Quirky 18th-century house with fascinating interior decoration and collections, in the ownership of the National Trust
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.