Greenway

Greenway

Greenway House is the former holiday home of the famous playwright Agatha Christie. It is situated in a beautiful setting of woodland gardens overlooking the River Dart.

Greenway was first mentioned in 1493 as “Greynway”, the crossing point of the Dart to Dittisham. In the 16th Century on the site of the current Greenway there stood a Tudor mansion called Greenway Court built by Otto and Katherine Gilbert, members of a Devon seafaring family.There is discrepancy over who demolished Greenway Court and built the current Greenway House With some suggesting it was Roope Harris Roope who had inherited it in the 18th Century and others who believe it was Elton Edwards who purchased it from Roope for £9000.

Agatha Christie then bought the property in 1938 from the proceeds of her successful writings at the time alongside her second husband Max Mallowan

In her auto biography regarding the purchase of Greenway she said, ” 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”

During the Second World War the house was requisitioned by the US Coastguard.The house was occupied by Flotilla 10 of the U.S. Coast Guard in the preparations for D-Day and returned to Agatha on Christmas Day 1945.

Greenway frequents in a few of Christie’s novels along with its surrounding areas. The boathouse in the grounds particularly is the scene of a murder in her novel Dead Man’s Folly (1956)

The house was occupied by Christie and Mallowan until their deaths in 1976 and 1978 respectively and Christie’s daughter Rosalind Hicks and husband Anthony lived in the house from 1968 until Rosalind’s death in 2004.

Greenway Estate was acquired by the National Trust in 2000