Whitewater Hotel and Spa

Welcome to the Whitewater Hotel Spa and Leisure Club, giving you the best of the Lake District

The Whitewater Hotel is the ultimate Lake district retreat featuring the fantastic Cascades Leisure Club & Spa. Situated in the picturesque Lakeland Village, Backbarrow, just one mile south of the world famous Lake Windermere and nearby the Historic market town Ulverston. The hotel building itself is steeped in history; it was formally a Dolly Blue pigment factory making the world famous “Dolly Blue” and was also a Victorian cotton mill. Many artefacts have been preserved and the blue pigment is still evident throughout the building. The hotel today also includes an award winning restaurant. The 38 luxury en-suite bedrooms nearly all enjoy stunning riverside views. This hotel really is the ideal place to escape from the fast pace of life for a few days and the perfect location to discover the sights and delights of the South Lakes and Cumbria.

The fabulous Cascades Spa and Leisure Club consists of the large heated indoor pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi, large gymnasium and even a squash court. On the top floor the Cascades Spa offers the finest treatments using Elemis and OPI nails products as well as other well known brands. Spa facilities now include Turkish Hamam, Arabian Mud Rasul, feature showers, outdoor hot tub and massage pedicure chairs.

This fabulous hotel, provides an exceptional Lake District holiday location for weekend breaks, fine dining, conference and banqueting events and spa treatments. We look forward to welcoming you to the Whitewater Hotel, Leisure club and Spa!

High standards and first class facilities adorn the spacious rooms in this stunning converted mill. Our elegant Riverside Restaurant offers British and International cuisine and serves local Lakeland produce.

The stylish Dolly Blue bar & grill offers a less formal style of dining including bar snacks. This Dolly Blue bar & grill overlooks the river and beautiful countryside. Both dining venues are open every day.

The Riverside Lounge and Mezzanine provide a wonderful setting for afternoon tea or cocktails overlooking the fast flowing River and beautiful countryside. This tranquil setting is also a great location and venue to host corporate events. There are three good sized meeting rooms and great menus and delegate packages.

The Whitewater Hotel, Leisure Club & Spa truly is the perfect Lakeland retreat to feel revitalised, recharged and refreshed.

Please view our hotel in high definition video: The views, the rooms, the restaurant (and the Chef at work), the bar, a bridal party, the pool, the beauty centre and much more. All crammed into a lively 2½ minutes! It’s a must-see!!

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We welcome all guests with disabilities & special needs to The Whitewater Hotel, however due age of our building, there are some physical limitations to accessibility. We request that any persons wishing to stay with us inform us of any special needs or requirements. Our reservations team know the building well, so should be able to advise on which would be the most suitable room for your stay. Please see our access statement for more information.


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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.

Please note! To book spa treatments, please contact the spa well in advance, as our spa is a very busy one and to avoid disappointment. A deposit of 50% of the price is taken on booking. This deposit is non-refundable If you cancel within 24 hours of the treatment time.

Please be aware that our Cascades leisure club and spa will be shut every January. This is an annual closure and dates for this closure will be announced near the time.

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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