One of the National Trust places that we visited in Devon was Greenway - summer home of Agatha Christie, and then main residence for her daughter and family. A fabulous place to visit.The house stands proudly on the banks of the river Dart. I think the grandson of Agatha Christie still lives on the estate. The setting is perfect, but the interior of the house is just amazing. My son laughed at me all way through the house (in fact all way through the holiday for one thing or another!) as I kept saying in every room "I bet she was a Virgo" - turns out her birthday was the 15th September so I was right! I just felt so at home amongst all her clutter - and believe me she had plenty - she never threw anything away (who does that sound like?). Nothing in the house has been brought in - everything was already there. As with most places these days, photographs are not permitted inside the property, so I cannot show you the fabulous frieze that was painted by a U.S. Naval Officer around the walls of the library when the Navy were housed here during the war, and which the family kept. Its stunning. I loved the way that Agatha had books and reading matter all over the house - in every room. I believe that you can stay in the house in the flat at the top of the house (as a National Trust self catering property), but I would have loved to have been Agatha's house guest. Everything in her home so beautiful, and used. Her tea cups with the butterfly handles were a favourite. I hadn't realised that you could book ahead for lunch in her kitchen - I'll remember this for next time.
The NT are trying to encourage visitors to think of "Green ways" that you can visit this property, so they have laid on ferry's from Dartmouth and Totnes, and you can catch this great little vintage bus from Torquay.
The gardens are gorgeous - but very steep in places as the banks of the Dart are exceptionally steep. Everyone was surprised to see a Swimming Pool!
You get lovely views across to the pretty little village of Dittisham (more later).
We spotted this enormous grasshopper!
I think this is a Tulip Tree (Michela will correct me if I'm wrong!). The smells around the garden were delightful. Some of the NT volunteers were stripping a tree of its enormous berries. They looked like giant Blackberries, but we were told that they were Mullberry's from the Mullberry tree. They let us taste some and I can honestly say that they were the juiciest, fruitiest berries I have ever tasted. Time to bring back the Mullberry me thinks!
I loved the colour combination of these Dahlias and took a photo so that I might remember to plant some next year.
Being National Trust - of course the tea rooms were excellent. This is what happens when you send hubby for cream teas for 3!!! And the young man doesn't even like tea!
If you get chance, do visit Greenway - I know you would love it.
I'll show you the other NT property we visited next. It was from the same era, but totally different - equally wonderful though.