8 facts about Agatha Christie’s Greenway

17th February 2017

Greenway House and Gardens gives visitors a rare glimpse into the private life of bestselling novelist Agatha Christie. The interior of the house is full of possessions owned by the family, including artefacts brought back from archaeology digs, outfits worn by Agatha Christie, and of course numerous copies of her famous stories.

Managed by the National Trust, Greenway is the perfect place to explore and learn about the Queen of Crime. Find out more about this little slice of paradise with our facts below:

1) One day Agatha Christie saw that Greenway House, a property she had admired whilst growing up in the English Riviera, was up for sale and she couldn’t resist purchasing it as a family holiday home.

2) During the Second World War, Greenway was requisitioned by the US Coastguard for six months. Their time there is remembered by a frieze that one of the coastguards painted on the wall of the library, which depicts all of the places that their flotilla went including Bermuda, Morocco and even Greenway itself.

3) Agatha Christie famously described Greenway as “the loveliest place in the world.”

4) Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie’s grandson, fondly remembers spending evenings in the drawing room at Greenway where Agatha was anxious to test the plausibility and plot of her latest book in front of a live audience. He particularly remembers Agatha reciting A Pocket Full of Rye, a few chapters at a time, encouraging the family to guess the identity of the murderer.

5) Greenway House and Gardens acted as inspiration for a few of Christie’s novels including Dead Man’s Folly and Five Little Pigs.

6) Theatre producer, Peter Saunders, fondly remembers visiting Greenway in his autobiography, quoting Agatha Christie as saying “We do exactly what we like in this house. Most of us play cricket in the morning.”

7) Agatha Christie’s daughter, Rosalind Hicks, donated Greenway to the National Trust. They restored the property in 2005, later opening it to the public in 2009.

8) As part of the final series of ITV’s Agatha Christie’s Poirot, starring David Suchet as Hercule Poirot, Greenway was used as the location to film Dead Man’s Folly.

Discover more about Greenway and plan your visit here.