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Greetings from the New Forest December 2014

Greetings from the New Forest!

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… getting very excited today, as the trees in the hotel are going up. Again we have a real 12ft tree to go in the Restaurant and several smaller trees and lights to go elsewhere in the hotel, we are also getting our big fire place display (complete with fairy lights) thanks to Kay at Pomp and Petals. Our big White Company Candle has also been lit giving a gorgeous Christmassy smell, so come down and join us J

November has flown by, with two lovely weddings and the fabulous wedding showcase we have survived the start of winter with a sparkle overload- no better way to do it!

We are also learning from our newest General Assistant Steve, who is a bit of an expert at making coffee and has been teaching us all to make it a bit better!!!! There is a lot to know to get the perfect coffee…. He is also teaching us about Cocktails, although I may have sampled more than I have made so far… but great to hone this new skill in time for Christmas, as what’s the Christmas party without a Christmas Cocktail.

We have been busy renovating too this month, with the new bathroom put into room 16 and due to an issue in room 18 there is also a new shower in there too. Both look super and thank you Gary for putting up with me keep popping in and saying ‘just another little thing…’ the man has some patience!

This month is set to be busy, with some party nights to come, as well as Christmas lunches before we get to the main event and the New Year. We are going into this period hopeful that it will be less eventful than last year!!!! Let’s hope for no more Christmas Day BBQs.

Please look at our Christmas section on the website if you would like to join us for any of our festive activities.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy Christmas and wonderful start to the New Year and we look forward to welcoming you soon

Take Care, I am off for a restorative walk in the Forest!

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Greetings from the New Forest November 2014

Greetings from the New Forest

That was an amazing October, the weather has been so great it is impossible to think how close we are to Christmas, yet the leaves have just started to turn! I like this type of start to Winter, hoping it makes it go faster!!

We have had our busiest October since we started 3 years ago and so are really pleased to be so busy. We have been trying to get the carpets cleaned in the rooms and had to put this off because the rooms have been so full 🙂 a good problem to have!

We have a new head housekeeper Brian who is shaking things up and making everything smell lovely and lots of lists- especially for Gary our maintenance man and so all the niggly bits are now fixed really quickly.

October also saw us host 3 gorgeous weddings and so we pass our congratulations on to all our couples and hope to see you all soon.

Room 8 now totally refurbed is looking lovely- in fact I think it is my favourite room!

Room 16 is now getting a new bathroom and work starts Monday. We are putting in a large double shower instead of the crazy bath- those who have stayed in the room know what I mean!!

Now November has begun we need to start with our Christmas plans, Christmas party bookings and the big day itself. We are full on our party nights, which is amazing but still have space to hold a festive party lunch and also for our Christmas package and NYE gala dinner and so if you are undecided there is still time to visit us at Woodlands Lodge.

We have some unbelievable deals on at the moment too, so if you fancy a winter a break check out our website.

Look forward to seeing you soon

Take care

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

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Greetings from the New Forest September 2014

Greetings from the New Forest!

The last 2 months have gone in a blur and I apologise for not updating sooner.

August saw us busy, busy, busy. We had a great month with lots of lovely guests and 5 gorgeous weddings too. We wish all our couples a wonderful future together. All the staff did amazingly well, as we were under pressure when we said goodbye to Gina and Sammi in the Kitchen, but happily welcomed Charlotte, who has blended superbly into the Woodlands Lodge team and is keen to keep up our values of a friendly and personable hotel. Congratulations also to Chrissie on becoming Duty Manager, you have done an excellent job since you started full time.

We had a slightly tense few weeks (slight underestimation) in the kitchen where we had to rely on the incredibly unreliable Agency chefs- Martin you are not included in that and a big thank you to you!! and so Head Chef John really showed dedication with long, long days making sure all the weddings went well and the kitchen kept running at full steam, it was appreciated.  I am pleased to say that things are now easier and we have the pleasure to now have a breakfast chef James join us and also a new Sous Chef in Sam. Welcome to you both and we are delighted with the quality of the food coming out of the kitchen – James those poached eggs are amazing and Sam the Caramel Fondant to die for… you need to try this!!!

The AA also did their mystery inspection, and I am so pleased that we received a 79% merit score and retained our AA Rosette in the Restaurant. Good work everyone!

We have had a lot of laughs too this Summer, and especially at Robert who still feels that the ponies and now the pigs are toying with him and trying to get into his garden!! In fact we even had pigs come into the reception this week…. Room for 2 little ones!

September, has been gorgeous and hot. A pleasant return as August was a little disappointing weather wise. This has had a positive effect in bringing more guests to the hotel as it is amazing to go walking at the moment- no mud!!! The boat show also took place in September and this also benefited from the great weather. We have also been lucky to host some special birthday and anniversary parties- Congratulations from the Woodlands Lodge team.

We have been forward planning too, and preparing lots of fab offers for Winter and taking bookings for Christmas parties, lunches and our 3 day package. I can’t believe we only have 1 room left for the Christmas package and 4 for NYE- so get on the phone today if you wish to join us for Woodlands Lodge Festive Fun!!!

