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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.

Venture Artists exhibition

Venture Artists 2015 exhibition

 Saturday 11 April to Friday 24 April, 10.30am to 5.30pm

Exhibition by a local group of artists, showing coastal and countryside landscapes.  We hope that this will add to your enjoyment of your visit.

Hidden House - Victorian innovation

Ready for the call, dumb waiter at A la Ronde, Devon

Throughout the month of April

We will be showcasing the modernisation of A la Ronde by it's Victorian gentleman owner including speaking tubes, central heating, water tower and dumb waiter.

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