Retreating out of the hustle and bustle of our beautiful city to shoot Autumn content took our adventure to the heart of ‘The Forest Of Dean’ as we set-up camp at the beautiful ‘Speech House Hotel’.
The Speech House Hotel is a former 17th-century hunting lodge set in the heart of the idyllic Royal Forest of Dean. From Autumn vibe fashion shooting to a country wedding, The Speech House Hotel is ready to accommodate your rural retreat.
Overlooking the romantic wilderness of the surrounding Forest of Dean, The Speech House Hotel offers comfortably appointed bedrooms, several like my room with four-poster beds. Speech House Hotel is home to 35 luxury bedrooms which offer modern facilities, whilst retaining their original 17th-century charm. Unwind in the naturally lit Orangery with a cup of tea, enjoy the breathtaking scenery that awaits you when you step outside.
I stayed one of the hotels two ‘Master Four Poster Rooms’. A room full of character, charm and British heritage. From beautifully restored antiques to luxury details – each square foot of the room had an essence of personality. A very contrasting experience to any hotel experience you would find in central London. Something to be embraced and enjoyed in a very traditionally British way.
The room had three main quarters: The Bedroom, with its statement piece of furniture being a seven foot antique, unique bed. Yes, seven foot! That’s enough to sleep 5 Ollie’s side by side. Although I somehow managed to make my way from one side to the other throughout the night pushing most of the pillows on the floor in my sleep. How Ollie? How?
Within the bedroom at ‘The Speech House Hotel’ was an open window-side lounge area. Two comfy chairs and an antique tea table, set by the ‘floor to ceiling’ windows. Sitting there with the curtains open, laptop out and a cup of tea in hand – I had a little “this is pretty cool, can we pause life please” moment. Time in the Forest Of Dean feels to tick along slower, giving you the opportunity to relax and enjoy every second of your country retreat.
The Speech House Hotel’s Master Four Poster Bedroom’s both come with a study/ wardrobe room, complete with two large wardrobe spaces and a beautiful antique desk. Writing emails on a MacBook, on-top of a desk that once upon a time would have been used to write using ink and quill echoed the historical foundations that Speech House is built upon.
Leading on from my own private study is the bathroom. A quaint, white tiled delight that was kept perfectly clean. For such an old building I was slightly skeptical at what the shower experience would be like. I was pleasantly surprised! Hot power showers galore.
After sleeping like a king in my giant marshmallow (through all 20 alarms), I made my way down to breakfast. This was an experience in itself – situated inside a courtroom where trials are still held today. Full continental and cooked breakfast buffet options are on offer as you sit by an open log fire, enjoying your food as you ease yourself into the day.