Welcome to Dalemain

"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.

News & Events at Dalemain in October

Jane’s Windfall Apple Marmalade

Dalemain has a rich collection of apple trees that range through many centuries. They are always laden with fruit which are picked and stored in our 16th Century grotto, converted into an Apple House by the Victorians. It is these which are used to make our Jane’s Windfall Apple Marmalade. It has a distinct apple taste which is overlaid with citrus through the addition of lemons and grapefruit. A dash of brandy adds to the depth of flavour.

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.

  • The Dalemain Plant Stall:  There are old fashioned roses for sale & lots of new plants from the historic gardens and it's the perfect time to be looking for extra plants! Why not pop to Dalemain to buy a plant?  FREE access and parking to the Plant Stall and Tearoom. Open 10.30am to 5pm - Sunday to Thursday. 
  • 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.

Summer Opening Times 2014

The Historic House & Gardens officially opened for the Summer Season on Sunday 6th April 2014 until Thursday 30th October 2014. OPEN: Sunday to Thursday.  CLOSED Friday & Saturday.

  • Gardens Tea Room & Gift Shop: 10.30am – 5pm (4pm in October)
  • House Opens 11.15am for guided tour
  • House Opens for free flow 11.45am
  • House Closes 4pm (3pm in October) but the Gardens and Tea Room are still open until 5.00pm (4pm in October).

We look forward to seeing you soon. 


Apple Celebrations in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom- throughout October

How quickly the year has flown and the apple harvest is here and we have filled our beautiful ancient apple store in the garden.  To celebrate our bumper harvest, a selection of Dalemain's ancient varieties of Apples are available to taste and buy in the tearoom. 

We also have an Apple Menu throughout October in the Tearoom with a welcoming open log fire.

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

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WELCOME to Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens - Spring & Summer Opening times

The Historic House & Gardens officially opened for the Summer Season on Sunday 6th April 2014.  We are open Sunday to Thursday 10.30am to 5pm.  

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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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