About Combe Hay

Combe Hay is a friendly Scarborough care home providing some of very best residential care in Yorkshire to for older people.

The home is owned and run by a charitable trust, meaning all money is reinvested into providing the best possible care we can and into keeping fees and costs affordable.

We take pride in the quality of our committed staff and the first-class accommodation and services we provide. Our Home sits in four and a half acres of beautiful gardens, offering residents a high quality, independent life in beautiful, purpose-built accommodation.

You can find our latest Care Quality Commission inspection report here.

If you would like to join our team, please look at our Staff Vacancies page.

Our benefactor

Our benefactor, George Edward Smart, was one of three children who father, Dr John Cass Smart, was born and lived in Hutton Buscel and had a medical practice in Huntriss Row, Scarborough.

George met with an accident in his early years which resulted in him losing the sight in one eye. The other eye became weakened and for the whole of his life he was unable to bear daylight, so he spent his long life in semi-darkness and seclusion. For many years George lived quietly in Hutton Buscel and then Tunbridge Wells, and on the death of his parents he succeeded to the estate and retired to Combe Hay Manor in Bath. In his later, years he became a recluse but kept abreast of current events by having the newspapers read to him daily.

In life he was a philanthropist who subscribed to numerous charities. In death he bequeathed his funds to build a convalescent home near Tunbridge Wells. He also bequeathed his two cottages in Hutton Buscel to be forever occupied by the elderly and infirm of the parish. In addition to these bequests, he directed that the funds from his residual estate, together with funds accruing from his sister Margaret’s estate, should be invested and allowed to accumulate until the capital sum had grown large enough to build and equip ‘Doctor Smart’s Supplementary Homes’ as they were referred to in his will.

This changed in 1950 when, in order to avoid confusion with Dr Smart’s Home which had already opened in his brother’s memory, the High Court approved that George Edward’s homes should be known as the “George Edward Smart Homes”.

In 1954 the land on which Combe Hay is now situated was purchased, and a home for 35 residents was completed in 1958. Originally it was intended to have two homes on two separate sites, but it soon became clear that there was sufficient land in Stepney Drive to extend, and so in 1967 a further Home was opened. This home was known as Fawcett House. Both houses, of course, have long been run as one, which is now known as Combe Hay after the family home in Bath.

As a result of the philanthropy of a gentleman who never married, a large family was created in his much-loved Scarborough, a home which continues to this day to thrive and offer care and support to its residents.

“I settled in straight away when I came into the home. It was welcoming and my room is very good for me. The bed is comfortable, with plenty of space to move around. The gardens are immaculate, peaceful, lovely to sit in. I think the outings are excellent and cater for the disabled excellently. The staff are so obliging. The food is wholesome and good. What else can I say only I love being here.”
Mrs A, Combe Hay resident
“I write in grateful thanks for the care given to my Aunt. She spent 11 years in the Home, and during that time her care was excellent, especially during the last 18 months of her life. The care given by all staff was exemplary. I cannot express my gratitude to the whole team highly enough, but thank you to everyone at Combe Hay.”
Marilyn, Relative of Combe Hay resident
“I am writing to thank you formally for the week we both spent in your care from 5th April. Another week is also offering me another welcome break and I look forward to us both walking through the doors of Combe Hay later this month. Your establishment and staff are wonderful – I could not have coped after surgery without their constant friendly attention… Whenever I subsequently mentioned Combe Hay to friends and professional workers they all, without exception, praised the level of care on offer. See you soon.”
Barrie, Short-term care resident
“When the weather is good I like to go for a stroll in the gardens and take a seat by the fish pond or in the large summer house. I have most of my meals in the dining room but enjoy a leisurely breakfast each morning in my own room. The food is always varied and delicious – worthy of a top-class restaurant.”
Mr R, Combe Hay resident

“The general atmosphere in the Home is completely informal and friendly but the first-class staff never lose sight of the individual needs of the residents and are there to meet these needs at all times. Being run as a charity by its valued trustees there are no shareholders’ dividends to consider, only the welfare of its residents. After two short stays here I rate Combe Hay as unbeatable, both for value and quality of care. I look forward to going there for a few more short stays before becoming a permanent resident.”

Brian, short-term care resident

Combe Hay has the feel of a well-run  hotel rather than a care facility. Obviously my Mother periodically becomes a bit downhearted but with the help of your team, the engaging activities and the great friendships she has developed this soon  passes . When choosing a care home for a relative you want them to be well cared for, safe and in a pleasant environment. From my perspective Combe Hay offers this at an unparalleled level which is why I choose to leave her in your care and undertake a 5 hour return journey to visit. I can sleep at night knowing she is in the safest of environments.”

Keith, son of a long-term resident