Have you ever wondered why A la Ronde has sixteen sides?

A la Ronde in winter

Have you ever wondered why A la Ronde has sixteen sides? Do you know what a sixteen sided shape is called?

In a world without electric lighting, the Parminter cousins relied on natural light to go about their daily routine.  As the sun moved around the house, so they did they. 

The bedrooms faced east and were the first to be lit by the sun, Jane and Mary Parminter would rise and wash, ready to take breakfast, which was served at 9am in this period.  Bedroom 1 is now the Study.  The second bedroom, also facing east, was converted to the Music Room by the Reverend Oswald Reichel.

The Library gets the best morning sun.  The cousins would make use of the good light to take breakfast, write letters and paint watercolours.

The Parminters Drawing Room, Lobby and Oval Sitting Room were made into one large room by Reichel and it gets most light in early afternoon.  Before his alterations, lobbies connected the Drawing Room to the Library and Dining Room.

A la Ronde is a sixteen sided house, a hexadecagonal house.