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Lakeland Attractions

Dalemain Historic House & Gardens

Dalemain Near Ullswater, on the Northern fringes of the Lake District, Dalemain is a real treasure. The fantastic Lake District historic house and gardens contains behind its Georgian facade, a wealth of Tudor and Mediaeval rooms and buildings. There has been a settlement at Dalemain since Saxon times, when a fortified pele tower is mentioned and the present day courtyard is testimony to the defensive nature of the hamlet surrounding that tower. 

The Old Hall was added in the 14th century, along with another tower. In the 16th century, two projecting wings were added creating a typical Elizabethan manor house and in 1744, the impressive Georgian front was constructed to enclose an inner courtyard. Very little change has been made to the buildings since these times, and Dalemain remains a very special Lake District Historic House and gardens.

Lake District Gardens
Dalemain and it's Lake District Gardens and much-loved family home is set against the grandeur and picturesque splendour of the Lakeland Fells and Parkland.

A mediaeval, Tudor and early Georgian house and Lake District gardens that has been home to the same family since 1679.

Behind the impressive pink, ashlar façade you will discover the real surprise of Dalemain - its sheer variety.

The name Dalemain means 'manor in the valley', and there has been a settlement here since Saxon times.

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 marauding Scots to the North.

To this was added a manor hall in the 14th century, with a second tower and in turn, in the 16th century were added two wings housing kitchen and living quarters, one on each side of the main building.

The impressive Georgian front was completed in 1744, built to enclose a central courtyard between the new and the old parts of the house.

The Lake District gardens facade was rebuilt in 1748 to match the new front, and there have been no major alteration since that time.

Dalemain is beautifully situated in the heart of the Lake District only 2 miles from Lake Ullswater and the lake steamers, 6 miles from the Caldbeck fells and is very close to the Pennines and the mountains of the English lakes. The village of Dacre is only one mile along an estate road, and has a beautiful little church, a castle that is part of the Dalemain estate and an 18th century coaching inn.


Dalemain Historic House & Gardens, Dalemain Estate Office, Dalemain, PENRITH, Cumbria, CA11 0HB

Tel: (017684) 86450; Fax: (017684) 86223 Email:


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