Dalemain is one of the most beautiful and impressive houses in the North West of England. The finely dressed pink stone of its Georgian façade glows magnificently in the sunlight. Yet hidden behind the ordered geometry of its Palladian architecture is the story of its past.

The name Dalemain means 'manor in the valley', there has been a settlement in it's position since the time of the Saxons.The first recorded mention of a building on this site, is of a fortified pele tower in the reign of Henry II; one of a line of towers built to protect the country against the marauding and barbaric Scots to the North.

In the 14th century a manor hall was added, with a second tower and during the 16th century two wings housing kitchen and living quarters, one on each side of the main building were built. These various building works provide a glorious confusion of winding passages, quaint stairways and unexpected rooms in the house that stands today; the Fretwork Room particularly has a magnificent sixteenth-century plaster ceiling and beautiful oak panelling.

In 1679, Sir Edward Hasell bought Dalemain thanks to a legacy from his employer Lady Anne Clifford. Sir Edward acted as 'Chiefe Officer' to Lady Anne Clifford until her death in 1676. As thanks, he was given various gifts from Lady Anne, including her portrait by Bracken and her Diary of 1676 both of which are on show.

Although he made minor changes to the building it was not until later when his son, Edward, built an impressive Georgian front in 1744. This enclosed a central courtyard between the new and the old parts of the house and the house became much grander with public rooms including the breath-taking Chinese Room with its original eighteenth-century, hand-painted wallpaper, riotously alive with birds, insects and flowers.

There have been no major alterations since that date and the interior has thus gradually developed slowly. In 1920 much of the house was modernised by Gertrude Hasell, wife of Major Hasell, who introduced electricity, central heating and redecorated many of the rooms.

The house was opened to the public in 1977 but remains very much lived in by the Hasell-McCosh family where rooms are used throughout the year. There are interesting collections of fine furniture, family portraits, ceramics, dolls' houses, and old toys. 

 

 



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NEXT EVENT - Sunday 26 April - Celebrate 'DRIVE IT DAY' Wigton Motor Club

All the classic and motor clubs in Cumbria and further afield are gathering at Dalemain near Penrith between 11 and 2 for celebrate Drive It Day and raise funds in memory of Stuart Turnbull, the President of Wigton Motor Club for over 30 years. Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens are open as usual 10.30am to 5pm at the normal admission price with FREE entry to the 'Drive It Day' on the front fields.

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The Historic House & Gardens officially opened for the Summer Season on Sunday 29th March 2015 and we look forward to welcoming you to Dalemain.

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Vacancy - Administrative Assistant at Dalemain

An opportunity to work in the office 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.  It is a hands on job, where no two days are the same.  Four days p.w. Closing date: Monday 27th April 2015

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LATEST PRESS RELEASE: World’s Best Marmalade Makers Crowned at 2015 Marmalade Festival

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

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Dalemain wins prestigious Heritage Award for best event 2012

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