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 can offer discounts on local bike hire for exploring the surrounding forest cycle paths

"The afternoon tea was especially tasty and plentiful. Similarly, the bacon and sausage were excellent quality."
14. Apr 2019 - Worcester, 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: 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.

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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm AET

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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(248 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
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The afternoon tea was especially tasty and plentiful. Similarly, the bacon and sausage were excellent quality.
Other Comments
Excellent location for exploring the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.
Maureen 14. Apr 2019 Worcester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food and drink, good quality and efficient service.
Other Comments
I'd be happy to receive any offers from this hotel, the attentive staff are the key.
Arthur 08. Apr 2019 Milford Haven, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Helpf u l staff
Martin 07. Apr 2019 Street, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely breakfast
Carole 07. Apr 2019 Helston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The food , the friendliness of the staff ,espically rob . Great place for a base to travel round .
Other Comments
Excellent !! A1
Sharon 05. Apr 2019 Witham, United Kingdom
Other Comments
The only problem is lack of broadband and mobile signal other than that excellent
Maureen 03. Apr 2019 Warminster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lyn 19. Nov 2018 Gloucester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room was fantastic, service was very good and excellent location.
Other Comments
We will recommended this to friends and go back ourselves. Food was very good and great value too.
Tina 16. Nov 2018 Bridport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The restaurant was good value for money
Dave 02. Nov 2018 Knighton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Sited in a really lovely spot.
Other Comments
Unfortunately we had a room at the top of the hotel which meant climbing 4 flights of stairs. Hard on the knees at our age! We were told to ask for a first floor room next time we go. So be warned! Worth visiting though.
Susan 01. Nov 2018 Mansfield, United Kingdom

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