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Greetings From the New Forest – March 2012

Well, I have spent the first few days of this month walking in the forest absolutely fantastic! Bring on the Spring and Summer…. Good bye cold winter!

February has disappeared in a flash, but has been full of progress on getting the hotel up to speed for Summer. The hall way has been finished and looks great we were even able to stop the floor boards creaking, so we can keep the charm without the niggles! We have also upgraded some of the bathrooms and taken to each room with a check list to make sure they are all as good as they can be- a long task but a worthy one and all the little things like cushions on the conservatory chairs and suitable bathroom bins have been added. Clearly, we still have a way to go until we can sit back and relax although I have a feeling that it will be a project like the Severn Bridge!! However, it’s not daunting us and we have got the painters coming in later this month to start on
the outside of the hotel!

The garden has not escaped our touches either and all the trees have had a haircut, some of them more so than others, but it all looks a lot neater and well maintained! We also have firewood for the next year all sorted.

The vegetable garden is also taking shape and we will now be reaping the rewards of hat we have sown- it’s leeks all round!!!  It’s the first of many vegetables and lots
more to come in the next 8 weeks assures John Trim! Chickens are also going strong.

We have enjoyed a successful Valentine’s Day at the hotel and we dined in the restaurant ourselves and can confirm that the food was absolutely sublime, well done John, Simon and Nick! Now we are looking forward to Mother’s day and already have quite a few bookings for lunch, so don’t delay and come and join us too.

Well, that’s about all to bring everyone up to date on February from Woodlands Lodge. We hope to see you soon.

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

 

 

Greetings from the New Forest – February 2012

Greetings from the New Forest!

I hope that the New Year is going well and the New Year’s resolutions are holding up! Our New Year has started well with January being nice and busy, our 3 for 2 dinner, bed and breakfast has been a real success. We have continued it into February and also March, so we hope to see you soon.

Our New Year resolution of refurb and regeneration has got off to a good start with the first floor hall undergoing a transformation. Hopefully our guests will excuse the slight disruption and I can’t wait to see the final result I am hoping it will be much lighter and brighter. A few more bathrooms and the outside paint job are on our hit list before high
season!

We have also hosted our first vegetable gardening course which went really well, good work John and we look forward to hosting the poultry course next time!

We have also been lucky enough to have a great write up in the dining section of the New Forest Society magazine. It’s so nice to get a good review on our food as we think it is fantastic and hopefully we can entice more local people into giving our restaurant a go 🙂 – it will be in next month’s magazine so please keep an eye out for it.

We have also had positive feedback from the reviewers at you and Your Dog magazine, which is also great as we pride ourselves in being pet friendly and this shows we are doing alright! The article will appear in April’s issue.

It’s not all been plain sailing though, as we had a nightmare with our fire alarm shorting (despite it being serviced that same week!) and going off very very early one morning- made worse by the fact the hotel was full and everyone had to evacuate into the car park! We are so sorry for the inconvenience caused by this, and I can assure you we
have had the engineer out to ensure this never happens again…. But it is so
disappointing, as it has taken the edge off what I hope was a lovely weekend.

Have a fantastic February everybody and I hope you can take advantage of our DBB deals or come and whisk your loved one off their feet this Valentines and treat them to a meal or stay with us this month.

The weather is crisp and the forest is still looking beautiful even in the depths of winter so we hope to see you soon.

Take care

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

 PS. Our little boy is doing really well after a shaky start and we are all adjusting nicely to life as a family of 4! xx

Greetings from the New Forest- January 2012

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope that 2012 has started
well for you. We had a fantastic start to the year as our 2nd baby
was born at 02.15 on the 1st January 2012! Our little boy was the
first baby to be born in the area in 2012 and of course we are absolutely
delighted. It did however mean a little disruption to our New Year’s Eve plans
with Robert being called away from the Hotels New Year’s Eve gala dinner but
luckily Vaida was able to host a fabulous evening without us.

The festive season for us was lovely, the hotel looked great
with the Christmas decorations up and we even lit the fire for the first time
on Christmas night, which definitely added to the Christmas charm at Woodlands.
I must say a big thank you to our Christmas guests as their presence made our
first Christmas at Woodlands one to remember. I particularly enjoyed our
rendition of the 12 days of Christmas on Christmas Eve…. Luckily there is no
video footage!!

Our Christmas lunch was also delicious and I think our 75 Christmas
lunchers will agree that it was a great lunch with a great atmosphere.

I can’t believe we are already in the middle of January…
well I suppose that’s what a new baby does to the brain! However we have our
first kitchen garden course at the end of the month, which we are looking
forward to.

We have a lot of great seasonal offers at the moment, so
check out our website offers page and come and visit us very soon.

Once again, Happy New Year and we wish you health and
happiness for 2012.

