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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.

Getting here

Entrance to Overbeck’s showing Overbeck’s crest

We ask for your patience driving to Overbeck's this autumn.  

Our approach road is particularly busy at the moment as a new house is being built just below the entrance to Overbeck's.  You may be inconvenienced with a short wait while deliveries are made but you are assured of a very warm welcome when you arrive. 

Weekly garden tours

The Edwardian house at Overbeck’s surrounded by exotic planting

Wednesday weekly at 2pm.

Join one of the garden team for a tour around this sub-tropical garden. Discover the garden's interesting past and the seasonal highlights. Free event.  

If you can't make the tour look out for a new Garden Tales booklet which has 101 highlights to find in the garden.

Halloween fun

30 & 31 October 11am to 5pm

Spooky fun for everyone this Hallowe'en.  Lantern making, storytelling, ghostly trails and spell making for all budding witches and wizards to cast their spells into the cauldron. £3 per child. Normal admission charges apply.

Out for a walk

Final leg of the walk from East Soar to Overbeck’s © Eric McDonald/National Trust

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.  Assistance dogs only in the grounds of Overbeck's.

Object of the month


Our object this month is a Hydrometer.

Otto Overbeck worked for Hewitt Bros. brewery in Grimsby and this scientific instrument would have been used to measure alcoholic strength in a liquid. For a closer look find it in the Overbeck’s Room in the Museum.

The house is full of amazing curiosities . If you would like to see more visit the National Trust web pages

Bug hunting

Discovering a slow worm in the garden

The gardens at Overbeck's are home to hundreds of amazing mini beasties. 

Discover sun bathing bugs, busy bees and tiny snails. If you are lucky you might even seen a shy slow worm. Pick up a bug sheet when you arrive and see how many you can find. Just one of the 50 things before you're 11 ¾ activities you can do.