Forest of Dean District

The Speech House Hotel

Member rates available
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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% (118 Member Ratings)

"Bedroom was lovely"
Mar 10, 2017
Bradley Stoke, 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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Customer Service available 24 hours

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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97% Positive
(118 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Tauber Hands Ltd T/a The Speech House Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Bedroom was lovely
Alex Mar 10, 2017 Bradley Stoke, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable and spacious room
Other Comments
Loved the beamed ceilings and history of the hotel
Mrs P Mar 09, 2017 Liss, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The room was exceptionally large, separate area for bathroom, breakfast extensive and full E nglish enormous-- be aware.
Mary Mar 09, 2017 Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff, clean comfy room, our dog was welcome and breakfast was fabulous.
Rhiannon Mar 09, 2017 Kidderminster, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfort and reasonably priced bar, so often the bar bill writes off the advantage of the original offer, this was a comfortable hotel, with pleasant staff, very relaxing.
Other Comments
will definitely go back in the future.
Valerie Jan 28, 2017 Tintagel, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The staff we friendly and polite and the hotel had a lovely atmosphere. We stayed in one of the courtyard four poster rooms, which was amazing!! We ate at the A La Carte restaurant on the evening, the food was lovely and the waiting staff were great. The full English breakfast had loads of variety and very tasty!!
Other Comments
I would definitely recommend staying at The Speech House and will definitely be returning!!
Gemma Jan 27, 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A warm large room, comfortable bed and good sized bathroom.
John Jan 12, 2017 Croxley Green, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Tha ambience.
Derek Dec 16, 2016 Bodmin, United Kingdom
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

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