Agatha’s Place

On Saturday we visited crime/mystery writer Agatha Christie’s (1890-1976) River Dart house in Greenway, Devon, not far from the port town of Dartmouth.

One of the biggest-selling writers of all time, her home here is now in the care of the English National Trust. (It is a charity that looks after “old” stuff. LOL!) There are small new buildings constructed on the grounds as an information center/admissions, as well as a cafe and (of course) a gift shop, etc. And there are volunteer guides within the house who seem to know all there is to know about her…

I knew little about Christie’s life before visiting. (For example, she had several homes in mid and later life.) She was here in this one occasionally, as more or less a “holiday” home. It is staged today as it basically was furnished in the 1950s:

The views from around the property from up high, looking down, for instance, on Dartmouth, down the river, are stunning:

Down at the river’s edge, she even had a boathouse, with comfortable chairs and a fire. At this small one room building, small boats could stop. From it she could also watch boats and the river go by:

Inside of the main house, of course, was where she and her family mostly spent their time when here:

As you walk in the front door, you are directed to the left into a small children’s room, in which you cannot miss a portrait of Christie made at age 4 (so, in 1894). She sure looks impatient at being painted… and was therefore painted that way.

Her childhood doll there is – as a couple of my followers on Instagram wrote – a bit scary. LOL!

Her drawing room next door was comfortable, and she obviously loved board games:

That room was also, a guide said, where she first read her latest manuscript aloud to her friends and family.

Her ground floor library fills a room. However, it is tough to know what was in the library that she actually obtained herself, because after she died the family still owned the house. The National Trust was given the house in 2004.

The original part of the two-floor house is Georgian – built long before she was alive. The large and wide staircase demonstrates that. Some of it was added to later, in the Regency era.

At the top of those stairs, is this:

This is her desk in her small office. This is where many a book was at least partly written.

Next to it…

…in a display case added at some point, are all of her books as first editions.

In the bottom center, visible is the script for 2013’s adaption of Dead Man’s Folly (which I think I noticed is autographed by “Poirot” actor David Suchet, although here it is hard to read his signature clearly and I may be confusing it with another autographed item from Suchet elsewhere in the house).

I admit here to you that I had NEVER read an Agatha Christie book, so the required souvenir shop visit got me…

…and, yes, I bought those and took that pic of them in our Devon holiday rental house’s “drawing room,” in which I now write this post – a bio of her life and one of her most famous books, Murder On The Orient Express.

The gift shop at Greenway also…

…stamped them both “Greenway” so I would always know where I bought them.

Naturally while visiting, a selfie in her boathouse…

…down at the river’s edge, and shared to my Instagram Stories, was also required.

Finally, again speaking of Insta, here’s a quick reel I did of the visit, too… accompanied by perhaps familiar music:

Have a good Monday (Ugh!), wherever you are. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Agatha’s Place

  1. A great post, I discovered so many new things. I have always been a Christie fan and hopefully some day will visit her birthplace and homes. To me, everything looks “humble” enough in the house you visited and that doll isn’t scary at all like some of your followers think (there are much scarier 19th century dolls out there!). I have recently visited Rudyard Kipling’s house near Burwash, East Sussex. Now that house had a study! Posh, I thought.

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    1. I’m pleased you found it useful. As a Christie fan, it is well worth a visit if you get a chance. The house – although large, and on lots of acreage – feels like a “family home” and not some grand manor and estate. I found it easy to imagine actually living in it.

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