Perched on a cliff, Overbeck's Museum and Garden enjoys spectacular coastal gardens with sweeping views over Salcombe estuary in Devon, England.
The view over the Salcombe estuary with the house and garden at Overbeck's, Devon. ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler
Named after its last private owner and eccentric scientist, Otto Overbeck (1860–1937), it includes 2.75 hectare (7 acre) gardens and an Edwardian house, built in 1913 and now divided between a museum and YHA youth hostel.
Self-portrait of Otto Overbeck (1860-1937), dated 1902 ©National Trust Images/John Hammond
Blessed with a warm microclimate, these luxuriant gardens display a wide range of sub-tropical plants including fuchsia trees, Brugmansias, echiums, agaves and many others.
The Edwardian house & Chusan Palms (Trachycarpus fortunei) lining the flight of steps to the entrance. ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler
There is even a Banana Garden!
The Banana Garden ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler
The Statue Garden features magnificent and colorful herbaceous borders. Surrounding the adorable bronze statue, 'First Flight' made by Albert Bruce Joy (1842-1924), they have been generally designed as a later season garden and provide riots of color in mid-late summer.
Herbaceous borders and "First Flight" a bronze statue by Albert Bruce Joy in the Statue Garden
©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler
Meander through the exotic plantings and woodlands.
Hydrangeas line a path amongst the exotic planting ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler
Visit the Overbeck's Museum, formerly the seaside house where Otto Overbeck lived until 1937.
Collections of stuffed animals and birds along with other natural history collections and paintings decorated the staircase ©National Trust Images/John Hammond
On display are his collections of natural history (including rare British butterflies, insects or birds’ eggs), model sailing ships, nautical and shipbuilding tools, stuffed animals.
Model of the "Onyx", a Brixham trawler complete with net in the Maritime Room ©National Trust Images/John Hammond
There is even a room with a secret door, which contains a display of dolls' houses for the pleasure of the youngest visitors! Needless to say that Otto's inventions are also exhibited including his popular electrical ‘Rejuvenator’ patented in 1924. Otto Overbeck acquired the house in 1928 and lived there until his death in 1937. Wishing the house to be used after his death as "a public park and museum and a Hostel for Youth", he bequeathed it to the National Trust (www.nationaltrust.org.uk) on condition it be used as such. A wonderful visit for families or keen gardeners. Don't miss it!