Dalemain has been owned by my husband’s family since 1675. It is situated in a very big landscape of rolling parkland, lakes and rugged Cumbrian hills and it is hardly surprising when the first Edward Hasell set eyes on the Pele tower and medieval manor house in this beautiful valley that he fell in love with it. The garden starts with a terrace walk created in the mid 1700’s giving the house a relationship to this bigger picture and tucked in behind, there is an ancient Elizabethan cobbled courtyard, stone barns, a knot garden for herbs and a scented walk of old fashioned roses. It is made up of many different kinds of planting with big herbaceous borders and intimate flower beds and it has extraordinary plant combinations that compliment or contrast each other. The vernacular buildings include a ‘Grot’ at the top of the garden where the gentle sound of Dacre beck and the Deer park behind still sooth the nerves of many visitors.


Dalemain Summer
My greatest wish is that guests who visit will find Dalemain to be a place of peace and tranquillity. In the garden there are many different paths to explore and places to escape to and the Dalemain bees are always busy. My family and I are often around and I enjoy showing people the developments and designs and particular plants that we have grown over the years or the ones that we treasure from my mother in law.


Bee in flower


Dalemain should be savoured and not visited in a hurry. We are famous internationally for our Marmalade Awards and Festival in March and later in the year people combine their visit of the garden with a tour of the house with its fine Georgian proportions and impressive collection of furniture and portraits or a visit to the local church with its Whistler window and ancient stone statues from Roman times. Dalemain has a countryside museum, Marmalade and Antique shop and Plant sales and a medieval Hall Tea room serving delicious home-baked food.