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Greetings from the New Forest – dog edition!

Greetings from the New Forest!

Or this month shall I say woof woof!! It’s no news to anyone that knows us that we love to welcome dogs at Woodlands Lodge, and whereas we pride ourselves in our wonderful hospitality, a lovely rice bone, towel and blanket for all our doggie guests. There is plenty of space to run about – a tap to clean those mucky paws and a comfy bar for the owners too so you can enjoy meals altogether as a family.

So we have compiled a list of what we think are the greatest things to do whilst staying with us in the forest.

1)      Walking – there are so many walks in the Forest, yet nowhere compares to our Woodlands Walk, or basically our door step! You can walk for miles just out of the back garden.  So  forget the car and get out the walking boots, the dog is going to love it too, although may be a bit pooped by the end of the day J Another firm favourite with our doggie guests is the Deer Leep car park Ashurst, and there are miles of gorgeous heath land to walk in, and no need to keep the dog on a lead as there is great visability and not a road for miles… bliss

2)      The Beach- only 30 minutes away from the Woodlands Lodge Hotel we have some stunning beaches, and several are dog friendly, what better way to walk and exercise with the views of the isle of Wight and usually a bracing breeze. Our favourites are Hengistbury Head- a scenic headland near Bournemouth and has archaeological significance as well as a wide variety of wild life, Mudeford Sandbanks – this is the beach that attaches to Hengistbury Head and has easy access for everyone and dog friendly year round, Milford on Sea – offers great cliff top views and you can walk to Hurst castle and Lepe Country Park- beautiful views of the Solent, D day remains too, although in peak season some of the beach is reserved for families there is still plenty of places to walk with your dog through the meadows, estury or cliff tops and well worth a visit.

3)      Beaulieu – lose yourself in the Beaulieu grounds and gardens, the formality of the Victorian Kitchen Garden and the Mill Pond Walk. Dogs are allowed in the grounds on a lead, and once you have finished here there is the great Beaulieu river walk which leads you to Bucklers Hard and this brings us onto the next place in the Forest where your dog is welcome Bucklers Hard, although it does not make its own number in our list as dogs are only welcome outside, which although similar to Beaulieu is a lot smaller.

4)      Moors Valley country park – there are lots of fabulous trails and places to explore dogs are very welcome at this country park although there are some areas where they need to be kept on a lead. It’s wide paths and trails are perfect for the whole family.

5)      Exbury gardensThe Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (80 hectare) site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. Dogs are welcome everywhere as long as they are kept on a lead.

We hope you find this month’s blog handy in planning your trip to Woodlands Lodge, however, please just ask us at reception if you would like us to check where dogs are welcome, and if you fancy some dog free time too, we can recommend Southern Pet Services who have a doggy day care.

With the rhododendrons in bud ready to bloom at any moment, this is an ideal time to visit the New Forest, and the Woodlands Lodge team are waiting.

Best wishes

Imogene

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Greetings from the New Forest April 2017

Greetings from the New Forest!

 

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful start to April as much as I am! It is amazing to be finally out in the garden and the plants and the forest is coming into bloom too. I don’t want to jinx things but Spring is here!!!!

We had a tumultuous March, with our kitchen refit taking much longer than we had been led to believe, which meant we did not serve evening meals for 2 weeks, the first time in 6 years that we were unable to offer guests an evening meal, and the hotel felt so quiet in the evenings, I am pleased that we have now resumed normal dinner service and looking forward with the new oven , and chef is delighted as am  i!

Also good news we also welcome a new sous chef, CJ. He started on Mother’s Day with a baptism of fire cooking the Mother’s Day lunch, although he has already proved an invaluable member of the team and produced lots of sensational food.

Head chef has been busy too, prepping a mouth-watering new Spring menu, really capitalising on the beautiful produce that we have in and around the fabulous New Forest.

Our Mother’s Day lunch was really lovely with lots of lunches as well as afternoon teas this year. We hope you all had a wonderful day, and look forward to seeing you all soon.

I can’t wait to see what the team come up with for our Easter Sunday lunch, I am sure it will be a treat! There is still space so please give us a call to reserve your table. Only £20 for 3 courses and of course children are very welcome at Woodlands Lodge, as is the dog!

Whilst battling the Kitchen dramas, we had a lovely wedding are really cheered us all up and the bride and groom and their friends and family a delight too. We were also lucky enough to host and celebrate a surprise 70th birthday, where the guests had hired the whole hotel, and I think that the birthday boy was shocked when he arrived and saw his friends and family –he he he love to be part of the surprise.

Well, that’s about all of our news for now! We hope that you can join us in the New Forest soon, We have some great mid-week rates, and some fantastic Forest walks on the door step, not to mention Exbury Gardens is entering what I think is the most stunning time with the rhododendrons and azaleas coming into flower in the next few weeks.

 

Take care

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Greetings from the New Forest February 2017

Greetings from the New Forest

It is lovely here today, lots of sunshine, although still a fair bit of mud to stomp through!

We have been busy throughout January, we have redecorated our reception, and it looks lovely. We liked the blue but have replaced with a reddy and orangey and it looks amazing, and it is really warm and gives a great first impression. Secondly, is the big one… the kitchen… it is currently undergoing an amazing transformation! And we can’t wait we certainly have needed this since we started and will make our functions so much easier to do- Only a few more days….

It was also great to be able to host a fantastic wedding for Zoe and Frankie last month, such a brilliant time to have a wedding and get everyone out of their  January doldrums!

A quiet month in the hotel, although a great time to catch up on some other well needed jobs, to get ready for the next season.

We are looking forward to Valentine’s Day and are really excited to see the sharing menu that chef has prepared!! There is still time to book and so we hope to see you there!!

Take care and hopefully we will see you soon,

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Greetings from the New Forest January 2017

Greetings from the New Forest

Happy New Year, we hope you had a lovely Christmas too. We had a fantastic December and really enjoyed both our party nights and had some lovely guests stay with us too for our Christmas package. As usual I hosted the Christmas day quiz and absolutely loved getting to know all the guests and having a great laugh as we went through the night… and may be one or two cosmos! New Years eve was also a great night and despite working against the odds chef pulled off a great feast of 5 courses and then we finished the night by dancing.

It’s a quiet time at the hotel this week. So I am trying to convince Robert we need to redecorate the reception… not sure if that’s going to work yet but give me time! We also redecorated room 17 our bridal suite in December and it looks a lot crisper and fresher , so it’s the room to book! Although trying to purchase conservatory furniture is quite a challenge in mid December so might wait a few weeks to see what we can find to furnish the conservatory for the summer.

The weather has been wonderful and crisp – although super cold and so the Forest has been amazing and breath-taking to walk in.

We also have some great deals at the moment, rooms are from £64 this week B&B – so it really is cheaper than staying at home.

We also have a new menu launching later this week and so I am excited to see what Andy Smith has prepared for us!!

Finally, thank you to all our staff and all the guests that have supported us throughout 2016 and we look forward to welcoming you in 2017.

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Winter Wedding Spectacular!!!

We are offering 10% off Wedding prices throughout January 2018!

Enjoy all of the merriment and splendour of our venue without such a hefty price tag!

Please give us a call and ask for Imogene for more details or to arrange an appointment

02380 29 22 57

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