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Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

Dalemain, Penrith CA11 0HB, England
+44 17684 86450
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Ranked #16 of 28 attractions in Penrith
Type: Historic Sites, Gardens
Owner description: Dalemain has been the home of the Hasell-McCosh Family for eleven generations. Here, visitors can discover and enjoy a fine mixture of Mediaeval,... more » Owner description: Dalemain has been the home of the Hasell-McCosh Family for eleven generations. Here, visitors can discover and enjoy a fine mixture of Mediaeval, Tudor & early Georgian architecture and Award Winning Gardens, richly planted with unusual combinations of flowers and shrubs. Highlights include the Rose Walk, Ancient Apple Trees, Tudor Knot Garden, Blue Himalayan Poppies, Earth Sculpture and Stumpery. Home to the International Marmalade Festival. Homemade food served in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom, Historic Parkland with the Dacre Walk, Gift Shop with Antiques,Plant Sales, Special Events throughout the year & Group Bookings. Free parking. HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award 2013. « less
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We have been to Cumbria before and visited a number of historic homes in the area but not this one. The National Trust has a certain conformity and are a bigger organisation and I know that the privately owned houses struggle to maintain them. We bought our tickets and were told that they had shut for the guides to have... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Very disappointed. Some interesting things, the Chinese room and the Tudor panelling & Jane Eyre was filmed there which they don't really publicise. Gardens are nice, but I wouldnt say spectacular, although I didn't see all of them (hay fever ). The rooms of the house tend to give the impression that they are filled with a lot of unrelated... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We went to see this house on the recommendations on their website including their statement that they won garden of the year 2013. We were disappointed to find a garden in semi disarray, paths difficult to walk due to overgrown plants, and rose bushes that hadn't appeared to be cut back for several seasons. The house did not have several... More

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ManagerDalemain, Manager at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Dalemain and for your feedback. Whilst we are disappointed you did not enjoy your visit to our old fashioned and natural gardens with a wonderful and incredible collection of plants, we do appreciate that the last 8 weeks of drought have been quite harsh on the plants. The rose bushes were cut back in Autumn 2013... More

Brigg, North Lincolnshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We spent a very enjoyable morning exploring Dalemain Mansion including a very informative and engaging guided tour with Jan and delicious elevenses in the tea room. The gardens are beautiful and well worth a good walk around. All of the staff we encountered were friendly and welcoming and the two girls in the tea room coped exceptionally well when a... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We just wanted to see the gardens, especially the blue poppies. Unfortunately we could not navigate the steep steps down to where the blue poppies were. Which was a bit disappointing. The rest of the garden was lovely and tranquil. The panninis were very nice. My father had a ploughmans which was like a mountain on a plate, cheese, ham... More

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ManagerDalemain, Manager at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit to Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens and we are pleased you enjoyed yourselves. The staff at Dalemain work very hard to make sure visitors get the most out of their visit and we are sorry on this occasion that you were unable to see the blue poppies in the low garden. To address this we... More

galsgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is a really gem at this time of year. The quality of the planting is terrific and the ambiance is calming. The tearoom and home baking is pretty good too.

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ManagerDalemain, Manager at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review and we are very pleased you enjoyed your visit to Dalemain. More

Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My partner lives in Ambleside. As she doesn't have a car we'd hired one for various reasons. We were wondering where to go on our last day with the car and decided to visit Dalemain. Not as grand as Holker Hall and the bigger stately homes but that very fact added to its charm. Not big inside but worth a... More

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aylesbury
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

we liked the house and the history cards to give more information, we stopped for a snack which took ages to arrive and we found the café was too dark.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Lovely house and fabulous gardens. Privately owned but you can join the Historic Houses scheme to cover the entrance cost. All the staff were very friendly and helpful. Interesting WW1 exhibition in the house. Cafe serves good value quality food. Highlight was the gardens.

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leeds ,UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

It was cold and wet so the lovely gardens did not look their best. However the fantastic guide showed us the house and told us the fascinating history. It is a family home and very different from the normal "National trust" experience. The café is excellent and the marmalade choice staggering. Very much worth a visit in any weather if... More

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