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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.

Summer quiz trail

26 July to 7 September, 10.30am - 4.30pm

Free family-friendly outdoor quiz trails running throughout the school holidays.

Bumper book sale

23 to 25 August, 11am - 4pm

Stock up from our big selection of second hand, reference, fiction, antiquarian and children's books.

While you're here

  • Dogs on leads are welcome, take yours along the Parminter walk. Assistance dogs welcome in all areas.
  • Treat yourself to a hot drink or lunch in the tea-room.
  • Visit Point in View church, resting place of Jane and Mary Parminter
  • Browse through our wide range of secondhand books and jigsaw puzzles.
  • Say hello to our jolly rescue hens. Follow the link to find out why feathers are important to us.

Take a look at our unusual collections

There is nowhere quite like A la Ronde. The unusual shaped house cares for thousands of extraordinary artefacts.

Many of these objects can now be viewed online.

Be prepared to be amazed

A Gothic fantasy

A Gothic fantasy

Shells, feathers, cut paper, lichen, galss, mica, pottery, stones, bones and paint adorn this gorgeous room. Suffering from decay and poor restoration visitors can now explore it using a clever system of cameras.

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