It seems like it has been all change…. We have a new maintenance man- Gary! And so far he has been nothing short of sensational. Getting all those little jobs in hand- painting door frames, re flooring the garage and sanding down and painting some window frames- I think it is safe to say ‘ Gary we love you’. We are pleased to be getting back on the refurbishment trail now that the high season is finishing. Today we are getting a new carpet for room 1. This has always been a signature room for us, but a stain that has been too stubborn has brought this room down, so I look forward to it being back to its top form again. Also, we discovered there had been no underlay… so that can be rectified too and guests in room 12 should benefit too 🙂

We also are re doing room 16 bathroom in November and scheduling room 5 bathroom for January, another 2 great jobs to complete.

Robert has the week of this week to tidy the over flow car park and has already been busy with a bon fire and filling his skip- a great job. Gutter clearing and other fun jobs await him.

Eloise our daughter, has also started at Infant school this month, feeling like it is a really big mile stone- I can’t believe she celebrated her first birthday with a BBQ in the hotel garden and now is getting all grown up. Time does fly!

I am still loving the reception floor and stair carpets that we had done in July, it really has lifted the whole hotel. Our new restaurant tables have also added a new dimension to the restaurant offering the flexibility to create different sized tables more easily. And also mixes traditional and modern styles really well.

Next… hopefully we can start getting the bar chairs recovered.

Also, we have had a bumper crop of tomatoes, courgettes and the hugest pumpkin come out of our veggie garden so this is a great benefit to the kitchen, as well as being donated Quinces from one of our local neighbours, this is providing the basis for some gorgeous jus and chutney- thank you so much for the donation.

Well, I think that this is all from us at the moment, we hope to welcome you to the New Forest soon.

Take care,

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Greetings from the New Forest August!

Greetings from the New Forest!

what a July we have had…. Amazing weather, every day has been another day perfect for a walk in the New Forest followed by a Pimms in the garden! This is certainly the way life should be!

We have been blessed with lots if lovely guests this month giving us a full hotel most of the time, so a big thank you to all our staff for looking after everyone so well and keeping going through the heat!

Also, the new reception floor is in and it looks lovely, just as it has always been there and so we are delighted to get it finished and appreciate everyone’s patience whilst we had it laid.  Photos on Facebook, or come and see us and see what it looks like 🙂

As a celebration we have purchased a new reception chair- long over due, and lovely to have a new chair.

the beginning of August sees us embark on the first of 5 weddings this month and we wish our bride and groom our very best wishes for their future together and we will miss you as it has been a wedding that was booked almost 2 yrs ago, so please come back and see us soon! Will update on the rest of our weddings next month.

I will keep this months update short and sweet and head back to work, putting the finishing touches to the Christmas Day and NYE menus- seems wrong in this heat 🙂 but I assure you we are planning a feast. We are taking bookings now so we hope to see you soon.

Take care and best wishes

imogene Anglaret

Owner

ps we also have some cracking winter offers on the website 🙂

 

Greetings from the New Forest July 2014

Greetings from the New Forest July 2014

Summer is upon us the Forest is looking glorious and green and finally the winter sludge has properly dried out… so exploring and walking is back on the agenda and it is again truly amazing to be a Forest dweller!! Although with it brings some strange occupational hazards- we have had a lot of cows out and about and one day I was literally chased home by a rather terrifyingly large brown cow!!! It has given much amusement to all I have regaled this tale and In all honesty I was totally fine… albeit a little shaken 😉

Some of our recent guests have also experienced the treat of horses in the back garden whilst they eat breakfast. I can personally vouch for the fact these ponies all have a super digestion and love our grass and shovelling their little presents is an extremely good work out!!!!!!

Now for other news… the new stair carpet is in and looks fantastic, and I have to say I smile every time I go up and down the stairs. Next project of the reception floor starts on 14th July and should be ace when it is done! Also we have had a new carpet in room 11 and that looks splendid and to go with the new curtains and track looks great- finally! We have also new curtains in 12 and been able to redecorate the chimney breast which was damaged in the winter weather. Room 8 is still on our list to re furb but will have to wait until Autumn.

We have been busy with lots of guests visiting us and enjoying the forest as well as 4 weddings in the last month. We have had some brilliant weddings, with gorgeous peach coloured flowers adorning the whole hotel, to a Harry Potter themed wedding and also one wedding where the bride and groom were fortunate enough to be able to have their wedding breakfast outside and it looked fantastic set out in the garden. We are so lucky to have the versatility that all the weddings are so different and it is lovely to see all our couples ideas come into action on the day. We send out heartiest congratulations to all our couples and hope to welcome them back soon.

We have been really lucky to have formed a great front of house team with Gina, Lauren and now Chrissie (who used to be our waitress) have joined our front of house team and each have added a new and positive dimension to our team. Not forgetting Tom who is now in charge of the ladies doing a fab job- think he secretly wants to be like Charlie from Charlie’s Angels!!!!

We have so much going on in the Forest this Summer we hope you can visit us soon and enjoy the Forest and wild life with us. Having said that I must sign off now, and go and chase some ponies out of the car park…. Sigh…. But would not have it any other way.

Take care

Best wishes

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

 

 

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