We visit the Lake District a LOT… we’re less than an hour away so it’s very easy to drive to. We enjoy weekend jaunts to visit beautiful places we have’t seen before and of course we love relaxed lunches in welcoming county pubs! Even so there are some areas we haven’t explored yet and there are gems to uncover.
Last weekend we visited Dalemain. It’s name means manor in the valley and it really is a mansion house in a dramatic Lakeland setting. It’s a family home so only part of the house is open to the public but it’s so interesting to see that the house has a Georgian facade with parts of the house dating back four centuries or more. My husband can spend hours looking at architecture and pouring over old documents, admiring furniture and interesting collections… so whilst he was doing that I had a good look around the garden.
There are five acres open to the public including a woodland walk but it was the gardens closest to the house that caught my attention. In particular I loved the Knot Garden with Box topiary and a fresh white planting scheme.
There’s a long high wall backing the garden, festooned with roses and clematis at this time of year, it’s very attractive.
And of course set into that wall is a garden door. Not just any garden door… Oh No! This is a super duper double door which allows access for all the essential garden machinery that Dalemain could need. How pretty is this?
Dalemain is an RHS Partner Garden so entry is free if you are RHS members. There’s a Medieval Hall tearoom and a shop selling award winning Marmalade too. If you love wildlife you’ll be impressed by the gardens full of wild birds, bees and butterflies. There’s Deer in the parkland and you may be lucky enough to get a great view of them as we did. The old gamekeeper feeds them so they browse quite close to his cottage. This is one just a few feet away was keeping a beady eye on us!
On 20th August Dalemain is hosting the Cumbria Classic Car Show. So there really is something for everyone.
Dalemain is open Sunday -Thursday until October 26th this year. Please see their website for opening times.
I’ll leave you with one last look at that gorgeous garden door and a beautiful rose.
I’m joining in with Norms Thursday Doors today. Everyone is welcome to join in or simply pop along for a read.
Have you seen any colour themed gardens recently? I’d love to hear your recommendations for lovely gardens to visit.
Happy Gardening! Gillian 🙂