Overbeck’s, Salcombe

It’s that time of year again.

At the end of the month The National Trust shuts up shop for winter. The properties are ‘put to bed’ until March. And yet again the summer has slipped by and we’ve not made nearly as much use of our membership as we should. Next year things will be different… of course.


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Overbeck’s is gloriously located on a cliff top, with stunning views down to Salcombe below.


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On the south coast of Devon the climate is mild and there is a distinctly sub-tropical feel.


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Sculpture features strongly in the garden too.

The flex in the metal support allows this bird to move in the breeze, creating the illusion that it is hovering over the grass. EDIT: I have since discovered that it is ‘White Bird Soaring’ by Jeremy Davies. You can find out more about it here.


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There was plenty of breeze yesterday, with dull skies and only occasional glimpses of the sun. It shows in the pictures, unfortunately. The acers are just beginning to turn. These low growing specimens make a feature of the woodland path.


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What a great shape to this Cornus. Oh that I could train mine to look like that. Imagine it in early summer with every layer smothered in blooms. This garden, like ours, is on a steep slope. Paths provide access to all levels, making it easier to work and to admire the often diminutive woodland plants. There are many gaps in the tree canopy to let in light. We still have much to do on that front too.


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Architectural gunnera and lofty bamboo. A passing blogger provides the scale.


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Shining out of the gloom, these brilliant blue berries.

Anyone know what they are? Don’t be fooled by the shiny green leaves behind, which the berry bearing stems are pushing up through. My best guess is Dianella tasmanica.



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The Statue Garden, with plenty of late summer colour.


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And another of those glorious estuary views.


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Dropping down to sea level, the view from our table for lunch at South Sands. It’s a boutique hotel right on the beach and the food is superb. As we tucked into Sticky Toffee Pudding, the ferry boat arrived. An amphibious landing craft, with wheels while on land, trundles out to meet it! (Mobile phone photo, taken through glass.)


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And how could I not include these guys, spotted on our journey back home.

Time for evening ablutions, come rain or shine.


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  1. Janie October 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    What amazing views…it’s breath taking.

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:21 pm - Reply

      Thanks Janie. It’s a spectacular spot for a garden!

  2. Plantaliscious October 12, 2013 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    That’s a really stunning location for a garden. I love that woodland path with all the acers – and the candelabra of the cornus, so elegant. I also love the drama of the gunnera and bamboo, typical of Cornish gardens too. Must be nice to be able to visit another garden that has to deal with steep slopes. Hope the visit has fed your plotting and planning. Maybe next year you could show us the Spring planting in the garden?!

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      I have tended towards sloping gardens to visit this year, and have learnt a lot as a result. I’d go back next year for the Cornus alone!

  3. justjilluk October 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    What a lovely place. Loved the bird statue particularly.

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      I loved the bird. The photo doesn’t show it particularly well, but it also has depth. The artist has used differences in opacity to give strength to the leading edge of the wings and a delicacy around the edges. In places you could almost see through it.

  4. Amy at love made my home October 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Just stunning! What a great day out, thank you for sharing with us. xx

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      It’s a lovely place to go, I’d recommend it if you’re ever down this way. The Sticky Toffee Pudding too.. 🙂

  5. Denise October 12, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Steak here tonight. Wonderfu stuff Jessica xxx

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Watch those calories Denise.. !

  6. elaine October 12, 2013 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Love that first view of Salcombe – what stunning views for a garden. Love the gull sculpture too, so elegant.

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      It’s a spectacular view. But you are allowed only glimpses. I wondered if the trees act as a windbreak, or to limit the distraction from the planting!!

  7. Jo October 12, 2013 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    It looks fabulous, and so do those magnificent views. There seems to be plenty of interest in the garden, those gunnera are huge, it’s amazing how big they grow.

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm - Reply

      It is amazing how big they grow, and from ground level each year. I did not have to bend at all to stand under that leaf.

  8. Sarah October 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    It looks like you had a great day out in Salcombe. Overbecks Garden has been on my list of places to go, but as they don’t take dogs we haven’t been there yet .We have walked along the coast path instead admiring the views . The sculptures and statutes seem to add a extra touch to the gardens. Did you go in the house too? Ending up at South Sands must have been great way to end your day.
    Sarah x

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      We did go into the house, but not for long. To be honest I found it a bit depressing. Even by NT standards it was quite dark and gloomy and full of stuffed animals and birds. I wanted to be back out in the light.

