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The Speech House Hotel

Forest of Dean District, UK
  • This hotel is in rural Gloucestershire, in one of England's oldest oak forests
  • The Orangery serves traditional pub cuisine & there's also a formal restaurant
  • It's 5 miles from the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty & 13 miles from the famous Tintern Abbey ruins

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97% (116 member ratings)

4.6Location
4.7Staff/Service
4.5Ambiance/Design
4.4Rooms
4.5Value for Money

Location

Nr Coleford
The Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL16 7EL
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With wall-mounted stag heads, oak-beamed ceilings and a weathered yellow-stone exterior, The Speech House Hotel's origin as a hunting lodge for King Charles II is clear throughout.

It's set in the middle of the Forest of Dean, which is said to have inspired JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth. The forest also featured in "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows", and it borders the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Symonds Yat Rock, which overlooks the River Wye from 120 metres up and is popular with hikers and birdwatchers, is 20 minutes' drive.

Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre, where you can hire kayaks and Canadian canoes for a paddle on the River Wye, is 20 minutes away.

Tintern Abbey -- the inspiration for Wordsworth's famous poem -- is 25 minutes' drive. The Dean Forest Railway operates steam and diesel trains from Lydney to Parkend; Norchard station, which also has a museum, is 10 minutes' drive.

The Orangery and bar serves light lunches, fresh coffee and traditional pub cuisine. The restaurant has been a court for the local Verderers (who meet four times a year to discuss the protection of the forest) since 1696, and it serves an à la carte menu and homemade desserts. Wi-Fi is free in public areas. Courtyard rooms are in external buildings behind the main house.

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General

  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Extra beds / roll away beds
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free
  • No elevator / lift

Services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 24-hour security
  • Bike rental
  • Laundry / dry cleaning
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Sitting area
  • Flatscreen TV

Internet

  • Complimentary Internet access

Bathroom

  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.

Check-in

  • Standard check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout

  • Standard checkout time: 10am.

Children and additional guests

  • There is no extra bed available.
    The total price will reflect the extra charges based on the number of guests selected.

Pets

  • Dogs are allowed in limited ground floor rooms only (within Standard Courtyard or Cottage categories) and are charged at £10 per night. Please contact the hotel before booking to confirm the availability. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Cancellation

  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Getting there

The hotel is 15 minutes' drive from the A48. The nearest railway station is Lydney, which takes 15 minutes by car and costs £18-£20 in a taxi. Lydney has services to Cardiff, Cheltenham and London via Gloucester. Parking at the hotel is free.

Address

  • Nr Coleford
  • The Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL16 7EL
  • United Kingdom

Customer Service

Prefer to book over the phone?

Tel: +44 (0) 20 3564 9000

M-F, 8am-9pm

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