I now always check Tripadvisor before staying anywhere and it is not hard to see why Fairhaven has no less than 50 excellent reviews and no negative ones!
Myself and my girlfriend arrived around 4pm on the last Saturday in February and on arrival Keith came and met us by the car and carried a bag in for us, before showing us up to our room (Room 1 - a double en suite - picture attached) and then inviting us down for a coffee in the guest lounge. As we entered the guest lounge and sat down the first thing you notice is the breathtaking view out of the window across the valley. It wouldn't do it justice to upload a picture and you really need to see it to appreciate it. Coffee was served and some absolutely delicious home made flapjack and scones were also on offer at no charge and a friendly chat with Keith about the walking we'd all done and exchanged a few stories. Shortly afterwards we met Liz and Kelly who asked what time we would like dinner. We had chosen to take advantage of the last weekend of the "Winter Warmer" deal where a two course evening meal was thrown in on the night of arrival. I had emailed before hand (all emails were answered very promptly) to ask if we could eat early so we could get into Whitby to do the ghost walk at 8pm and there was no problems at all with that so we ate at 6pm. We both had steak and ale pie with veg and potatoes and sticky toffee pudding for dessert. It was delicious! Infinitely nicer than any pub grub we would have found in Whitby before the ghost walk! The guest house is also licenced and my girlfriend had wine while I had a pint of the local Black Sheep ale.
The breakfast is ordered by ticking a couple of boxes on a form and leaving it on the table in the entrance hall the night before. There are also specials which changed the two days we were there, eg smoked salmon and eggs, or home made breakfast scones. I stuck with my old favourite of a full english breakfast to set me up for the day. Delicious! Also on offer, fresh fruit, cereals, toast, juice, coffee and tea.
The room itself was lovely. Nicely decorated, spacious, warm, immaculately clean and the en suite was spotless too (I am reliably informed all the bathrooms have recently been refurbished!). The bed was very comfortable and we both slept soundly two nights running and ended the weekend feeling totally relaxed. Also a large window that can be opened wide in the summer months to keep you cool (something I always look for!) There are tea (fruit and normal), coffee and hot chocolate facilities in the room, which prompted me getting kicked out of bed in the morning to make one before breakfast...also a TV with the usual freeview channels on it, although we only used it for about an hour in the whole time we were there as there is so much locally to see and do.
Overall, a perfect little getaway for us in a lovely guest house with excellent friendly owners who couldn't do enough to make sure we were happy, comfortable and enjoying our stay. Would love to visit again sometime.
Thanks very much everyone, couldn't improve on a thing!
Jim and Gemma
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Fairhaven is a family-run licensed Edwardian Guest House set in the heart of the outstanding natural beauty of the North York Moors National Park. With private car park, extensive gardens, lovely guest rooms and stunning guest lounge, the house is a perfect spot from which to explore the area: from coast to countryside. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fairhaven Country Guest House Hotel Goathland
- Fairhaven Country Guest House Goathland, North Yorkshire