Greetings from the New Forest!
Well, let’s hope that the end of February is the last of the pesky snow that we will see this year and that Spring is prepared to Spring into action…… bored no leaves on the trees, come on Spring you can do it!!!
We have had a surprisingly busy month on our accommodation side of things and I think that guests have definitely been able to take advantage of some of our special offers and enjoy everything that winter in the New Forest has to offer, which is great for us too. Half term was especially busy – which was a huge improvement on last year where we did not see such a successful couple of weeks.
It was also lovely to see the restaurant look so romantic set out for Valentine’s Day and thank you to all the couples that came to dine with us and enjoy Johns sumptuous 4 course feast. Makes me wish Valentine’s day came round more often!!
We have also enjoyed some fabulous weddings and I look forward to seeing more photos very soon! We have also had a brilliant 50th Wedding Anniversary party- where many of the guests were from the couples wedding! It was also a very international affair with guests coming from all over the world.
Kay Murrant from Pomp and Petals has also been back to the hotel to host another Floral workshop, which of course looked brilliant and everyone’s arrangements looked very professional at the end of the morning! We look forward to the next one in June….. taking bookings now!!!
It has been a really busy time of year for couples coming to look around the hotel for weddings, which made the it the perfect time of year to hold the New Forest Wedding Showcase. Woodlands Lodge hotel took part in the event and were lucky to have approximately 30 couples through the doors on the day. Already we have a provisional and a booked wedding from the event and hope to have a few more confirmations in the coming weeks. It was also fantastic to see so many of our couples to be again! Having said all this it was an absolutely whirl wind day and took me a few days to recover J Our suppliers really made the hotel look Amazing from flowers, stationery, cake, balloons and chair covers it just looked truly beautiful and I hope that they also benefit from such generous donations!
It has felt a bit slow with refurb progress this month, but I think it is all the preparation before the action and the new beds will be in on 12th March and so we can’t wait for that!!! Also, I have to thank all of the staff again for being so great whilst we were away on holiday this month- we had a great time and it was all because we did not have to worry because we knew the hotel was in safe hands! Also, news hot of the press is that we have promoted Tom Robinson our Duty manager to Assistant Manager- so congratulations Tom!!!
That’s about all this month folks, but we hope to welcome you to the hotel soon. We still have Easter availability and some cracking mid-week offers- so check out our Woodlands Lodge Hotel website www.woodlands-lodge.co.uk