Agatha Christie’s Grade II listed Winterbrook House is for sale for £2.75m

The much-loved former home of crime writer Agatha Christie has gone on the market for £2.75million. 

Winterbrook House in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, was the home of wordsmith Christie and her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan for more than 40 years.

The beautiful, Grade-II listed property was the birthplace of her acclaimed British murder mysteries Death on the Nile, The Body in the Library and Miss Marple favourite 4.50 from Paddington.    

And the five-bedroom house would be a dream home for anyone looking to follow in the legendary author’s footsteps – as it still features the library Christie penned many of her novels within. 

Christie bought the Queen Anne property in 1934 after she spotted an advertisement in a local newspaper. She quickly went to view the home with her second husband Mallowan, and immediately signed on the dotted line.

The couple lived at the 18th century home, said to be the model for Miss Marple’s Danemead Cottage, until Christie died from natural causes in 1976. She is buried in the nearby St Mary’s churchyard in Cholsey.

Winterbrook House in Wallingford, Oxfordshire (above), was the home of wordsmith Agatha Christie and her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan for more than 40 years

Winterbrook House in Wallingford, Oxfordshire (above), was the home of wordsmith Agatha Christie and her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan for more than 40 years

Winterbrook House in Wallingford, Oxfordshire (above), was the home of wordsmith Agatha Christie and her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan for more than 40 years

The beautiful, Grade-II listed property was the birthplace of her acclaimed British murder mysteries Death on the Nile, The Body in the Library and Miss Marple favourite 4.50 from Paddington. Pictured: A sitting room inside the home

The beautiful, Grade-II listed property was the birthplace of her acclaimed British murder mysteries Death on the Nile, The Body in the Library and Miss Marple favourite 4.50 from Paddington. Pictured: A sitting room inside the home

The beautiful, Grade-II listed property was the birthplace of her acclaimed British murder mysteries Death on the Nile, The Body in the Library and Miss Marple favourite 4.50 from Paddington. Pictured: A sitting room inside the home

Christie bought the Queen Anne property in 1934 after she spotted an advertisement for Winterbrook in a local newspaper. Pictured: One of three bathrooms

Christie bought the Queen Anne property in 1934 after she spotted an advertisement for Winterbrook in a local newspaper. Pictured: One of three bathrooms

Christie bought the Queen Anne property in 1934 after she spotted an advertisement for Winterbrook in a local newspaper. Pictured: One of three bathrooms

Christie, who was known locally as Mrs Mallowan, wrote in her autobiography that she and Max were very happy at Winterbrook

Christie, who was known locally as Mrs Mallowan, wrote in her autobiography that she and Max were very happy at Winterbrook

Christie, who was known locally as Mrs Mallowan, wrote in her autobiography that she and Max were very happy at Winterbrook

Pictured: Christie seen with her second husband Max Mallowan, who she shared Winterbrook with until her death in 1976

Pictured: Christie seen with her second husband Max Mallowan, who she shared Winterbrook with until her death in 1976

Pictured: Christie seen with her second husband Max Mallowan, who she shared Winterbrook with until her death in 1976

Christie, who was known locally as Mrs Mallowan, wrote in her autobiography that she and Max were very happy at Winterbrook, and there is an English Heritage blue plaque near the door to commemorate her residence.   

The home was purchased by solicitor Gregor Kleinknecht and his family 20 years ago, who weren’t aware of the connection to Christie when they bought it. The family are now looking to downsize. 

Winterbrook has more than 4,000 sq ft of living space with a kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, drawing room, library, study, five bedrooms, including the master which has an en suite bathroom and a dressing room, and two more bathrooms.

There is also an attached one bedroom cottage, which can be accessed externally or from the main house, a detached bothy with a stable and room above and a triple bay car port. 

The couple lived at the 18th century home, said to be the model for Miss Marple's Danemead Cottage, until Christie died inside the property in 1976. She is buried in the nearby St Mary's churchyard in Cholsey. Pictured: A sitting room

The couple lived at the 18th century home, said to be the model for Miss Marple's Danemead Cottage, until Christie died inside the property in 1976. She is buried in the nearby St Mary's churchyard in Cholsey. Pictured: A sitting room

The couple lived at the 18th century home, said to be the model for Miss Marple’s Danemead Cottage, until Christie died inside the property in 1976. She is buried in the nearby St Mary’s churchyard in Cholsey. Pictured: A sitting room

The property has five bedrooms (one seen above) alongside another in a cottage nestled in the grounds of Winterbrook

The property has five bedrooms (one seen above) alongside another in a cottage nestled in the grounds of Winterbrook

The property has five bedrooms (one seen above) alongside another in a cottage nestled in the grounds of Winterbrook

Winterbrook has more than 4,000 sq ft of living space with a kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, drawing room, library, study, five bedrooms, including the master which has an en suite bathroom and a dressing room, and two more bathrooms

Winterbrook has more than 4,000 sq ft of living space with a kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, drawing room, library, study, five bedrooms, including the master which has an en suite bathroom and a dressing room, and two more bathrooms

Winterbrook has more than 4,000 sq ft of living space with a kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, drawing room, library, study, five bedrooms, including the master which has an en suite bathroom and a dressing room, and two more bathrooms

The Grade-II listed home is nestled within five acres of garden which neighbours the River Thames, with the possibility of installing a pontoon mooring subject to planning

The Grade-II listed home is nestled within five acres of garden which neighbours the River Thames, with the possibility of installing a pontoon mooring subject to planning

The Grade-II listed home is nestled within five acres of garden which neighbours the River Thames, with the possibility of installing a pontoon mooring subject to planning

Pictured: A fireplace inside the property

Pictured: A fireplace inside the property

Pictured: A hallway at Winterbrook

Pictured: A hallway at Winterbrook

Features inside the impressive property include stone fireplaces (left) and arched entryways (right) to spacious rooms

It is nestled within five acres of garden which neighbours the River Thames, with the possibility of installing a pontoon mooring subject to planning.   

