Explore A la Ronde

ALR House

A la Ronde is a house and estate built in the 1790s by cousins Jane and Mary Parminter. They were both independent-minded, unmarried and financially secure women whose adventurous spirits took them to Europe. After their 'Grand Tour' they returned to England and inspired by their travels they created their unusual and characterful home.

Successive owners took on the responsibility of guardianship, carefully modernising whilst also protecting the house’s decoration. The cousin’s artistry and ornamentation are evident in many of the rooms with beautiful feather friezes, shell picture frames, sand and seaweed collages and the extraordinary shell gallery above.

Collection at A la Ronde
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Collection at A la Ronde

A floor to ceiling cabinet of curiosity and several painting and prints are all reminders of their travels as you circle round the rooms on the ground floor. Each room feels intimate and reveals more personal treasures and souvenirs which weave an interesting narrative around these unusual ladies.

Cabinet of Curiousities
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Cabinet of Curiousities

The upper floor was created later by the Reverend Oswald Reichel. As well as other significant changes he made, look out for the ‘speaking tubes’ and cleverly concealed dumbwaiter. Subsequent owners have all left their mark on A la Ronde and their stories are recounted by knowledgeable guides you’ll meet when you visit.

View of the house from the meadow
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View of the house from the meadow

The 16-sided stone building makes an unusual landmarking sitting high on a hill looking down to Exmouth. Once a 20-acre estate, designed in a picturesque style (a 'ferme ornée') which incorporated a chapel, school and several almshouses. The grounds are much reduced, but you can still enjoy the wonderful views the cousins had over the countryside to the sea. Enjoy afternoon tea on the sunny lawn, stroll through the flower-rich meadow or seek shelter and shade from the orchard where you will find a mix of old English apple varieties and medlar trees.