About The Deanwater
Family Owned and Managed
The Deanwater is situated in the charming hamlet of Woodford, set in 5 acres of beautifully manicured private grounds in the heart of Cheshire’s finest countryside. We are a privately owned hotel and have been managed and run by the same devoted family for over 40 years. We have a 41 en-suite bedrooms, a dining room, bar and lounge area, private functions suites, free parking and complimentary WIFI throughout the hotel which helps make us one of Cheshire’s leading destinations whatever the occasion.
Steeped In History
The Deanwater is steeped in history mainly linked to the textile trade and it nestles where the A5102 crosses the River Dean. Originally a small Elizabethan home which later expanded to a farmhouse with a vast country estate and then became a hunting lodge.
In 1837 at the DeanWater Bridge, James Andrew built the Dean Water calico printing mill powered by the River Dean. The Dean Water House was built as the managers home and close by on King Street stood the worker cottages. The mill closed in 1848 and was bought and resold to the Davenports, a local family, on the conditions that it was demolished and in 1851 it burnt down. The Dean Water House remained and continued with its textile connections. From 1851 Robert Platt, a cotton spinner from Staley Bridge lived at the Dean Water House and it is believed he hosted annual parties for his 900 workers and families at the house. Over the years the house was resident to many including a Japanese Ambassador, the Beaumont family and the Ford-Smith family from Didsbury.
The Ford-Smith family had only been at the Deanwater a short while when they noticed some strange happenings. A guest staying with the family said they had been awakened three times one particular night to see a Grey Lady standing at the foot of her bed. The Grey Lady was frequently spotted in the years that the Ford-Smiths occupied the house and other strange happenings included an empty crib often seen rocking backwards and forwards for no understandable reason and the regular appearance of a rubber ball which used to bounce through the window of the haunted room and across the lawn towards the trees where it disappeared.
Legend has it the Grey Lady was a kindly creature and not resented by the family. Guests at the Deanwater looked on ghosts with less enthusiasm and now nobody goes upstairs – indeed the stairs are blocked off, as is the Grey Lady’s room. In 1919 the Whittaker family, who after trying to open the estate as a zoo, finally turned the Dean Water House into a hotel and were resident until 1972 when the current family purchased the hotel and it is still run by the same family today.
Address: Wilmslow Road, Woodford, Cheshire. SK7 1RJ
Tel: +44 (0) 1625 522906
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