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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.

Follow the Pumpkin family trail

Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November, 10.30am - 5.30pm.  

See if you can find all the pumpkins hiding around A la Ronde and win a prize.  £1.50 per child

October half-term fun

Tuesday 27 October, 11am - 4pm.  

Keep warm and join in with lots of fun games and activities. £1.50 per child.

Curious and curiouser

Take a closer look at the the Cabinet of Curiosities at A la Ronde

Throughout October, explore the cabinet of curiosities.

See if you can spot the squirrel tail, shabtis and many curious objects.