Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Torquay and Agatha Christie, part 2

On our second day in Torquay we submerged ourselves in Agatha Christie.  We parked in Paignton to board the steam train to Greenway Halt to visit Greenway House, Christie's holiday home, and now a National Trust property, thanks to her grandson Mathew Prichard.

I LOVE to travel by train, especially steam train though I haven't been on one since I was a young girl.  It has been one of my "things to do" for a couple of years now, and I was so excited to take this journey.  And yay, the train (and ferry they also run) is dog-friendly, it cost a whole £1 for Dusty's ticket :)

Because we were stopping at Greenway Halt which is a "request stop" we had to sit in specific carriages, and we had one all to ourselves.  It was so lovely and felt like stepping back in time sitting in this carriage

Greenway Halt is the tiniest platform, but keeps up the Christie link as you can see from the photo, with body outlines, a "scalp" (ick) and an old milk churn

We had a 20-30 minute walk from the "station" to the house, and it was pouring down with rain, but we didn't care, and when we arrived we huddled under the canopies in the courtyard for a delicious afternoon tea :D

Another way to get to Greenway is by the 1950's bus, which was parked up just waiting for a photo!

We took it in turns to go into the house as Dusty wasn't allowed in the house itself.  Photos aren't allowed inside, but I can tell you that the house itself is fabulous.  It's been left as it was when the family were there, all their own furniture, pictures, even some of Agatha's and her daughter Rosalind's wardrobe.  It was amazing to immerse myself into her life and I really did feel like I stepped back in time.

We also took a walk around the fantastic gardens, which include the Battery below

and the infamous Boat House - this is the Boat House from "Dead Man's Folly" and one of the docents I had a long chat with told me that later this year David Suchet (aka Poirot) will be filming Dead Man's Folly at the Boat House!  How exciting is that!

It was an awesome day and although we were tired and soaked through we had another train trip to enjoy, Dusty loved the train and even fell fast asleep on the journey home.

It was a great couple of days, and for an Agatha Christie fan, a true delight! x

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