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The Speech House Hotel

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Located in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, The Speech House Hotel, a former 17th century hunting lodge, combines traditional charm and modern hotel amenities for its guests. With 35 comfortable en-suite bedrooms guests are guaranteed a good nights rest before their day exploring the beautiful and ancient forest on its doorstep. Several of the bedrooms in the main house feature impressive antique four-poster beds if you want to spoil yourself with a romantic setting for a weekend away. When it comes to dining you’ll be spoilt for choice. Settle down in the informal Orangery which is dog and children friendly, to enjoy a tasty lunch, traditional Afternoon Tea or a light supper, choosing from 'pub' type favourites on the menu. Or visit Verderers’, the hotel's AA Rosette à la carte restaurant to indulge in a fine-dining experience. The hotel is ideal for couples, families and groups including walkers, nature enthusiasts, bike and car clubs, history groups and reunions. Dog friendly rooms are also available. The hotel also has impressive function facilities for weddings, meetings, conferences and events. And a warm welcome always awaits.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Bar / lounge
Hiking
Archery offsite
Highchairs available
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Taxi service
Parking
Wifi
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Snack bar
Special diet menus
Canoeing offsite
Fishing
Walking tours
Water park offsite
Board games / puzzles
Conference facilities
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
First aid kit
Umbrella
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Desk
Housekeeping
Room service
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Electric kettle
Flatscreen TV
Walk-in shower
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Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
3.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Family
Languages Spoken
English, French
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Elaine T wrote a review 1 Apr
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Our room had a 7ft four poster bed and it was very comfortable with beautiful quality bed linen and cushions. The staff are friendly , helpful and genuinely happy in their roles always polite and courteous. The food was excellent , breakfast was plentiful with lots of choice. An evening meal in the orangery was good value and the portion sizes were spot on for us. We will be returning to stay again
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear elainet0656EE, Thank you for taking time out to review your recent stay with us at the Speech House. I am delighted to read that you really enjoyed your 7 foot 4 poster bed, we have two of them in the hotel and they originate from circa 1834. We also have a slightly smaller "Barley Twist double bed from the same era. I am delighted that you enjoyed your food through out your stay and that you found my team to be friendly, helpful and happy, I have assed on your comments to all of my team who I know, will appreciate them. We all look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best wishes, stay safe, Peter Hands Director/Proprietor..
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Neil T wrote a review 1 Apr
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Perfect location for forest walks. Location a fairly busy road junction. But right in the middle of the forest, so plenty of walking right outside the door. Good food, choice of a la carte or a more bistro Restaurant . Wine list and a coupe of local ales Nice to have a reading room as our bedroom was a little small. Comfy bed and very well appointed bathroom Friendly staff, particularly the young ladies in the Orangery Restaurant
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Date of stay: March 2024Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Big function oriented venue so chose q quiet room
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Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Neil T, Many thanks for taking the time to leave feedback on your recent stay with us. Thank you for your very kind comments especially about the food and the way our team looked after you throughout your stay. I have passed on your comments to all my team and we all look forward to you returning for another Forest getaway soon Best wishes, stay safe, Peter Hands /Proprietor
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Peter B wrote a review Mar 2024
12 contributions4 helpful votes
The main building is incredible, reminiscent of a medieval film set. Sadly our room was like a phone box, up a narrow staircase in a converted cottage outside. Shuffled around the bed to get anywhere. The bathroom was a good size, almost bigger than the bedroom, but not very private, a curtain or blinds would have been nice. The food in the restaurant was sublime and what a place to eat! The breakfast was equally stunning. Nice and quiet overnight. Bed was well worn one of those where you fall into the middle! The staff were lovely people whom you could tell were invested in making it an experience. If it were not for the tiny room this would be among the best we have ever stayed in.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear peterbJ8509VN, Many thanks for taking time out to leave a review on your recent stay with us at the Speech House. I am sorry to learn that you were unhappy with your room, if you had mentioned it at the time my team would have done their very best to re-allocate you if there was the opportunity to do so. Thank you for your very kind comments on the food you had in the Verederers, both for dinner and breakfast. Thanks also for your kind comments regarding the staff which i have passed on to them all. I hope that you will return to see us again, ensuring that you have a different room next visit to make us among the best hotels you have ever stayed in. Best wishes, stay safe, Peter Hands Director/Proprietor.
