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Quirky 18th-century house with fascinating interior decoration and collections
This unique sixteen-sided house was described by Lucinda Lambton as having 'a magical strangeness that one might dream of only as a child'.
It was built for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from a grand tour of Europe in the late 18th century. It contains many objects and mementoes of their travels.
The extraordinary interior decoration includes a feather frieze, gathered from native game birds and chickens, laboriously stuck down with isinglass.
There is also a fragile shell-encrusted gallery, said to contain nearly 25,000 shells, which can be viewed in its entirety using a touch screen 360 degree virtual tour.
Note: During winter weekend opening last entry to the house is at 3.15pm.
- Warm yourself up with a brisk stroll around the grounds
- Dogs on leads are welcome. Take yours along the Parminter Walk
- Lunch out on the seasonal menu in the tea-room
- Pick up nature and buildings spotter sheets and see what you can find
- Have a go at wildlife brass rubbing in the grounds
- Visit Point in View church, resting place of Jane and Mary Parminter
- Say hello to our jolly rescue hens. Click the link to find out why feathers are important to us
Be part of our past, present and future
From 9 November you can enjoy a guided tour of the house wrapped in its winter slumber and hear about the Parminter cousins and subsequent owners of A la Ronde, including the National Trust of course. From 23 November you might even be able to claim a kiss under our traditional kissing bough...in a dining room dressed to delight.
A peek behind the scenes
Find out what goes on behind closed doors as you access conservation at A la Ronde. Meet members of the conservation team and discover how we care for fragile shells, fabulous paper silhouettes and other delicate and historic items. There might even be an opportunity to try out some conservation cleaning yourself.