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Dalemain

Historic house and gardens near Ullswater. The ancient apple trees in the garden are named 18th/19th century varieties with nearly 30 different kinds. The fruit from these trees is used in the tearoom in several of the delicious recipes available throughout the year.

Dalemain, despite its Georgian façade, contains Tudor and mediaeval elements. Already famous for its hosting of the World’s Original Marmalade Awards and Festival which attracts over 1,000 participants, its most recent claim to fame is winning the 2013 Garden of the Year award sponsored by the Historic Houses Association. Originally the site of a fortified tower during the reign of Henry II, it has been home to the Hasell-McCosh family since 1679. Situated just north of Ullswater, it is surrounded by extensive gardens which contain up to thirty different heritage apple varieties.

About twenty trees line the Apple Walk in the main Garden, one row of standards beside the path and another row as espaliers against a south facing wall. Three others are below the Terrace, and another four are situated randomly in the shady Low Garden. Further trees are in the Kitchen Garden. Tree age is unknown; Mrs. Hasell-McCosh thinks some may date from the 19th century, while some may be early 20th century plantings based on the varieties used.

Most trees are still healthy and vigorous, carrying good crops despite considerable competition from shrubs and the extensive collection of roses in the borders.

The fruit is used for cakes, tarts etc in the tea room. There is a fruit store, a purpose built square building at the top end of the garden, which dates from the 16thC.

Gardens open Sun-Thurs 10.30am-5pm late March-end Sept, (4pm to end Oct) then 11am-3pm in winter (closed mid Dec-mid Feb). Postcode for Satnav: CA11 0HB. Tel 017684 86450 Admission £7. Directions: 3 miles SW of Penrith on A592.

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