  9. Rosie October 12, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Love the gull sculpture and the views over Salcombe, looks like you had a super day out:)

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      We really don’t take enough days off. Never regret it when we do.

  10. VP October 12, 2013 at 7:54 pm - Reply

    The HG here at The Courts moved on to Overbecks a couple of years ago. She’s a treasure.

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      She’s doing a great job, the garden looks magnificent. Spotted her, I think, too. They’ve just opened up a new section of the woodland and it’s going to be fab.

  11. Heather October 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    What a lovely jaunt! The garden looks amazing, and the estuary, beautiful!! thank you for letting us bloggers join you!!

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

      My pleasure!
      Do you have a blog Heather? I’d love to have the link if you do..

  12. Em October 12, 2013 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    We haven’t been to Salcombe for a few years but it’s always a treat. I love that bird and the blue berries are amazing!

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Those berries really did shine out of the gloom! If it is what I think it is then it’s a bit tender, sadly for us.

  13. haggiz October 12, 2013 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    I think you could do with that bird over your fruit cages! Beautiful photos as ever, I could sit at the top of that cliff and look at the view over Salcombe for hours. Julie x

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

      Hmmm.. you’ve got me hatching a plan..
      We did sit for quite a while!

  14. Pauline October 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm - Reply

    It is a super garden to enjoy at this time of year, so much colour left. The views are stunning and compete with the garden sometimes, it is a good number of years since we have been, thanks for bringing back happy memories. Love the bird sculpture, new since our visit!

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      The bird is up in the top level, above the statue garden, but there are art installations throughout the garden now. Adds interest I think.

  15. wendy October 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Lovely photos of the gardens and the views are wonderful. I haven’t really made enough use of my NT membership either – although I did much better this year than last year.
    I love the geese!

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 10:18 pm - Reply

      Same as us, better this year than last. I think if we do one more visit this month we will at least have broken even. But it does encourage us to get out and about and that is a good thing.
      I stop by those geese at every opportunity!

  16. Antoinette October 12, 2013 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous garden and what a view over the estuary! I especially like the bird sculpture.

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 10:37 pm - Reply

      The garden was really good to see, as it deals very well with some of the problems we have here. Shade/slope. I only wish we had the same views!

  17. CJ October 12, 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    It looks wonderful there, and what a stunning position. Gunnera is one of my favourite things. Don’t think my garden is quite big enough though! Those blue berries are amazing. I have no idea what they are though I’m afraid. I am quite envious of you living near these beautiful places! Hope you have a good Sunday.

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm - Reply

      I have never seen the blue berries before, but if they are tender then I suppose that is why. Shame really, they are amazing!! You have a good Sunday too.

  18. Natalie October 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    So beautiful!! My Mum used to go on about how Torquay had palm trees. As a kid, I thought it was amazing that you could grow palms in England.

    Love the yucca, too. I have some in my garden that withstands our winters!

    • Jessica October 12, 2013 at 11:02 pm - Reply

      Only certain kinds of palm, and even then they can still look a bit ragged after a while!

  19. Rose H October 12, 2013 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    I feel like I’ve been on a holiday reading this wonderful post Jessica :o) Like a lot of folk I’m entranced by the beautiful bird sculpture.
    I have to say I love your blog header 🙂
    Best wishes
    Rose H

    • Jessica October 13, 2013 at 12:34 am - Reply

      Thanks Rose.
      I thought the bird was lovely too. I now wish we’d taken the picture from the other side, to show the delicate structure of the wings. Next time!

  20. Suzanne Dutchess County, NY, USA October 13, 2013 at 2:52 am - Reply

    What a lovely place! There is something so alluring about the garden in early autumn. The plants showing their last hoorah and we can sit back and take notice of the backbones of the garden. The Cornus was an exquisite shape, and all the more noticeable now with its foliage just turning. So gunnera is hardy for you there? Will you be adding that in your woodland areas?

    • Andy October 13, 2013 at 3:54 am - Reply

      Very nice!

      • Jessica October 13, 2013 at 10:22 am - Reply

        Hi Andy, thanks and welcome to rusty duck!

