Judges Hotel has been named by The Good Hotel Guide as Country House Hotel of the Year in its 2018 guide.
Considered by hospitality professionals to be the most independent and prestigious of all guides to hotels in the UK and Ireland, The Good Hotel Guide refuses to accept payment or free hospitality in exchange for including venues, instead relying on recommendations from an established and vetted network of reviewers.
Judges, near Yarm, has been featured in The Good Hotel Guide for eight years and has been listed as an Editor’s Choice for the last two years, but its status as Country House Hotel of the Year makes it one of just ten, elite hotels in the country, each of which are recognised as being the best in their category.
Each of the ten, most highly rated hotels in the guide receives the César award, named after César Ritz founder of the Ritz hotel.
Judges, which has 21 bedrooms and employs almost 60 people in the impressive Kirklevington Hall, is the only hotel in the North East to win a César award, and one of only three in the North of England.
Judges Hotel is managed by Tim Howard, a veteran of luxury hotel management, who trained with the Savoy Group, before moving into the country house sector, and eventually to Judges.
Howard (pictured above) said: “To be named Country House Hotel of the Year and to receive a César award is a spectacular honour for our hotel.
“At Judges we strive to provide the highest standards of hospitality for our guests, both in terms of accommodation and dining, so this award from arguably the industry’s most respected guide is a wonderful recognition of the effort our team puts in to getting things just right.”
Co-edited by Adam Raphael and M. Astella Saw, the 2018 Guide has 424 main entries, selected purely on merit, based on visits by a team of experienced inspectors and reports from trusted readers.
Hotels featured within the Guide do not pay to be included, unlike many of today’s hotel guides, hence reviews are completely impartial.
A Shortlist section contains an additional 416 establishments. These include new entries of a notable standard and other properties that remain ever-popular.