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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

Do you have some spare time?  We are always looking for willing volunteers to help look after this special place. The donation of your time is so valuable to us and as a charity we appreciate any time you can give us.

'50 things' for 2015

’50 Things’

May half term sees the re-launch of 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.  Find out how to garden by the sea.  Free event.

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.

Object of the month


Dating from around 1890, our Octant was used by mariners for finding latitude at sea by sighting the sun or the stars. Find out more in the Maritime Room in our fascinating museum.

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 the year unfolds.