The Lake District’s second largest lake, Lake Ullswater, is regarded by many to be the much-loved region’s most beautiful. Home to nearby Dalemain House - a kaleidoscope of historic architecture that dates back to Saxon times - this Lake District gem is a showcase in human intervention versus unspoilt nature - a must-see when paddling your feet in this neck of the woods.
An hour’s brisk walk through the Lake District National Park – or a 7-minute drive – from Another Place’s newest Lake District hotel, The Lake, various building works over several centuries have led to Dalemain House’s fine mixture of medieval, Tudor and early Georgian architecture, to be discovered through winding passages, quaint stairways and unexpected rooms.
The pink stone façade of the main house provides a bright contrast to the lush, deep green surroundings of the Lake District countryside.
Acquired in 1679 by Sir Edward Hasell, progenitor of the family who currently owns Dalemain, it was only significantly altered again in the 18th century, with the addition of grand rooms such as the Chinese Room – as was the fashion at the time. Electricity and central heating were introduced in 1920 and in 1977 the house was opened to the public, while still actually being lived in by the Hasell-McCosh family, whose family portraits adorn the walls.
The five-acre Plantsman's garden is a place of delightful picturesque order set against the backdrop of the Lake District Fells. Richly planted with leafy greens and boasting a nearly 200-year-old rose walk, this garden is full of surprises, including the Tudor Knot Garden and the wilder, lush garden where blue Himalayan poppies bloom in early summer.
Lake Ullswater’s The Lake – opening in early Autumn – sets the tone for a visit to Dalemain, effortlessly interweaving the hotel's Georgian architecture with a cool, family-led contemporary design - a latter day Dalemain, who knows.
For more on all things in gentle Lake District tones, have a peek in our choc-a-bloc Travel Journal for an interview with The Lake's London-based interior designers, Household, or read up on all things Lake Ullswater and why it was poet William Wordsworth's most inspirational spot. If lakeside lazing is simply your thing - G&T possibly in hand - then have a scroll through our LAKESIDE genre, filled with gently lapping waves and the far-off rustle of reeds.
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