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The origins of 'Overcombe House' date from the 1890's, since then it has undergone many alterations & renovations. 'Overcombe House' is not a modern soulless purpose built hotel there is no lift & it has many quirks that you would expect in an older property. Whenever we carry out any alterations or renovations we try to do it sympathetically taking into account the age & location of the property.
To ensure that both your requirements & comforts are satisfied 'Overcombe House' is personally run by resident proprietors D. Stephens & J. O'Flaherty. David & John offer quality facilities with a personal service tailored as much as possible to your needs while maintaining a relaxed, cosy & informal atmosphere. You can be assured of receiving a warm welcome with complimentary refreshments on arrival; you can choose one of our quality teas or our sumptuous and aromatic coffee.
We are both lucky & delighted to live in the natural environment that is Dartmoor National Park. It is rather difficult not to be consumed by the nature that is literally everywhere, taking this into account we follow R.S.P.B. guide-lines on creating a wild life friendly garden.
We started our wild life garden in 2010, our lawn is not neatly cropped & fertilised as this is not good for birds or mammals etc., we trim the lawn short at the beginning of the season then from May onwards we only trim the centre leaving the edges & sloping bank to to grow long and tall. The short grass area is ideal for birds to feed and the long grass areas provides seeds & habitat for insects and their larvae but also crucially cover slow worms and other mammals. One really surprising but delightful & unexpected result is the selection of wild flowers and clovers we now get every year that neither David or I have seen since we walked through wild meadows in our youth. Then in September we rake off any hay but leave the long grass until the following March/April and then the cycle begins again.
By taking our garden down this route we have seen many visitors to our garden some are plentiful but others are rare & or endangered. We have foxes, hedgehogs, pygmy shrews, bank voles and over 25 different varieties of bird that we can identify paying us a visit including great spotted woodpecker, sparrow hawk & song thrush's to name a few. Our garden is not exclusively for wild life, humans are welcome to sit back on our terrace and enjoy the view and the antics of the varied visitors to our garden.