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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 £3.

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.

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.

Pathway to paradise


Just one of the many pathways that will take you around this delightful garden. Watch the year unfold as you stroll and take in the sights and scents of the plants and flowers.