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Judges Country House Hotel
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kirklevington
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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“Exceptional service in a beautiful country setting”
Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Judges for a wedding on 28 December, and chose it purely for the convenience of being in the same venue as the wedding reception, so we had no particular expectations. But we were blown away by how lovely our stay was and in particular the fantastic service from all the staff, and all the special little touches that you just don't get in a larger hotel. My only regret is that we only stayed one night.

Right from the start Judges were making things easy for us. We arrived very early to check in (about 11.30) but our room was ready and they were expecting us; we were shown to our room, all the important info explained including how to find the church for the wedding ceremony and then where the reception would be.

The hotel itself is an attractive stone country house set well back from the road and in countryside that I'm sure is beautiful but we didn't see it at its best as it rained almost the whole time we were there!

The room (room 9) had lovely views over the garden and was comfortable and pretty without being too 'twee'. The bathroom was modern with a powerful shower. There were lots of little complimentary extras to enjoy - fresh fruit, proper cafetiere coffee, bathrobes and posh bubble bath, and for the evening a glass of sherry and chocolate truffles. Our favourite thing was the resident goldfish - we enjoyed feeding him and chatting to him!

We didn't eat dinner in the restaurant but the food at the wedding reception was lovely, and the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs at breakfast was delicious (also the jams which tasted homemade and were yummy!). Again, the service was fantastic throughout.

We didn't have much time to explore the immediate area, but it seemed quiet and tranquil, with few local attractions to visit. That might be a small down side if you came for a longer visit, although for many people I expect the quiet location would be a plus. There are plenty of places within a short car journey away, the north east is one of my favourite places to visit.

All in all, it was an unexpectedly lovely stay and we will be hoping for an excuse to stay there again in the future!

  • Stayed December 2012
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TimHowardJudges, General Manager at Judges Country House Hotel, responded to this review, January 10, 2013
Brilliant, thank you! Please tell your friends and yes, the jams are homemade. We look forward to welcoming you back to Judges in the not too distant future. Kindest regards, Tim Howard GM 10/1/13
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

We have just returned from Honeymoon following our amazing Wedding at Judges on the 15th December and just had to write this review asap!
We held our Wedding weekend there for 23 guests and the whole experience was outstanding. Emma and Suzanne were so helpful and totally understood exactly what we wanted for our Special Day. Their organisation and attention to detail was second to none and nothing was too much trouble for them and indeed all of the team at Judges were fantastic. The food and wines were totally delicious and they catered to all our needs and requirements for the whole weekend not just for the Wedding Breakfast . Myself and my Husband shall certainly remember this wonderful Day for the rest of our lives as will our guests who were blown away too by the excellent standard of personal service and truly beautiful surroundings throughout the Hotel and bedrooms . We will certainly be returning to Judges many times in 2013 and most definately for our 1st Anniversary !. A big thankyou again to your caring friendly professional team and we will see you soon.!

Paul and Julie Ryder

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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TimHowardJudges, General Manager at Judges Country House Hotel, responded to this review, December 31, 2012
What a super way to end the year, thank you. Please tell your friends and every happiness to you both in your future together. We all look forward to welcoming you both back to Judges in 2013 and the years to come. Kindest regards, Tim Howard GM 31/12/12
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

All our previous visits have been a delight however for some reason this evening was off the mark. Lovely setting with a relaxed atmosphere however the first 2 bottles of Fleurie were off and the 3rd bottle, a claret, was way too warm. Must say the staff were fine about changing the wine but took the edge off our evening.
Will return to see if Judges is back to it's usual good service. Really hope so.

  • Stayed December 2012
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TimHowardJudges, General Manager at Judges Country House Hotel, responded to this review, December 24, 2012
This relates to a dinner on December 1st and was dealt with on the evening by my Restaurant Manager, following it up to the guest with a nice e-mail on the 4th. By then we had spoken to our wine supplier, reviewed our wine storage temperature records, returned the wine in question and moved on to the next vintage of that particular wine. I've worked at Judges for nine years and this is the first time that I've seen this happen. It's Christmas Eve as I write this response, three weeks plus after the dinner in question. It's a shame that the season's goodwill appears to have finished early this year. Tim Howard GM 24/12/12
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

