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
  • Dining options include The Orangery, which serves traditional pub food, and 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 10 minutes' drive

Enjoyed This
(430 Member Ratings)
"comfortable, interesting hotel in great position"
14. Oct 2018
London, UK


Map & Directions

Parking is free. The hotel is 15 minutes' drive from the A48. The nearest railway station is Lydney, which is 15 minutes' drive away (£18-20 each way in a taxi). Lydney has services to Cardiff, Cheltenham and London via Gloucester.

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 in the Forest of Dean, which is said to have inspired JRR Tolkien's Middle Earth and also featured in "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows". Symonds Yat Rock, 20 minutes' drive away in the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has views of the River Wye from 120 metres up, and is popular with hikers and birdwatchers (peregrine falcons nest on the surrounding cliffs).

You can hire kayaks and Canadian canoes for a paddle on the River Wye at the Monmouth Canoe and Activity Centre, which is 20 minutes' drive away, or take a ride on the Dean Forest Railway, which operates steam and diesel trains from Lydney to Parkend; Norchard station, which also has a museum, is around 10 minutes' drive from the hotel.

The ruins of Goodrich Castle, a Norman fortress with great views from the battlements, and Tintern Abbey -- the inspiration for Wordsworth's famous poem -- are both within 25 minutes' drive of the hotel, as is Kymin Hill, which features a charming 18th-century round house and naval temple overlooking Monmouth and the Wye Valley.

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


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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Customer Service available Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm

Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

Please note: Some amenities and services may not be available in all rooms or may incur an additional charge. All prices stated have been verified at the time of publication and may vary at the discretion of the hotel.

Enjoyed This
(430 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Tauber Hands Ltd T/a The Speech House Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.2 Ambiance
4.5 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
comfortable, interesting hotel in great position
Other Comments
good food, friendly,helpful staff
Angela 14. Oct 2018 London, UK
Other Comments
The staff were excellent very helpful and friendly We ate in the orangery on both nights the food was really good quality and reasonably priced we would go again the rooms were very clean and large even Alex pollizi (hotel inspector) would not complain
Ray 13. Oct 2018 Newton Abbot, UK
Enjoyed Most
Lovely staff all happy to serve you nothing yo kuch trouble. As right in the middle of the forest. We saw the boats or rather heard them then saw the fern moving lol
Lesley 11. Oct 2018 Ramsgate, UK
Enjoyed Most
Location in the Forest of Dean. the food was excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful
Ian 12. Oct 2018 COVENTRY, UK
Enjoyed Most
The staff were exceptional.
Gerry 13. Oct 2018 Gloucester, UK
Enjoyed Most
Fantastic breakfast , Peace and quiet
Francis Keith 11. Oct 2018 Telford, UK
Enjoyed Most
Food and location
Other Comments
A good value for money short break in a beautiful location
Gillian 10. Oct 2018 Pulborough, UK
Enjoyed Most
A beautiful 1600s building, so interesting !
Other Comments
The staff and accommodation are first class
alan 10. Oct 2018 Bristol, UK
Enjoyed Most
Comfortable room.
Other Comments
Courtyard room a lot quieter than the last one we had in the house which was very creaky. Evening meals and Sunday lunch expensive for the quality.
Helen 03. Oct 2018 Spilsby, UK
Enjoyed Most
Location perfect
Other Comments
The receptionist was very ‘shouty’ which made the experience quite amusing
Bernie 10. Oct 2018 Littlehampton, UK

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