"I love welcoming people young and old to my garden. For me, it tells a story from the moment that I first came to live here to the present. It is all about colour, texture and shape.”
Just 2 miles from Ullswater, and in the heart of the Lakelands, it is a sheltered, 5 acre plantsman’s garden. A haven of tranquillity, it has an intriguing and unusual combination of flowers.
In the spring, the garden is spread with thousands of snow drops and aconites. These are followed by daffodils before finally the splendour of the roses appear in May. All the herbaceous plants come into their own over the summer. Then, the rich Autumn colours flood the garden with its last gasp of life. In the winter the garden becomes an ordered landscape of well dug soil, manure and the architectural shape of the yew trees and paths becomes readily apparent.
This garden has developed piecemeal over hundreds of years and with each new generation comes change, new plants and different passions. So, wander along the Georgian terrace border being sure not to miss the Silver Fir (Abies cephalonica) which is now the biggest of its type in the British Isles. Then, stroll into the Tudor knot garden, continue along the Rose Walk with over 200 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. At the top of the rose walk you arrive at the Gazebo still with its 18th century seating which in late summer is almost hidden by a profusion of Clematis tangutica. From here you will find the entrance into shady Lob's Wood.
From here, return to the garden and head down the lawn to enjoy the colour themed herbaceous borders on each side, before discovering the Wild Garden with its pond and riverside walks. In late May and early June see the dazzling display of Himalayan Blue Poppies (Meconopsis dalemain).
During your visit don't miss the children's garden. Most of the plants in the garden have animals in their common names, such as Bear's Breeches (Acanthus), Snapdragon (Antirrhinum) and Foxgloves (Digitalis). Each plant is enhanced for added enjoyment by the recent introduction of locally hand crafted wooden animal signs which are also available for purchase in our shop.
This garden’s magic is enhanced by its constant change over the years. Here, there is a chance to see an impressive collection of plants with fascinating combinations of colour and structure locked in the heart of the Lake District. But follow the advice of the garden critic, Rosemary Verey, who warned that each visit to this garden provides a fresh adventure.
VACANCIES AT DALEMAIN - House Guides, Secretarial Support & Volunteer Gardeners
Due to increased visitor numbers we have 3 new opportunities to work at Dalemain as part of a small team helping to provide members of the public with memorable experiences based on the beauty and history of Dalemain and to thus ensure its future.
NEW: THE FACES OF ULLSWATER ART EXHIBITON at Dalemain - FREE ACCESS - SUN 5th JULY to THURS 30th JULY 2015
For the last two years Julia Stanton and Gina Farncombe have been painting portraits of people living in the Ullswater valley and last year they were joined by Beatrice Hasell-McCosh who is contributing landscapes. Together, they have painted farmers and other local residents born between the wars and who have lived in the valley for over 30 years.
'DACRE & DALEMAIN DAYS' - For Every Ticket purchased at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens a donation will be given to Dacre Church
When you visit Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens on the 'Dacre & Dalemain Days Out' and present your ticket at Dacre Church a donation from Mr & Mrs McCosh will be given.
NEW BOOK NOW: Bespoke Botanical Drawing Courses with Mark Fothergill - World Renowned Botanical Artist
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - MARK FOTHERGILL - WORLD RENOWNED BOTANICAL ARTIST
Book now to reserve a place on our new Botanical Drawing courses with Mark Fothergill, formerly Botanic Artist to Kew Gardens and Fellow of the Linnean Society.
EVENTS AT DALEMAIN DURING SUMMER - LOTS GOING ON & SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
We have a very varied & exciting programme of events taking place at Dalemain this Summer, with something for everyone ranging from Horse Carriage Driving to Food Festivals.
WELCOME TO DALEMAIN MANSION & HISTORIC GARDENS OPEN SUN to THURS - 10.30am to 5.00pm
The Historic House & Gardens officially opened for the Summer Season on Sunday 29th March 2015 and we look forward to welcoming you to Dalemain.
LATEST PRESS RELEASE: World’s Best Marmalade Makers Crowned at 2015 Marmalade Festival
WINNING MARMALADE MAKERS MORE INVENTIVE THAN EVER IN 10TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR WITH RECORD NUMBER OF ENTRIES AND VISITORS
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
GREAT TASTE AWARDS NEWS 2014
Dalemain Marmalades have excelled at this year's Great Taste Awards.
PENRITH REMEMBERS 1914 - 1918
Penrith Remembers Launches The Centenary Programme of the Commemoration of the World War 1 at Dalemain