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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.

Volunteering 2015

Volunteer open day 7 March 2015. Be our guest and enjoy a tour of the property to consider where you would like to enjoy spending time to help keep this wonderful place beautiful forever for everyone.

Time to wake up

time to play

Fred the friendly ghost has had his winter nap and is ready to play hide and seek with you all. Will you be able to find him hidden in the museum as he flits about doing his spring cleaning?

Spring time magnolia

The perfect blossom is a rare thing

Mother and daughter Magnolia campbellii' Overbeck's' are waiting for the spring.  Will Jack Frost be kind and leave them to unfurl their blooms or nip them in the bud - watch this space.

Out for a walk

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

Take advantage of the beautiful coast path that skirts Overbeck's where you can peep over the wall and see the winter work in progress. You can park at East Soar (NT) car park and take a winter walk.

Easter fun

See if you can find our golden egg this Easter

Would you like to be an 'Eggsplorer' this Easter.  Hunt for the clues around the garden to claim your prize, a yummy Cadbury Easter egg.  £3.00 per child. Normal Admission applies. 

Pathway to paradise

The entrance steps to Overbeck's garden

Take the steps to reveal the welcome that waits for you as the pathway sweeps into the garden.  Explore and discover the plants and pathways as spring peeps her head above ground to meet you.