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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.

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?

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

Silhouette of Otto Overbeck

Silhouette of Otto Overbeck made in the 1920s by the most famous of silhouette makers, Baron Scotford. Come and find out more about Otto and the silhouette makers of the early 20th century.

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 unfolds.

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