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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.

Hidden house - faith in the family

A la Ronde Bibles

Throughout the month of June


Trace the Parminter family across the generations through our collection of family bibles

Exmouth Art Group exhibition

Exmouth Art Group exhibition 2015

Saturday 20 June to Friday 3 July, 10.30am - 5.30pm

The tranquil setting of the A la Ronde house and gardens provide an ideal backdrop for this eclectic range of paintings.  Free

Fun Butterfly Weekend

Saturday 11 July and Sunday 12 July, 11.00am to 4.00pm

Join our experts to find out more about butterflies, join in walks and lots of family friendly activities.  Free