Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens
Tel:- 017684 86450
Historic house, with gardens, set in parkland and situated close to the A592 road midway between Penrith and Pooley Bridge.
The main house has displays of furniture, pictures and ceramics, and a display of dolls' houses that will surely stimulate pangs of nostalgia in girls young and old.
There are three themed historical collections:- The Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry Collection, The Fell Pony Collection, and the Countryside Collection. (see below for more details of each)
Licensed tea room and restaurant.
Home to the World Marmalade Awards
A house of great variety
Dalemain has a rich variety of styles, spanning several centuries, from the 15th Century Great Barn, which houses two of Dalemain's collections and a blacksmith's workshop, to the grand public rooms of the Georgian period.
Visitors can enjoy a guided tour, starting at 11.15 am, during which they will hear about the development of the house and it's place in history. Alternatively, after 11.45am, they may enjoy browsing around the house at their leisure.
Westmorland and Cumberland Yeomanry Collection.
Located in the base of the Norman Pele Tower the Westmorland & Cumberland Yeomanry collection traces the history of the local militia, which were originally volunteer forces, and their development into a professional fighting force of the late 19th and early 20th century. Although the collection is not large, it is a fascinating insight into an age before mechanised warfare. Access to the Yeomanry Collection is included in the entry fee for the House and Gardens.
The Fell Pony Collection
Located in the 15th century Great Barn, the Fell Pony collection consists of displays that trace the history of the Lakeland Fell Pony using artefacts and a pictorial timeline. For any horse lover this is well worth seeing, and even non horse lovers will appreciate learning about the evolution of north country culture, which is central to the Fell Pony story.
Access to the Fell Pony collection is included in the entry fee for the House and Gardens.
The Countryside Collection
Also situated in the Great Barn is a small collection of artefacts and tools devoted to the Cumbrian agricultural industry. On display is farming equipment including carts, ploughs, cultivators and hand tools, whilst a pictorial history charts the way of life of country dwellers over the centuries.
Access to the Countryside Collection is included in the entry fee for the House and Gardens.
The Gardens at Dalemain are a flower lovers' delight, with 5 acres of herbaceous borders planted with intriguing and unusual combinations of blooms to ensure there is always colour and interest.
Each area of the garden is planted according to the soil and likely weather conditions in that situation. Drought loving plants adorn the Terrace Border, whilst in the Knot Garden the aromatic scent of herbs fills the air.
Old-fashioned roses can be admired and smelled in early summer, and the garden is famous for it's Himalayan Blue Poppies, which can be seen from mid May to mid June.
Licensed tearoom and restaurant
Dalemain's licensed tearoom and restaurant is situated in the fifteenth century Mediaeval Hall. Here, fresh coffee, home-made lunches and afternoon teas are served. A large log fire adds to the Mediaeval atmosphere.
World Marmalade Awards
A festival of all things Marmalade since 2005, the awards are centred on Dalemain Mansion.
The Artisan Awards promote small scale marmalade makers using the open-pan method. Winners can display their ‘Gold’ ‘Silver’ or ‘Bronze’ Award roundel on their jars, declaring their marmalade one of the best quality preserves in the world.
The Homemade Awards can be entered by anyone, and there are categories from Children’s Marmalade to Merry (with alcohol), Camponologists, Any Citrus and many more. The full homemade entry fee goes towards supporting Hospice care, both in the UK and around the world.
The awards take place in March, and entries need to be in place by early February. Call Dalemain for more details.