In 1927, Britain was an imperial power at peace.
Lawrence Olivier was fast becoming a household name, while Al Jolson starred in 'The Jazz Singer', the first talkie. Babe Ruth scored his record 60th home run of the baseball season and Captain Charles Lindbergh completed the first solo transatlantic flight. The Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company was at its peak, with nearly 500 ships carrying passengers and goods between Europe, the Americas and the Far East.
Two years before the Wall Street crash, this was a carefree interlude that symbolised the Roaring Twenties.
On 15th August of that year, the leading English yacht builders Camper & Nicholson launched a new creation at their Southampton yard and named her Fair Lady, capturing the confidence and poise of the time. She was one of the finest acheivements of designer C.E. Nicholson's career, and an early owner was Otto Bemberg.
Monsieur Bemberg remained the owner of Fair Lady for fifty years, having her re-engined and partially re-fitted by Camper & Nicholson in the 1950s. Two years after his death in 1982, she was purchased by a Canadian owner and she passed into the hands of her present owner in 1994.
Fair Lady underwent a full restoration at Pendennis shipyard in Falmouth, Cornwall in 1995-6, which saw her original fittings and features lovingly renewed while she was fitted with state of the art navigation and safety equipment. Since then, she has been impeccably maintained with two further visits to Falmouth.
In the summer of 2014, she was welcomed into A Curious Group of Hotels - a British company of chic hotels and restaurants for the culturally Curious; including Cowley Manor in the Cotswolds, L'Hotel and Le Restaurant in Paris, Canal House in Amsterdam and The Portobello Hotel in London.