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Greetings from the New Forest December 2013

Christmassy Greetings from the New Forest!

In a blink of an eye the seasons have turned from Autumn to Winter, and I have missed one of my updates for the first time since we started at the Hotel! Apologies and I will try and make this a full update!

The weather in the New Forest has been fantastic, lots of crisp sunny days, so the forest is not all squelchy but perfect for walks, and we have lots of ponies and pigs out at the moment, so that every walk is an experience- especially with 2 little children 🙂

We have had some great functions, a glamorous and glitzy affair with Kay’s Big Birthday bash, lots of amazing decorations, all the tables were named after gorgeous shoes and there were even flowers in the shoes as centre pieces- very different! Check out our face book page to see how great the hotel looked.

Speaking of different we also had a wedding with a red and black goth theme. Complete with scary statues and coffins in the conservatory. I have to say I was a bit sceptical at first but it was all quite tastefully done and again the hotel looked great and hopefully everyone had a fab time – pictures are again on our face book page.

Going back a bit now (the trouble when I don’t keep up to date) half term was great, with lots of Peppa pig visitors! And great occupancy throughout the whole week.

We were also part of the New Forest wedding showcase in November and it was a great day with lots of new couples coming to see the hotel, and it looked really lovely the flowers were perfect and the fire was roaring in the dining room. We also set the conservatory up with a casual table for guests and it was really well received and was great to show another option. We had a special VIP evening as well for all our existing couples and I think it worked well giving everyone a reminder of what the hotel looks like and an ability to finalise those important little details; table decorations, cake positions, top tables. When we hold our showcase again in Mach I think it would be good to do It again!

At the end of October Robert and I went to the Independent Hotel Show. It was a brilliant opportunity to see the latest hotel gadgets and also a chance to participate in some of the seminars with the industry experts. A great inspiration to us and we followed up with a trip to Crestwood in Lymington and we purchased some new wall paper and paints for the restaurant. A week later after Robert and Trefor’s best efforts we had a beautiful new restaurant, which I have to say compliments are new floor fabulously!!!

Speaking of the Restaurant (well loosely) we had a fantastic restaurant review in the Hampshire Society and we were very proud of the kind words and food compliments. You can check the full review out in this month’s magazine or come in to the restaurant and see for yourself how we have improved. We also had our hotel brochures re done and they look good showing off the hotel with the pictures that Alex’s dad took in the summer.

We have quietened down as the end of November approaches and we can start planning 2014 decoration plans- always planning! Our recent purchases, which were fundamental to the business but a tad boring are great and most importantly working well – it’s nice that the computer does not crash every 10 minutes or that the phones keep going out of order!! Small things make such a difference!

As Christmas approaches we are all decorated up! With 3 Christmas trees this year and a great floral display in the fire place. Our piece de la resistance is the big 10 ft tree in the restaurant. I decorated it myself and as I am a bit of a shorty who is afraid of heights I was pleased to get it decorated without incident on the ladder!! We are now preparing for our party nights and the big day! We are full at the moment up until Christmas but we have some availability during twixmas and also 1 room left for New Years’ Eve… come and join us for our night of dinner and dancing to see in 2014.

Our newest member of the team Carly is settling in well and the rest of the team are as excellent as ever. We are so pleased to have such a great team, as it makes all the parties possible and helps all our guests enjoy their stays with us. So a big thank you!

My next blog will be in the New Year- Insane that 2013 is almost over! I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

Take care

Best wishes


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