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

"The food was excellent, rooms comfy and friendly staff. The garden and hanging baskets were beautiful"
17. Aug 2019 - Leicester, 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.
Cot 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 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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(406 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
The food was excellent, rooms comfy and friendly staff. The garden and hanging baskets were beautiful
Angela 17. Aug 2019 Leicester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Speech House is a great location for exploring the Wye Valley. Our room was very nice and large, with two comfortable chairs and a table. The bathroom was huge. We enjoyed our meal in the Orangery and the breakfast buffet was excellent. All staff were helpful and friendly. The hotel has a large car park.
Ian 17. Aug 2019 Bedford, United Kingdom
Other Comments
There are areas that look a little tired and there are small things that need attention - like not all the lights in the room worked, nor the bathroom fan.
Trefor 14. Aug 2019 Swansea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Whilst we rated the stay at the Speech House highly (excellent room, staff and breakfast) the biggest letdown was the a la carte meal on the first evening. The duck leg starter was dry with very little sauce, and whilst the main course fish was well cooked, the dessert was a disaster (lemon & blueberry tart) with the pudding never having been within a hundred yards of a lemon, and very tasteless blueberry ice cream ! We had a far superior meal on the second evening at the Fountain Inn nearby. The chef's clearly have work to do, as the food nowhere near matches the quite beautiful setting of the Verderers Hall in which it is served.
Simon 13. Aug 2019 Southampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Back to the eighties in the bedroom, it needs bringing up to date, and the shower didn’t work, and no handles for ease of getting out of the bath, dangerous!
Other Comments
Although having a nice garden and the Orangery, the food was very much below par, although the breakfast was excellent, so not a total loss.
Gary 12. Aug 2019 Budleigh Salterton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel, great staff and an ideal location for exploring the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley
John 12. Aug 2019 Northampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff, good size room on the 2nd floor, lots of stairs but that wasn’t an issue for us. Enjoyed a nice meal in the orangery. Good buffet breakfast
Clare 12. Aug 2019 Bangor, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Right in the middle of beautiful unspoilt countryside.The staff are very friendly and the food is good.
11. Aug 2019 Northampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely hotel, great staff, good food, nice room - the deal was very good value.
Mrs S J 10. Aug 2019 Towcester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Staff were helpful, friendly and efficient. Breakfast and restaurant meals were very good indeed.
stephen 10. Aug 2019 London, United Kingdom

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