Sharpitor Salcombe TQ8 8LW
Built in the late 19th century, the fascinating Overbeck’s house and gardens command fantastic views over the Salcombe Estuary. Once owned by colourful eccentric and part-time inventor Otto Overbeck, they became a National Trust property when Otto died in 1937 and owe much to the avid collector, from the exotic and tropical-themed gardens to the photographs and natural history collections within the house. Seek out the bromeliads and walk the grounds in the sunshine, or marvel at the ‘electrical rejuvenator’ in the beautifully preserved rooms indoors. Children love the doll's house and soldier collections, and enjoy looking for the house's mysterious ghost. The adjoining YHA hostel provides a rare opportunity to stay within National Trust grounds and get half-price access to the gardens.