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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.

A Wildlife Art exhibition

Linda Wilkes artist

Saturday 9 May to Friday 22 May, 10.30am to 5.30pm

An exhibition by Linda Wilkes that captures the character and intricacies of native wildlife, flora and fauna.

Hidden house - brush with the past

A la Ronde gouaches

Throughout the month of May

Discover our collection of Gouaches and the Parminters' postcard only available to those who had scaled Mount Vesuvias

Come and join us for May half term

May half term trail

Saturday 23 May to Sunday 31 May, 10.30am to 5.30pm, Explorer Family Trail £1.50 per child

Tuesday 26 May, 11am to 4pm, Fun Family Craft Day, £1.50 per child.