WIN: A weekend break at Agatha Christie’s holiday home

Upper House, Hayfield
Upper House, Hayfield
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Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, the longest running play in British theatre, is coming to Buxton Opera House from Monday, November 18 to Saturday, November 23.

The celebratory tour marks the 60th anniversary of the West End phenomenon at St Martin’s Theatre.

It’s widely unknown that Agatha had connections with the High Peak, holidaying in the area throughout her life. It is thought it was her visit to the nearby town Marple, which gave her the idea of one her most famous sleuth series Miss Marple.

Agatha often visited her sister Madge who owned the medieval dwelling Upper House in Hayfield with her husband James Watts, a prolific industrialist. Three of her novels are closely associated with the estate.

Upper House has been recently opened to the public as an idyllic and romantic wedding venue, providing the same luxury as it did to the ‘queen of crime’, many years ago. Offering glorious views of Kinder Scout, inspirational interiors and opportunities for fine dining in the Medieval Great Hall, the house provides a rare insight into Agatha’s closest relationships with her family.

To mark the 60th anniversary of The Mousetrap, Upper House has joined up with Buxton Opera House to offer a Diamond Experience, which includes lunch at the house, a trip to Buxton Opera House for the Saturday matinee performance of The Mousetrap (2.30pm), cocktails plus dinner in the Medieval Great Barn. The Diamond Experience includes an overnight stay in Agatha’s family home. Tickets are £325 per person, available from 01663 742229 or

The Derbyshire Times is offering one lucky reader and guest a chance to holiday like Agatha on a two-night self-catering weekend stay at Upper House in The Gate House (the former Butler’s Quarters).

For a cosy winter weekend at this exclusive destination, simply answer this question: Which theatre in London is The Mousetrap staged?

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