crack the case and sleuth it up in agatha christie’s diggs

February 20th, 2009

Photo courtesy of ©NTPL/Nadia Mackenzie

Where did the Queen of Crime choose to go on holiday?  Mystery solved: to the Devon countryside and her home Greenway, newly renovated and open to the public for the first time to view or even to stay.  Plan a murder mystery weekend and rent “The Apartment” – the second and third floors of the crime writer’s haven – which accommodates a party of ten, sans any disappearances! 

Rates for one week start at $2,335 this spring (which equates to just $233 per person for an entire week).

Through The Royal Oak Foundation, American visitors can book Agatha Christie’s house or one of the National Trust’s other 360 very affordable Holiday Cottages in an authentically Anglo setting and become part of country life (i.e., having a jolly time at the village pub).  One may choose from the Cornish coast to the Yorkshire dales, including ten new homes.  Adding to the experience, many of the cottages had previous lives as former sporting grandstands, water towers, and lighthouse cottages.

The Trust’s 2009 Holiday Cottages, a 201-page, fully-illustrated book describing in detail each residence and its special qualities and surrounding locale, is available in the U.S. exclusively from The Royal Oak Foundation.  The cost is $12 with shipping but, while supplies last, is FREE upon request with new Royal Oak membership (mention code cottages09 to redeem when signing up) – just $55.  Plus, staying in these cottages directly supports the continuing conservation of the Trust’s properties – truly a feel-good vacation! 

Call (212) 480-2889 the Royal Oak Foundation to become a member and secure a free catalogue or visit their website:

The Apartment is the top two floors of Christie’s home; the rest of the renovated house is also on view for the first time to the public and is one of over 300 historic houses and gardens protected by the National Trust.  Royal Oak membership grants free access to Greenway and all other Trust properties.

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