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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.

And so to bed

up to bed

Fred the friendly ghost has earned a well earned rest and is up the stairs to bed for the winter. He has been playing hide and seek with the children all year and needs a sleep. See you next year Fred.

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.

Valentine butterflies

 Collections of British butterflies at Overbeck’s

Love is in the air at Overbeck's as we open our doors for the new season on Valentine's day, 14 Feb 2015.  Share this special time and see a new exhibition of the rare butterfly collection of Otto Overbeck.

Winter work

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We may be closed but this is a very busy time for the garden team.  Lots of re-landscaping, planting and tidying up to make sure that we are ready and ship shape to open on the 14 February 2015.

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