Grand opening

 Light coming through a diamond shaped window at A la Ronde, in oval surround with mint green walls, a jug with flowers stands on a small table

Saturday 3 February is our Grand Opening for 2018. Join us The Town Crier will be here to officially open A la Ronde for 2018. Every visitor will have the chance to win a cream tea in our newly refurbished café.

The house will be waking up after it was put to bed for it's winter clean.  Our conservation team have been working hard during our closed period doing a deep clean of the house and maintenance work is carried out by specialists.

Conservation is a critical part of what we do and it is important to understand why we do it.

Here at A la Ronde we want people to explore, experience and understand our work. The work carried out includes:

Condition reporting

We have a plan where all of our items are monitored for wear and tear. 

Floor polishing

Our committed conservation staff and volunteers polish the wooden floors throughout the house, across three floors. Polish is applied by hand and machine buffed.

Inventory checking

Each item within the collection is checked to make sure it is in the right place in our inventory checking system. 

During our closed period we have also had a complete cafe refurbishment. 

Cafe refurbishment

Our new Catering Manager has been working very closely with contractors, conservators, building surveyors, suppliers and volunteers, to ensure that the cafe is ready for opening.

After months of hard work the café will be offering a relaxed stop off during the visitor journey around the property, a place to reflect on the curious, quirky collection and house that they have seen or are going to see.  The café harnesses an historic and unique atmosphere with distressed bricks, pale blue and yellow walls, a crisp white ceiling and original features at every turn.  New tables, chairs, cutlery and crockery will be sure to delight visitors and there will be extra seating outside to enjoy the glorious views over the Exe estuary.