The 'care and attention to detail' are praised this year at this traditional hotel, a restored Victorian mansion in extensive grounds (that became a residence for circuit judges). Owned by the Downs family, it is managed by Tim Howard ('friendly and charming'). 'All is peaceful and quiet' in the extensive grounds, which have well-tended lawns, a kitchen garden; waterfalls and ornate bridges; natural woodland with pathways and shady seats. 'Charming' bedrooms have watercolours and prints in gilt frames, fresh flowers, a decanter of sherry and 'all the usual modern equipment'; three have a four-poster bed. 'A novelty was a goldfish, Finn, who we were asked to talk to and feed.' All the bathrooms have now been renovated, and work has begun on the bedrooms. The conservatory dining room is 'light and bright, with beautiful views over the gardens'; chef John Schwarz's 'excellent' modern dishes might include diver-caught scallop; caramelised foie gras, satay, radish, lime; English rose veal, wild mushrooms, sweetbread ragout. Breakfast has freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh fruits and 'plenty of cooked options'. Popular with wedding parties. Judges is a member of Pride of Britain Hotels. (RW, and others)

  • This is an outstanding hotel, with accommodation, meals, facilities, and staff all to a very high standard. The meals are a gastronomic experience from start to finish. For a relaxing, away-from-it-all break, this hotel cannot be faulted.

    Adrian Robson, 08/05/2014

  • Lovely to be back at Judges after 2 or 3 years absence. We were hoping that the standards were as good as our previous visits and we were not disappointed. We had our usual comfortable room - minus the goldfish unfortunately - the food and service in the dining room was excellent. The quality and presentation of the dishes was of a high standard. Breakfast also was served promptly. We have not got a bad word to say about this hotel - they have never let us down.

    William Wood, 25/11/2013

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Local attractions

Visit a full-scale replica of Captain Cook's iconic ship.
Preston Hall Museum
Built in 1825, Preston Hall stands on over 100 acres of magnificent parkland.
Yarm Driving Range
A driving range with a floodlit putting green and driving range, as well as a pitching green and bunker facilities.

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Contact Details


Kirklevington Hall YARM North Yorkshire England TS15 9LW


01642 789000

Discount Vouchers

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night's stay

Further Information


21, some on ground floor.


all year.


ramps, lounge, bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, function facilities, business centre, civil wedding licence, 36-acre grounds (paths, running routes), access to local spa and sports club.

Background music



all ages welcomed.


only guide dogs allowed.

Credit cards

all major cards.


[2013] per person B&B £65-£110, D,B&B £97.50-£142.50. Set dinner £37.50, à la carte £55.

GHG voucher offer

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