A La Ronde, National Trust Devon 1

A La Ronde, National Trust Devon

October 6, 2015 9:43 am

A La Ronde, an inspiring National Trust house in Devon

A La Ronde is a quirky 18th century house in Devon. Originally built for Mary and Jane Parminter, Two spinster cousins who had travelled across Europe. The house was inspired by, a Basilica they visited in Italy. The house has sixteen sides and is jam packed full of Artwork, objects and mementoes they collected on their travels. It is now owned by the National Trust.

A La Ronde sixteen sided house

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The house is described as having ‘a magical strangeness that one might dream of only as a child’.

– Lucinda Lambton

The interior decoration includes a ‘shell gallery’ where the walls are covered in over 20,000 shells. Unfortunately it is now too fragile to view, however there is a touch screen 360 degree virtual tour so it didn’t feel as though I missed out on too much.


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Another highlight of the house is the feather frieze in the drawing room. Using feathers collected from British game birds and chickens. The frieze is even designed at the perfect angle to avoid dust settling on it. The house is surrounded by beautiful countryside and lovely gardens.

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To find out more about A La Ronde check the National Trust website here.


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