Agatha Christie's House


Agatha Christies House Greenway – Torquay

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

- Agatha Christie

If you fancy a bit of culture, and the opportunity to experience the beauty and history of this very special place, then a visit to the National Trust at Greenway is well worth it. It is about a 40 minute drive from The Shaldon Beach Huts, in average traffic. 

The Christie’s time at Greenway was interrupted during the Second World War, when the house was requisitioned and used first to house child evacuees, and then laterly from 1944 to 1945 by the US Coastguard. 

When visiting the house, you can see evidence of the Coastguard's occupation of Greenway in the Library; the frieze was painted by Lieutenant Marshall Lee. After the war, Greenway once again became a holiday home for the Mallowans (Agatha’s maiden name) and the venue for family and friends to gather. 

In 1959 Agatha's daughter, Rosalind Hicks, purchased the house from her mother, and moved in after the deaths of Agatha in 1976 and her husband Max in 1978. Rosalind and her husband lived at Greenway, developing the garden and introducing a collection of rare and tender plants. They decided to give Greenway to the National Trust in 2000, and the garden was opened to the public that year. Rosalind and Anthony Hicks lived at Greenway until their deaths in 2004 and 2005 respectively.