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Greenway

  • Greenway Road, Galmpton, near Brixham (and Dartmouth), Devon TQ5 0ES
  • 01803 842382

Lose yourself for a whole day, exploring the marvels and mysteries of a house that was once the holiday home of one of the world's best-known authors, the enigmatic Agatha Christie. Take your best friend too, because the Greenway house and garden, which Christie thought 'the loveliest place in the world', is as welcoming to dogs as it is to their owners. OK, so four-legged visitors are not actually permitted into the house, but there is a canine crèche just outside, in the shape of a courtyard complete with water bowls and tethering rings, where dogs can wait while owners wander around the building, which is full of archeological artefacts, silver, china and – of course – books.

Outside, amid the woodland and riverside trails, is where any self-respecting hound will want to be anyway – following the scent of all manner of interesting mysteries, like some sort of pooch-shaped Poirot. A gentle one-mile walk around the grounds wends through woodlands and serves up spectacular views over Dartmouth and the river; and for the more energetic, the John Musgrave and Dart Valley trails are nearby.

In the grounds dogs must be kept on leads, but there's plenty to explore. The walled gardens feature a restored peach house and vinery, plus an allotment tended by local school kids, and the battery comes complete with canons. Perhaps most enticing, however, is the Boathouse, scene of the dastardly crime in Dead Man’s Folly (indeed the TV version of this story was recently shot here).