Forest of Dean District

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% (136 Member Ratings)

"Amazing room , very comfortable bed, excellent breakfast, service very efficient.would probably eat in orangery next time rather than restaurant which was rather too quiet for our liking x"
02. Apr 2017
Shrewsbury, 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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


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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97% Positive
(136 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
4.6 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Amazing room , very comfortable bed, excellent breakfast, service very efficient.would probably eat in orangery next time rather than restaurant which was rather too quiet for our liking x
Other Comments
So close to great walks in The Forest of Dean .
pam 02. Apr 2017 Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Food and menu were good
Other Comments
Courtyard rooms are very small but beds comfortable. OK for a 1 night stay
Arthur 31. Mar 2017 Norwich, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Bedroom was lovely
Alex 10. Mar 2017 Bradley Stoke, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable and spacious room
Other Comments
Loved the beamed ceilings and history of the hotel
Mrs P 09. Mar 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 09. Mar 2017 Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Friendly staff, clean comfy room, our dog was welcome and breakfast was fabulous.
Rhiannon 09. Mar 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 28. Jan 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 27. Jan 2017 Birmingham, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
A warm large room, comfortable bed and good sized bathroom.
John 12. Jan 2017 Croxley Green, United Kingdom
Enjoyed Most
Tha ambience.
Derek 16. Dec 2016 Bodmin, United Kingdom

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