Greetings from the New Forest!
Wow, it’s March already and Spring has Sprung! Like a switch 1st March saw the horrible blustery, flood like conditions evaporate and a strange phenomenon took over—sunshine! The whole of the Forest seems lighter, brighter and less boggy already and we are HAPPY!
We have spent the last 2 months in hibernation, but now we are renovating (again/ still – not sure which is most appropriate!) Room 8 and 14 currently both do not have any bathrooms, but I am assured they will be back in soon. This is a real triumph as 2 more ancient spa baths are removed and we have chosen some lovely bright white suites and new tiled floors, giving a clean and modern feel!
We have also started moving our wood stores and hacking the bushes at the back so we can erect a new shed to house some new restaurant tables. I can’t wait to order them and also brings me to our next project the stair carpet… we have been in touch with Crestwood of Lymington to investigate gorgeous yet hard wearing carpets for us J
Our fences and roof tiles are all fixed now – yippee! So I hope we can put this horrible weather behind us. Looking like double figures for this weekend’s Weather and so looking forward to a big New Forest walk this weekend.
Wedding season has also begun . 2 weddings so far and we wish our gorgeous couples are very best wishes. We also had the New Forest Wedding showcase last weekend and had an amazing turn out with over 30 couples coming through the doors. The hotel looked gorgeous and our suppliers did us proud, with Jill the Cake maker creating a cake inspired by our restaurant wall paper and Kay Murrant from Pomp and Petals showing us that twigs and moss can be elegant and absolutely wonderful as wedding flowers. Check out our Facebook page for all the photos.
We are looking forward to Mother’s Day and Easter – we have a Special Mother’s Day lunch only £22.95 and a free bunch of daffodils for every Mum, and Easter is always a great time to visit the forest, whether it is for family walks or a trip to Paultons Park or Peppa Pig world! We also have a Build a Buddy work shop on the 9th April- 1 – 3.30pm for over 3’s to build their own Easter teddy and decorate a t shirt and have a drink and biscuit only £15 so great value.
Staff changes are also a foot, as we say goodbye to our General Assistant Carly, but we welcome Melanie and we think she will add a great deal of support to the rest of the team. As always are staff are the hotels biggest asset and I want to thank everyone for continuing to be outstanding and helping our guests enjoy their holidays
Take care for now and look forward to welcoming you all to the Woodlands Lodge Hotel soon