It was first mentioned in 1493 as "Greynway", the crossing point of the Dart to Dittisham. In the late 16th century a Tudor mansion called Greenway Court was built by the Gilbert family. Greenway was the birthplace of Humphrey Gilbert. Humphrey Gilbert was the half-brother of Sir Walter Raleigh (they had the same mother, Catherine Champernowne), and cousin of Sir Richard Grenville. Adventurer, explorer, member of parliament, and soldier, he served during the reign of Queen Elizabeth and was a pioneer of the English colonial empire in North America and the Plantations of Ireland. The present Georgian house was probably built in the late 18th century by Roope Harris Roope and extended by subsequent owners. The gardens may have been remodelled by landscape gardener Humphry Repton.
Greenway was bought by Agatha Christie and her husband Max Mallowan in 1938. The house was occupied by Christie and Mallowan until their deaths in 1976 and 1978 respectively, and featured, under various guises, in several of Christie's novels. In 'Five Little Pigs' (1942) the main house, the foot path leading from the main house to the battery overlooking the river Dart and the battery itself (where the murder occurs) are described in detail since the movements of the novel's protagonist at these locations are integral to the plot and the denouement of the murderer. In 'Towards Zero' (1944) the location of the estate opposite the village of Dittisham, divided from each other by the river Dart, plays an important part for the alibi and a nightly swim for one of the suspects. In 'Dead Man's Folly' (1956) the boat house of Greenway Estate is described as the spot where the first victim is discovered, and the nearby ferry landing serves as the place where the second real murder victim is dragged into the water for death by drowning. Other places described are the greenhouse and the tennis court, where Mrs. Oliver placed real clues and red herrings for the "murder hunt". The lodge of Greenway Estate serves as the home of Amy Folliat, the former owner of Nasse House. Christie's daughter Rosalind Hicks and her husband Anthony lived in the house from 1968, until Rosalind's death in 2004.
Designated parking for disabled visitors. Buggy provides transport to visitor reception. Parking must be pre-booked. Quay car available to transport to and from Greenway quay. Unfortunately they cannot transport children under 12 in the quay car as they do not have height appropriate booster seats. Adapted toilets next to visitor reception, next to the shop, opposite the house and in the house (for diners only). Separate level access to house; please ask someone in visitor reception upon arrival for assistance. Ground floor of house is accessible, there are interactives (touch screens), a virtual tour and a handling collection. Braille and large print guides available Grounds are partly accessible, steep slopes, narrow paths. Map of accessible route available. Limited access for powered mobility vehicles. Manual wheelchair can be loaned. There is an Induction loop.
Location : Greenway Road, Galmpton, near Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0ES
Transport: Paignton (National Rail) then bus or steam train to Greenway Halt. Bus Routes : Shuttle bus from Greenway Halt to Greenway. Ferry : to Greenway Quay then shuttle.
Opening Times : Daily 10:30 - 17:00.
Tickets : Adults £10.30; Children £5.10
Tel: 01803 842382