Drawing on our past

Drawing room

The elegance of the Edwardian era is reflected in the newly decorated staircase hall and gallery, where you can look out over the garden to the sea and the Salcombe Estuary beyond. Take a seat in the 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.

The fascinating stories of Overbeck's

During the winter the team have been busy re-presenting the staircase hall and gallery to compliment the Edwardian drawing room where you can sit awhile and immerse yourself in a book or game of bagatelle.

The room is 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.

Make your way to the newly created film room where you can view Pathe fims from the First World War - part of a project with the veteran charity Combat Stress. This forms part of a exhibition that will take place over the 2019 season.

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’.