On Sunday afternoon with the weather looking a bit grey we took a trip to Greenway House. Not our first trip but our National Trust membership gives us the luxury to return as often as we like and takes away the pressure of trying to take in everything in one go; an impossibility here as it is fair to say that Agatha and the rest of her family were great collectors.
Agatha Christie called Greenway 'the loveliest place in the world' and treasured it as a holiday home for her and her family. They filled each room with items dear to them, brought to Greenway from Ashfield, Agatha's childhood home, and their travels and extensive collections.
The contents of the house are as the family left them when they gifted it to National trust, with rooms laid out as they would have been used by the family, so that when walking around you might almost believe that you might bump into one of them and strike up a conversation.
We enjoyed chatting to the knowledgeable guides, and listening to audio recordings of Agatha and her grandson Matthew as we wandered around,, we learned that Agatha would read her new works to her family before going to print challenging them to work out 'whodunnit', that some of her curios became characters in her books, that she didn’t drink alcohol but preferred to drink cream with her meals!
With the day outside still looking ominous we headed home planning to return to explore the extensive gardens and the boathouse on our next trip.