GREENWAY ESTATE - River Dart, Devon

April 2016

Once described as "The loviest place in the world" by former owner Agatha Christie. The Greenways Estate is nestled away on the bank of the River Dart in Devon. Bought by the Christie family in 1938 the house and gardens have become famous for featuring in several of Christie's literary works. As well as providing the location for the recent final series of David Suchet's Poirot. The garden, landscaped by Humphry Repton in the eighteenth century feels as though it has been designed with the River Dart in mind. As you walk around the grounds all paths eventually lead you to an opening where the river is beautifully framed amongst a sea of native Devonshire plants.

Whilst married to the British archaeologist Max Mallowan Christie travelled the world on various excavations which often influenced not only her literary work but also her love of exotic plants. Greenways exhibits several rare species of flowers including Magnolias and the Camellias originally planted by Christie which you can still find in the walled garden flowering from late February until April. 

 

What strikes you when walking around the grounds on a sunny spring morning is the light at Greenways, the colours of all the plants are so vibrant and textural and the luscious greenery reflects off the vast winding River Dart. There are so many hidden spots and curiosities including a pet cemetary created by Agatha Christie. Greenways does get alot of tourists but somehow even on a busy day you can feel as if you're the only one there. It is a very special place and you leave feeling as if you've left quite possibly "The loviest place in the world".

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