This fantastic Lake District historic house and gardens contains behind its Georgian facade a wealth of Tudor and Medieval rooms and buildings. There has been a settlement at Dalemain since Saxon times, when a fortified pele tower is mentioned and the present day courtyard is testimony to the defensive nature of the hamlet surrounding that tower.
The Old Hall was added in the 14th century, along with another tower. In the 16th century, two projecting wings were added creating a typical Elizabethan manor house and in 1744, the impressive Georgian front was constructed to enclose an inner courtyard. Very little change has been made to the buildings since these times, and Dalemain remains a very special Lake District Historic House and gardens which has been home to the same family since 1679
The gardens stretch over five acres – please be sure not to miss the Silver Fir (Abies cephalonica) which is now the biggest of its type in the British Isles. Then stroll in the Tudor knot garden, continue along the Rose Walk with over 150 old fashioned roses, at their very best in June/July when the heavenly scent is intoxicating. The ancient apple trees in this area of the garden are named 18th/19th century varieties with nearly 30 different kinds. The fruit from these trees is used in the tearoom in several of the delicious recipes available throughout the year.
Dalemain hosts a variety of fairs and activities throughout the year & one of the more unusual of these is the World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival held in February.