If you’ve ever fancied yourself to be something of an amateur sleuth or are an enthusiastic reader of detective stories, then Hercules Poirot and Agatha Christie will no doubt rate highly as sources of inspiration. Now, however, you could have the chance to channel the writer and her most famous creation more directly by moving into what was once Christie’s house in South Kensington.
In a quiet mews, just 15 minutes walk from South Kensington station, this pretty cottage in Creswell Place has plenty of character – fictional and architectural – and a Blue Plaque to mark the fact that Christie lived here. She bought property in 1929 and it is thought that it was the likely inspiration for Murder in the Mews, a collection of Poirot short stories written in 1937. The collection featured four short stories: Murder in the Mews, The Incredible Theft, Dead Man’s Mirror and Triangle at Rhodes, all of which were adapted for television in the ITV series starring David Suchet as Poirot.
The former stable has been converted into a double fronted house of 1,271 square feet, and it has four bedrooms, a kitchen and two reception rooms. Although it may be a little small, its celebrity connections and central London location contribute to a very healthy price tag of £2.6 million. One of the first floor bedrooms was actually Christie’s writing room, where she would sit overlooking the mews and create her fabulous stories of murder and mayhem. This room still features the original pine wood flooring and panelled walls – no doubt if you sit there long enough you might just hear the clack of her typewriter keys or catch sight of the portly Belgian detective scurrying away down the mews to solve another mystery.
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