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Greetings from the New Forest July 2013

Greetings from the New Forest!

Wow, wow, wow what weather we have been having! Amazing forest walk today followed by relaxing in the sunshine, with my family!  Long may it last, and I have said it before but will say it again, there is no better place to be than the New Forest.

So, June has just gone in a blur great to see so many guests having a lovely New Forest break and we hope to welcome them back again soon.

We also were lucky enough to celebrate 4 weddings this month, and wish all our couples our very best wishes for their future together and hope that we will become a permanent fixture in their married lives together. It was also a pleasure to welcome back Mr & Mrs Symonds for their first anniversary. I was so sorry not to be able to chat, for those who I have not bored about it I had my wisdom teeth out in June too- all I will say is OOOOOOouchhh!!!

We had a great Father’s Day BBQ and I think all the staff enjoyed it too!! It was a pretty rubbish weather day and really appreciate everyone making the effort to come out and make the day a success. There were quite a few no shows and I cannot imagine how good it could have been if we had been lucky with the weather- perhaps next year. We had face painting and a bouncy castle and all the staff got painted as pirates after the event!

We were also awarded our trip advisor certificate of excellence (I am very proud to say again) this is awarded to businesses that have consistently performed well over the past year and I can honestly say that this is down to our dedicated, friendly and hardworking staff- so a massive thank you!

Another month and another inspector, we welcomed the AA inspector to the hotel who had a tour of the hotel and could see all our hard work, and he wants us to continue with our refurbishment plans! And next year we will have our full mystery guest inspection. It is always good to get the encouragement, as we have shelved our refurb plans for the summer it gets us motivated for the winter- promise I am not wishing away the summer!!

The Forest is waiting and the weather is warm, so we hope to see you soon.

Take care

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Greetings from the New Forest June 2013

Greetings from the New Forest

Well summer has arrived and none of us have stopped yet- absolutely love it!!!

Lots to report about from the Month of May. Firstly we have had a new cattle grid installed, with relative ease – only 4 days of diversions in through the back gate, in which our guests were very forgiving- especially as every day there was a lot of horses pooing in the car park- just lovely but at least we have manure composting for the rest of the year!!! So far so good- no ponies have breached the grid and no more noise!!!!

We also had our front porch roof fixed, amazing- no more leaks either (touch wood). Probably it does not notice to the naked eye but I think it looks very smart looking out of room 15s window J- we have also had the front doors painted so just the porch to go!!

We also all went on an AA Rosette training workshop, which was really great and I think we all learnt a lot on how to maintain our rosette and hopefully work towards getting a second… dare to dream!! Our chefs did brilliantly, and produced the whole menu for the inspector to taste and critique- which is a tall order for anyone and they rose to the challenge well, with all their dishes tasting at 1 rosette and the desserts at 2…. We have been given some suggestions and taken them on board so the menu is now tweaked- come and try it for yourself!

May also saw us have a mystery guest from Visit Britain, it went well and he was pleased with his stay and also provided some interesting suggestions for us to contemplate for next year, we also received a 2% higher score than last year and so great to know we are headed in the right direction.

We hosted one wedding in May on bank holiday Monday, which was blessed by fabulous weather and a great way to keep the bank holiday magic going!!! Congratulations to the happy couple.

We also had a great advert in the Restaurant section of the Echo, and a great article in the Compass magazine too.

Finally Robert and I have started business coaching to hone and improve our business skills and ensure we are focussing on the right areas. It is fantastic having our own business but with no one telling us what to do we do not want to become stuck in a rut and want to continue pushing forward so I am confident with what we have learnt so far we will get some real value from the course.

Well, I’m off for a walk and to enjoy the dusk sunshine, see you next month

Take care and hope to see you in the New Forest soon.

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Greetings from the New Forest May 2013!

Greetings from the New Forest!

Apologies for the late news update this month, i am not sure where the time has gone!!

Great news the bridal suite room 17 has been decorated… it looks lovely and very relaxing. The wallpaper, curtains and carpet all complement each other so i am happy!!! Although, a little bit of a creature of perfection, because the room looks so good it has highlighted the fact the private garden and conservatory need work next… this week Robert has started on the garden this week, so hopefully that will soon be tip top too.

Our vegetable garden is also starting to spring into life and we have the fantastic Tom looking after it, and so now we have tomatoes, chilies, courgettes, onions, leaks, beans and lots and lots of potatoes- so bring it on, i can’t wait to eat in the restaurant 🙂

BIG BIG OMG 2 beautiful weddings in April too, which was fantastic for all of us at Woodlands Lodge, although i am going to miss seeing them. But on the morning of both weddings we had a total horse over load in the garden… normally we laugh and its fantastic for guests, but panic set in and luckily John our head chef was able to shoo them back out the gate- all i can think is please don’t eat the flowers in the path- we have photos to take today!!!! Overall the result was good, a bit of churned up earth but most of the plants and grass remain intact.

John has been in the news too, with a great write up in the Daily Echo, revealing his Kenyan training and how he cooked for Nelson Mandela- we have a celebrity chef in our midst it seems…..

We also, have taken delivery of bicycles so we can rent them out to our guests without them having to go to the hassle of driving somewhere and then going cycling, this way our guests get to take advantage of all our cycle routes in the area and can leave the car at the hotel until it’s time to go home!

It’s nice and sunny at the moment, which is just the way i like it, and i just hope it continues, as we have a fantastic selection of New Forest Ice creams in at the moment and i need the weather as my excuse to keep eating it 🙂

Take care!

