The Speech House Hotel

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Why We Love It

  • This hotel is in rural Gloucestershire, in 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

Enjoyed This
(428 Member Ratings)
"proximity to the forest"
15. Sep 2018
Bridport, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is 15 minutes' drive from the A48. The nearest railway station is Lydney, which is 15 minutes' drive away (£18-20 each way in a taxi). Lydney has services to Cardiff, Cheltenham and London via Gloucester. Parking is free.

Rooms & Rates

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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.

Pets: No pets allowed.

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, 8am-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.

Enjoyed This
(428 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
4.5 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
proximity to the forest
Other Comments
Food served in the bar was good, as was the ale. The room was spacious and quiet but the mattress was very soft, which was not to our liking. Staff were friendly and efficient. We intend to revisit as we loved the forest walks.
Christopher 15. Sep 2018 Bridport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Superb location, historical building, very comfortable rooms. Friendly helpful staff, good food. Couldn’t fault it
Elizabeth 15. Sep 2018 Shropshire, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Walking in the forest
Geoffrey 14. Sep 2018 Worcester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Rooms were really good,very clean and big. Staff were lovely and food excellent
Pauline 13. Sep 2018 OSWESTRY, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Nice relaxed atmosphere food was good and lovely cream tea
Lynn 13. Sep 2018 Exeter, United Kingdom
Other Comments
The value for money rating is based on the TravelZoo special offer.
Roger 13. Sep 2018 Brackley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Everything - very friendly staff, comfortable room, excellent food. Good value for money.
Other Comments
Would love to go back and spend Christmas here - it's very homely and welcoming, and the staff are lovely.
Geraldine 12. Sep 2018 Sidcup, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely decor, room spacious and well decorated with a couple of seats and lots of wardrobe space. Not so impressed by four-poster bed to be honest , it just became a nuisance when trying to watch tv. ( I’m a true ? ). I feel it’s a bit risky putting a large contemporary artwork in a room . If it’s not to the guests taste ( which it DEFINITELY wasn’t in this case ) it’s not as if we can walk away from it .
peter 11. Sep 2018 Watford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Reception lady Jane excellent. All staff very good - including bar man Ben.4 poster room quirky and memorable. Fantastic value as upgraded .
Other Comments
Enjoyed experience a lot, but rooms quite noisy as near road( secondary glazing needed) . Waiter didn't move condiments to clean tables& continued to wipe after cloth fell on floor!
Jeffrey 11. Sep 2018 Otley, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
during our stay we were lucky to have the annual steam rally which I enjoyed the most
Other Comments
I was interested about the history of the hotel building but was unable to get much information perhaps someone could reseach a little so as quests can find out more (some sort of reading material i:e an information folder)
martin 11. Sep 2018 poole, United Kingdom

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