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The Speech House Hotel

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Why We Love This Hotel

  • This hotel is in rural Gloucestershire, in the centre of 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 away
  • The property can offer discounts on local bike hire for exploring the surrounding forest cycle paths

"Excellent hotel, perfect location, nice that its not a chain, and the room was lovely, staff were great also. Will be back ;)"
19 Oct, 2019 - Newport, UK
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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: Extra beds are not available.
Cot not available.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request and will be charged at £10 per pet per night.
Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel.

Please contact the hotel before booking to confirm the availability

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.

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(251 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
4.6 Location
4.2 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
Excellent hotel, perfect location, nice that its not a chain, and the room was lovely, staff were great also. Will be back ;)
Mandy 19 Oct, 2019 Newport, UK
Enjoyed Most
Good food, room clean, limited bar area.
Huw 13 Oct, 2019 Newport, UK
Enjoyed Most
Very comfortable hotel.Food excellent
Other Comments
staff very good
Brian 11 Oct, 2019 Thornton-Cleveleys, UK
Enjoyed Most
Lovely old fashioned type of hotel - very Agatha Christie! All mod cons though - warm rooms, hot showers, very comfortable beds.
Alison 09 Oct, 2019 Kidderminster, UK
Enjoyed Most
This is a comfortable hotel in a great location for exploring the forest and surrounding area. The room was comfortable and clean and staff friendly and helpful. There's a decent selection at breakfast and the menu in in the restaurant sounds good although we didn't try it. A good place for a short break.
Cindy 09 Oct, 2019 Whitstable, UK
Enjoyed Most
Staff were mostly friendly.
Other Comments
General quality of room, all quite dated. Deal room was on 2nd floor, so not best location. Hotel is just very tired. We had booked a second night before we arrived but cancelled it. Breakfast was disappointing as food seemed to have been sitting around for a while, even tho we ate around 8.45.
Jenny 06 Oct, 2019 Bristol, UK
Enjoyed Most
We went for my husbands birthday. We had a delicious meal and wine. The restaurant was very cosy. The breakfast was huge with loads of choice. The room was in the attic and was quiet and comfortable.
Other Comments
If you have mobility problems be aware there is no lift due to it being a listed building. Staff were excellent.
Karen 05 Oct, 2019 CinderfordGloucestershire, UK
Enjoyed Most
Romantic break
giuseppe 04 Oct, 2019 Pontyclun, UK
Enjoyed Most
We have stayed here before and knew what to expect. We checked in to our rooms in ther afternoon I had been allocated room 37 which is the Courtyard. Upon entering the room I discovered that the urinal was out of order and had a note across it to say sorry for any inconvenience. That was not a problem but what was, was the fact that the water in the cistern was continuously running and could be heard through a closed door. Secondly the lock on the door was not working so I was actually locked in the room! I just feel that this room should not have been allocated in the forst place. However the hotel staff did sort me out a lovely room in the main house, which was lovely.
Other Comments
Lovely hotel fab location and will still go back again on the Travel Zoo offer even with the few teething problems this time round
Heather 02 Oct, 2019 Market Drayton, UK
Other Comments
Staff were excellent and very helpful. Hotel could do with an update. Bath could do with grab rails inside the bath.
colin 27 Sep, 2019 Uxbridge, UK

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