Greetings from the New Forest!
Apologies for the late post this month, we have been in a whirl of weddings, with 4 already this month. Lots of lovely, lovely bride and grooms- but more of that next month 🙂 July saw our first marquee wedding with lots of planning and fair weather on our side it was a success. Transporting all the food outside and remaining hot and perfectly cooked went well and I think Robert, Mark & Vaida are a bit stronger too, after lugging those function tables about.
July also saw us celebrate our 1 year anniversary owning the Woodlands Lodge. We celebrated in style with a staff family BBQ and a few drinks! It has been a good year lots of lessons learnt but we are pleased that we are still in good spirits and raring to go- and in possession of a lot more knowledge. We have achieved so much and are very proud of ourselves and the staff who have helped us achieve significant improvements in the hotel. Although no time to rest on our laurels September will see a return to the refurbishment schedule….
Overall, July was a mixed month highs being the beautiful weddings but the lows being the incessant rain and so the hotel was not as full as it could have been, although the start of August has seen more bookings and better weather so fingers crossed it continues.
The New Forest Show was in July and we had a place in the Best of British cookery demo and despite a shaky start- our chefs were late as they were caught up in show traffic at the entrance and I was standing at the demo station practically having a heart attack! But It all went well and John Oyaro head chef was as cool as a cucumber as usual. Under such pressure I would barely been able to boil a kettle, so top effort chaps.
July has also been about a lot of behind the scenes planning, I have been working on our Christmas packages and leaflets – it seems so early- but unlike last year this year I am super prepared!!!!
We have our Open day coming up in August, it is to celebrate our 1 year at the helm and show everybody what we have been doing. I wish I had taken some before and after pics!!!!!
Apart from all this Robert and I had a great break away in France, our first proper holiday of the year and we are now home, rested and looking forward to the year ahead of us.
We hope to see you at our open day or to stay very soon