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“Small but perfectly formed!!!”

Overbecks Museum and Garden
Ranked #3 of 24 things to do in Salcombe
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 6 August 2013

Overbecks has 4 acres of land with fantastic views overlooking Salcombe.
There is a regular monthly newsletter saying which plants are in flower and where to find them.
The staff are all friendly.
Nice place to go for a coffee and wander round the gardens. We sat out in the grounds with our coffee and cake with fantastic views of the estuary.
Young children also have 'bug trails' and storytimes at certain times of the day so good for the whole family.

Thank Christine T
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

Very glad we made the effort to visit this place. We went with low expectations but had a fantastic few hours here. The house is small but filled with quirky objects, a real collectors paradise, and a very interesting and friendly volunteer explained the history of the house and showed us their two star objects. I normally hate being talked at by volunteers but this guy made the house come alive and is a real asset to the NT. The gardens were beautiful with lots of nooks and crannies to explore, although rather steep and some rough paths. The day we visited it was shrouded in thick fog, but this only made the tropical gardens even more atmospheric. A word of caution about parking - the car park is tiny (perhaps 10 small spaces?), other parking is on the steep road leading to the property. Get there early to bag a parking space!

Thank Curatorgirl
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Reviewed 25 July 2013 via mobile

Go to Overbecks if you love gardens and fantastic scenery. The gardens are absolutely lovely, and the views are beautiful. The tea rooms here are excellent for food and service, egg custard tart to die for!!!

Thank Oz22
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Reviewed 23 July 2013

A super destination at the end of a brilliant walk. Our favourite coastal stretch for views and beauty and this lovely museum at the end of it. Lovely gardens, interesting house, delightful musical entertainment every half hour - go and be surprised... and most importantly, a cup of tea outside with stunning views. Our most visited NT property.

Thank LilacT
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Reviewed 19 July 2013

We were staying in Salcombe and took a lovely little boat trip on the ferry to South Sands, where we then walked up the short but steep road to Overbecks. For us as reasonably fit forty-somethings, the road was no problem, but for kids or elderly it might be a bit challenging, on account of the steepness and lack of pavement. Anyway, this review is of Overbecks, not the road to it!

Although I would not describe myself as a typical National Trust visitor, it was a great day out. We were greeted by a very pleasant, enthusiastic and knowledgeable lady on the pay gate. We then wandered around the beautiful, secluded yet extensive gardens looking at the sculptures that are temporarily on display there. This added an extra dimension to our visit. The sea views are also really nice from the gardens, if you can tear your attention away from the beautiful plants and flowers. We had lunch there too, each of us had a salad and a cream tea, both of which were delicious, though at £12 a head I would put the value at 'ok'. We then relaxed in the easy chairs in the garden, whereupon I was enchanted by the sounds of "Messiah" (I think) and "Ave Maria" coming from within the house at half-hourly intervals. It was an absolutely beautiful sound, and eventually my curiosity got the better of me and I went in to investigate. It turned out that the music was coming from a "polyphon", which is a very large version of those little wind-up music boxes where a metal comb is "twanged" by a revolving disc. We were shown the polyphon in action and allowed to choose a disc to play. This is a remarkable instrument, and once inside, I marvelled at the strange collections that Mr Overbeck had left. Very interesting indeed!

Thank Paul B
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