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Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens

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Address: | Dalemain, Penrith CA11 0HB, England
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+44 17684 86450

Dalemain has been the home of the Hasell-McCosh Family for eleven...

Dalemain has been the home of the Hasell-McCosh Family for eleven generations. Here, visitors can discover and enjoy a fine mixture of Mediaeval, Tudor & early Georgian architecture and Award Winning Gardens, richly planted with

unusual combinations of flowers and shrubs. Highlights include the Rose Walk, Ancient Apple Trees, Tudor Knot Garden, Blue Himalayan Poppies, Earth Sculpture and Stumpery. Home to the International Marmalade Festival.

Homemade food served in the Mediaeval Hall Tearoom, Historic Parkland with the Dacre Walk, Gift Shop with Antiques,Plant Sales, Special Events throughout the year & Group Bookings. Free parking. HHA/Christie's Garden of the Year Award 2013.

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Shop and tearoom

Whilst we did not visit the house itself the shop was heaven for marmalade fans and the tearoom fare was fresh and delicious. All the staff we met were friendly and welcoming. A... read more

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28 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst we did not visit the house itself the shop was heaven for marmalade fans and the tearoom fare was fresh and delicious. All the staff we met were friendly and welcoming. A highlight for the younger members of our party was the delightful former gamekeeper who invited us to feed the estate's deer and the wild birds which responded... More 

Thank Epmj
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this afternoon at 3pm. Barely a smile upon arrival, had to 'yoo hoo' someone from the kitchen to serve us. Cafe open until 4:30 yet they were all packing up at 3! No kitchen staff on as had gone home so only bits and bats left. Extremely disappointing

1 Thank Whitfield_fam
ManagerDalemain, Front Office Manager at Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of Dalemain's historic tearoom, and I am so sorry that you had a negative experience. We always strive to ensure that our guests are given a warm welcome, and I do apologise if this was not the case. Our staff are generally very welcoming, and I assure you that your visit is not standard practise.... More 

Lincoln, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family come here family regularly for walks and to buy some of their brilliant marmalade. In winter the restaurant always have a great log fire going , and the staff are friendly , a good spot to spend an hour or two depending how far you walk.

Thank j0hnsellers
Brecon, United Kingdom
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98 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

What an amazing house & gardens my first visit to the marmalade awards as we won gold this year. The awards were fantastic held in the house itself what an amazing setting 👌I spent the whole weekend at the festival I ate in the tearooms also the barn takeaway tried so many marmalades all were great the staff were so... More 

Thank foodie0149
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37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Poor food. High prices. Lovely location. £5.50 for a sausage sandwich. 1 sausage cut in half. 3 crisps. Stale bap. Stale scone obviously made a few days earlier. Overall lovely house and area. Mediocre food in my opinion

2 Thank Adrian C
Cumbria, United Kingdom
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253 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

parked at dalemain while we went walking and called in at the cafe for late lunch on the way back. I had a lovely bacon,brie and cranberry sandwich and coffee. There was a group of 30 walking so it was a bit slow getting served as they were a bit short on staff. would come back again as enjoyed and... More 

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Pakenham, United Kingdom
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610 reviews
547 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The House is open between 10.30 and 3.30 Sundays to Thursdays, although access to the house is by way of a guided tour up to 2.00pm when after it becomes free flow. The award winning gardens are superb; being small, compact and with views over the countryside. The lower gardens are slightly less well maintained and access is somewhat limited... More 

Thank Philip S
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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192 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

Went to a food festival here is a beautiful place and very nice for a day out, the food fair was excellent and had a great band on cant wait to return for another event

Thank Woodzy29
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Before visiting, check their website! There are some very good events throughout the year (marmalade festival, chilli festival etc). The tour through the house is very well done, and everyone can enjoy it. The coffee shop/restaurant is well serviced - I've never seen it quiet, which is a good sign. Weather permitting, the gardens are wonderful, and well worth a... More 

Thank hoggybell
Durham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Beautiful old house which gives an insight into how people used to live. Cafe was super, warm and cosy with lot's of home made treats. The grounds were stunning, The tour guide was very good and took time to answer all questions whilst still keeping us all together!

Thank Sharon C

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