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“SOMETHING RATHER SPECIAL”
Review of A La Ronde

A La Ronde
Ranked #3 of 39 things to do in Exmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Ottery St. Mary, United Kingdom
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705 reviews
391 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
“SOMETHING RATHER SPECIAL”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

This is not the typical large NT country house and estate. Instead, it is rather special and certainly unique. Designed and occupied by two sisters, the room layout follows the path of the sun so that they always had natural light. The rooms are small and intimate with a shape dictated by the polygon floor plan and narrow staircases (some of the house would be a bit of a problem for those less mobile). There's great view across the estuary of the River Exe and a room for children to dress and carry out craftwork. The stewards are friendly and helpful and coped well with our two young and exuberant grandchildren. The access road is a typical Devon country lane: so watch out for traffic, especially as you enter Summer Lane.

Visited February 2013
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English first
Hull, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Weird and wonderful”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

Totally fascinating place with great cafe. Room guides were very informative. Staff all opf usual National trust high standard.

Visited February 2013
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Devonport, United Kingdom
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509 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“Unique.”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

A la Ronde is a 16 sided house built by two spinsters. It's unique and has a fairy tale feel. It was built to make the most of the sun. From the moment the sun rises in the east, and throughout the day, it moves from one room to another. On a sunny day there will always be one sunny room. The Parminter cousins were collectors and this is obvious to the visitor. From feather freezes to craft work. The shell gallery, in the top of the house, is made of thousands of shells collected by the cousins. Due to its delicate nature its not possible to visit the gallery but it can be seen from the hall. However, the National Trust have an excellent webcam so it's easily viewable. The views of the estuary from the house and garden are stunning. There is a small shop and excellent teas and lunch in the house.

Visited September 2012
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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“excellent”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

well worth a visit.good value.Good restaurant.A nice afternoon out.Short trip from exemouth.National trust Property

Visited May 2012
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Dorset
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175 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Amazing Quirky Building, A gem”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

Not like a lot of the NT places which do tend to have similar features. Lovely tour guide, who had bee there for 22 years since it opened to the public!

Visited November 2012
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