10 things you probably don't know about this North Yorkshire country hotel
Set amid 22 acres of luscious greenery and woodland, the Judges Country House Hotel is a stunning property that delicately infuses its 140 year heritage with the discerning standards of today’s guest.
It offers a unique experience in the heart of North East Yorkshire and here are ten interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about it:
1. The Judges Country House Hotel is an estate that has a history spanning 140 years. Built by an engineering family in 1881, it later served multiple purposes – a command centre for the army in the second world war and then a home to accommodate judges visiting the courts, hence its name. It underwent extensive redevelopment to become a hotel in 1994.
2. It’s a destination within a destination. From unspoilt beaches and the North Yorkshire Moors National Park to historic houses, castles and freshwater fishing - the Judges location in the heart of the Northeast ensures plenty for all ages to enjoy.
3. The spectacular grounds and indoor spaces can provide a stunning backdrop for a variety of weddings and events. From intimate gathering of 40 to celebrations of up to 200, Judges Country House Hotel is a favourite destination for weddings in Yorkshire.
4. With 30 Armagnacs dating back to 1933 and a wine list consisting of 250 bins, The Judges wine and vintage cellar is popular amongst beverage connoisseurs.
5. The hotel's Gourmet Restaurant boasts two rosettes. It serves a first-class menu for lunch and dinner and features specials including Afternoon Tea, a three-course Sunday Roast and an exclusive date night romance menu.
6. Guests can relive the glamour of a bygone era and choose to stay in one of the Judges Hotel’s Feature Rooms that replicate a traditional stately home boudoir. It showcases a large four poster bed, tapestries and vintage furniture as well as all the mod cons including a Jacuzzi bath.
7. The Gourmet Restaurant offers couples an exclusive three-course romantic dining experience inclusive of cocktails and a bottle of wine. Mouth-watering options include chicken Ballentine or 40˚c salmon for starters, Gigha halibut, 8oz ribeye steak and other options for mains. It’s finished with a choice of sweets including dark chocolate delice, egg custard tart or a cheeseboard with coffee, and petit fours.
8. During the property's occupation by the British Army, they built a huge bunker within the grounds, and it became a vital, secret command centre for the Northeast. With two feet thick reinforced concrete walls, it has now been converted to a modern residence.
9. The Judges Afternoon Tea accommodates both sweet and savoury palettes with both menu options. Each features local and seasonal produce including Yorkshire ham with Pease pudding on brown bread and smoked salmon & lemon mayonnaise on brown bread sandwiches. The sweet menu delights taste buds with delicate dishes including fruit and plain scones and passion fruit mousse cake whilst the savoury menu offers a sweet twist on savouries with a fruit cake and Wensleydale and cheese scones.
10. The Judges Country House Hotel is the perfect destination for celebrating with groups. With flexible accommodation packages and an expert events team on hand, guests celebrate a myriad of occasions including birthdays, team buildings, MICE, anniversaries, bachelor and bachelorette parties.
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