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Vicki D wrote a review Mar 2024
London, United Kingdom54 contributions64 helpful votes
This hotel is not only very well run, extremely accommodating and very friendly staff. Everything was just so and we and our four legged friend were made to feel very welcome. They even supply dog towels, treats and copious bowls of water. Dogs are allowed in the bar area so dining isn't a problem. We can't wait to return as the grounds are amazing but we didn't have enough time to visit the lake within the hotel's grounds, so that's on the list for our next visit. I was fortunate to meet the owner whilst we were staying there and I would like to congratulate them on running a first class hotel where guests are treated very much like family. It's such a shame other hotels do not operate quite so efficiently.
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Date of stay: February 2024
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Stay for at least 2 days to take in your surroundings and enjoy the delight of the Forest of Dean
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Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear 38vickid,, Many thanks for taking time out to leave feedback on your recent stay with us at The Speech House. I am delighted to read that you both had a great stay and that your four legged friend also had a great time . Luca, our Dog Director, (see his blog page on our website) has also given a "Paws up" to say thank you for bringing you both with him. I have passed on your very kind comments to all of the Speech House team and I know they will appreciate them. We all look forward to welcoming you back soon. Best wishes, stay safe. Peter Hands Director.Proprietor.
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Moi wrote a review Mar 2024
Mansfield Woodhouse, United Kingdom19 contributions12 helpful votes
I found this to be a historic, rustic, friendly and comfortable hotel. It has seen better days but you’ll enjoy your stay . I was cosy and warm at night and ate well. It is a dog friendly hotel but you must really like dogs as the are a priority, even at the bar!
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Date of stay: March 2024
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Responded 7 Mar 2024
Dear Fussymoi, Thanks for taking time to leave feedback on your recent stay with us. Thank you for your kind comments and I am glad you were "cosy and warm and that you ate well". We are at the heart of the forest and yes we do allow dogs with well behaved owners to use the hotel. We get many customers who after walking their dogs pop into the orangery and bar for refreshments. I am sorry if you were put off by a few dogs but in fairness there are never more than two or three in any one time and we restrict them to the bar and Orangery, not in the main restaurant area or other parts of the main hotel. Once again I am pleased you had a good stay and I hope you will return when next in the area. I have passed on your comments to all of my team. Best wishes, stay safe, Peter Hands Director/Proprietor
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Trippy Owl wrote a review Jan 2024
Derbyshire, United Kingdom104 contributions65 helpful votes
A lovely, quaint & relaxing place to eat, drink & stay. Staff are on the ball and very polite, great selection of drinks/wine/spirits etc, although the soft drinks are on the steep side. J2o in particular at £4 a bottle. The buffet food was exceptional, fresh and plentiful. Evening dinner was superb in their restaurant. The room was a great size (Room 7) Not the most modern shower but it does the job. Room was clean (I would never have known that dogs may have stayed in the room) It wouldn't have bothered me if I had known, I'm not a stuck up tw@ like some of the reviewers. As long as it's clean and comfortable, I'm happy. I'd like to know the brand of wine served, my wife and sister-in law says it was "The best they've had" I remember it being a sauvignon blanc. A great stay here under the circumstances for our visit and would highly recommend. I won't be back, I mean that in a nice way (we traveled down to be at a funeral)
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Responded 1 Feb 2024
Dear Big-foodie-Ranger, Many thanks for taking time out to leave a review on your recent stay with us. I am pleased to read that you found the hotel to be a quaint and relaxing place to eat,drink and stay. We do not allow dogs in the main house hotel, as we have dedicated rooms in the courtyard for well behaved dogs. We are in the process of refurbishing bathrooms in the main house and room 7 is on the list for the future. Thanks for your very kind remarks concerning the way my team looked after you all and the quality of our food throughout your stay. Thank you also for your recommendation to other travellers and for entrusting us with your families wake. With regard to the wine, we are in the throws of changing our wine list however, I think it was called "Between the Thorns" a N.Z Sauvignon Blanc. I hope you had a safe and uneventful journey back up north. Best wishes; stay safe, Peter Hands Director/Proprietor
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Sadie H wrote a review Dec 2023
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The restaurant food is superb and the staff are excellent 👍 Fantastic atmosphere and beautiful surroundings. Really really friendly and the staff are encourage-able. And now there’s too many letters left
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Responded 30 Dec 2023
Dear sadieh569, Many thanks for taking time to leave a review on your recent visit to the Speech House. Thank you for your very kind comments regarding the superb food and the care and hospitality shown to you by our team. I have passed on your comments to all of the team who I know will appreciate them after such a tough year. Not too sure where the "too many letters went", We all wish you a safe, healthy and happy New Year and hope to see you again soon. Best wishes Peter Hands Director/ Proprietor
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444ladyp wrote a review Dec 2023
Oxford, United Kingdom33 contributions10 helpful votes
Loved the owners were on hand the whole time and didn't mind mucking in, you could tell it was a family run hotel everybody seemed happy and most of the staff have been there for years. The atmosphere was lovely and there were so many extra's like the Carol service, magician and quiz. The food was very good and plentiful, we don't usually believe in returning in case it isn't as good but for the Speech House were willing to risk it and plan on returning next xmas I think that say's it all!