    • Jessica October 13, 2013 at 10:19 am - Reply

      Gunnera is borderline hardy. Fine on the coast I would think. Inland I have seen it protected by cutting off the leaves late autumn and tying them around the crown like a tent. I’d like to put some down by the river. They will appreciate the moisture and take up a lot of space which hopefully I don’t then have to weed!

  21. countrysidetales October 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    Those blue berries are an amazing colour. I wonder if they’d grow here?

    • Jessica October 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Risky maybe, but I’ll try it if I can find one.. quite amazing.

  22. Willow October 13, 2013 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful visual treat. I would absolutely love visiting there! The sculpture is wonderful. Those blue berries are spectacular. Thank you so much for sharing this.

    • Jessica October 13, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome. It was a good day out!

  23. LINDA from EACH LITTLE WORLD October 13, 2013 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    We grow a few Cornus in our garden but we really can’t step back and get that kind of view where the layered form is so distinct. I’m guessing some pruning was involved, but it is that ability to see it in the larger landscape that is so striking.

    • Jessica October 13, 2013 at 9:59 pm - Reply

      Ours are on a high bank, so we do look at them from a distance. But whether I can achieve the pruning is another matter altogether!

  24. snowbird October 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    What a fab place, I loved all the pics but especially liked the blue berries and those wonderful geese. Oh to have grounds like thateh?xxxx

    • Jessica October 13, 2013 at 10:06 pm - Reply

      Indeed. And in Salcombe that would set you back a fair few million!

  25. nataliescarberry October 13, 2013 at 9:23 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the lovely photographic tour! Blessings, Natalie

    • Jessica October 13, 2013 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      I just wish the light had been better. It was a very dull day for photography.

  26. Jenny October 14, 2013 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Looks like a lovely spot and a lovely garden. The bird statue is beautiful too.

    • Jessica October 14, 2013 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      It’s a beautiful spot Jenny. I shall just have to go back and see it again in Spring.

  27. steph@woolythyme October 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    you go to the most beautiful places…I always love when you take us with you!!!!! thanks! (wish my rudbeckia would not only be still blooming so prettily—but also be so contained!!!!)

    • Jessica October 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm - Reply

      I know.. I’m getting worried about the rudbeckia, having now seen how big they can get!

  28. Simone October 14, 2013 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I hate it when places close down for winter! The white bird soaring is beautiful and so elegant. I should love to have a gunnera in my garden one day.

    • Jessica October 14, 2013 at 9:06 pm - Reply

      It hardly seems any time since the beginning of the NT season.. I need to get more organised with it next year.

  29. Chel C October 14, 2013 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    It’s been years since I was in Devon and I can remember thinking ‘is this the uk’. That bird is amazing, giving life to a sculpture. I can remember having a gunnera in my old cottage garden and sheltering under one of the leaves when it was raining. Great plants! xx

    • Jessica October 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm - Reply

      Ha! What a great use for gunnera. Could have done with one today..
      Not all of Devon has palm trees, sadly!

  30. fjohn October 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    That first phot is lovely

    • Jessica October 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks John. From that angle it could almost be a meadow.

  31. Anna October 16, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Not only a great garden but a glorious setting too! On the bucket list of gardens to visit 🙂

    • Jessica October 16, 2013 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      Well worth the trip. Salcombe is a nice place to wander around too, we ran out of time on this occasion, sadly.

  32. Linda October 17, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply

    I like wandering through gardens with plenty of woodland, shrubs and plants such as the gunnera and bamboo and this one has stunning views. It’s a shame that the public openings of such houses and gardens is nearly over for the year as the gardens can be just as interesting out of season. I shall have to go back to our city Botanical Gardens – haven’t been there for a while – which is open all year and gives plenty of information and inspiration for all types of garden situations.

    • Jessica October 17, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

      RHS gardens and some of their partner gardens are open too. Seeing something in winter does provide inspiration because then you can better see the structure, and find plants that come into their own once the perennials have gone. The heap of dead twigs that my garden so often is is not a good look.

  33. Michael's Woodcraft October 22, 2013 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Beautiful gardens and views of the lake, just lovely! Those are really big ducks..I wonder what the blue berries are?

    I like all your pictures you have on your site and good information too!

    Hilton Head Large Birds

    • Jessica October 22, 2013 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Hi Michael, thanks for your comment and welcome to rusty duck.
      The gardens were lovely. The big ducks are geese.. I have a soft spot for those!

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