This was my first overnight stay at Judges - having only previously been there for afternoon tea. It's a lovely example of a traditional country house hotel - stone-built in attractive grounds, with very attractive and comfortable public rooms. I only had b&b, so can't comment on the food, although the dinner menu looked tempting, and the restaurant room and attached conservatory was welcoming at breakfast. Along with the bar, it had an interesting range of wine/champagne/armagnac displays. My top-floor (2nd floor) room overlooking the front drive was a good size, very well decorated, and had a number of (what I view as) nice touches - such as snacks and minibar drinks at bar prices rather than being extortionate; robes; your own teddy bear; goldfish for you to feed and talk to (fish food supplied!); real fresh milk in a jug in the minibar fridge; and candles in the bathroom. All in all, a very positive experience having driven 250 miles that evening in the bleak fog. The on-the-day b&b rate represented good value. I'd wholeheartedly recommend Judges on this basis, and will definitely wish to return for a weekend break, or at least sample dinner.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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TimHowardJudges, General Manager at Judges Country House Hotel, responded to this review, December 20, 2012
Brilliant! Thank you, please tell your friends! We look forward to welcoming you back to Judges in the near future. Kind regards, Tim Howard GM 20/12/12
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

I am reviewing the resturant. We eat here once a quarter because, although expensive, the food is fabulous. Met at the door and acompanied to the sumptuos lounge/bar for an apperitiffe served in a warm and relaxed atmosphere. wIth your drinks you will get a selection of amuse bouche which are very tastey. Moving into the dinning room/conservatory you can dine over looking the rolling lawns where the lights capture the rabbits eating and playing. The menue seems to offer quite simple fare but this be-lies what appears on your plate; which is truely Michelin quality in presentation and style, and tastes divine. After a relaxed three course dinner repair to the lounge once more for coffee which is servered with chef made pette fores which again are exquise. For that special occassion or romantic night out Judges is a must.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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TimHowardJudges, General Manager at Judges Country House Hotel, responded to this review, December 13, 2012
What a great way to start the day! Thank you on behalf of all the team. Please tell your friends and we hope to see you both again soon. Kindest regards, Tim Howard, GM 13/12/12
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

I would reccomend judges to everyone. Me and my husband got married there a number of weeks ago and we honestly couldn't thank the staff enough for making our day perfect. Emma the wedding co-ordinator was fantastic throughout, always there if you had a query no matter how ridiculas it may have sounded. There is also Neil which made sure everything was seen to on the day, he was excellent to be around and made sure everything ran smoothly. I also stayed over at judges the evening before our wedding, each member of staff I had contacy with was friendly and helpful and could see it was such a wonderful place to work along with the beautiful rooms and grounds I have nothing negative to say at all. Book it - it will be the best decision you make!

  • Stayed November 2012
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TimHowardJudges, General Manager at Judges Country House Hotel, responded to this review, December 4, 2012
Fabulous! This was just such a super thing to read first thing on a dark, frosty December morning. On behalf of all the team thank you. Please don't forget to tell your friends! Every happiness to you both in your future together. Kindest regards, Tim Howard GM 5/12/12
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Bedale, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Attended a wedding reception at this hotel, the staff were pleasant. the wedding breakfast was lovely, food nice and hot and served all tables very promptly and together. The ambience of the hotel was lovely. The only let down I feel was that the hot buffet served in the evening could have done with being hotter, bacon & sausage in rolls but the bacon was cold...., there was no butter on the rolls and the chips were anaemic and luke warm But that didn't detract from the whole day and the married couple had a lovely day and so did we. We didn't stay in the rooms but our daughter did and she mentioned that they were nice.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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TimHowardJudges, General Manager at Judges Country House Hotel, responded to this review, November 28, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. Thank you also for the helpful comments regarding the evening buffet. Whilst it is the first time that this has been mentioned to us I do love detail like this as it helps us to improve constantly what we do. As a result we have now reviewed and adjusted the preparation, as well as the delivery, of this offering. Kind regards, Tim Howard GM 28/11/12
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Property: Judges Country House Hotel
Address: Kirklevington Hall Thirsk Road, Kirklevington TS15 9LW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Yorkshire > North Yorkshire > Kirklevington
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Kirklevington
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Judges Country House Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An AA's Inspector's Choice Hotel since 2003, Judges Country House Hotel continues to be an AA 3 Red Star Country House Hotel as well as boasting 3 AA Rosettes, first awarded in 2003, and is also particularly recommended by the Michelin Guide 2014. Consistently rated by "The Good Hotel Guide" and praised by both "The Times", "The Sunday Times" and "The Telegraph" newspapers Judges is one of the finest hotels and restaurants not only in the Middlesbrough area but also in the United Kingdom as a whole. ... more   less 
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