A la Ronde

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.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

Daily 10:50 - 17:30.

Admission charges

Adult: £7.80
Child: £4.00
Family (1 adult): £11.80
Family: £19.60
Group adult: £6.60
Group child: n/a

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Natural Sciences, Social History

A la Ronde
Summer Lane
Exmouth
Devon
EX8 5BD
England

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014

Website

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/a-la-ronde/

E-mail

alaronde@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

01395 265514

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