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“Not for a rainy day.”

Overbecks Museum and Garden
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Salcombe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 13, 2013

We visited hoping to hide from the autumn rain for a few hours. We hadn't read that the main attraction here is the garden and so were disappointed with the nature of the interior - three rooms with little information about the collections or the Otto himself. It seems impossible that an avid collector of science named Otto could not inspire something from the NT. I wouldn't pay the entry price again - £7.50 pp, as we were done in about 1/2 an hour. Perhaps the NT could offer a reduced fee for house only - I would have paid £4 and not felt too cheated.

We also visited the cafe - I wouldn't recommend it, because I can't get over the fact that a bowl of un-special soup and a roll was nearly a fiver. There's much better places to eat, with equally amazing views nearby,

Perhaps, if you are into gardens and go in the summer, this would be great, but in the autumn rain? Give it a miss.

Thank devonlass28
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Plenty to interest gardeners and non-gardeners. Stunning location with far reaching views of the Salcombe estuary and the coast eastwards towards Prawle Point. Palm trees, banana plants, citrus and olive trees create a truly mediterranean feel.

The house is full of interesting artefacts and memorabilia linked to the eccentric former owner Otto Overbeck, including a huge taxidermy collection, a polyphone (a large music box), dolls houses, pictures and records of shipwrecks and nautical history. Also included is "Overbeck's Rejuvanator" - a device patented by Overbeck to cure all known ills. It probably didn't work, but it made him a very wealthy man and enabled him to buy this wonderful house and plant the gardens with the many exotic species we see today.

Overbeck bequeathed the estate to the National Trust on his death in 1937, with a stipluation that part of it should become a Youth Hostel. His wish has been fulfilled - so guests can stay in part of the house (see YHA for details).

The house sits on the South West coast path, and a cafe offers some great home cooked fare.

Highy recommended

Thank Rob T
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Reviewed October 11, 2013

Called at Overbecks for a cream tea which was disappointing. The scones were large and over cooked and the jam was served in it's jar and the clotted cream in a plastic tub. As cream teas go it was not outstanding!

The view from the terrace down the estuary however was stunning. It's worth a visit just from the view!

Thank chris4robin
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

Well worth the climb up the steep winding road, just like (you imagine) the gardens of Eden . Tropical, and with a little imagination, you could picture a parrot or monkey in the palms and banana trees. The museum is a real curiosity, an eclectic collection of Edwardian memorabilia , morbid insects and stuffed birds, kids would love the secret toy rrrom.

Thank Angela E
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Reviewed October 1, 2013

Drove a long way (1hr plus) to see gardens. Drove up the nightmare road from Salcombe inc hairpins, single track, reversing and blind corners and poor or absent signage - nightmare! Arrived at Overbecks to be one of three cars attempting to do three point turns in synchronised non smash mode!! We all had to drive back down the same road back to Salcombe. No visit. Signs at top of hill say parking available 20 mins walk back down hill!!! Some of us without Blue Badges but with chronic illness can't walk 20 mins up hill!!! Signs at top are an insult to those of us wiv health problems!! Let alone the fact that healthy people do not want o be in an impossible 4 car dance in a space for 2 or 3!!! Be wary b4 u set off you might end up in the same Monty Pythonesque situation courtesy of the NT!!!!

Thank Jean168
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