Greetings from the New Forest – March
Greetings from the New Forest.
Ok, so totally over winter… come on spring make an appearance. It all started off quite exciting with the first massive snowfall we have seen in 6 years. The road was covered for 2 days!! It was insane, people were stuck on the A31 and actually walked to the hotel, so from 3 rooms booked we were actually full by the end of the night- absolutely crazy. Obviously the rest of the weekend was quite slow because no one could get out of their houses, which is such a shame and hopefully those guests will be able to join us again soon. But then 2 weeks later we get a second snow fall- we have never had 2 snowfalls in one year. However we are now over the snow, and ready for a stonking summer.
We have been taking the down time, as an opportunity to re do the bathroom in room 6, it now looks great. We have also been busy in the restaurant, and are going to be relaunching our menu any day now, and we are also changing our restaurant name, from Hunter’s to the aptly named Cattle Grid, if you have stayed with us before you will understand 🙂 It’s exciting, so keep an eye out for the changes.
Our wedding season has also officially kicked off, with our first wedding last weekend, which was great and we wish Mr and Mrs Saich every happiness. This is just the beginning with 6 weddings in April we are really excited to see how they will look and of course the dresses!
We look forward to seeing you all soon,
Best wishes and take care
Greetings from the New Forest January 2018
Greeting from the New Forest!
Happy New Year, and thank you to all our lovely guests and staff that made our 2017 so special. We wish you all health and happiness and of course great travel adventures for 2018!!!
We are all recovering with a few quiet weeks approaching at the hotel, after a busy December. We started the month with a wonderful winter wedding- congratulations 🙂 we then followed up by 3 very fabulous party nights, which had a great 3 course meal and dancing into the night with the DJ playing the cheesiest tunes! Festive afternoon teas and lunches kept us nice and busy.
We celebrated Christmas with our 3 day package, and had great fun with the Christmas quiz and at the panto – snow white and the 7 dwarves at the mayflower was the perfect afternoon. Then lots more eating, and then a little bit more food. The diet starts this week!!!
Our New Year’s Eve gala dinner also was a success with happy guests and great food, and the singer was totally amazing. She hit the right notes, tone and the dance floor was busy all night. A super way to bring in 2018.
The weather on the other hand has not been that great, and the forest is rather wet at the moment, as where the rest of the country is bathed in a blanket of snow we have been plagued with heavy rain, so I hope that this dries up quickly so we can get back out walking. Some of our guests though have continued walking and cycling through the forest and definitely have my admiration…. Bring on the spring!!
We look forward to welcoming you all to the hotel soon, and have some great deals available on the website to entice you to come away before pay day 🙂
Take care and Happy New Year!
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Greetings from the New Forest – November
Greetings from the New Forest
Well October has been a whirlwind of wedding magic. We have been lucky enough to host four superb weddings, and we wish all our wedding couples every happiness.
We also did a little classic Woodlands furniture moving, and have purchased some new furniture for room 10, and it looks perfect. We have also added two permanent day beds to rooms 4 and 15 leaving it possible to move the sofa bed to room 17, which gives us a little more flexibility welcoming extra guests in the rooms.
As we begin November we have started our Winter deals, with the 3 nights for £300 dinner bed and breakfast for two in a standard room leading the charge.
We also are gearing up for our Wedding showcase, which is a brilliant opportunity for us to dress the hotel for a wedding and have our couples look at what we can offer, in a relaxed way. We are very lucky to have some amazing suppliers that help us dress the venue to create a top look.
We are also preparing for Christmas, as we have a full month of events – parties, afternoon tea, Christmas Day lunch and culminating in our New Year’s eve gala dinner, which is 6 courses followed by live music and dancing. We are currently taking bookings and so please give us a call to reserve a table.
Now the weather is quite chilly but totally gorgeous with glorious orange, yellow and reds dominating the New Forest and lovely blue skies and so it is perfect welly walking weather.
So, we hope that we can welcome you to the hotel too. Don’t forget we are dog friendly too, so don’t leave your dog at home.
Greetings from the New Forest October
Greetings from the New Forest!
We are basking in a lovely Autumn day today, and the colours are changing from green to yellow and red daily at the moment, just lovely.
We have a great deal at the moment too, £159 dinner bed and breakfast to come and visit us, so we hope to see you soon!
September has been a crazy busy month, as usual with the boat show bringing loads of visitors to the New Forest. So we have had a great month welcoming lots of lovely guests and have also been lucky to be part of a big silver wedding anniversary party as well as a golden wedding anniversary party too.
It’s not been totally easy though, as we have had quite a difficult kitchen month, with head chef off sick with a knee ligament issue and sous chef off with a trapped nerve in his back, so Nick Simm our CDP has really had to take the reins and done a fab job, as well as our trusty agency guys- thanks Matt and Sophie!! Front of house have also been super and it makes me proud how all the staff pull together in a ‘mini’ crisis. We are pleased to report that both are now well on the mend and normal service has resumed!!
As we approach October we have our fabulous weddings- personally i think nothing better than an October wedding – or perhaps I’m bias 🙂
We also launch all our festive delights officially, and are enjoying planning our Christmas parties, afternoon teas and lunches. We hope that we can be part of our Christmas celebrations. Check our website to see more details.
Take care and hope to see you soon.
Greetings from the New Forest September 2017
Greetings from the New Forest,
We hope that you have all had a fabulous summer! The Forest has certainly been a mixed bag with July seeing a heatwave whilst August was somewhat wetter!! So frustrating as soon as the holidays started, although did not stop us getting out in the Forest, going to Paulton’s Park- literally that place gets better and better, Furzey Gardens, Rock Up in Whitely and trying out the new Showcase Deluxe cinema in Southampton- very plush!! Luckily the weather improved before we got into bowling – not one of my strengths…
However, hoping that September will be dryer!! Nevertheless, we had a great summer. We had lovely guests, and some fabulous weddings too- Congratulations to our glorious couples, we hope you come and visit us soon.
We also continued with our reupholstering project, and I am pleased that we have now finished our dining chairs and more excitingly our reception chairs and sofa have been re done- they look totally amazing and no more gaffa tape he he he Now it’s the essential maintenance post Summer that is my new decorating project.
Going forward we are looking forward to the Autumn, seeing the New Forest changing seasons is always a treat, and beyond we are already looking to dare I say it- but Christmas, and have been finalising menus for our Christmas party nights, our Christmas Day lunch and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Looking forward to meeting you soon