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A hidden paradise of subtropical gardens and quirky collections...
Welcome to the seaside home of inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck. His gardens and house are perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe, with glorious views over the estuary and coast. Walking through the garden is like taking a trip around the world. With palm trees, banana plants, citrus and olive trees, you could easily forget for a moment where you are and expect to see a parrot flying up above.
The house too is full of surprises. A magical polyphon (A disc playing music box) still plays, and cabinets of butterflies and bugs sit happily with collections of dolls, toys and model boats. Take lunch or tea in the old billard room, a favourite of the convalescing First World War soldiers or eat alfresco on the warm, sheltered terrace.
Out for a walk
Why not park at East Soar, National Trust car park and take advantage of the beautiful coast path that skirts Overbeck's. Call in for a stroll around the garden and enjoy some refreshments from the tea room. Members enter for free.
Object of the month
This small but curious object is a Pocket Watch Stand. In the shape of a three-storied building, it is constructed from wood, part inlaid, with inset metal-framed glass windows, each with a card behind carefully painted with curtains. For a closer look find it in the Dartmoor Kitchen in the museum.