Things to see and do at Overbeck's

The Banana Garden at Overbeck's, Salcombe, Devon

Built in 1913, this Edwardian style 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.

Sub-tropical gardens

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.  


The museum houses some of Overbeck's art and natural history collection.  With a strong link to the Edwardian era, you can take a seat in the drawing room to admire the garden through the large bay window.  Move on into the Sharpitor room to learn all about how Overbeck's was used as a Red Cross convalescent hospital during First World War.  With pictures and autograph books of the soldiers time spent recovering from their wounds, you can imagine them enjoying their time by the sea.  

Eclectic collections

This wonderful collection of beetles is one of the many interesting and unusual natural history exhibits.  


We provide a range of tasty local food with inside and outside dining. Special events can be arranged with afternoon tea available to book all year round.


  • Join our garden tour each Wednesday at 2pm
  • Choose from a selection of children's trails and quizzes
  • Hunt for Fred the friendly ghost
  • Play the American organ
  • Choose a 'disc' to play on the Victorian Polyphon music box