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Greetings from the New Forest- December

Wow 25 days until Christmas and I can’t wait! The first of
the decorations went up today and I think I will go tree shopping tomorrow so
it will look beautiful by the weekend!

Christmas is my favourite time of year and I hope we can create
the magic of Christmas when you visit us at Woodlands Lodge.

Our Christmas lunch has sold out, except to hotel residents
and there are still a few rooms remaining, so get in touch with us soon and
book your stay and come and experience our truly classic country house Christmas!
With so many guests the atmosphere should be brilliant. We are also serving
Christmas party lunches and dinners for all sizes of groups throughout December
and January so book now to celebrate the festive season with friends and
family.

The winter menu has been going incredibly well and we have
received some very positive feedback, and some may say it’s our best menu yet!
It is a menu that really utilises our fabulous seasonal local ingredients.

We also had a great response to the wedding show case we
held on the 20th November with 18 new couples visiting us, and
several positive enquiries resulting from the day. I must say a huge thank you
to our lovely suppliers who made the day possible for us as well as everybody
who took the time to come and visit us. It was so pleasing that we had such a
positive response, as it shows our rebranding and re working our literature,
packages and the way we host weddings is what people would like and we can’t
wait to start hosting more weddings.

We also have continued to work on our vegetable patch,
although now we are in the being patient part of the process, which is no
fun!!! I can’t wait to see the final produce….
We also still have a couple of spaces on our January vegetable course-
please see the website for more info.

Our refurbishment plan also started in November and although
slightly disruptive I am so pleased with the results. Room 10 is now looking
amazing, the new bathroom suite, tiles and paint look fresh and classic and the
new wallpaper brings the whole room to life. A big pat on the back to Kevin who
has worked hard to get us these results whilst being so careful to minimise any
disruption. Room 7 is almost there and hopefully in my next blog I can tell you
how the finished article looks- although the new carpet is dream like to walk
on!!!

Overall November was a good month with 3 fabulous weddings
and the forest looking gorgeous, especially our big tree near the paddock, in
glorious yellow, orange and gold I don’t think any of our guests have been able
to resist falling in love with it.

I will next be writing in the New Year – 2012 here we come!
We hope to see you for New Year- we are offering a great evening of sumptuous
dining and entertainment, see the website for more details!

From all of us at Woodlands Lodge have a very, very Merry
Christmas and we wish you all health and happiness for the New Year.

See you soon

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

PS – Apologies if my next blog is a little delayed, as I am
expecting to give birth to our second baby around the 1st of January……
just to add a little more spice to the festive period!!

Greetings from the New Forest November

Greetings!

vas well as beautiful Winchester and its renowned Christmas Market- starting this month. Or visit Lymington and mooch round its boutique shops- a brilliant Saturday craft market is perfect for buying one off presents.

We also still have some availability to stay with us over Christmas and offering a fabulous 25% off per person on all our Christmas packages. Please see the festive offers section on the website for full details.

Our new bathrooms are to be fitted next week, and I can’t wait to see what they look like. We have also got our New Year winter refurb schedule sorted for minimum disruption and we are about the book the painters so we are in line for our Spring paint for the outside of the hotel. We now just have to decide on a colour for the window frames- all suggestions welcome!!!

We are getting organised for our wedding showcase on 20th November 2011, we have some fantastic flowers organised to show off our rooms to their best courtesy of Jill Stagg-we have tall and short displays to really give our couples something to think about. As well as having other great suppliers assisting us, for example, Lesley Way is making us a cake and Quality marquees have lent us their chair covers helping us make this a wedding show case to remember. Please drop in any time between 10 am and 5pm and we will be on hand to show you round and answer any questions.

Our vegetable patch is going really well- please check out our photos on facebook. We have also got an exciting 1 day course arranged for January – have a look at the website and come along and join us.

We now have leeks and garlic planted and the raised beds are coming along nicely. I hope this rain lets up as we want to erect a new greenhouse this weekend as it won’t be much fun in the rain!

Today we are introducing our winter restaurant menu and it’s one to make your mouth water- look on line for a sneak peak! The venison stew is the dish I can’t wait to eat followed by the sticky toffee pudding – Yum!!! We welcome residents and non-residents to the restaurant daily, so come along and give us a try.

October had its challenges, as we found ourselves without our internet for almost 3 weeks following a BT fault! It’s such a relief to be up and running again. A good lesson learnt though, and contingency plans are now in place, and it really brought it home on how reliant we are these days on the internet!

Anyway, I think that’s all our news from this month.

We hope to see you soon.

Take care & Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Greetings from the New Forest- October

Autumn has well and truly arrived in the New Forest and it is glorious! The leaves are all turning golden brown and with the fabulous weather it has been perfect for long walks out of the
back of the hotel into the forest beyond. (more…)

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