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The Speech House Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This hotel is in rural Gloucestershire, in the centre of one of England's oldest oak forests
  • Dining options include The Orangery, which serves traditional pub food, and a formal restaurant
  • It's five miles from the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and 13 miles from the famous Tintern Abbey ruins 
  • Symonds Yat Rock, where you can take in views of the River Wye from 120 metres up, is 10 minutes' drive away
  • The property offer discounts on local bike hire for exploring the surrounding forest cycle paths

"Food and Service excellent"
Sep 12, 2019 - Gunnislake, United Kingdom
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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 in the Forest of Dean, which is said to have inspired JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth and also featured in "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows". Symonds Yat Rock, 20 minutes' drive away in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has views of the River Wye from 120 metres up, and is popular with hikers and birdwatchers (peregrine falcons nest on the surrounding cliffs).

You can hire kayaks and Canadian canoes for a paddle on the River Wye at the Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre, which is 20 minutes' drive away, or take a ride on the Dean Forest Railway, which operates steam and diesel trains from Lydney to Parkend; Norchard station, which also has a museum, is around 10 minutes' drive from the hotel.

The ruins of Goodrich Castle, a Norman fortress with great views from the battlements, and Tintern Abbey -- the inspiration for Wordsworth's famous poem -- are both within 25 minutes' drive of the hotel, as is Kymin Hill, which features a charming 18th-century round house and naval temple overlooking Monmouth and the Wye Valley.

The Orangery and bar serves light lunches, fresh coffee and traditional pub food. 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.



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


  • 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


  • Complimentary Internet access


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Complimentary parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Wheelchair accessible


Check-in: Standard Time is 2pm.
Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard Time is 10am.

Children and additional guests: Extra beds are not available.
Crib/Pack 'n Play not available.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £10 per pet per night.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Please contact the hotel before booking to confirm the availability

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.

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Customer service available Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm GMT + 8.

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

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(436 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Tauber Hands Ltd T/a The Speech House Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Breakfast very good.
Other Comments
Bed was very uncomfortable, mattress ancient. Very noisy in Orangey, sound suppression poor, sound bounces off the walls and floor, also wedding function taking place, music noise horrendous.
Linda Sep 13, 2019 WitneyWitney, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Front of the hotel bedrooms are noisy due to being on the main road.
Rosamund Sep 13, 2019 Lincoln, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food and Service excellent
Peter Sep 12, 2019 Gunnislake, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Keep the chef, he's brilliant. Staff are outstanding. Plenty of parking space. Great matress. Good prices at the bar.
Other Comments
Fabulous atmosphere in the dining room.
Chas Sep 09, 2019 Cardigan, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely stay. Great staff. Chaz made us feel very welcome. Nice food but pricey for what it was.
Gareth Sep 09, 2019 Cardiff, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were very friendly and helpful. Dinner in the Orangery was good pub food, booked for the 'more formal' restaurant on second night. Very impressed with the food, well thought our flavour combination well executed. Our only small complaint was that the service was a little slow in both restaurants.
Other Comments
Across the road from the monument marking the traditional centre of the Forest of Dean. A perfect location for a few days in this interesting and individual part of the country.
David Sep 08, 2019 Stone, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very friendly helpful staff. Beautiful location in the Forest of Dean. Nice touch providing a bowl, poop bags, towel and blanket for our dog. Food in the Orangery and breakfast was excellent.
Judith Sep 07, 2019 Penrith, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A really lovely experience. Food was excellent and evening meals reasonably priced. For us only downside our room was at the very top of the building (43) steps and my husband has a back and breathing problem. The room was of a very high standard though.
Mrs J Rust Sep 07, 2019 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Very enjoyable. Good food, exceptional breakfast, obliging staff, comfortable room.
Other Comments
As a seventy seven year old, I was disappointed to be placed on the second floor with very steep stairs, but this was quickly remedied by helpful receptionist.
Peter Sep 05, 2019 Vale of Glamorgan, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great location, room and food
Kevin Sep 04, 2019 King's Lynn, United Kingdom

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