Amateur sleuths can now investigate Greenway House, Agatha Christie’s summer retreat in Devon, England. After two years of restoration, the 18th-century manor house opens to the public for the first time this Saturday, February 28th.
Greenway House looks much as it did during the crime writer’s time there, including the drawing room where she entertained guests with readings from her page-turners. Matthew Pritchard, Christie’s grandson, told the Associated Press he hopes visitors will “feel some of the magic and sense of place that I felt when my family and I spent so much time there in the 1950s and ’60s.”
Christie was born in the seaside town of Torquay, Devon, and the area provided the backdrop for 15 of her novels, including And Then There Were None and Evil Under the Sun. Greenway House inspired the setting for the Hercule Poirot mystery Dead Man’s Folly.
The estate also has 30 acres of wooded and landscaped gardens overlooking the River Dart. Mystery buffs who want to make themselves at home in Christie’s residence can spring for a five-bedroom holiday apartment. The going rate is $3,600 a week in high season. –Shannon McKenna Schmidt