Greetings from the New Forest!
May has been our best month since we took over the hotel! We have had a brilliant month and everyone at Woodlands Lodge is looking forward to the rest of the summer!
First cause for celebration was that the monsoonesque weather of April subsided and we were able to finish painting the hotel exterior- after 6 weeks we are absolutely delighted with the results! The whole hotel looks wonderfully crisp and clean! Our photographer is coming next week to take some photos to update our website.
Secondly we received an absolutely fantastic food review in Solent life magazine.
Next, came our surprise AA inspection, the hotel and restaurant fared very well. Best news first- we received an AA rosette for our restaurant for its outstanding food. A huge boost in confidence to the kitchen and we really feel that our drive towards local and seasonally produce is being recognised. It also confirms our belief that the food in the restaurant is delicious!!!
The rest of the hotel did well in the inspection too! With a respectable 78% overall merit score(country average is 77%). We excelled in hospitality and service with a special mention to Mark our General Manager who the inspector was very impressed! There is still much to do to restore the full va va voom to this country house hotel but it was so
pleasing that all our efforts and commitment to the hotel have been recognised!
The report has given us all a boost but it was great to hear staff saying that
we must not rest on our laurels as we need to keep going!!!
Well, we have not stopped yet! This month we embarked on the overflow car park, which 40 tonnes of scalping later was finished! And looks great, although after this weekend we may have to define the spaces!
We have also started to refurbish room 2. This is one of our eves bedrooms and we are going for a modern country house feel, in keeping with the other rooms on the top floor. This room is also going to be another dog friendly bedroom, due to the large space under the eves only best used by our four legged friends! We aim to finish this room in the next 2 weeks.
I think we will be ready for the summer and wedding season as soon as this bedroom is finished!
We also wish to introduce Alane our new vegetable gardener, who has just started but already introducing us to seasonal meat as well as vegetables so we look forward to embracing this more in the coming months.
The weather over the past few weeks has been absolutely brilliant and I can’t imagine anywhere better to be!
Take care and look forward to welcoming you soon!