In ‘lovely manicured parkland’, this ‘immaculate Victorian country house hotel’ is owned by the Downs family; Tim Howard is the manager. ‘The service throughout, from unstarchy staff, was exemplary,’ says a trusted Guide reporter. ‘The proportions of the main staircase would grace a stately home twice the size; the decorations and furnishings were a little tired, perhaps. Our sumptuous bedroom was spacious, the bed was of Olympic proportions. Some nice touches: complimentary sherry, chocolates, fruit, home-made biscuits, fresh milk in the minibar. The bathroom was large and well lit.’ Guests have access to the on-site gym and beauty clinic. In the dining room, chef John Schwarz specialises in modern British cuisine. ‘The cooking was excellent, the menu interesting. Unusual canapés (deep-fried cheese, sago crisps, hummus); pigeon breast with rocket salad; venison with red cabbage, boudin noir.’ Breakfast in the conservatory, overlooking blossoming trees and squirrels on the lawns, was ‘good’: ‘plenty of cooked options and freshly squeezed juice, served by an affable waitress’. The Wi-Fi, upgraded this year, ‘worked well in the bedroom’. (Francine Walsh, and others). Judges is a member of Pride of Britain hotels.

  • A long, smooth driveway through manicured parkland leads to the imposing front entrance of this fine country house hotel. Cheerful girls front the reception. The friendly Turkish restaurant manager appeared and took our cases. Our sumptuous room was spacious, with a deep sofa, wide two-seater armchair facing the wide flat-screen TV. There was milk in a fridge for tea/coffee making, fresh fruit, sherry, etc. The bed, on a raised dais, was huge. The modern bathroom was large, well lit, immaculate. The free Wi-fi, worked well. There are lots of comfortable sofas and armchairs in the lounge. The service throughout, by un-starchy staff, proved exemplary both at dinner and breakfast. The dinner menu was interesting and the cooking was excellent. In the morning the view from the conservatory was delightful. A good cooked breakfast was served by an affable local lady who has been with the Downs family for over 20 years.

    Francine and Ian Walsh, 18/04/2015

  • Had a fabulous weekend here. Our room was lovely - four poster bed and jacuzzi bath. Some nice little touches including complimentary sherry, chocolates, fruit and homemade biscuits. The food was superb - we had canapés each evening followed by three delicious courses. Breakfast was equally as good. The staff were polite, helpful, friendly and extremely attentive.

    Gillian Caldwell , 03/02/2015

  • Great hotel, beautiful grounds, friendly staff and good food. Very enjoyable visit

    john speight, 17/10/2014

  • 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, Kirklevington YARM Yorkshire England TS15 9LW


01642 789000

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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.

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all ages welcomed.


not allowed.

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all major cards.


[2015] per room B&B £145–£230, D,B&B £220–£315. Set dinner £39.50, à la carte £58.

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