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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.

House closed

15 December - 30 January

A deep winter clean of A la Ronde is underway with a thorough inspection and the gentlest of cleans of our precious Shell Gallery and unique collection.

Grand Opening 2015

31 January, 11.00am start

Join the Mayor and town crier as we get ready to reopen A la Ronde for 2015. Visit and get entered into a free prize draw to win a cream tea in our  tea room.

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.