The Whitewater Hotel & Leisure Club
Lakeland Village, Newby Bridge
Cumbria, England LA12 8PX, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1539 531133
Fax: +44 (0)1539 531881


Whitewater Hotel Spa and Leisure Club

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About us

A star of the Lake District just got brighter!

Whitewater Hotel Cumbria - Lake DistricOver 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 Backbarrow Mill 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 it to be used as a paper mill and a cotton mill.

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 set to become the leading hotel 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.