The Spinning Block

North West England Lancashire Clitheroe

  • From £120 a night
  • 39 Guest Rooms
  • Boutique Hotel

Gorgeous boutique rooms in a fabulous designer conversion of an historic mill building in the Ribble Valley

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It's hard to think of a more triumphant re-imagining of an old industrial space than the 1823 Spinning Block Hotel. It forms part of the Holmes Mill complex in Clitheroe, a small town at the heart of Lancashire's gorgeous Ribble Valley that two centuries ago was a thriving textile centre, spinning and weaving cloth that was sent around the world. The old mill buildings – long disused – have been lovingly restored as a food, drink and entertainment venue, capped now by this fine addition of a boutique hotel in the former spinning sheds.

The Victorians built industrial complexes like they built cathedrals and churches, so the scale and space is magnificent. Thirty-nine individually designed rooms and suites occupy carved-out quarters in a soaring building which retains much of its original structure, from the original brickwork and solid beams to the cast-iron pillars. They are handsome, grown-up rooms in earthy, on-trend colours, and hit all the right notes, from sharp bathrooms with walk-in, monsoon rain showers to chunky wooden furniture and classy fabrics. Two family rooms (with two extra single beds) and two suites provide more space, while in the tower penthouse suite – under exposed beams and bespoke lighting – you get loft-style living on the edge of beautiful Lancashire countryside.

The hotel is only the half of it though, because the entire mill complex is at your service – and it's stunning. You can have breakfast in the bistro, bar and grill, a sensational space fashioned from the old spinning block, with a sinuous bar, clubbable leather sofas and chairs, and a dramatic warehouse-style feel that's straight out of New York. The old boiler house contains the popular 'Beer Hall and Brewery', there's a farm shop-cum-deli and juice bar called the Food Hall, as well as an indie cinema, in the former weaving shed, and plenty of outdoor space for summer drinks, lazy lunches and just hanging out. You want to grab an artisan ice cream or some air-dried Lancashire ham? This is the place.

If it sounds like the idea urban-country getaway, that's because it is, and if you don't already know the area, you're in for a treat. Despite the long-lost textile heritage, this is no old industrial wasteland. Clitheroe is a charming market town in its own right – with the smallest Norman castle in England – and you're on the doorstep of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. However you spin it, the Spinning Block is a winning choice for a very modern take on a country weekend away.

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Welcome to the Spinning Block Hotel at Holmes Mill – home to 39 individually designed and decorated bedrooms in the centre of Clitheroe.

There are two family rooms, two suites and the extra special Penthouse are available while the rest of our rooms are classic doubles, all with ensuite facilities. The roomy washrooms all have a walk-in shower, vanity unit WC and soft, fluffy towels. Tea and coffee-making facilities are provided, along with a widescreen TV.


The Spinning Block is the perfect base for exploring Holmes Mill and the vibrant market town it calls home. Beyond the town fringes there is magnificent countryside in every direction. Rivers, valleys, hills and fells, villages and country pubs at every turn.

There is retail therapy aplenty if you need it, with lots of independent boutique and shops in Clitheroe and nearby Whalley. Plus there are plenty of coffee shops and tea rooms too.

Food & Drink

Enjoy a burger and a beer for £15, all day Monday-Friday.


Open all year.


Double rooms from £120 a night.

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Holmes Mill is home to our fabulous Bowland Brewery and its unfeasibly large Beer Hall, the magnificent treat for all the senses that is the Bowland Food Hall and the simply stunning Spinning Block hotel, bar & grill.

The restored Mill is also home to an Everyman Cinema, the cutest bowling alley in the Boiler House and lots of high tech office space.


Contact Website  01200 407 120  The Spinning Block, Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe, Lancashire BB7 1EB

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