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Friday, 26 August 2016

Bank Holiday

Here we are at the last Bank Holiday of the year and before we know it Christmas cards will be in the shops! Although summer seemed a long time coming we have had a lovely sunny August and hopefully September and even October will be fine, these are lovely months to enjoy the beautiful New Forest and as the children have gone back to school the whole area is quieter.

The Cloud Hotel is a place to relax and unwind and leave the stresses of life behind you. Just step outside and you are in the heart of the New Forest where you can walk for miles or bring your bikes, explore the area and enjoy the wildlife. We can store your bikes overnight in our secure covered bike shed. If you just want to relax and read you can sit and enjoy our secluded garden or the comfort of our cosy lounges.

Our next charity event is the World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday September 30th between
10-30am and 11-45am. All proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support. Please come along, bring your friends and support this wonderful charity.

Our Pre Christmas lunch and dinner menus are available and we are getting booked up so if you have a special date in mind book your table so you are not disappointed.

Afternoon teas have become very popular at the Cloud and everyone is enjoying Annette's delicious lemon drizzle cake and fruit cake, if you have someone with a birthday or special occasion why not book an afternoon tea to celebrate.

Myself and my excellent team look forward to welcoming you to the Cloud

Avril

Sunday, 7 August 2016

August Breaks

Summer is here at last and we have had some lovely sunny days enabling the customers to enjoy our secluded garden and even enjoy their meals alfresco! Luckily the weather was kind for the New Forest Show and as always it was a great success with thousands of people flocking to see this annual spectacular event.

We were also lucky with the weather for the Charity Cream Tea we held on Sunday July 17th and we raised £835-00 that was shared between the Variety Club Children's Charity and Naomi House Children's Hospice.  Our next charity event is the World's Biggest Coffee Morning to be held at the Cloud Hotel on Friday September 30th between 10-30 and 1145am. All proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support please come along and support this excellent charity.

I know it's rather early to be talking about Christmas but our Pre-Christmas lunch and dinner menus are now available and it's never too early to book as we get very busy for the month of December so don't leave it too late and be disappointed.

A reminder that we don't take children under the age of 14 so August is a quiet month at the Cloud Hotel and we still have rooms available why not take advantage of our special offers in August. Stay 2 nights and get 3rd night Free or stay 3 nights and get 4th night FREE.

I look forward to welcoming you to enjoy a relaxing break at the Cloud Hotel

Avril

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Summer?

I'm sure like myself you are all wondering when summer is going to come! Here we are in July and still the weather is gloomy most days but it must improve soon so that our customers can relax in our secluded garden. I am looking forward to the New Forest Show which takes place from July 26th until July 28th and I just hope the weather will be fine for this fabulous event.

We are holding our annual Charity Cream Tea on Sunday 17th July from 4pm and all proceeds are shared between the Variety Club Children's Charity and Naomi House Children's Hospice both excellent charities that do so much to support sick and disabled children and their families. To book please call the hotel reception on 01590 622165.

As I have mentioned before August can be a quiet time at the Cloud Hotel as we don't accommodate children under the age of 14 years and being the school holidays many of our customers avoid that time of year but it is a good time to come to unwind and relax. Take advantage of our summer breaks and either enjoy a weekend, stay 2 nights and get 3rd night FREE or enjoy one of our mid-week breaks and stay 4 or 5 nights and get one night FREE.

Just to put the record straight their are rumours that the Cloud Hotel has been sold, this is not true! I am still here with my excellent team and we look forward to welcoming you to enjoy a relaxing break with us.

Avril


Saturday, 4 June 2016

Flaming June?

A lot has happened since I last wrote a Blog but I am now back on track and looking forward to a busy year with some warm summer weather! June hasn't started too well with the weather and I often wonder where the expression 'Flaming June' came from as it's still quite chilly especially in the evenings. However the New Forest National Park is always a lovely place to visit at all times of the year and there is something to do in all weathers. The foals are appearing now, a time of year I always love, they bring new life to the New Forest.

I'm delighted to report that the Cloud Hotel has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence 2016 by TripAdvisor for the fifth year running and this is thanks to my excellent dedicated team of staff who continue to work hard and offer 5 star service.

The year is flying by and before we know it the New Forest and Hampshire County Show will be taking place from Tuesday July 26th until Thursday July 28th. If you are hoping to visit the Show this year we only have a couple of rooms left so don't leave it too late to book a room and be disappointed as it is a very busy time of year. All details of the Show can be found on their website.

