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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.
Gain valuable skills, build your CV and set yourself an exciting challenge this summer. We need your help at Overbeck's.
Call 01548 842893 for details or email us.
50 things to do
More exciting things to cross off your list at Overbeck's this August. Bring your family and friends and enjoy yourselves in our wonderful surroundings.
Find your way
Use a map and compass to navigate your way around the gardens and help Otto find his lost belongings. It's a useful skill to learn for life.
Hunt for bugs
Join our rangers and discover some of Overbeck's tiniest inhabitants. Follow in the footsteps of Otto to become a naturalist.
Go bird watching
Discover the gardens in a whole new way by listening out for bird calls and seeing how many different birds you can spot.
Come and listen to Pauline, one of our volunteers, tell some exciting and gripping stories that will thrill and fascinate you.
August 7,14, 22 and 28 at 12noon.
Arrive on foot
Take the ferry
The South Sands passenger Ferry runs between Whitestrand, in the centre of Salcombe, and the picturesque beach of South Sands. A steep five minute walk up the hill and you've arrived at Overbeck's.
Breathtaking cliff top road
Overbeck's is situated along a beautiful road that winds up along this panoramic stretch of coast. Please note this is a country lane which is very narrow in places and steep.