An exotic and fascinating hidden treasure perched high on the cliffs above Salcombe. Explore the banana garden, meander through the woodland, or relax beneath the palms and soak up the spectacular panorama across miles of beautiful coastline and estuary.

Continue your journey of discovery into the Edwardian seaside home of inventor Otto Overbeck. See his amazing invention: the 'rejuvenator'; hear the polyphon, a giant Victorian music box; and be intrigued by the eclectic collections of natural and maritime history. The perfect day out for families who enjoy exploring, or the keen gardener who wants to be inspired and excited.

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  • The Polyphon

    A giant Victorian music box. Listen to the sounds throughout the day, just chat with the Volunteer in the room. You can even select your own choice from the list available.

  • First Flight

    Created by famous sculptor, Albert Bruce-Joy, 1842-1924, this bronze sculpture was the last piece of garden art bought by Otto. Seek out this gentle maiden within the foliage and blooming borders.

  • Natural History Collections

    Otto Overbeck was a keen collector of natural history. From butterflys, insects, fossils and taxidermy. Will you find the fascination and beauty within his collection?

  • The Rejuvenator

    Otto Overbeck's invention the 'Rejuvenator' - an electrical device that promised to make you look younger and live longer!

Admission & prices

2018 Opening times:
Open daily 10 February - 28 October
11am - 5pm
Last entry at 4.30pm

Free admission for National Trust members

Gift Aid Adult: £10.50
Gift Aid Child: £5.30
Gift Aid Family: (2 adults up to 3 children) £26.20
Gift Aid Family: (1 adult, up to 3 children) £15.70
Group: Please contact property

Getting here:

Map reference 202:SX728374

On foot - via the South West coast path which runs adjacent to the property or park at the National Trust carpark at East Soar and walk through the meadows and paths (1.7 miles).

Ferry - Salcombe to South Sands then a steep walk uphill 0.75 mile).

Bus - Totnes or Kingsbridge alight at Salcombe

Road -The coastal road and up to Overbeck's is narrow with hairpin bends and unsuitable for large vehicles

SAT NAV - Ignore in Malborough, pick up brown signage towards Salcombe

Parking - Small car park at Overbeck's with limited spaces. Alternative car park at East Soar, 1.7 miles away.

Dogs - Only assistance dogs permitted to enter the property but welcome on the surrounding coastal path.

Find us

Overbecks is situated along a beautiful road that winds up along a panoramic stretch of coast. Please note this country lane is very narrow in places.
You can also visit via the South Sands ferry that leaves Salcombe or walk along the coast path.


  • Parking available
  • Toilets On-Site
  • Cafe on-site
  • Childrens activities
  • Gift Shop

Overbecks is found at the end of a winding narrow country lane.

Your welcome and views will be your reward at this cliff top museum and garden.

The tearoom serves fresh local food with a side order of stunning estuary views.

New for 2018
The museum has been re-displayed for 2018. Discover more about the house when it was a convalescent home for soldiers during the First World War.

In the Museum, hunt for Fred the friendly ghost. Children's quizzes available.

Lunch and cream teas served in the Tea Room.

Extend your visit by exploring the coastal path with our walking guide booklet.

Part of the adventure of visiting Overbecks is getting there. When you reach the cliff top location you'll be wowed by our views of the coast and exotic plants in the garden.


T: 01548 842893
E: overbecks@nationaltrust.org.uk

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Salcombe, DEVON TQ8 8LW