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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.
- Ask for a ticket for a guided tour of the house
- Dogs on leads are welcome. Take yours along the Parminter Walk
- Treat yourself to a hot drink or lunch in the tea-room
- Browse through our wide range of secondhand books and jigsaw puzzles
- Visit Point in View church, resting place of Jane and Mary Parminter
- Say hello to our jolly rescue hens. Follow the link to find out why feathers are important to us...
A full blaze of colour
Michael Buckland has created a series of wonderfully vivid, vibrant and colourful paintings of A la Ronde. We love them but why not come and see what you think? Runs till 23 February.
Our next show starts on 1 March. We showcase the talent of staff and volunteers at A la Ronde.
Signs of new life
Who will be the one to spot the first snowdrop? They will be followed by splashes of yellow daffodils and then our vibrantly coloured 'tapestry of tulips' around the courtyard.
For those interested in the local flora, look out for our wildflower walks later in the year.