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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

Enjoyed This
(336 Member Ratings)
"Good room, comfortable bed. easy to use shower, satisfactory breakfast."
14. Oct 2017
Cheltenham, UK


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 and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. Please check with the hotel.


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.

Pets: No pets allowed.

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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Enjoyed This
(336 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Tauber Hands Ltd T/a The Speech House Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.4 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.4 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Good room, comfortable bed. easy to use shower, satisfactory breakfast.
Other Comments
Convenient location for places of interest in the Forest of Dean.
R 14. Oct 2017 Cheltenham, UK
Enjoyed Most
Excellence of food, varied and always freshly cooked. Breakfast set us up for a good day exploring
Other Comments
Staff very helpful, polite and friendly
Allen Cole 13. Oct 2017 Kimbolton, UK
Enjoyed Most
The position in the Forest of Dean. The quality of the room.
Other Comments
We have already recommended this hotel to friends and family and would love to come again ourselves some time.
Christine 09. Oct 2017 Truro, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very friendly staff, always willing to help
Other Comments
Breakfast was enormous.
Denis 13. Oct 2017 Faringdon, UK
Enjoyed Most
Good restaurant.
Linda 09. Oct 2017 Swindon, UK
Enjoyed Most
The whole experience was enjoyable , firstly the drive to the Hotel,from check in to check out ,staff great, food wonderful , room very acceptable. Overall lovely time.
Michael 12. Oct 2017 Cardiff, UK
Enjoyed Most
Superb location, friendly staff and lovely clean rooms.
Other Comments
Best place to stay if visiting the Forest of Dean. Dog friendly and nothing too much trouble, will definitely be returning!
Paul 07. Oct 2017 Llantwit Major, UK
Enjoyed Most
The food was very reasonably priced and of excellent quality.
Other Comments
Thank you for the free entrance into the food festival!
Kele 02. Oct 2017 Aberdare, UK
Enjoyed Most
The situation, ambience, staff and facilities.
Other Comments
This is my third stay in a matter of months and definitely will not be my last. I am already looking at dates for next spring to revisit with my family as the whole experience was fabulous.
HEATHER 02. Oct 2017 Sandhurst, UK
Other Comments
One disaapointing aspect was the evening meal I chose of bream was the smallest piece of fish - especially for the price - that I have had. It was not very good and poor value for money.
colin 05. Oct 2017 Hatfield, UK

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