The former home of Dame Agatha Christie that provided inspiration for some of the greatest crime novels of the 20th Century is up for sale with a guide price in excess of £2.75m.

The author bought Winterbrook House in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, with her archaeologist husband Max Mallowan in 1934 and lived in the now Grade II listed property until her death in 1976.

The five-bedroom home is complete with a blue plaque and Thames frontage. It has private gardens and an extra one-bedroom cottage attached to the main house.

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Stephen Christie-Miller, head of residential sales at Savills Henley, said: “Agatha Christie is one of Britain’s most loved authors and it’s a genuine opportunity for someone to own a piece of literary history.

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“She wrote some of her bestselling novels in the house and Winterbrook itself is thought to have been the model for Danemead – Miss Marple’s house in the village of St Mary Mead.

“Set in about five acres, the property is arranged over three floors with well-proportioned rooms, high ceilings and large windows that provide plenty of natural light. Many period features have also been retained – creating a stunning family home full of immense character and charm.”

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