Stayed at the SPH for 1 night with my wife, primarily as a luxury base for mountain biking in the Forest. Location-wise it is spot on, absolutely ideal, right in the heart of the Forest. As a treat, I booked a Four poster room which overlook the main road, but we weren't too disturbed by passing traffic. The room was nice and roomy, but did have wobbly floor boards and a partly rotten door. The decor was dated, but I guess it added to the historic feel to the hotel.
The hotel appears in a contrary state, some parts are really modern and contemporary, others a little tired and in need of attention. For example, having large hi-fis plugged into a wall socket in the Orangery and restaurant, playing cheesey pop, seemed abit naff.
The service is overall good, but was let down by one or two minor incidents which I felt were inapproriate. The bar is quite small, not sure how busy it would get if there was a function on (it was nice and quiet on our stay).
We had 3 meals at the SPH, lunch on the Orangery, dinner in the restaurant and breakfast as part of the B&B package. All were good and plentiful, no complaints at all.
I was slighlty unimpressed with the value, but I would stay again if I returned to the FoD, although I might stay in a cheaper room.
- 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