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Greetings from the New Forest June 2018

Greetings from the New Forest

We have had a beautiful month of gorgeous weddings. We have been lucky enough to host five fabulous days, and the weather was kind to us almost all the time – apart from one sensational monsoon rain storm!!!!!!!!!!! We wish all our bride and grooms the very best wishes for their future. It has also been lovely to welcome back some of guests for their first anniversary, which is very special to us.

We are living the high life this week, or so to speak!!! Rob s on a cherry picker painting the outside of the hotel, it’s not quite finished, although he’s doing a great job.

We are looking forward to the summer season, really winter felt that it would never end, and despite some downpours the forest is starting to dry up – it’s about time. We have enjoyed some great walks lately and cycle rides.

We also got a few new treats for our four legged friends and some comfy dog beds for the bar, so everyone in the family can enjoy their holiday.

The new restaurant menu is up and running and our new head chef Darren is settling in nicely. For those who have not yet visited or not recently. We have amended our dinner offering, to all day dining and broadened our offerings too, so hopefully there is a little something for everyone- or especially if you are with us for more than a few days 🙂

We are excited to also be hosting a delicious Father’s Day lunch and look forward to celebrating with all the lovely Dad’s out there.

Well that’s about all the news from us, we look forward to welcoming you very soon, and don’t forget to complement Robert on his painting.

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret (owner)

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

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

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!

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

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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.

Take care

Best wishes

Imogene

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.

 Imogene Anglaret

Owner

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

Take care

Best wishes

Imogene

Greetings from the New Forest June 2017

Greetings from the New Forest,

Well we have had an incredible May, helped massively by beautiful sunshine and warm days.  The Forest is so dry at the moment it is perfect for walking and cycling. My family and I can’t get enough of the cycling at the moment!!!

We have also been so lucky and had some amazing weddings, all completely different yet all completely fabulous.  Congratulations to all our wonderful couples, and come back and see us soon!!

The decorating and preparation for summer season continues, and we have redecorated room 18, and it looks so great, fresh, light and bright! We have also replaced the carpet in room 9, this has now completed this room too. We have started to re do the floor on the ground floor corridor and this is looking great, but…. not without it’s challenges. We suffered a leak in the reception and so had to pull up all the boards and then re lay…. gah!! nightmare, but thanks to the amazing Gary we are all back on track and no more bouncy reception floor- thank goodness!!! and we can resume service on finishing the corridor!

The kitchen team are working well in the new kitchen and I am also loving the simplicity of service so a successful refit and all our guests are seeing the difference and the food coming out is absolutely sensational… I was even a guest when we came to dine for my Dad’s birthday and we all had a super night.

One final improvement is also our restaurant chairs are getting a refurb, new padding and a great peacock blue, which goes so well with the restaurant wallpaper.

We hope that you can join us soon, as the New Forest is looking lovely, the rhododendrons are still in bloom and the whole Forest is green and lush.

Take care

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

 

 

Greetings from the New Forest – dog edition!

Greetings from the New Forest!

Or this month shall I say woof woof!! It’s no news to anyone that knows us that we love to welcome dogs at Woodlands Lodge, and whereas we pride ourselves in our wonderful hospitality, a lovely rice bone, towel and blanket for all our doggie guests. There is plenty of space to run about – a tap to clean those mucky paws and a comfy bar for the owners too so you can enjoy meals altogether as a family.

So we have compiled a list of what we think are the greatest things to do whilst staying with us in the forest.

