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Dalemain Historic House and Gardens // Penrith

Dalemain House

An intruiging historical house full of charm and set within beautiful gardens.

A wealth of Tudor and Medieval rooms, buildings and gardens lie behind the Georgian facade of this house set on the northern fringes of the Lake District. In one section of the house you can explore the winding passages, quaint stairways and quirky rooms, while another part of the house has a complete contrast.

There are numerous grand public rooms including the grand drawing rooms with 18th century panelling, nursery and housekeeper's room, and the Chinese Room with its original hand painted wallpaper, furniture and fittings. A collection of agricultural bygones and fell pony museum can be found in the 16th century Great Barn

Little is known about very early history of the building but a defensive pele tower was first constructed here during the 12th century; this was added to with a hall which converted it into a manor house. During Elizabeth I's reign two wings were added onto the hall and it was in the middle of the 18th century that the Georgian facade was added to this section of the house.

Dalemain House has been owned by the Hasell family for more than 300 years when Sir Edward Hasell bought it in 1680 and it is still very much a family home. There is a small room within the pele tower with various pictures, diaries and objects from a previous occupier Lady Anna Clifford.

The house sits within five acres of gardens boasting an intriguing and unusual array of flowers and plants including over 100 old fashioned roses. Within the parkland is the biggest Greek Fir in the UK, while there are also various Walnut Trees, Spanish Chestnuts and a 200 year old Tulip tree. Within the gardens you'll also find the sleeping giantess and the box hedge dragon.

On-site you'll find a mediaeval tea room and gift shop around the cobbled courtyard. 

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