Greetings from the New Forest !!
Yippee another bank holiday us upon us, and hopefully the sun will shine on us!! Well, we had a good Easter and lots of happy guests coupled with lots of chocolate, so we need a good patch of weather to walk off those extra calories.
We have also had some beautiful weddings in April, and we wish our couples a very happy future together. The weather was amazing for them all- what are the chances!
We were lucky enough to also have a celebrity in our midst this month, with Adam Lallana Southampton Skipper and England Football player promoting the Fifa World cup game in the hotel, and having promotional interviews in the garden. The excitement continued for us into the weekend when we were super excited to see the lounge and Garden on Soccer AM and part of the garden in The Times. We can also say he was a thoroughly lovely chap and we were lucky to have him here.
We have also had some staff changes, where were sad to say goodbye to Liana, and wish her all the best in her travels. We also welcomed Gina who has turned out to be a trooper and picked up the job really quickly and has a great personality too and it turns out after our staff outing this week a kick ass bowler too!
Tom is doing a top job too training up Gina and keeping things going well at the hotel and a great support to myself and Robert.
We are also looking forward to welcoming another new young lady Lauren in 2 weeks, so I will update more next month.
The kitchen are all back from hols and they have come up with a brilliantly delicious Summer menu and this launches tonight- so what are you waiting for book a table or come and eat with us!
We have had fun and games with the New Forest Ponies and I have to say its Woodlands Lodge 1 – New Forest Ponies 1 at the moment, as 2 weeks ago they burst through our fence and so we had about 10 ponies in the garden eating our flowers and trampling bushes- and we were all out in the garden hopelessly trying to get them back into the forest…. Without a good fence impossible task. However thanks to Trefor we have a fixed fence (strengthened) and now we are pony free. Good timing though because now the cows are out and I am not sure I would be brave enough to get a herd of cattle out.
We also have 3 new beds arrived and so a good nights sleep all round 🙂
And finally the news I am sure that everyone has been waiting for…. The stairs carpet has been ordered. Really excited and will update the fb page once it is in situ. It’s very cool, sounds a bit strange as its blue and orange but will look fantastic and also be a great photo spot for our wedding couples.
We have also had a standardisation in procedure month and we are proud to say that the cancellation policy is now 48 hrs across the board- no matter which site rooms are booked. We have also joined the New Forest book direct campaign, which means guests always get the best rates on our website or calling the hotel and we also include a free breakfast to all guests who book directly.
Lots of great deals to be had and the forest has gone from brown to green in the last week so please come and visit us soon.