"Dalemain is a very special house with an extraordinarily warm and welcoming atmosphere, it is our pleasure to share it with the many visitors and friends who chance upon it!"


Robert and Jane Hasell-McCosh

Dalemain has been the home of the Hasell Family for eleven generations, the most recent becoming Hasell-McCosh after the death of Robert Hasell-McCosh's mother who was the last Hasell.

Visitors can discover and enjoy four centuries of history, five acres of celebrated gardens, historic parkland and home-made food served in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom.

Dalemain is home to 'The World's Original Marmalade Awards & Festival' held annually in March.

Click here to view Dalemain's 2014 Visitor Leaflet.

During November and December, don't forget to visit our Mediaeval Hall Tearoom serving delicious home made food with an open log fire and a selection of award winning and unique Christmas marmalade gifts - Open 11am to 3pm - Sunday to Thursday. FREE ACCESS & PARKING. The House is closed for winter. 

Why not combine your visit to the tearoom with a walk around the historic gardens with a special entry offer at £3 per adult, children FREE (the house is now closed for Winter) and a walk through the historic parkland with the 'Dacre Walk' which starts in the Courtyard with a one mile walk to Dacre Castle & Dacre Village and back the same route - please click on this link for full details.

Christmas Lunches in the Mediaeval Hall during December - see full details below

Great Taste Awards News - August 2014
Dalemain Marmalades have excelled at this year’s Great Taste Awards.  
Dalemain are delighted to announce that both of our entries were awarded gold stars at this year’s Great Taste Awards as it is our first year of entering. Having hosted the World’s Original Marmalade Awards for the past 9 years we decided to enter two of our marmalades into the Great Taste Awards as we cannot enter them into our own competition!
We are especially thrilled that Jane’s Marmalade picked up two gold stars and was described by the judges as “delicious.” All of our marmalade is handmade in small batches here at Dalemain and we are looking forward to seeing the Great Taste Awards roundels affixed to our jars. Only six producers in Cumbria received a two star award including; Jane's Marmalade, from the Dalemain Marmalade Collection, Tomato and Nigella, from Mr Vikkis of High Hesket, Classic Sourdough Croissant, from More? The Artisan Bakery, Staveley and Summer Pudding, from Country Puddings of Dacre.

New Marmalade Range co-branded with Fortnum & Mason - July 2014 

Dalemain lanches kitchen garden range of marmalades co-branded with Fortnum & Mason, London.
The co-branded range includes Lemon with Rose Petal, Kitchen Garden with Rhurbarb and Sweet Orange & Apricot.  Please click on the shop tab on this website for full details.  The range is available to taste and buy exclusively at Dalemain and F&M London.

The World's Original Marmalade Awards Double Gold Winner now on sale - June 2014

LIMITED EDITION: The World's Original Awards Double Gold Home-made Winner's Marmalade 2014 'Sarah Byrnes' Marmalade is now available to buy at Dalemain and Fortnum & Mason for one year only. 50p from each jar sold goes back to charity. Please click on the shop tab on this website for full details or the marmalade tab for details of the Awards & Festival. 

ALSO, The World's Original Marmalade Awards 2014 - Double Gold & Gold Artisan Winning marmalades are available at to buy at Dalemain and on our new shop website - please click on the 'Shop' tab on this page.  The only shop in the world selling the World's Best Marmalades!

May 2014 - Dalemain Blue Poppy Awarded 'RHS AWARD OF GARDEN MERIT'


Dalemain are pleased to announce that Meconopsis Dalemain has been awarded an ‘RHS Award of Garden Merit’ for the famous Blue Himalayan Blue Poppy (meconopsis Dalemain) after extensive trials at the RHS.

  • We have extended 'The Dalemain Country House Produce Range' - Delicious, home-cooked, home-frozen foods to include puddings, cakes, marmalades & chutneys. Dalemain Country House Produce is prepared here at Dalemain and is Ideal for family dinners, dinner parties & self catering accomodation. Just defrost, re-heat & enjoy! Available in single, 2 or 4 serving portions.

WINTER Opening Times - 1st November to 18th December 2014

OPEN: Sunday to Thursday.  CLOSED Friday & Saturday.

  • Gardens Tea Room & Gift Shop: 11.00am – 3pm in November & December
  • House Opens 11.15am for guided tour
  • House CLOSED for winter.

We look forward to seeing you soon. 


PLEASE NOTE: Due to internet problems we are unable to reply to emails. Please Tel: 017684 86450 if your enquiry is urgent. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Commerical Assistant Required at Dalemain

An opportunity to work in the office at Dalemain as part of a small team helping to consolidate and develop the commercial aspects of the business by identifying new opportunities.  It is a hands on job where no two days are the same.  16 hours p.w. Closing date 5th December 2014.

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Moorings available on Lake Ullswater

 Contact Dalemain now to secure a licence to moor your boat on the most beautiful lake in the Lake District

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WINTER OPENING HOURS - During November & December don't forget to visit the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom & the Historic Gardens at a special offer of £3, Children FREE. The House is closed for winter.

Winter opening: 1st November to 18th December.  Open Sunday to Thursday - 11am to 3pm

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Dalemain Christmas Lunches In the Mediaeval Hall from Sun 7th, Tues 9th Dec & Sun 14th until Wed 17th December - Served from 12.00pm.

The perfect setting for a traditional festive treat, whether you're a group of work colleagues, family or friends. We also cater for larger groups & parties and can book a separate date if required.

Why not combine your visit with a glass of mulled wine and a walk through the Estate to Dacre Castle and back before lunch. The walk is one mile each way and a Dacre walk leaflet will be given out with your mulled wine.

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Dalemain Marmalades have excelled at this year's Great Taste Awards.

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Penrith Remembers Launches The Centenary Programme of the Commemoration of the World War 1 at Dalemain

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Dalemain Wins HHA/Christie's Prestigious Garden of the Year Award 2013

The charming English gardens of Dalemain, nestled in the Lake District, have won the 2013 Garden of the Year Award sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie’s. This prestigious national award, now in its 29th year, is designed to recognise the importance of gardens with outstanding horticultural and public appeal, either in their own right or as the setting for an historic house.  

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Dalemain wins prestigious Heritage Award for best event 2012

Dalemain has been presented with a prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Award for Best Event 2012 - The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival.

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