A history of the house

The SS Fairhaven
Fairhaven painting

Built in 1910 by Captain Richard Smailes of the Smailes Steam Ship Company, the house was originally his personal country residence and retains many of the original features including the stained glass front door, fireplaces and cornicing and a stunning pitch pine staircase.

Named after the SS Fairhaven, pictured right, the house was a real family home and the painting commemorating its place in the village, also pictured to the right, was carried aboard the SS Fairhaven throughout WWI as a reminder of home.

Over the years, the house has been a private family home, hotel, guest house, and from 1942-1945, provided a home and schooling for young evacuees. In fact, we had the pleasure of the company of one of the young girls who was evacuated here, for a week's stay in August 2011. The Smailes family still has strong links with the area, with Captain Richard Smailes' grandson living just a few doors away and his granddaughter in Whitby. A relative who spent his childhood at Fairhaven before emigrating to New Zealand, came to stay with us in 2010 and shared wonderful memories of the house in the 1930s and 1940s.

Since 2009, Fairhaven has been home to Keith and Liz Pritchard and daughter and son-in-law, Kelly and Richard Batley. It's our 'escape to the country.' And a century after Captain Smailes made this his country residence; Fairhaven is now the perfect base for guests to explore the North Yorkshire Moors' many treasures. We hope that we have the chance to welcome you to Fairhaven; we fell in love with the house within minutes of arriving and knew we should make it our home... a place for guests to relax... get away from it all... and enjoy it with us.