This relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, when Agatha and her family would spend summers and Christmases here with friends, relaxing by the river, playing croquet and clock golf, and reading her latest mystery to their guests. The family were great collectors, and the house is filled with an important and varied collection of ceramics, Tunbridgeware, silver, and books, including first editions of her novels. It is also home to archaeological artefacts acquired in the Middle East where Agatha accompanied her husband, archaeologist Max Mallowan on excavations. In the library a frieze was painted in 1944 when the house was requisitioned by the US Coastguards as part of the preparations for D-Day.
The Georgian house you see today was built in the late 18th century for a successful sea merchant, but there has been a house on this site for over 400 years. In the 16th century a Tudor mansion called Greenway Court was built for the Gilbert family who were leading soldiers and seafarers, who also received patents to establish colonies in Ireland, Newfoundland and Maine.
In the garden a large and romantic woodland drifts down the hillside towards the Dart estuary. The walled gardens are home to a restored peach house and vinery, as well as an allotment cared for by local school children. A visit to Greenway isn’t complete without seeing the Boathouse, scene of the crime in ‘Dead Man’s Folly’, and the battery complete with cannon.
Dart Valley Trail, Kingswear 3 miles, Dartmouth 6 miles. Greenway walk from Broadsands or Churston station 3½ miles
From Torquay and Paignton follow signs to Brixham, until you reach the village of Churston. Follow brown tourist signs (directing you to Greenway), through the village of Galmpton. Follow Manor Vale Road and continue on to Greenway Road. Follow Greenway Road past the school and out of the village; continue on for approximately two miles until you reach Greenway. Please respect the speed limits in the village and drive with care.
Parking: Parking spaces must be booked in advance. Charges for non-National Trust members: £3 session. Please limit your stay to three hours for the benefit of other visitors. No parking on Greenway Road or in Galmpton village.
Sat Nav: Postcode TQ5 0ES will direct you through Galmpton village and along Greenway road; continue to follow Greenway road until you reach Greenway.
Ferry services running from Easter From Dartmouth (park at Dartmouth park and ride, six hours minimum parking required) call Greenway Ferry Service: 01803 882811. From Dittisham (pay and display parking in The Ham car park, limited spaces in July and August), regular ferry service available every day; ring the bell for service.
Guests staying at Dittisham Hideaway will receive a Complimentary return journey on the Dittisham to Greenway Ferry Service, your voucher will be given to you on arrival, along with a local walking and ferry guide.
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Greenway Road, Galmpton, near Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0ES
Family 1 adult + 2 children £21
International Agatha Christie Festival
8th – 17th September 2023