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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

97%
Enjoyed This
(395 Member Ratings)
"The restaurant was good value for money"
Dave
02. Nov 2018
Knighton, United Kingdom

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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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Overview

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.

Amenities

General

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

Services

  • 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

Internet

  • Complimentary Internet access

Bathroom

  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower

Parking

  • Complimentary parking

Accessibility

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

Policies

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, 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.

97%
Enjoyed This
(395 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
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
Enjoyed Most
Location. Staff.
Other Comments
Cold tired. Food only just warm. One meal had to be sent back.
01. Nov 2018 Liskeard, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely staff who made us and our dog very welcome
Jean 31. Oct 2018 Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Location goood. Staff very good...could not expect any more of them.
Other Comments
Rooms tired. Hotel and rooms bit chillly .....radiators only on for limited hours in room ...if there was not an electric fire in room it would have been really cold. Food ok but hot food often only just warm.
30. Oct 2018 Liskeard, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Its location, ambience, loved the Orangery, room was lovely. staff very friendly & helpful. Welcomes dog, what we liked was the dog bowl, poo bags & towel ready & waiting for him when we arrived.
Other Comments
Defo be back. We saw a Stag just down the road too.
kate 30. Oct 2018 Torquay, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely setting and attentive staff. The hotel was very welcoming and dog friendly too. Planning our return already
claire 29. Oct 2018 Witney, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent staff.
Conrad 29. Oct 2018 RyeRye, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The bed was very comfortable , nice size room , lovely cream tea and breakfast .
Sarah 28. Oct 2018 Stroud, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff want you to enjoy your stay and it really shows.
Jane 22. Oct 2018 Tonbridge, United Kingdom

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