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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.
While you're here
- Treat yourself to a hot drink or lunch in the tea-room.
- Browse through our wide range of secondhand books and jigsaw puzzles.
- Take a moment to relax and enjoy the estuary view
- Enjoy our brass rubbing trail
- Have a go with our flower and leaf spotter sheets
- Dogs on leads are welcome, take yours along the Parminter walk. Assistance dogs welcome in all areas.
- Visit Point in View church, resting place of Jane and Mary Parminter