the deaths of Agatha in 1976 and Max in 1978. Rosalind and her husband lived at Greenway, developing the garden and introducing a collection of rare and tender plants. They decided to give Greenway to the National Trust in 2000, and the garden was opened to the public that year. Rosalind and Anthony Hicks lived at Greenway until their deaths in 2004 and 2005.