SY0083 : A la Ronde House, Exmouth

taken 29 years ago, near to Lympstone, Devon, Great Britain

A la Ronde House, Exmouth
A la Ronde House, Exmouth
Two miles from the centre of Exmouth, this is an unusual 45 ft high, 16-sided Byzantine style, originally thatched house. It was built by two eccentric spinster cousins, Jane and Mary Parminter, in 1796. It has twenty rooms set out around a central octagonal hall. The cousins were inspired by the European Grand Tour and created this striking house looking out over the Exe estuary. The interiors contain mementoes collected by the two women, and feature unusual decor, including a 'feather frieze' and a fragile gallery lined with nearly 25,000 shells. Visitors now must view the gallery in its entirety on closed-circuit television. The cousins, it is said, left the house in their wills on condition that it would pass on to only unmarried female descendants of the family, so that it would remain in the family line. This continued until 1991 when it became the property of the National Trust. It was owned by two sisters when this photograph was taken in June 1989.
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Date Taken
June 1989   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 28 July, 2007
Category
House   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 004 833 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:38.5004N 3:24.5288W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 004 834
View Direction
SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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