The Greenway Ball: dance the night away on Saturday 19 September

Ladies and gentlemen, we cordially invite you to celebrate the Queen of Crime’s birthday. Join us on Saturday 19 September, 7pm-midnight.

Tickets are on sale now. Book your place at The Greenway Ball >> 

 

What’s included? 

  • Cocktails and canapés accompanied by live jazz band ‘High Society’
  • Exclusive performance of the Agatha Christie short radio play The Yellow Iris
  • The performance is led by Roy Marsden
  • Live music from 10 piece band ‘Joey The Lips’
  • Two course dinner served in a marquee setting with tables adorned with flowers inspired by The Yellow Iris
  • The Ball raises money for Greenway, Agatha Christie’s beloved holiday home

 

Let us paint the scene… 

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Where shall we go today?

There’s over 200 gardens to explore with the National Trust, that’s a lot of choice. If you’re feeling stuck for somewhere to visit, or want help narrowing the choice use our handy flowchart. Perfect for the indecisive garden lover…

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National Trust spring gardens 2015

Like to know more about what’s on offer during spring 2015 at Glendurgan Garden, Arlington Court, Barrington Court, Stourhead, Godolphin and Greenway?

Visit our guide on these spring gardens.

More time to enjoy the ‘loveliest place in the world’

Agatha Christie called Greenway, her holiday home in South Devon, the ‘loveliest place in the world’ and from this weekend this English Riviera hotspot will be opening its doors for the start of the 2015 season.

As part of work the National Trust is doing to ensure that its places open more often and on similar days across the week wherever you visit, the opening arrangements at Greenway, were reviewed last year and Greenway will now be open to visitors seven days a week until the end of October 2015.

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Increased access to Greenway

Greenway House

As part of work the National Trust is doing to ensure that its places open more often and on similar days across the week wherever you visit, the opening arrangements at Greenway, Agatha Christie’s holiday home in South Devon are under review.

Plans being proposed mean that Greenway would be open to visitors seven days a week during the core season which runs from February to October from 2015.

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Look out for the 3 cornered leek…

Our gardening team at the much loved holiday home of Agatha Christie, Greenway, are currently engaged in a battle to protect the stunning bluebells of this romantic woodland garden from an aggressive weed, threatening its habitat.

Unwelcome and very invasive, the Three Cornered Leek, or Three Cornered Garlic as it is also known, is similar in appearance to a white Bluebell, but with a distinctive smell and a narrow green stripe down the centre of each petal.

Andrew Midgley, Gardens Manager for the National Trust English Riviera says ‘Pretty as they are, the three cornered leeks are a very invasive and just a very unwelcome guest in our gardens. We are trying to contain them through careful management such as strimming.  Although they look very nice at the moment; this is only for a short period of time, after that they revert to their tired looking leaves and strong onion or garlic smell. Greenway’s display of bluebells this year have been praised by visitors as one of the best in the South West.

Greenway is particularly rich in colour at this time of year with a magnificent display of rhododendrons and azaleas coming into flower due to the warm spring weather, it’s a great time to visit’, so when you do keep an eye open for the dastardly 3 cornered leek!

‘the loveliest place in the world’…

Agatha Christie said Greenway, which nestles beautifully on the edge of the River Dart, was ‘the loveliest place in the world’, and although I probably shouldn’t admit it, it’s one of my favourite places to visit.

Our most beloved queen of crime made this typically Georgian house her holiday home from 1938 until 1959, and since being opened to the public for the very first time in 2009, visitors have been able to the view the many personal collections and mementoes of our best-loved mystery writer and her family.

Here is a house that portrays the spirit of a holiday home in its 1950s heyday. Agatha Christie gathered with her family and friends here for long summer days together, often to celebrate a novel just completed for publication.

Agatha Christie’s family gave Greenway to the National Trust in 2000 and for several years visitors were able to enjoy the beautiful woodland garden, with its romantic pathways that lead down to the Dart estuary.  The house however, as the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Rosalind and Anthony Hicks, remained closed to the public for their quiet retirement.  Following their deaths in 2004 and 2005, the house passed to the Trust, along with the generous gift from Agatha Christie’s grandson, Mathew Prichard, of the majority of the contents.

One of the most frequent comments made about Greenway is its ‘informality’, ‘it feels just like they are visiting Agatha and her family, with some coming to visit again and again throughout the season because each time they visit they learn something new either about the house or the history of its infamous family.

Visitors to Greenway are once again strongly encouraged to visit the property via the most scenic route, via ferry from Dartmouth.  During its first year over 55% of visitors reached the property via a green transport way.

In addition to the rooms open to daily visitors, part of the house is available as a holiday apartment, continuing Greenway’s legacy as a holiday retreat, accommodating up to ten.  The holiday apartment can be booked via the National Trust Holiday Cottages Website on www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk

Due to traffic restrictions in the lanes leading to the property all visitors are encouraged to arrive by green ways to Greenway.  However, visitors wishing to arrive by car can do so by prior booking only at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greenway or by telephone 01803 842382 (during normal office hours).

You can also find out more about Greenway at its facebook site and also follow them on twitter.