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

"The room was spacious and very quiet and we were able to park right outside our room. All staff very friendly. Quality of breakfast was excellent , Plenty to read about the history of the hotel. The owner showed me a 4 poster bed in a room in the main hotel from the 1800's , beautifully carved."
17 May, 2019 - Desborough, 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: 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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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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(295 Member Ratings)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Tauber Hands Ltd T/a The Speech House Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.3 Ambiance
4.6 Location
4.3 Rooms
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
The room was spacious and very quiet and we were able to park right outside our room. All staff very friendly. Quality of breakfast was excellent , Plenty to read about the history of the hotel. The owner showed me a 4 poster bed in a room in the main hotel from the 1800's , beautifully carved.
Other Comments
Lovely walks in the forest from the hotel. Look at the trees planted by Prince Albert, The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh and also the Duke and Duchess of Wessex.
Helen 17 May, 2019 Desborough, UK
Enjoyed Most
The setting was perfect! The House itself appeared to have so much history and character. We had a Courtyard room with 4poster, bedroom offered everything we needed or would have wanted...clean comfortable and well equipped ..wish we could have stayed longer, maybe next time Thank-you
Other Comments
Everyone helpful and friendly...Staff at reception in the Bar, at breakfast and the gardener was friendly and happy to discuss plants and the very busy House Martins and Swallows... Clean, Comfortable and very very nice...Thank-you
Pauline 16 May, 2019 Taunton, UK
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Neil 15 May, 2019 Swindon, UK
Enjoyed Most
Staff were very friendly and efficient.
Other Comments
Our Superior room in the main house was very spacious and comfortable.
Lynn 15 May, 2019 Barry, UK
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Everything but all the staff are worth a special mention for being so friendly & good at their job.
Other Comments
This is our fourth visit to Speech House & it never fails to please in all respects. We shall return.
Jill 11 May, 2019 Christchurch, UK
Enjoyed Most
The Staff were very professional and always accommodating and polite. We had an issue with the door lock and instantly given another room in the house but I had my reservations as it overlooked the main road and I wasn't sure I would sleep as I live very rural - it was not a problem and we were instantly given a room that was very grand and obviously one in which was above and beyond the standard rate. Thank you
Other Comments
Local couple talked us through some of the photo's and its history which was very interesting - thank you
Kim 10 May, 2019 Saint Austell, UK
Enjoyed Most
Food was very tasty and well presented.
Other Comments
More road noise than expected at night and early morning otherwise thoroughly enjoyed the stay and would happily return again.
Jill 10 May, 2019 Norwich, UK
Enjoyed Most
The staff, really helpful and the atmosphere, very relaxing Sometimes I wondered if some of the staff ever slept! Charlotte, thanks for making our weekend really great and in the words of Arnold; I shall return
Other Comments
Lovely listed building. Clean spacious rooms (we were in the main house) and good food!
Jacquie 08 May, 2019 SWANSEA, UK
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Other Comments
Staff were fantastic
Ceri 07 May, 2019 Barry, UK
Enjoyed Most
Rooms were tastefully decorated and comfortable, staff always helpful accommodating and personable, food of good quality and generous portions. Its proximity to the forest and walking trails a real attraction .
Pam 07 May, 2019 Bedford, UK

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