Judge’s Court offers those visiting York an ideal city centre haven to relax and unwind after a day enjoying the city’s major attractions.
The Grade II Listed Georgian town house now comprises 15 bedrooms over four floors and has been thoroughly revamped after lying vacant for over a year.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Oliver Redfern who acted as the interior designer on the scheme. Oliver explained how he had worked with Lee Robinson, co-owner of Judge’s Court, since 2006 working on the Churchill Hotel. Thanks to this longstanding working relationship Oliver was invited to tender for the Judge’s Court project, which he won.
After joining forces with business partner Lee Robinson, Steven Gledden worked with Oliver Redfern Interior Design to transform the space into what is now a stylish, elegant lodging house. Works began on site in February 2014 and came to a close nine months later with the structure’s four floors boasting the best in period features and mod-cons.
“The brief from Lee and Steven was to design a faultlessly hip & stylish interior that exemplifies the evocative historic details of the Grade II listed Georgian town house and its unique past. The venue needed to be sympathetic to the interior as well as inject the necessary requirements for a modern day guest.
“I was keen that this once former Judges Lodgings had a sense of period austerity with hints of luxury and richness, making it feel full of eccentric English charm and warmth. In the public spaces and corridors I used a palette of deep Prussian blue and Sapphire metallic distressed effect wallpaper; polished woods, velvets and leather continued metals provide a nostalgic quality of centuries gone by whilst also maintaining a sense of comfort for the modern day traveller.
“Both owners were progressive in what they wanted to achieve, it was great to work with a set of clients who allowed me to push the boundaries with the space and give the guest a great experience. There was real great comradery on this project as the Lee & Steven were often onsite and so we were able to make changes quickly responding to the building needs, drawing the best out of its period details as they were uncovered. This made it extremely fun and has driven a great finished product.”
Upon entering the hotel reception guests are greeted by portraits of the former Judges who previously sat in the courthouse. There is also an antique podium in the entrance creating a very formal feel to the space.
Stencilled judges gavels direct guests to their bedroom, each of which is named after a specific judge, and form another connection with the buildings historic past. The bedrooms have been designed to be simple, monochromatic and chic with neutral walls accentuated by a plethora of original features. Fireplaces, bare brick and beautiful wood panelling can be found throughout the hotel’s 15 newly renovated bedrooms.
Flashes of colour have been provided throughout the rooms with bespoke minibars and thick wool throws in a mix of rich greens. While quirky details include hand crafted wooden gavels which have been used as robe hooks and vintage style manacles found in the wardrobe.
Of the 15 bedrooms there is a mix of 10 Deluxe Doubles and Twins all featuring bespoke case goods, studded leather headboards, Roberts radios and a ‘’Ay Up’’ mini-bar. The bedrooms en-suites continue the guest pampering experience with large walk-in overhead rain-head showers and luxury Cowshed products.
The hotel also comprises five Luxury Rooms featuring four poster beds, with the largest and most luxurious featuring a deep freestanding cast iron bath located in front of an impressive fireplace. The suite was also once occupied by the honourable Sir William Chapple Knt who decided the fate of the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin.
Oliver said that since opening the hotel has received greet feedback, he added:
“The feedback has been so great that the clients are now looking for similar buildings in York to produce another lodging venue. Not offering a B&B or hotel experience seems to really appeal to customers and so they are planning to open another venue soon.’’
“I think the venues popularity is down to its quirkiness and stylish interior. I have tried very hard not to be contrived in relation to the historical references and features throughout Judges Court. The lodging house is a new, product in the centre of York that the city has never seen before – it provides a younger, trendier accommodation offering.”
Bedrock Tiles specialise in the supply of porcelain, ceramic, mosaic and natural stone tiles to both commercial and residential clients. Since their inception three and a half years ago Bedrock has worked for a plethora of high profile clients working on a number of well-known projects.
Previous projects include Gotham Hotel in Manchester, Imagine Luxury Spa in Cambridge, Beorma Hotel in Birmingham, London’s County Marriott, as well as carrying out projects on behalf of Network Rail in Leeds and Rugby. The firm have also supplied to numerous commercial offices, universities and premises across the UK.
Pete Brown of Bedrock Tiles, said:
“Bedrock Tiles are proud to have worked with Lee Robinson and Oliver Redfern on this dramatic refurbishment. The timely Judges Court Hotel is based in the heart of York and with elegant yet simplistic ceramic and porcelain tiles the whole hotel has been converted into a beautiful, fresh environment. The tiles used throughout Judges Court Hotel are carried in stock at Bedrock and available to anybody thinking of using similar ceramics throughout their schemes.
“Having worked with Lee on two hotels we are confident his revenue will increase as a result of working with the right companies to ensure his budgets were not only met but exceeded which is what both Oliver Redfern and Bedrock achieved!”
“We pride ourselves in being a market leader in sustainable tiles.”