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Discover Agatha Christie’s Summer Retreat at Greenway

Owned by legendary author Agatha Christie, the Greenway Estate on the banks of the River Dart provides a beautiful summer home, extensive gardens and scenic woodland walks to explore. Both the house interiors and expansive grounds capture all the magic and romance of an era.

Wandering around Christie’s furnishings and collections amidst colourful gardens, it’s easy to imagine Greenway as a peaceful writer’s retreat. Here’s all you need to know to step back in time during a visit to this National Trust gem.

Agatha Christie

Getting There

Greenway Estate is located just outside of Galmpton village in South Devon, not far from the bustling harbour town of Dartmouth. The Estate sits just off the A379 between Dartmouth and Totnes.

By Car

Driving to Greenway Estate is the easiest option. Simply follow the A379 and brown National Trust signs towards Galmpton. Free parking requires pre-booking at all times.

Alternatively, steam in via the vintage Greenway Ferry from Dartmouth.

Opening Times

The house and gardens are open mid-March to October:

  • Wednesday – Sunday 10:30am – 5pm
  • Also Mondays in August

Gardens-only tickets are available on certain dates in winter. Check the website calendar for variations.

Entry Prices Admission prices are:

  • Adult £15.50
  • Child £7.75
  • Family £39
  • National Trust Members Free

Annual membership is worthwhile for unlimited visits.

The House Interiors

Wander through the house to appreciate how the Christie family used the light and airy rooms:

  • Drawing room – Elegant curving bay windows frame views over the gardens.
  • Library – Where Christie studied naval charts plotting story settings.
  • Bedrooms – Sleeping quarters display period clothing and furnishings.
  • Kitchen – Packed with gadgets and appliances from the era
  • Dining room – Hosted intimate family meals and lavish dinner parties.

Displays provide background on the Christie family members and eras. You may recognise elements that inspired scenes in her books!

Greenway dining room

The Gardens

The Greenway gardens are equally as idyllic. Highlights include:

  • Green lawns – Pristine lawn terraces for games and picnics.
  • Walled gardens – Geometric beds bursting with blooms and espaliered fruit trees.
  • Woodland walks – Mossy pathways under shady tree canopies.
  • River views – Panoramic views over the glistening River Dart.

There are countless scenic spots to relax and soak up the atmosphere just as the Christie family did.

Estate Walks

Meandering wooded trails allow you to explore more of the wider estate:

  • Ferry Pier – Arrive from Dartmouth via the hand-pulled Greenway Ferry.
  • Riverside Path – Walk along the River Dart from Greenway Quay into Galmpton.
  • Self drive boats boatsHire a boat from Dittisham and view Greenway from the water.

There are several walking routes linking Greenway with neighbouring estates and villages to extend your explore.

Greenway path

Refreshments and Facilities

Greenway House

The Barn Café provides a charming spot for Devon cream teas, light lunches and home baked treats. Picnic areas dotted around the grounds offer scenic DIY dining.

Facilities include a shop, plant nursery, toilets and baby changing. Well behaved dogs on leads ae welcome.

Contact Greenway regarding accessibility requirements.

Making a Day of It

Between exploring the house, gardens, trails and activities you’ll want to allow at least half a day, ideally longer, to see it at an unhurried pace. The Greenway Ferry from Dartmouth is a fun way to start or end your visit.

With its literary legacy, varied gardens and soothing atmosphere, Greenway delivers a vintage English experience to delight all ages.

greenway sign

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed at Greenway? – Dogs are not allowed in the house, but are allowed in the grounds as long as they remain on a lead

Is Greenway wheelchair and push chair friendly? – Yes, plently of space to move around and the areas of the house which can be viewed are all on one level. There are some cobbled areas to watch out for.

What are the best Agatha Christie books to read? – This is very much a matter of personal choice, but Agatha Christie herself said that her favourites were “And Then There Were None“, “Murder on the Orient Express“, “The Mysterious Affair at Styles“, “The Murder at the Vicarage” and “Crooked House“.

Places to visit nearby

  • Torre Abbey is a historic building and art gallery located in Torquay, featuring beautiful gardens, art exhibitions, and a fascinating history dating back to the 12th century
  • Kents Cavern is one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe, offering guided tours through spectacular underground chambers and passages, showcasing evidence of ancient human occupation and Ice Age animals
  • Paignton Pier is a traditional seaside pier with various attractions, including amusement arcades, rides, and stunning views of the coastline, making it a popular destination for families and visitors of all ages
  • Dartmouth Steam Railway offers a scenic journey through the picturesque South Devon countryside, providing a nostalgic steam train experience from Paignton to Kingswear, with stunning views of the River Dart
  • Dartmouth Castle is a well-preserved fortress with panoramic views of the Dart Estuary, offering a glimpse into the region’s maritime history and providing a picturesque setting for exploration and relaxation
  • Princess Pier and Gardens in Torquay offer a tranquil seaside retreat with beautiful gardens, stunning views, and a relaxing atmosphere, providing an ideal spot for leisurely strolls and enjoying the coastal scenery.

You can find out more about other National Trust places in Devon here.

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