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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 at this very busy time of year as the Summer holidays begin.   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.  Thank you.

'50 things' for 2015

’50 Things’

Collect your scrap book and get started on 50 things to do before you are 11 3/4.  Explore the garden to spot birds, hunt for bugs and then make some wild art.  Just some of the 'things' on offer this summer.

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. Free event.  New for 2015 - Garden Tales booklet - 101 highlights to find in the garden

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

Carolean Tapestry

Carolean needlework panel. Our small panel, dated 1665, is thought to commemorate a wedding. The groom is seen presenting his bride with an ornate vase or ewer. They are surrounded by symbolic images which demonstrate their wealth, taste, knowledge and love for each other. For a closer look find it in the Staircase Hall in the museum.

Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Days logo 2014

Free for everyone to enter on Saturday 12 September 11am to 5pm.  Bring all your family and friends to explore Overbeck's as we open the doors for England's biggest heritage festival. Heritage Open Day offers you the chance to see new places and try out new experiences.