If you’re a history buff, you’ll will love the two-hour Royal Historic Tree Trail with an Afternoon Tea, in The Verderers Court of The Speech House.
The tour, for 10-20 people, tells the story of The Speech House, which was built in 1669 by King Charles II, originally as a hunting lodge, and the Verderers Court, which still runs to this day.
Verderers are officials in Britain who deal with common land in certain former royal hunting areas which are the property of the Crown, including the Forest of Dean where the office has existed since at least 1218. You’ll learn all about their powers to protect the trees and environment and manage wildlife such as deer and wild boar and how they are elected. You’ll also hear about their special chairs and the intriguing story of when they were stolen!
Then you will be introduced to some of the hotel’s key features including antique master four-poster beds, historic oil paintings and photographs and, on a short walk, visit the splendid oak trees planted by members of the British Royal Family, including her Majesty the Queen and see the commemorative stone for Prince Albert, beloved husband of Queen Victoria, as well as the listed Monument marking the centre of the Royal Forest of Dean. Your walk will be completed with a tour of the Cyril Hart Arboretum situated behind the Speech House Hotel.
Guided talk and afternoon tea experience – £35 per person based on a minimum of 10 in the party and must be booked in advance and is subject to availability.
Dear Speech House Friends.
It is with great sadness that we have decided to close the hotel until further notice.
We cannot estimate when we are likely to reopen but will do so as soon as the Government indicates that it will be safe to do so.
If you have a reservation for accommodation or a function before May 31st we hope that we will be move your booking to a later date in the year. We say May 31st but obviously that may be too optimistic.
You will be able to contact us by e mail ( email@example.com ) if you do not receive an answer on the phone 01594 822607. We are planning to man the office during limited hours of the day.
We would like to thank all of you for your custom and support over the years and hope that it will not be too long before we can welcome you to The Speech House Hotel.
Best wishes and good luck in the months ahead.
Peter and Gill Hands