Things to see and do at Overbeck's

The Banana Garden at Overbeck's, Salcombe, Devon

Explore the banana garden, meander through the woodland or relax beneath the palms. Overbeck's is home to an unusual collection of rare and tropical plants, creating a dramatic display of hot colours and exotic scents. It is the perfect day out for keen gardeners seeking inspiration.

Sub-tropical garden at Overbeck's

Which pathway will you choose to explore? They'll all lead you to discover a garden more reminiscent of the tropics than Devon.

We have The Statue Garden, once the tennis court, planted as a 'formal' area, with The Secret Garden just beyond with a very fine Canary Palm to keep you shaded. The Upper Gardens include The Gazebo Garden with a sweeping view across to Salcombe estuary and The Rock Dell, which as it name suggests, is set into the rock of the hillside.

Onwards to the Banana Garden, where, yes, you will indeed find bananas but not to eat.  This is the most sheltered part of the garden where you will also find Magnolia campbelii 'Overbeck's'  this magnificent tree was planted in 1901.

The Palm Garden and Woodland Garden will each tell its own story with palms, grasses and much more to keep you making discoveries.

pretty as a picture in plaits

'Bed of treasures' at Overbeck's

What is the 'Bed of treasures' you well may ask. Affectionately known as 'B.O.T' by the garden team, it is full of exotic drama and has quite a tropical feel about it, like being in the jungle.

History of the house

Please be aware that the house is closed until further notice.

Built in 1913, the Edwardian house replaced an earlier property owned by the Hopkins family. George Vereker bought the house in 1911, demolished it and from 1915 until 1919 allowed the house to be used as a convalescent home for injured soldiers. The house was bought by Otto Overbeck in 1928 and left to the National Trust in 1937 following his death.


Please book ahead before visiting 

We're looking forward to welcoming you back. The garden, car park and toilets at Overbecks are open. You'll need to book your tickets by 3pm on the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we'll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. The house, shop and tea-room remain closed until further notice.