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Fairhaven Country Guest House
Ranked #4 of 10 Goathland B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 March 2012

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

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 January 2012

We stayed for a couple of nights and were more than happy with the experience. Warm and friendly environment and a hearty English breakfast. A short walk from ‘Aidensfield’ centre so you can just park up and not worry about driving. For a small village there is plenty to see and do.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 November 2011

We have never felt qualified to review any Guest House before having never returned to any others for a second visit, but after returning from our tenth or so visit to the Fairhaven, I think we are qualified! Plus the fact we are now "regulars" speaks volumes. You will not be met by more genuine and friendly hosts than Kelly, Liz and Keith, their hospitality should set the benchmark others aspire to, it is obvious they love the Fairhaven and love to welcome their guests. The rooms are second to none - spotless, comfy, well decorated and relaxing. The breakfasts are spot on - and believe me this is a speciality area of mine!!! Relaxing in the lounge in front of the log fire on a cold winters evening is to be highly recommended. All the little touches that the "team" do from the welcoming coffee and cakes to drying your walking boots to giving you tips for visits and eateries, make a massive difference.
Try the Fairhaven and you will return - it's as simlpe as that
Nearly forgot - all this in a wonderful village setting that is tranquil and picture postcard perfect

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 November 2011

I've recently returned from a second stay at the Fairhaven. What an absolute pleasure it was too! The welcome you receive from Kelly, Liz, Keith & Richard is second to none. I have never met such friendly and caring hosts. From the beautiful cakes & coffee on arrival, the superbly comfortable bedroom, the delicious Winter Warmer supper on arrival night to the 1st class breakfasts, everything, and i mean everything was perfect! I really cannot praise this guest house and it's hosts highly enough. They made me feel as if it was home from home and always found time for a chat. I was sad to have to leave on that final morning because i had experienced such a wonderful stay that i really didn't want it to come to an end. But...there's next year to look forward to & i fully intend to return to the Fairhaven as soon as i have a chance!
Thankyou Kelly, Liz, Keith & Richard for making my stay so special & so thoroughly enjoyable. Hope to see you again very soon!

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

I've stayed in hotels of all grades all over the world, but I can safely say that Keith, Liz and Kelly take customer service to heights you'll not experience anywhere else. Nothing is too much trouble and they are so proactive and go well beyond the call of duty in looking after you.

The House facilities are surperb including the great lounge with an open fire. The daily breakfast is excellent and if you are doing the 'Winter Warmer', the quality of the evening meal is fabulous.

This was my third visit and I can safely say that if you are visiting the North York Moors, don't look at anywhere else to stay.

  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 25 October 2011

Well where do i start??? What a truly lovely place to stay. House is very welcoming but not a welcoming ad the hosts!!! They made us feel welcome from beginning to end. The room was spotless, everything we need was at hand or if it wasnt it soon was. The lounge was huge but seemed cosy and the breakfast was just lush.
We were at a wedding in the village and they gave us a lift to the venue and even provided us with torcehs for coming back...they think of everything.
Would highly highly recommed. Well Done Fairhaven.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

From the moment we pulled into the driveway on arrival until our departure two days later we were pampered with attention - without going over the top.
Keith helped us in with our luggage and then parked the car, while Liz and Kelly greeted and made us feel at home. With such a spacious guest lounge filled with books, and games, it was almost a shame there was so much beautiful countryside around - it was begging for curling up on the sofa for a good read.
The bedroom was a good size with a very comfortable bed and a well appointed en-suite.
We were spoiled for choice on the breakfast menu and everything was prepared beautifully.
The overall, and lasting, impression was of the natural friendliness of Keith, Liz and Kelly which established a very relaxing atmosphere. We hope we can return someday soon and heartily recommend the Fairhaven as the place to stay when visiting the North York Moors.
Bill and Mary

  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with friends
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Address: The Common, Goathland, North York Moors National Park YO22 5AN, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > North York Moors National Park > Goathland
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 B&Bs / Inns in Goathland
Price Range: £88 - £90 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Fairhaven Country Guest House 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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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