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Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

Dalemain, Penrith CA11 0HB, England
+44 17684 86450
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Ranked #18 of 29 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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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We have visited regularly most of the gardens around Cumbria and this is now our favourite. It is a garden tended with love as well as skill, and that makes the difference. It is also being developed, so each visit reveals something new. The walk along the terrace at the side of the house is truly lovely. The house is... More

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Wolverhampton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Whilst making our way to Pooley Bridge we decided to stop for lunch at the tea-room advertised outside this historic house. What a very pleasant experience this turned out to be. As we made our way up the driveway we were greeted by a herd of fallow deer in the field who nuzzled our hands as we photographed them. We... More

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Lerwick, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We were at a Classic car rally in the grounds of Dalemain, and I decided to look at the gardens. They were quite nice, with a lot of variety, including a wooded area and a riverbank area as well as some small more formal areas. The highlight was the tea room, which was lovely, served excellent homemade cakes and scones,... More

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

My recommendation: don't bother spending your money on this house. My friend and I went to visit Dalemain on a cold August morning. We were looking foreword to exploring the house. When we arrived. We both struggled to walk to the main entrance without getting sheep poo on our feet. It didn't bother us too much at the time, but... More

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Perth, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We decided to visit Dalemain while staying in Keswick for a few days. Unfortunately we felt quite ripped off! There were minimal rooms open for display, so few it felt as though the owners were having a lend! The top bedroom (children's room) looked like a storeroom full of junk! We finished the tour fairly quickly and moved onto the... More

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Kelso, Scotland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Called in here on a wet day thinking it would be a good place to visit. Car park was open to sheep and there were water-soaked sheep droppings everywhere making it impossible not to get footwear contaminated. Welcome was warm and friendly but only limited number of rooms open and no overall theme, just an eclectic mix of historical periods,... More

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Boston Spa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There is no access to the house. The rooms that are open are not well maintained - exhibits very poorly displayed and far too many photographs of not very interesting people. Overpriced and disappointing.

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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I visited Dalemain 4 August with my mother and we were really disappointed. We paid a similar entrance fee to visit Holker Hall gardens where we spent a good 3 hours looking around them. Dalemain in comparison was extremely poor, small in comparison to Holker Hall. A lot of the beds looked really straggly and a vast amount of the... More

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Skelton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The gardens are not looking too good but I wonder if this is just because of the time of year. The house is interesting but not stunning. The rooms upstairs belonging to the maid was fascinating. I really liked the display of old photos and military items. The tearoom is very small and dark but as it is in a... More

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

Thank you very much for your review and we are glad you enjoyed your afternoon at Dalemain and that you really liked the WW1 Exhibition. Dalemain are very pleased to be part of the 'Penrith Remembers' Centenary Programme of events for the Commemoration of World War 1. Best wishes Dalemain More

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We have visited Dalemain Mansion and its gardens on several occasions over the last few years and it is one of our favourite places in the Lake District. The gardens were looking lovely and we spent a pleasant afternoon reacquainting ourselves with its quiet pleasures. The house is both grand and homely at the same time giving the impression of... More

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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 that you enjoyed your visit to Dalemain like the many of 1,000's of visitors each year. We look forward to seeing you back at Dalemain next year. Best wishes Dalemain More

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