Forest of Dean District, United Kingdom

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
  • The Orangery serves traditional pub cuisine & there's also a formal restaurant
  • It's 5 miles from the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty & 13 miles from the famous Tintern Abbey ruins

97% (117 Member Ratings)

"So welcoming and friendly. A real home from home."
Dec 05, 2016
Slough, United Kingdom


Map & Directions

The hotel is 15 minutes' drive from the A48. The nearest railway station is Lydney, which takes 15 minutes by car and costs £18-£20 in a taxi. Lydney has services to Cardiff, Cheltenham and London via Gloucester. Parking at the hotel 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 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, which overlooks the River Wye from 120 metres up and is popular with hikers and birdwatchers, is 20 minutes' drive.

Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre, where you can hire kayaks and Canadian canoes for a paddle on the River Wye, is 20 minutes away.

Tintern Abbey -- the inspiration for Wordsworth's famous poem -- is 25 minutes' drive. The Dean Forest Railway operates steam and diesel trains from Lydney to Parkend; Norchard station, which also has a museum, is 10 minutes' drive.

The Orangery and bar serves light lunches, fresh coffee and traditional pub cuisine. 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 check-in time: 2pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 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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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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117 Member Reviews
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Enjoyed Most: So welcoming and friendly. A real home from home.
Other Comments: Staff excellent, rooms great, food very good. Couldnt fault it in any way. We had such a relaxing weekend.
Karen Dec 05, 2016 Slough, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The superior bedroom
Philip Nov 13, 2016 Leicester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Absolutely love the Speech House, always greeted by friendly, helpful staff. Afternoon tea was lush and you get the best breakfast ever! Set in the heart of the forest within lovely well maintained grounds. I can't wait to return!
Karen Nov 07, 2016 Telford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The location in the middle of the Forest of Dean and the character of the old house and its history
Kim Oct 28, 2016 Letchworth Garden City, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Nice setting in the middle of the forest, but close enough to local towns. Excellent for walkers and cyclists, although not our scene. Plenty of parking spaces and nicely laid out flower beds. Lovely room with plenty of space, comfy large bed and easy chairs.
Other Comments: Downside being on the second floor with no lift, hard work to carry up luggage. On a busy road junction and a cattle crossing out of the car park, both of which were a bit noisy at night.
Anne Oct 28, 2016 Wilmslow, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: The hotel was great, a good location at the centre of the forest, very quiet, our room was very clean and well decorated, first class food and service. We would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting The Forest of Dean any time of the year, we will come back to this hotel again next year without question.
Other Comments: You will not find a finer hotel in The Forest of Dean, fisrt class in every way, well done to all the staff.
Alan Oct 22, 2016 Wixams, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Very good food, and excellent vegetarian choices. The staff were friendly and attentive but not intrusive, and there was a relaxed, but efficient, atmosphere.
Janet Oct 22, 2016 Barnstaple, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Marvellous Master Bedroom!
Other Comments: Great room, good restaurant food - bit let down by quality of ingredients on bar menu
Anne Oct 20, 2016 Banbury, United Kingdom
Other Comments: Excellent accommodation and staff.
Valerie Oct 15, 2016 Heighington, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most: Delightful hotel where we spent our 10th wedding anniversary 42 years ago. Wonderful forest location with plenty of places to visit.
David Oct 12, 2016 Exeter, United Kingdom

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