Tuesday, 11 August 2009


The day before we were due to travel back home, we went to visit Agatha Christie's holiday house, Greenway. It is now in the care of the National Trust. We took the ferry from Dartmouth to Greenway. I enjoyed the scenery on the way.

We went past a Picnic Boat

Agatha Christie's Boat House

The floor of the boat, I love the colour

Arriving at Greenway

Past a pretty cottage and up the hill to Greenway House

Here is the side of it

Area where you can have snacks & lunch and do a spot of shopping in the national trust shop

Ice-cream break and writing a few postcards

Plants for sale

Entrance to the shop

For Agatha Christie fans

I like the bags and deck chairs

Display inside the shop

Greenway House

No photos allowed inside! I will leave you to discover it for yourself if you visit the house some day..It is well worth a visit. The inside has been left as it was, Agatha Christie's bedroom still has her clothes in the wardrobe along with some fancy dress outfits for when guests would come to stay for the weekend.

Agatha Christie was an archeologist, she brought back several things from where she went. She was an avid collector and her house is full of antiques.

Inside the boat house (The book, Dead Man's Folly is set here)

Dittisham on the opposite side


Dittisham village

Dittisham post box

Holiday over and it is time to make our way back home.....

Back at home now with with a book on Agatha Christie's life and a National Trust book on Greenway. I have always loved Agatha Christie stories, especially the ones which include Miss Marple & Hercule Poirot but did know much about Agatha Christie herself. Having walked around her house, it made my interest grow even more. I look forward to learning more about her through the book.

Years ago before the house was given to the National Trust, I would go past it by ferry and wished I could look around it. I remembered the house to be white then. My wish finally came true!

For more information on Agatha Christie herself, Greenway, books, events etc... click on the link below.
Agatha Christie

Other sites of interest
BBC DEVON- Restoration
Video around the house (For those of you who live too far away to visit the house, a sneek look around it!)

You can even stay at Greenway for a holiday, just click on the links below
The Lodge
The Apartment

Our car broke down half way through the holiday so no return trip to Totnes or visiting Ashburton! I will have to visit the Snug, Lavender Box & This'n'That on my next visit! We ended up having to stay in the Dartmouth area but luckily as it is a beautiful area, we did not mind too much.

A bientôt!

Isabelle x


Lyn said...

I feel a trip needs to be planned!
We both Love AC and was excited to hear the National Trust had got it's hands on Greenway, just have to work out how to get Hubby to Devon! Thanks for the photos.

Lemondrop Marie said...

Just beautiful! I feel as if I was able to go on a small trip today reading this post. Lovely,

Floss said...

What a lovely holiday - thanks for such a great account. I lived in Devon for years in my teens, and read all the AC books, but never got to see her house. Recently I picked up a large selection of them (in English) in my local French charity shop - you have inspired me to read another one now!

Cida Crochêt said...

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Hen said...

Hello Isabelle,
We've very much enjoyed reading about your break in Devon, looks like you had a lovely time. The other half was most interested in the photo of Kingsbridge station and said rather uncomplimentary things about Paignton. How funny when your email then came through all about it, he feels just the same!
I'd love to visit Agatha Christie's house, too.
Hen xxx

blushing rose said...

What a lovely tour ... TY for sharing. We'll have to visit this one day, looks very interesting. TTFN ~Marydon

Lululiz said...

I am a great fan of Agatha Christie, so I really enjoyed the virtual visit to her home, thank you so much!

Katie said...

Hello! Great post! I'm a big Agatha Christie fan too and loved Greenway when we went a few months ago. Have you ever stayed at Burgh Island? It's where Agatha wrote some of her books, including 'Evil Under the Sun'...such a fabulous place (you'd love it, I'm sure)! Katie x

KC'sCourt! said...

More lovely memories for me and in one of the photographs you can just about see the roof-top of my parents old house.

Maison Douce said...

What a wonderful trip!!! Thank you for taking us along with you!

Flower Girl said...

Hello Isabelle, Greenway looks lovely - I'm going to take the video tour around the house! Rebecca x

celiajuno said...

I love Agatha Christie. I did not know she was an archeologist, how fascinating. I need to plan another trip to England with my mom (who is also a fan) so we can visit here. It is so beautiful.

Lisa said...

A must see for any AC fan, the house looks beautiful and in such a pretty spot too.
Lisa x

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

I just caught up on your last post too. TOOOOO much I could comment on....but I'd be writing you a small book. SOOOO lovely there and to see the architecture and the gardens is just like a postcard.
Thank you for entering my giveaway and for your sweet and thoughtful comments. They mean so much coming from you.

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

What a lovely post, Isabelle! And thanks for your comments - I do hope you manage to get to Dairy House soon!

Sue x

Sal said...

What a fantastic post! (Shame about your car though!)
Glad you had a good holiday ;-)

Clare said...

Sounds and looks like you had a lovely time.

Anonymous said...

It's all lovely, I feel like I've been out for the day. I wouldn't mind owning one of those picnic boats.

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Thanks for the wonderful trip!
I felt that I was right in Devon, too!
What a beautiful place to visit!
Hope I will one day!
Debbie Moss

bex said...

ohhh, i like dead mans folly, i would love to go visit the house...and i agree, the bags look fab

Les Cotrions said...

Thanks for the trip Isabelle! I love Agatha Christie's work! I'm fond of crimes and murders...only in the fiction of course!
Big hugs

sarah-jane down the lane said...

Hi Isabelle, I have just had a bumper time catching up on your Devon Bliss parts 1 and 2. We are freshly home from Cornwall and would you believe we had car trouble too! yours isn't a landrover by any chance is it?

I loved all your piccies, my Granny is Cornish but now resides in Devon as does my SIL and her gorgeous 3 girls in Thurlestone. It was like a lovely little peak into what they are all looking at too!
Love Sarah x

Fabulously french said...


I really enjoyed reading about your holiday as it takes me back to when I lived in the UK and used to holiday in Devon and Cornwall.

Leeann x

LiLi M. said...

You made such a great trip to Devon! I love your photos, but I'm glad you are back again to tell us all about your Devon bliss! I think the UK is a marvellous land to take a vacation, but we haven't done that in ages as the currency rate of the pound was sooo high. But reading and seeing your impressions I did take a little vacation over there, thanks and welcome back!

THIS'N'THAT said...

Hi, So glad that you enjoyed our corner of Devon! The wonderful thing about Greenway is that you can hire a wing of the house for house parties and even arrange to have drinks in the library!!
Something to dream of:)
Lesley X

Gingerbread said...

Oh I have enjoyed your post thank you for sharing your pictures, lovely. best wishes Julie.C

Mary Poppins said...

What a wonderful and special journey I feel I have been on, thank you so much for sharing and what lovely photography :)

By the way you have won my little giveaway, congratulations :)