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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.

Tuesday craft event

Every Tuesday of the summer school holidays get crafty at A la Ronde with different children's activities every week, 11am until 4pm.

£1.50 per child, no need to book.

Sheep's fleece

Lozenge shaped windows look out to the fabulous views beyond, A la Ronde

Saturday 15 August -  see demonstrations of crafting using locally sourced wool with opportunities to have a go yourself.

Free to attend and open from 11am until 4pm.

Life in miniature

See a miniature tea set and more of the children’s library in August’s hidden house.

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