Overbeck’s Museum & GardenTorquay
National Trust
Devon TQ8 8LW
Overbeck’s is near Salcombe in Devon. It is both a stately home and formal garden. It was the Edwardian home of eccentric scientist, entrepreneur and inventor, Otto Overbeck.
Otto made his fortune in 1924 by exploiting the human desire to remain forever young. On display is his ‘Rejuvenator’ machine – a device administering mild electric shocks which were claimed to prevent and indeed reverse ageing.
He shamelessly promoted these outrageous claims and became very wealthy.
In his Museum there is also a polyphon. This large Victorian music box plays music encoded as holes punched in a large sheet-metal disc. There is a collection of discs of popular melodies of the day.
Otto was also very interested in things Maritime and his small museum has model ships, various nautical tools as well as photographs of ships and shipwrecks.
Children will love the secret room hidden behind wooden panelling with its collections of dolls, dolls house furniture and toys. There is also a ‘friendly ghost’ for the children to discover!
The Garden
Overbecks is set in a stunning location with the garden having far reaching views of the Salcombe estuary and coast. Because of the mild climate here there are many sub tropical plants and flowers not normally seen in Britain.
Opening Times
Admission Costs
Facilities & Access
Accommodation - Search & Book through Booking.com here:    External Link


Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0) 1548 842 893
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Website   National Trust/ Overbecks    External Link
Getting There
- Car
Overbeck’s is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south-west of Salcombe, signposted from Salcombe (narrow approach road). Roads leading to Overbeck's are steep and single track and not suitable for large vehicles.
- Ferry
Ferry from Salcombe to South Sands and then a walk up hill to Overbeck's
Web:  South Sands Ferry/ times & cost    External Link
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