Imogene Anglaret

Greetings from the New Forest April 2013

Greetings from the New Forest!

Well on the positive side of things it is not snowing today, but seriously snow in April!!! I want to get out and start walking in the New Forest!! Come on Spring…..

Despite the weather we have had a good month, and i am pleased to say our lovely guests have not been letting the weather beat them. We were very fortunate over Easter and had a full hotel and some sunshine too!!!

Disaster struck on Good Friday though and the shower in room 11 broke and not only broke but leaked into the reception with guests in the room on Saturday we went into a panic, good old Trefor our maintenance man came out and tried to help but it was a bust. So we called our guests and luckily they were ok with the problem – so lucky we have separate bath and showers and it did not spoil their break. But this week we have ripped out the whole bathroom and new bathroom will be arriving on Monday. I am very excited with room 11 as it has a gorgeous aspect over looking the garden but needed a tart up, so with the new bathroom we are going to get new curtains and a new carpet for the room too, so a stroke of bad luck has turned out very well for the room 🙂 however, room 14 may be a little delayed now.

Renovations on room 17 are schedule to take place on 21st April for 1 week, so i’ll keep you posted!

Lots of new bits and pieces this month, with new breakfast tables, not sure how it is possible to get so excited over tables but they are AMAZING!!!! Lovely wood square tables make the conservatory- come and breakfast with us 🙂 Also, on a roll we had a team upholstery morning and recovered all the breakfast chairs too.

But, most excitingly of all- the new beds are here!!!! Fabulous Hypnos beds. The Hypnos ethos is focusing on the pursuit of perfection and the delivery of a deep, energizing night’s sleep, helping to fulfill dreams for a healthy life. They are so far living up to expectations and lots of positive comments from guests. So happy!

We launched our Spring menu too, going down a storm – well done John, Sammi and Nick. We have also added an amuse bouche to the menu and a chefs surprise dessert- so definitely come and check us out soon- you will not be disappointed!!!!

We have some cracking Spring deals too, with a 3 nights for £300 and a free dinner on the first night of all 3 night b&b stays check out the Woodlands Lodge website for more offers and details. http://bit.ly/offerswl

Have a great month and lets hope that we can get our coats off and jump into Spring soon

Take care

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

Delicious Sunday Lunch & Cream Teas at Woodlands Lodge Hotel

Will you sit with me for a cup of English Tea…….

or even a delicious Sunday lunch!!

Join us for a delicious Sunday Lunch or Cream tea.

We have a 3 course menu for £22.50 pp 

Our menu changes every week, but always has a roast!!!

Our direct forest access means that if it does warm up you can go out for a stroll.

or we have a fantastic cream tea too.

tea or coffee, scones, clotted cream and jam £6.00

tea or coffee, scones, clotted cream jam cake  £10.00 pp

or treat yourself to our Hunters Afternoon Tea –

tea, coffee, selection or cakes, fruit and plain scones and a selection of sandwiches 

£14.00 pp

Greetings from the New Forest March 2013

Greetings from the New Forest!

Well, let’s hope that the end of February is the last of the pesky snow that we will see this year and that Spring is prepared to Spring into action…… bored no leaves on the trees, come on Spring you can do it!!!

We have had a surprisingly busy month on our accommodation side of things and I think that guests have definitely been able to take advantage of some of our special offers and enjoy everything that winter in the New Forest has to offer, which is great for us too. Half term was especially busy – which was a huge improvement on last year where we did not see such a successful couple of weeks.

It was also lovely to see the restaurant look so romantic set out for Valentine’s Day and thank you to all the couples that came to dine with us and enjoy Johns sumptuous 4 course feast. Makes me wish Valentine’s day came round more often!!

We have also enjoyed some fabulous weddings and I look forward to seeing more photos very soon! We have also had  a brilliant 50th Wedding Anniversary party- where many of the guests were from the couples wedding! It was also a very international affair with guests coming from all over the world.

Kay Murrant from Pomp and Petals has also been back to the hotel to host another Floral workshop, which of course looked brilliant and everyone’s arrangements looked very professional at the end of the morning! We look forward to the next one in June….. taking bookings now!!!

It has been a really busy time of year for couples coming to look around the hotel for weddings, which made the it the perfect time of year to hold the New Forest Wedding Showcase. Woodlands Lodge hotel took part in the event and were lucky to have approximately 30 couples through the doors on the day. Already we have a provisional and a booked wedding from the event and hope to have a few more confirmations in the coming weeks. It was also fantastic to see so many of our couples to be again! Having said all this it was an absolutely whirl wind day and took me a few days to recover J Our suppliers really made the hotel look Amazing from flowers, stationery, cake, balloons and chair covers it just looked truly beautiful and I hope that they also benefit from such generous donations!

It has felt a bit slow with refurb progress this month, but I think it is all the preparation before the action and the new beds will be in on 12th March and so we can’t wait for that!!! Also, I have to thank all of the staff again for being so great whilst we were away on holiday this month- we had a great time and it was all because we did not have to worry because we knew the hotel was in safe hands! Also, news hot of the press is that we have promoted Tom Robinson our Duty manager to Assistant  Manager- so congratulations Tom!!!

That’s about all this month folks, but we hope to welcome you to the hotel soon. We still have Easter availability and some cracking mid-week offers- so check out our Woodlands Lodge Hotel website www.woodlands-lodge.co.uk

Take care,

Imogene Anglaret

Owner

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