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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.

Free Range Felt exhibition


 Saturday 25 April to Friday 8 May, 10.30am to 5.30pm

Wool backgrounds embellished with silk threads, beads, scraps of fabric and coloured embroidery.  Free

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