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“Ferry ride”
Review of Greenway

Greenway
Ranked #2 of 46 things to do in Dartmouth
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Take this extraordinary glimpse into the beloved holiday home of the famous and much-loved author Agatha Christie and her family.The relaxed and atmospheric house is set in the 1950s, and contains many of the family's collections, including archaeology, Tunbridgeware, silver, botanical china and books. Outside you can explore the large and romantic woodland garden, with a restored vinery, wild edges and rare plantings, which drifts down the hillside towards the sparkling Dart estuary.
Reviewed April 10, 2013

We arrived by ferry from Dartmouth, straight to the Greenway Quay (£7.50 return). Bit of a haul up from the quay to the house, but I think transport is available for those who can't manage the climb. Interesting house, apparently just as the family left it, so it is a very user friendly house to visit. Nothing cordoned off and no 'do not touch' signs. Lovely views from the rooms and the guides are happy to talk to you about the house and Agatha. Gardens gently cared for, so quite wild. Delightful spring flowers and magnolia. Boathouse and Victorian dip pool are worth the 15 minute walk down. Usual NT shop and pleasant small cafe.

Thank moses_karibu
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Intern at Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2013

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit to us, and that you found the house 'user friendly'. Thank you for your kind review. If you decide to visit us again by ferry there is a Quay car avaliable to drive those unable to do the steep walk to the house.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

I visited Greenway with my husband and 10 year old son, we pre-booked the parking which was easy and is free, you can get here via Dartmouth using the ferry and steam train or you can get on the greenway old fashioned but not sure where you can get on this though. When we arrived we parked up and walked to the house which isn't far and enjoyed the lovely views across the river and the gardens. There is a small cafe and the usual NT shop, we went to the house and were given a warm welcome and some information on the house and Agatha Christie, we then walked around each room, which has been kept the same as when she was there which we thought was good , my son was given a game to play ( he had to spot all the items on the list from each room and tick them off as he went round) which kept him occupied and made him look at all the rooms,someone was playing the piano for awhile music from the old days, after this we went to the battery and boathouse in the grounds, there are some stunning views from both the house and the boathouse we even saw a seal bobbing around, at the boathouse they were playing some Glen Miller music and the staff there told us lots of interesting things ,we explored the gardens which were lovely, you are welcome to picnic in the gardens and we wished we had brought one as it was a beautiful sunny day when we visited. There are paths to walk across fields to reach other destinations but we had run out of time as you have an allotted time in the car park ours was 12.30 until 4.00, we had a lovely day out here and would happily return again as we live about 30 mins away

Thank carolr_9
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Inter at Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2013

Thank you for your complimentary review, it's great to hear that our children's activities are spot on and that you had an enjoyable day. Hopefully we will see you soon for another enjoyable day.

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We arrived at Greenway ( a National trust property) on the steam train from Kingswear 'alighting' at the recently opened Greenway Halt which was great fun, especially as you could still see all the steam billowing out of the Greenway tunnel we passed through. You can walk to the house either through the woodlands or along the road,, which we did, and it was an easy 20 minute stroll.
The house is full of lots of interesting things and the guides were very helpful. On a cold day just sitting in front of the house looking at the estuary was really peaceful and warm. You could spend all day looking around the grounds, visiting the house and the cafe and shop.
Highly recommended.

Thank DeeDeeWorcestershire
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2013

Thank you for your great review - it's fantastic to see that you would highly recommend us! I'm glad you enjoyed your experience on the steam train too!

I hope you can visit again; now that the weather has started to warm up you really can sit and enjoy the gardens and views at your leisure :)

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

We finally got to visit Greenway, we were going to go on Barnaby the vintage bus, but as it was early season we decided to just turn up (yes I know we should have pre-booked the parking) but we took a chance.

On arrival at the gate, we explained to the chap in charge that we hadn't pre-booked parking, and after much teeth sucking and shaking of his head and checking his clipboard (several times) he said he would squeeze us in....we got to a very large car-park which would probably would have held 50+ cars to find there were about 8 cars parked...LOL....glad he squeezed us in.......................Although I guess if it was high season you would need to book.

If you have a problem with mobility, you can get a lift on the Golf buggy that shuttles between the car park and the house. Barnaby we noticed stopped right outside the house. If you arrive by train or ferry, be warned - its quite a hike to the house.

The house itself is absolutely fantastic, there are knowledgeable staff in each room, and a lady was playing a grand piano, which was AC's as she was an excellent concert pianist, but suffered badly from stage fright (something we never knew)...........actually she was one very clever lady as you will discover on your tour...

In each room, were books which gave you lots of additional information, and the dining room, wow........you really could almost see the butler serving dinner.......

The views over the Dart are breathtaking, we were lucky enough to visit on a lovely sunny (if chilly) day...........and you could imagine what relaxing days were to be enjoyed in the gardens surrounding the house....................................a lovely environment, you could imagine the family lounging about on deck chairs outside.

We walked down to the boathouse, which is a bit of a hike over (sometimes) very uneven ground..... It was the usual - easy walking down, but a bit of a trek coming back......but the fantastic plants and views over the river Dart more than made up for it.

There were a few kids there, who were obviously very, very bored and one who just seemed to scream the whole way round, spoiling it a bit.................

This is not a place to take kids, they'll be really fed up after 5 minutes.

You're not allowed to take photographs in the actual house, but we took loads outside and in the grounds.

We then went back to the car park, which was splitting apart at the seams - with at least 10 cars parked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A lovely couple of hours..............
Highly recommended!!

Thank dartgirl81
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

A small group of us visited Greenway on Saturday afternoon - travelling there and back to Torquay by vintage bus. The house has a wonderful setting overlooking the River Dart. Inside the house was fascinating and still very much like private home. The guides provided wonderful insights and were very knowledgeable. It was lovely too to see photos of the family including recent ones of her descendants. My only regret that we did not have time to explore the equally impressive grounds on such a wonderfully sunny day.

Thank Janed44
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NTEnglishRiviera, Marketing and Communications Officer at Greenway, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2013

Glad to see that you enjoyed your visit to Greenway, and that the volunteer guides added to your experience! I hope you can come back and visit again, the gardens really are worth exploring - especially on a sunny day when you can sit in a deckchair and soak up the views.

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