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A La Ronde

East Devon, England, United Kingdom

About A La Ronde

A La Ronde is a unique sixteen-sided 18th century historic house located in Devon and operated by the National Trust.

Built in 1796 for Jane and Mary Parminter its design is supposedly based on the Basilica of San Vitale, a church in Ravenna, Italy. The cousins were widely travelled and the house contains many objects and mementoes from their grand tours.

Today A La Ronde is a popular tourist attraction and includes the unusual ‘shell gallery’ a seaside-themed enclosure covered in as many as 25,000 shells arranged in intricate patterns. Visitors can also enjoy wonderful views across the Exe estuary to the east Devon coastline as well as enjoying the tranquil gardens