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 28 Dec 2023
Dear 444lady, Many thanks for taking time out to leave a review on your recent stay with us for Christmas. Thank you for your very kind and generous comments which I have passed on to all our team who I know, will greatly appreciate them after working so hard over the year. Thank you for booking next Christmas with us and we will do everything possible to replicate and enhance your experience in 2024. We all wish you a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Yea and look forward to welcoming you back to the Speech House. Best wishes, Peter Hands Director/Proprietor
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Shirley T wrote a review Dec 2023
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This was our third Christmas stay at the Speech House , and it did not disappoint. Fantastic food, friendly staff and great entertainment meant that it felt like being part of a big family gathering. Thank you to Peter Gill, Naomi and the team!
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Responded 27 Dec 2023
Dear shirleytP176KA, Many thanks for taking the time to leave a review of your Christmas Package stay with us at The Speech House. It was so good to meet up with you both again, and for us and the team it was indeed like meeting up with family members. Thank you for your very kind comments and for entrusting us with your Christmas. I have passed on your comments to all of the Speech House team who will greatly appreciate them, having worked so hard over the Christmas period. We all look forward to meeting up with you both again and wish you both a very healthy, safe and prosperous New Year. Best wishes, Peter Hands Director/Proprietor
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worc54 wrote a review Dec 2023
Luton, United Kingdom9 contributions
We have just spent the weekend at this excellent value for money hotel. When we first arrived and being fore warned that there was a function on that evening our hopes were not great. How ever we needn’t have worried, a great night’s sleep in a very comfortable bed ensued. The next morning we had a wonderful breakfast served by young but very capable waitresses. The hotel prides itself on the quality of the ingredients for their menu’s and this showed even at breakfast where the bacon and sausage was second to none. In the evening we dined in the Verderers restaurant where not only was the quality excellent but thought had been put into the menu, whereas normally side orders comprise just one or two vegetables here you get a good mix of several. I would heartily recommend the sirloin, beautifully cooked and tender. Our final meal was breakfast, again it didn’t disappoint. We have stayed in many four and five star hotels throughout Europe but the standard of food at The Speech House can hold its head up with most of them One nice touch is the number of walkers that come to the bar with their dogs and enjoy a quick drink before going on their way again. It’s a convenient base for walking around the Forest, we walked the long trail at the Nagshead Reserve and the Kymin above Monmouth. Goodrich Castle is one of the best ruins that we have ever visited, there was a very well informed guide there as well.
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Date of stay: December 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Responded 18 Dec 2023
Dear worc54, Many thanks for taking the time out to leave a comprehensive review on your recent stay with us at The Speech House. I am delighted to read that you had a great stay and that you thought we offered excellent value for money. We do allow dogs with well behaved owners into our bar and Orangery and also have a few bedrooms in the courtyard that are pet friendly. We are in the centre of the forest and have some 253 miles of walking and cycling trails on our doorstep. Once again, thank you for your very kind comments which I have passed on to all my team whom I i know will greatly appreciate them. We all look forward to welcoming you back when you are next in the area and we all wish you both a peaceful and safe Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Peter Hands Director/Proprietor.
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What are some of the property amenities at The Speech House Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at The Speech House Hotel?
Top room amenities include a flat screen TV, a desk, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at The Speech House Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at The Speech House Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are pets allowed at The Speech House Hotel?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does The Speech House Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Speech House Hotel?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and French.
Is The Speech House Hotel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access and facilities for disabled guests. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.