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Built in 1913, this Edwardian-style house was bought by inventor and scientist Otto Overbeck in 1928, having been used as a convalescent home for WWI soldiers from 1915 to 1919. Believed to be the last living relative of the Dutch Overbeke family, one of Otto’s most successful inventions was the rejuvenator, an electric device that enabled people to treat their own illnesses and ailments – such as baldness and poor eyesight – at home. Sales of the rejuvenator, which would have retailed for about £350 today, made him a wealthy man and he spent his money on filling the house with the eccentric and interesting collections that you can see today. Outside, clinging to the cliffs above Salcombe, is Overbeck’s amazing subtropical garden featuring plants from all corners of the world, such as palm trees, banana plants, citrus and olive trees. There’s a great shop and café.

Sharpitor,SALCOMBE,TQ8 8LW


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Ramp from garden
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 10 Feb-28 Oct, daily 11-5

About the area

Discover Devon

With magnificent coastlines, two historic cities and the world-famous Dartmoor National Park, Devon sums up all that is best about the British landscape. For centuries it has been a fashionable and much loved holiday destination – especially south Devon’s glorious English Riviera.

Close to the English Riviera lies Dartmoor, one of the south-west’s most spectacular landscapes. The National Park, which contains Dartmoor, covers 365 square miles and includes many fascinating geological features – isolated granite tors and two summits exceeding 2,000 feet among them. 

Not surprisingly, in Dartmoor the walking opportunities are enormous. Cycling in the two National Parks is also extremely popular and there is a good choice of off-road routes taking you to the heart of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Devon’s towns and cities offer stimulating alternatives to the rigours of the countryside.

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