A star of the Lake District just got brighter!

Over the past year the popular Hotel and Leisure resort developed from the historic Backbarrow Cotton Mill has undergone considerable refurbishments and from the 1st of May 2010 is re-launched as the:


The history of the building dates back as far as Tudor times as a corn mill controlled by the monks of Cartmel Priory. As time passed, the unique position of the mill on the banks of the fast flowing River Leven, running from Lake Windermere, enabled this building to be used for many purposes. During it´s time so far the building has been used as a paper mill, Ainsworth´s cotton mill and then the Reckitts Ultramarine pigment factory before it being turned into the hotel it is today. For more on the hotel buildings colourful history, click here.

The last manufacturing venture of the mill was the production of blue pigment bags which became a revolutionary way for laundries to bring that “whiter than white” look into their customers laundry! These ubiquitous bags became known fondly as “Dolly Blues!”

Now under the ownership of Heritage Resorts, owners of five tourist resorts in Southern Spain, and the highly successful, Branston Hall Hotel in Lincolnshire. The Whitewater Hotel and Leisure Club is now one of the leading hotels of the region.

Our sister hotel in Lincolnshire

Branston Hall Hotel Lincoln

Branston Hall was originally built in 1885 as a stately home for Sir Leslie Alexander Melville, the property was since restored and converted into a hotel in 1990. It is surrounded by 88 acres of wooded parkland and lakes, all belonging to the hotel. The location is totally serene and unspoilt by the pressures of the modern world.

Situated on the B1188 three miles south of the City of Lincoln, Branston Hall Hotel is easily accessible from all areas of the country. We are 18 miles from the A1 and the nearest major road is the A46. Lincoln Railway Station is only 5 minutes away by car.


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FREE Parking at the hotel

Please note! The A592 from Bowness to Newby Bridge area is closed from the 7th January for 11 weeks.

Please be all aware if you are staying with us and attending the Cartmel Races it is advisable to pre book your taxi yourself well in advance. The Whitewater Hotel is not responsible for any issues with taxi bookings during this busy period.

We regret to inform our customers that we do not accept dogs into the hotel with the exception of guide dogs. However, there are dog kennels nearby.

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