The property is now on the market with Savills for £2.75million.

Estate agent Stephen Christie-Miller said: ‘It’s a beautiful setting. The land goes down to the river and you could put a mooring in if you want, subject to planning consent, it’s got quite a bit of frontage.

‘It feels like a country house but you can walk to Waitrose in ten minutes and have access to all that Wallingford has to offer.

The extensive gardens of the property have neatly trimmed hedgerows and neighbour the River Thames

The extensive gardens of the property have neatly trimmed hedgerows and neighbour the River Thames

The extensive gardens of the property have neatly trimmed hedgerows and neighbour the River Thames

Pictured: The blue plaque

Pictured: The blue plaque

Pictured: The blue plaque

Pictured: The blue plaque

There is an English Heritage blue plaque near the door to Winterbrook to commemorate Christie’s residence

There is an attached one bedroom cottage, which can be accessed externally or from the main house, a detached bothy with a stable and room above and a triple bay car port

There is an attached one bedroom cottage, which can be accessed externally or from the main house, a detached bothy with a stable and room above and a triple bay car port

There is an attached one bedroom cottage, which can be accessed externally or from the main house, a detached bothy with a stable and room above and a triple bay car port

Estate agent Stephen Christie-Miller said: 'It's a beautiful setting. The land goes down to the river and you could put a mooring in if you want, subject to planning consent, it's got quite a bit of frontage'

Estate agent Stephen Christie-Miller said: 'It's a beautiful setting. The land goes down to the river and you could put a mooring in if you want, subject to planning consent, it's got quite a bit of frontage'

Estate agent Stephen Christie-Miller said: ‘It’s a beautiful setting. The land goes down to the river and you could put a mooring in if you want, subject to planning consent, it’s got quite a bit of frontage’

‘I think the fact someone like Agatha Christie lived there gives the house the feeling of history. She wrote some of her major works there and lived there until she died and is buried locally so she clearly loved it there.

‘It is a really good family house that really has everything.

‘We’ve only just launched it and already our phones haven’t stopped.

‘Georgian architecture is very sought after and that combined with the historic element is pretty compulsive.’ 

Legendary British crime writer who mysteriously vanished herself in 1926 before reappearing days later in a hotel in Harrogate: Who was Agatha Christie?

Agatha Christie is one of Britain’s most celebrated authors, having lifted the murder mystery genre to new heights with her much-loved novels featuring fictitious detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple.

She was born in Torquay, Devon, in September 1890 and wrote her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, while working as a nurse during World War I. It was published after the Great War ended, in 1920.

Christie went on to have an illustrious career as a wordsmith, writing a total of 66 detective novels, a series of short stories and the world’s longest running play, The Mousetrap.     

The most intriguing aspect of her life, however, is her own disappearance from her Berkshire home in 1926.  

Historians have been debating for nearly 100 years as to exactly why she vanished during the height of her fame, leaving her home in Sunningdale after kissing her seven-year-old daughter Rosalind goodbye.

She was found 11 days later after a search involving a thousand police officers, tracked down to a hotel in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and claimed she couldn’t remember a thing.

Agatha Christie (seen in 1949) is one of Britain's most celebrated authors, having lifted the murder mystery genre to new heights with her much-loved novels featuring fictitious detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple

Agatha Christie (seen in 1949) is one of Britain's most celebrated authors, having lifted the murder mystery genre to new heights with her much-loved novels featuring fictitious detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple

Agatha Christie (seen in 1949) is one of Britain’s most celebrated authors, having lifted the murder mystery genre to new heights with her much-loved novels featuring fictitious detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple

At the time of her disappearance Christie, who was 36, and famous for her Miss Marple and Poirot detective novels, was grieving for her mother.

Also her husband Colonel Archie Christie, a pilot in World War One had just announced he wanted a divorce because he was in love with a younger woman. 

A huge manhunt was launched and her car was found abandoned between Dorking and Guildford in Surrey.

Even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of Sherlock Holmes, joined in with the search that made national newspaper headlines.

Agatha Christie and her husband, British archaeologist Max Mallowan, leave their home in London in January 1933

Agatha Christie and her husband, British archaeologist Max Mallowan, leave their home in London in January 1933

Agatha Christie and her husband, British archaeologist Max Mallowan, leave their home in London in January 1933

Some claimed she had drowned in a nearby pool, but her body was nowhere to be found.

She was finally found when a musician at a hotel in Harrogate called the police when she checked in with no luggage and used the name Teresa Neele – the name of the woman her husband was in love with.

Christie went on to divorce Archie in 1928, and married Max Mallowan in 1930.

She was made a Dame in 1971 and died aged 85 in January 1976. She has sold more than two billion books and her stage play The Mousetrap has run for a record 66 years. 

She was a fan of cricket, and often spent her spare time under a large oak tree at Barton Cricket Club watching and scoring the games of her local club. 

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