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 20 minutes' drive

Enjoyed This
(329 Member Ratings)
"Great location in the Forest of Dean"
29. Jun 2018
Doncaster, 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 and costs £18-£20 each way in a taxi. Lydney has services to Cardiff, Cheltenham and London via Gloucester. Parking is free.

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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 has views of the River Wye from 120 metres up. Popular with hikers and birdwatchers (peregrine falcons nest on the surrounding cliffs), it's 20 minutes' drive from the hotel.

Hiking isn't the only way to get around the area. 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.

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

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 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-Sun, 8am-6pm AET

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

Enjoyed This
(329 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Tauber Hands Ltd T/a The Speech House Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.4 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.4 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Great location in the Forest of Dean
Other Comments
Whilst I appreciate this is a historic hotel I thimk the room although large was a little tired and could do with a bit of a revamp.
Maggie 29. Jun 2018 Doncaster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Easy going relaxed atmosphete
Other Comments
We spent the couple of days cycling and much enjoyed the forest trails. To our surprise the hotel held no information or maps of the routes
Linda 24. Jun 2018 Wells, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Delicious food/breakfasts
liz 06. Jun 2018 Ipswich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Relaxing atmosphere in beautiful surroundings, staff were friendly and helpful, breakfast was outstanding. A pleasure to stay at such a lovely hotel.
Karen 16. Jun 2018 Droitwich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Spacious, comfortable bedroom, nicely decorated and clean.
Sarah J 14. Jun 2018 Knighton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
the atmosphere, the food, and very friendly staff.
Michael 16. Jun 2018 Salisbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Breakfast was fabulous & location for walking & cycling
Other Comments
Lovely location, food was very good & room was excellent
Daphne 15. May 2018 Langport, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The hotel location in the Forest of Dean ,and the pleasant gardens and orangery restaurant ,and the large Superior Double room in the main house
Other Comments
The pleasant efficient staff ,always helpful and the excellent food ,especially the wide selection of breakfast available . The hotel is steeped in history going back to the 16th century when it was built for Charles Second as a hunting lodge
Mr David 05. Jun 2018 Birmingham, United Kingdom
Other Comments
Staff all very helpful
C 30. May 2018 Egham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food and service
Other Comments
Excellent receptionist
Michael 18. May 2018 LeicesterLeicester, United Kingdom

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