James and Kim Hodgson purchased the hotel in April 2015.
James is a Filey lad who went away to the bright lights and big city of London but never lost touch with Filey nor his passion for his hometown. During his youth, he was on the RNLI crew and whilst away at King’s College London, he would come back to crew with local fisherman, James Wyvill, salmoning and potting.
James met Kim, an American living in Los Angeles, and introduced her to Filey. They were married and had their wedding reception at the White Lodge in 1994!
When the opportunity came to purchase the hotel in 2015, they were able to fulfil a dream of owning the place they have come to know so well over the years.
They have poured their heart and soul in to the hotel – embarking on a major refurbishment programme in late 2015 which has included the redecoration of bedrooms, restaurant, public areas, new roofs, new beer cellar, new kitchen and an addition of three holiday apartments to the portfolio or accommodation. And they are not done yet! The Reception, Bar and a few bedrooms will be refurbished in January 2017, completing their project of creating a special place for those who know about this secret gem on the Yorkshire Coast that is – Filey.