Explore the highlights of Overbecks National Trust and provide you with a comprehensive guide to make the most of your visit.
1. The Enchanting Overbecks House
Overbecks is a delightful 1930s family home, now preserved and maintained by the National Trust. The house showcases an impressive collection of art, ceramics, and natural history, reflecting the passions of its former inhabitants, Sir George and Lady Anne Overbeck. As you wander through the beautifully restored rooms, you’ll be transported back in time, surrounded by a unique blend of period furnishings and personal mementos.
2. The Subtropical Garden
One of the main attractions at Overbecks is its stunning subtropical garden. Designed by Sir George Overbeck, the garden boasts an impressive array of exotic plants from around the world, thriving in the mild Salcombe climate. Stroll along the winding paths, taking in the vibrant colors and fragrant scents of the azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons. The garden also features a series of tranquil vistas, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding coastline and the English Channel.
3. The Marine Biology Gallery
Overbecks is home to a fascinating Marine Biology Gallery, which showcases the work and passion of Sir George Overbeck, a renowned marine biologist and photographer. The gallery features a collection of his stunning underwater photographs, as well as an array of preserved marine specimens. This educational and engaging exhibit provides visitors with a deeper understanding of the marine life found in the surrounding waters and the importance of conservation efforts.
4. The Coastal Walks and Viewpoints
For those seeking to explore the natural beauty of the Salcombe coastline, Overbecks offers several picturesque coastal walks. These trails lead you through the lush woodlands, past secluded coves, and along the rugged cliff edges, offering panoramic views of the Devon coast. Be sure to bring your camera, as you’ll encounter numerous photo-worthy moments along the way.
5. Local Cuisine and Accommodation
After a day of exploring Overbecks and the surrounding area, treat yourself to some of the delicious local cuisine. Salcombe is home to a variety of restaurants, cafes, and pubs, offering everything from fresh seafood to traditional Devon cream teas. For those looking to extend their stay, there’s a charming bed and breakfast, an award wining boutique styled hotel in Malborough. It’s called Brightham House, and it’s just 5 minutes from Salcombe. The village also has holiday cottages in the area, that ensure a comfortable and relaxing retreat.
Overbecks National Trust in Salcombe, Devon, is a hidden gem that offers a unique blend of art, history, and natural beauty. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast, history buff, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, Overbecks promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you with lasting memories. So, plan your visit and immerse yourself in the captivating charm of this enchanting corner of England.
By booking a three-night stay at Brightham House Boutique Bed & Breakfast, you can experience the best of South Devon while enjoying the comfort and hospitality of this charming boutique accommodation. So, pack your bags and get ready for a memorable weekend getaway in the heart of England’s countryside.
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