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 food and there's also 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

97% (146 Member Ratings)

"Excellent service ...... nothing was too much trouble. Food was delicious."
Jun 20, 2017
Cheltenham, 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.

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 has views of 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, and Goodrich Castle, a ruinous Norman castle, are also around 20 minutes' drive 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 around 10 minutes' drive.

Kymin Hill, which features a charming 18th-century round house and naval temple overlooking Monmouth and the Wye Valley, is 25 minutes' drive away.

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 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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97% Positive
(146 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Tauber Hands Ltd T/a The Speech House Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Excellent service ...... nothing was too much trouble. Food was delicious.
Other Comments
Bedroom and bathroom very roomy ... put Premier Inn to shame ... no comparison !
Paul Jun 20, 2017 Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Great room
Other Comments
Good location
Teresa Jun 20, 2017 Northampton, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The accommodation, breakfast and grounds.
Other Comments
Travelzoo's suggestion of the Speech House and and the cost, were very good; thank you TravelZoo.
Roger Jun 17, 2017 Dover, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The friendly and attentive staff. The garden where we had our cream tea was like an oasis very well tended and maintained.
Other Comments
We will definitely be returning one of the nicest hotels we've stayed in.
John Jun 17, 2017 Bittaford, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The courtyard room. Spacious and quiet
Brenda Jun 17, 2017 Dorchester, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Clean comfy rooms
Other Comments
Change the piped music to something more atmospheric please
Alan Jun 15, 2017 Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The ambiencetaste
Other Comments
Tastefully decorated & comfortabe rooms
Christine Jun 10, 2017 Llanelli, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
The lovely friendly staff. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Also enjoyed staying in one of the cortyard rooms which was very comfortable with a spacious bathroom. All in all had a very pleasant 2 days.
Christina Jun 10, 2017 Saint Helens, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable room
Debra Jun 07, 2017 Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
We chose this hotel as a stop off location on our way to West Wales. The area is beautiful - Wye Valley - and directly opposite the hotel is access to a sculpture park, part of a range of walking and biking trails - very popular with families. We loved it as it was great dog walking territory - much appreciated by our passion russell terrier. She also loved the accommodation at the hotel - although we could not stay in a 4 poster room because of her (sob!) - as a special dog rug was provided to protect the bed, as well as dog bowl and towel. Genuinely pet friendly hotel!
jessica Jun 06, 2017 Sandgate, United Kingdom

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