Don't forget if you want to come away in August the Cloud Hotel is a hotel for grown ups only so you can still enjoy a relaxing break without young children disturbing you. Take advantage of our special mid week breaks stay 3 nights and get the fourth night FREE. For more information call the hotel reception on 01590 622165 I look forward to welcoming you.

Bye for now

Avril






Sunday, 10 April 2016

New Forest is coming alive

Spring is here the gorse is out bringing a golden glow to the New Forest and it will soon be time to be spotting the foals that start to arrive late April and May. The New Forest is coming alive after the long winter months, the trees are turning a fresh green the days are getting longer and it's one of my favourite times of the year to visit the New Forest National Park.

There is so much to do in the area. The world famous Exbury Gardens with its wonderful display of colour at this time of year when you can see the rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias. If you don't feel like walking round the huge gardens you can take a 20 minute ride on the steam train that takes you all round the gardens.

The New Forest Wildlife Park is on the edge of the New Forest and is also worth visiting. Follow the woodland trails to see the animals in beautiful natural settings.
You can find more details of both these attractions on their websites.

A wonderful way to explore the forest is by bike. You can either bring your own and we can store them in our secure covered bike shed overnight or you can hire them from the local bike hire shop next to Brockenhurst station.

Don't forget if you want to avoid the traffic there is a wonderful inter-city train service from London Waterloo to Brockenhurst that only takes one hour and thirty five minutes if you get a fast train.

Finally the Cloud Hotel is a hotel for grown ups where you can unwind and relax in the peace and comfort of our lounges or secure garden, when the weather is warm enough!

Please call for details of our special breaks.

Avril





Wednesday, 9 March 2016

International Women's Day

Yesterday was International Women's Day when women all over the world not only celebrated their achievements but brought attention of the mental and violent abuse many women are still suffering that has to stop for the future of our daughters and granddaughters. Equality for women is not a luxury it is our right.

I was lucky enough to be featured in an article in yesterday's Daily Telegraph Business 'Women In The Workplace' Hotels. I was delighted to have some publicity on International Women's Day especially as my industry is very male dominated. Something I learnt a long time ago from an American Restauranteur was to never turn down publicity as you need to and I quote 'Tell the World About Yourself" or you will very soon be forgotten.

The next major event on the calendar is Easter and fingers crossed we shall have some sunny weather by then although we have had some lovely days recently in the New Forest enabling my customers to explore the area by foot or by bike. Take advantage of our special Easter break stay 2 nights and get 3rd night FREE from £192-00 per person dinner bed and breakfast in a standard room arriving either Thursday 24th or Friday 25th March.

Finally I would like to thank those of you who take the time to give us your feedback on TripAdvisor. Positive feedback rewards the staff for all their hard work and we learn how we can improve from negative reviews, however I find it difficult to understand why after a number of excellent reviews we have gone from number 4 out of 12 hotels to number 9!! It makes me question how genuine TripAdvisor is?

I hope to have the pleasure of your company

Avril

Monday, 22 February 2016

Mothering Sunday

Valentine's weekend was a great success at the Cloud Hotel but love is still in the air as it is time to show our Mothers how much we appreciate what they do for us by giving them our love and making them feel special on Mothering Sunday. A weekend away where they didn't have to cook or wash up would be a very special treat for them and we are offering a weekend rate stay 2 nights and get the 3rd night FREE from £192-00 per person dinner bed and breakfast for the 3 nights.

Mum can unwind and relax in a haven of peace and tranquillity where there are no children under the age of 14 years. Alternatively treat her to an afternoon tea with a glass of bubbly. Sunday lunch is already fully booked but you can always bring her out to lunch on Saturday March 5th when the restaurant won't be so busy. Whatever you decide to do treat your Mum well every day as you will only ever have one.

The days are beginning to get longer and by Easter you will be-able to spend more time exploring the New Forest National Park either by foot or by bike. Just step outside the Cloud Hotel and you are in the heart of the New Forest where the New Forest ponies, donkeys and cattle roam freely in front of the hotel. If you feel like going further afield you can take a day trip to the Isle of Wight or visit the many gardens, museums and attractions in the area.

March 8th is International Women's Day. This year the theme is 'Pledge for Parity'and I like many other women will be celebrating and supporting the rights of women all over the world. I am passionate about empowering women and girls to reach their full potential and to have equal opportunities in all walks of life. That is why I founded Wessex Women's Network in 2003 to support and encourage women and girls in the surrounding area to fulfil their dreams as I hope my 3 daughters will one day.I still feel we have a long way to go but we will never give up!

The daffodils are in full bloom outside the hotel bringing a golden glow to the Cloud. Til next time Avril