A la Ronde
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Tel. 01395 265514
This unique 16-sided house, described by Lucinda Lambton as having 'a magical strangeness that one might dream of only as a child', was built for two spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, on their return from a European grand tour in the late 18th century. It contains many objects and mementoes of their travels, and the extraordinary interior decoration includes a feather frieze from many species of birds, including game birds, fowl, jays and parrots, laboriously stuck down with isinglass. The fragile shell-encrusted gallery, said to contain nearly 25,000 shells, is viewed via a 360-degree touchscreen virtual tour. Note: small, fragile rooms. Allow at least an hour to visit. Non-flash photography permitted.
Summer Lane, Exmouth, Devon EX8 5BD