1)      Walking – there are so many walks in the Forest, yet nowhere compares to our Woodlands Walk, or basically our door step! You can walk for miles just out of the back garden.  So  forget the car and get out the walking boots, the dog is going to love it too, although may be a bit pooped by the end of the day J Another firm favourite with our doggie guests is the Deer Leep car park Ashurst, and there are miles of gorgeous heath land to walk in, and no need to keep the dog on a lead as there is great visability and not a road for miles… bliss

2)      The Beach- only 30 minutes away from the Woodlands Lodge Hotel we have some stunning beaches, and several are dog friendly, what better way to walk and exercise with the views of the isle of Wight and usually a bracing breeze. Our favourites are Hengistbury Head- a scenic headland near Bournemouth and has archaeological significance as well as a wide variety of wild life, Mudeford Sandbanks – this is the beach that attaches to Hengistbury Head and has easy access for everyone and dog friendly year round, Milford on Sea – offers great cliff top views and you can walk to Hurst castle and Lepe Country Park- beautiful views of the Solent, D day remains too, although in peak season some of the beach is reserved for families there is still plenty of places to walk with your dog through the meadows, estury or cliff tops and well worth a visit.

3)      Beaulieu – lose yourself in the Beaulieu grounds and gardens, the formality of the Victorian Kitchen Garden and the Mill Pond Walk. Dogs are allowed in the grounds on a lead, and once you have finished here there is the great Beaulieu river walk which leads you to Bucklers Hard and this brings us onto the next place in the Forest where your dog is welcome Bucklers Hard, although it does not make its own number in our list as dogs are only welcome outside, which although similar to Beaulieu is a lot smaller.

4)      Moors Valley country park – there are lots of fabulous trails and places to explore dogs are very welcome at this country park although there are some areas where they need to be kept on a lead. It’s wide paths and trails are perfect for the whole family.

5)      Exbury gardensThe Gardens are a spectacular 200 acre (80 hectare) site, world-famous for the Rothschild Collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and rare trees and shrubs. Dogs are welcome everywhere as long as they are kept on a lead.

We hope you find this month’s blog handy in planning your trip to Woodlands Lodge, however, please just ask us at reception if you would like us to check where dogs are welcome, and if you fancy some dog free time too, we can recommend Southern Pet Services who have a doggy day care.

With the rhododendrons in bud ready to bloom at any moment, this is an ideal time to visit the New Forest, and the Woodlands Lodge team are waiting.

Best wishes

Imogene

Greetings from the New Forest April 2017

Greetings from the New Forest!

 

I hope you are enjoying this beautiful start to April as much as I am! It is amazing to be finally out in the garden and the plants and the forest is coming into bloom too. I don’t want to jinx things but Spring is here!!!!

We had a tumultuous March, with our kitchen refit taking much longer than we had been led to believe, which meant we did not serve evening meals for 2 weeks, the first time in 6 years that we were unable to offer guests an evening meal, and the hotel felt so quiet in the evenings, I am pleased that we have now resumed normal dinner service and looking forward with the new oven , and chef is delighted as am  i!

Also good news we also welcome a new sous chef, CJ. He started on Mother’s Day with a baptism of fire cooking the Mother’s Day lunch, although he has already proved an invaluable member of the team and produced lots of sensational food.

Head chef has been busy too, prepping a mouth-watering new Spring menu, really capitalising on the beautiful produce that we have in and around the fabulous New Forest.

Our Mother’s Day lunch was really lovely with lots of lunches as well as afternoon teas this year. We hope you all had a wonderful day, and look forward to seeing you all soon.

I can’t wait to see what the team come up with for our Easter Sunday lunch, I am sure it will be a treat! There is still space so please give us a call to reserve your table. Only £20 for 3 courses and of course children are very welcome at Woodlands Lodge, as is the dog!

Whilst battling the Kitchen dramas, we had a lovely wedding are really cheered us all up and the bride and groom and their friends and family a delight too. We were also lucky enough to host and celebrate a surprise 70th birthday, where the guests had hired the whole hotel, and I think that the birthday boy was shocked when he arrived and saw his friends and family –he he he love to be part of the surprise.

Well, that’s about all of our news for now! We hope that you can join us in the New Forest soon, We have some great mid-week rates, and some fantastic Forest walks on the door step, not to mention Exbury Gardens is entering what I think is the most stunning time with the rhododendrons and azaleas coming into flower in the next few weeks.

 

Take care

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

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