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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.

Heritage open weekend

Discover the details of the drawing room at A la Ronde

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September - normal opening times.  Enjoy free entry to the house as we join in with the National Heritage Open Weekend.

Craft market at A la Ronde

Saturday 26 September, 10.30am - 4pm.   Come to A la Ronde to browse the stalls at the craft market.  Free admission the market.

October half term fun and games

Tuesday 27 October, 11am - 4pm.  Come and join in the grounds for lots of games and activities to keep you warm.  £1.50 per child.

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