Greetings from the New Forest!
So, how much rain could April give us??? Not the ideal weather to paint the outside of the hotel, so after 3 weeks we have almost done the back! VERY frustrating!! I have to say though what has been done looks absolutely fantastic. The green and cream combination looks good together- I knew it would- but it’s still a huge relief.
We have had a good month, with Easter seeing a fully booked hotel , a great conference from Natural England- even though the rain put pay to their bat catching they were a great group and we also had the pleasure of hosting a lovely wedding too so we have not let the rain dampen our spirits!
We also welcomed a new member of staff- Emma Osborne is our newest General Assistant. This is her first hotel job and so I am sure that she feels very overwhelmed at the moment but the rest of the team are excellent teachers and so I am sure that she will be a seasoned pro in no time! On the other hand she should be able to provide us an insight into horses and tell us how we can convert our stables, as she has previously always worked with horses. What a wonderful addition it would be to be able to bring our horse with you to Woodlands Lodge?
We have also had some REALLY REALLY fantastic news- the AA inspected the hotel and we have been awarded an AA rosette for our restaurant. The whole Woodlands team has worked so hard to improve the menu, the choice and quality of food produced so we are all incredibly proud of this award. We hope that it is the start of great things
for the restaurant! I think our kitchen garden and being able to produce and serve our own home grown food has also helped to achieve this fantastic award.
We have some more vegetable and poultry courses coming up in June and July and so why not combine a course with your weekend away? See the website for more dates and details.
We have also received a glowing restaurant review in the Magazine Solent Life, which has also given us a real boost and hopefully it shows everyone that we are open to residents and non-residents.
We are awaiting the rest of the AA inspectors report so our fingers are crossed! I will update you next month…
We look forward to welcoming you to the hotel soon