Drawing on our past

Drawing room

Overbeck’s as you have never seen it before. With a strong link to the Edwardian era you can now take a seat in the newly presented Edwardian drawing room to admire the garden through the large bay window and learn all about the convalescent hospital that was here during the First World War. With pictures and autograph books of the soldiers’ time here you can imagine them enjoying their time by the sea.

From an exhibition space to a drawing room

During the winter of 2017 the team have been busy re-presenting the Maritime room.  This room exhibited artefacts accrued over the 80 year history of Overbeck’s belonging to the National Trust.  Most of these items have been gifted to the local Salcombe Maritime Museum to display for their visitors. 

The room is now laid out to represent a drawing room of the period – much as it would have been when the soldiers were convalescing here.

As you make your way from the drawing room you will find out about the history of the various owners of Overbeck’s, in particular Captain and Mrs Vereker, who offered their home as a Red Cross Voluntary Aid Hospital in memory of their son, Second Lieutenant Robert Vereker.

Otto and his gift to the National Trust

You can also find out about Otto Overbeck, who gifted his home to the National Trust in his Will. He was a scientist and inventor who invented the ‘electrical rejuvenator’ which he claimed could defy the aging process if users applied the electrodes from his device to their skin. Otto once said ‘My age is 64 but I feel more like a man of 30’.