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 outstanding"
10. Jun 2019 - Shrewsbury, 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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(336 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 food was outstanding
Lisa 10. Jun 2019 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Other Comments
The bathroom wasn’t particularly clean, hairs on sink and bath. Floor needed regrouting.
Deborah 10. Jun 2019 Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Lovely place to stay in the heart of the Forest of Dean. We had a courtyard room with a four poster bed. The room was big and very quiet. Breakfast was lovely with a variety of different choices. Can't fault for the price we paid.
Gillian 10. Jun 2019 Exeter, United Kingdom
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WILLIAM 09. Jun 2019 Bristol, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Just felt you were away from it all in very special surroundings
Other Comments
What a fabulous place. So much history and my husband really enjoyed our stay Would definitely return
Mavis 08. Jun 2019 Cardiff, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Excellent In Every Aspect
Other Comments
Would 100% recommend & such great value for money.
Carolyn 06. Jun 2019 Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Quiet room, staff friendly, ambience ok
Other Comments
Hotel is steeped in history, old and whilst grand in parts also somewhat tired and in need of money spending
David 06. Jun 2019 EXETERExeter, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The location of the hotel and the history of the site - not every hotel which has a tree planted by Prince Albert just outside the front door. The helpful staff .
Other Comments
The very first time I have stayed in a hotel where the en suite bathroom (which was spotlessly clean) contained a urinal. A blow for men's lib!
Ronald 05. Jun 2019 Chapel en le Frith, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Paul 05. Jun 2019 Launceston, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The dining room and the history associated with it.
Other Comments
The property did not look as good as it did in the pictures. There was a musty odor in the small lobby as if it was an old people's home. Accommodations were not in the main building shown in the picture. They were more like a motel.
Pradeep 03. Jun 2019 Lisle, IL, USA

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