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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.

While you are here

  • 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...

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

19–20 April, 11am–4pm

Become Eggsplorers and take part in our Cadbury Easter Egg Trail and win a Cadbury chocolate Egghead.

£3 per child.

More egg events

Visit us on the 20 & 21 April and follow the Easter Bunny across the meadow and scramble for the eggs he throws from his basket. (2pm each day). Join in with making a springtime craft to take home and visit the face painter to transform yourself into your favourite animal.



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.