"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.
CHRISTMAS LUNCHES & EXCLUSIVE MARMALADE GIFTS AT DALEMAIN
Dalemain Christmas Lunches In the Mediaeval Hall from Sun 6th until Wed 16th December 2015 - 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.
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 Wed 16th December. Open Sunday to Thursday - 11am to 3pm
SAVE THE DALEMAIN OF AUSTRALIA
The NATIONAL TRUST of South Australia are putting in a bid to save the house immortalised in Picnic on Hanging Rock and a vital part of the South Australian Heritage.
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.
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
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
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.
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.