I do look at this place through rose-tinted glasses as we had our wedding reception here 20 years ago. We are regular, but infrequent visitors - every 10 years we return to the same room.
The Speech House is bursting with character - it has so much heritage - royalty have visited - yet it stays true to its forest roots.
Over the years the accommodation has been developed for the more cost-conscious visitor with modern rooms in the courtyard. It has also been extended with the bright and airy Orangery which is very pleasant.
For us there is only one room to stay in - number 4 - I believe it was called the Oak Room. It has a fantastic, massive four-poster bed that even has little stools to help you climb up into. When sitting in the bay window or lying on the bed, you know that you are in the best room in the Forest of Dean.
The staff: what a fantastic crew. Everyone were polite, helpful and a credit to this unique hotel. It was nice to have a bright and cheery waitress at breakfast, and nice to have such a patient, helpful and understanding waitress at our evening meal who described the more unusual dishes so well that I just had to try them. There were generally plenty of staff around to serve you at the bars and in the Orangery, and only once did we have to wait just a fraction too long before being attended to in the restaurant.
The food: lovely. When we arrived, we were treated to a late-in-the-afternoon cream tea in the garden, and therefore needed no supper. We had breakfasts and an excellent formal dinner in the Verderers' Court - a very interesting room in the hotel. We also had a lunch, again in the garden.
I do look forward to returning again in another 10 years' time.
If you are in the vicinity, and can't take the opportunity to stay overnight, do pop in and have a cream tea - you won't be disappointed
( One tiny whinge: the premium rooms really should have free wifi at the price that they are. )
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Formerly built in 1669, as a Hunting Lodge for Charles II the Speech House sits at the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean.The main house has 15 bedrooms including three antique four poster beds.The remainder of rooms are situated in the Courtyard and Cottage.The hotel is home to one of only two Verderers Courts in the UK and is used as the main restaurant for the hotel.The hotel offers a wide range of room type to suit all budgets, and is pet friendly in the Courtyard rooms, subject to availability.The Orangery is open to non residents for morning coffee,aftrernoon teas, and bar lunches and evening meals.Free Wi Fi is available to residents for 1 hour during their stay and then it is subject to a small charge.There are approximately 253 miles of walking and cycling trails on the doorstep of the hotel. Speechhouse is an ideal venue for touring the Wye Valley,Gloucestershire and the Southern Cotswolds and South Wales. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Speech Hotel Coleford
- The Speech House Hotel Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire - Coleford