Greetings from the New Forest!
Wow the amazing weather of April certainly gave the hotel a boost, and ability to enjoy some of our fabulous New Forest. The Forest is dry and we can wander freely, picnic and explore our favourite spots such as Bolderwood and Deerleap for the first time this Spring, which has been really enjoyable.
The Sunshine after the Winter season has enabled us to get started on the Garden! Well, after the winter it really needed some help and the gardeners have done wonders, firstly taking down our rickety fence, which has totally opened up the back paddock- can’t believe how big it looks. Also, he has replanted the beds in the back garden and they look fabulous and in my favourite colour pink! Big change is also we have re vamped our herb patch and by that I mean totally re done it and it looks and smells awesome. I have posted some garden and herb patch pics on facebook.
We have also started revitalising the veggie patch which has been dormant over the winter, however we have had a mixed start whereas somethings are germinating well, the cold nights meant the frost got to our broad beans and so we will need to reseed!! Arrgh… we wish Natasha good luck in the garden!!
We have also and perhaps the bit Robert is most excited about tarmacked the driveway – no more pot holes- yippee!!! However it is very smooth and we may need to add a ‘take it easy’ sign!!
Onto other news, we have started the wedding season in style and been lucky enough to host several weddings so far, and we feel so lucky to be a part of our lovely couples special days.
The restaurant has also been busy, with many of our guests taking dinner, bed and breakfast with us and so this has meant that we have been able to test out some of our sous chefs interesting ideas—such as sweetcorn and cauliflower pannacotta…. And delicious hot soufflé for desserts. We are enjoying seeing a full restaurant on a nightly basis and getting a good atmosphere going!
The rooms have remained unchanged because we have been so busy, although Gary has been busy on the top floor corridor and happily I can report the peeling wall paper next to the skylights is gone, and will shortly be painted!
It is always pleasing to feel like we are making progress and Spring is always a time that we can make big in roads into our master list! We have to say thank you to our guests for their continued support and encouragement too.
So, lets hope the good weather continues and we can welcome many more guests and also enjoy many more days in the Forest too
Take care and best wishes