Can you believe a quarter of the year has passed by already! It only seemed like the other day we were celebrating Christmas but the good thing is the warmer weather should be on it's way, the foals will soon be appearing in the New Forest National Park and the evenings are getting lighter
It's a year of celebrations with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June and the Olympics and Paralympics taking place from July 27th to 9th September. Both these events can be watched on television at the hotel and if you want to escape to the peace and tranquillity of the New Forest why not enjoy one of our special mid-week breaks stay 3 nights and get the 4th night free from £287-00 per person dinner bed and breakfast.
Exbury Gardens are always worth a visit and from April until mid May Exbury's woodland floors are carpeted with Bluebells and they are quite a wonderful sight. To check the current flowering conditions visit the website www.exbury.co.uk as they can vary depending on the climate.
On Good Friday the 2nd Chef Pete Lovell retired after 12 years service at the Cloud Hotel, we were sorry to say goodbye to Pete but are happy to welcome Tim Slingo to join Steve Gates team of chefs. Steve has been Head Chef at the Cloud Hotel for 14 years and continues to provide our customers with delicious traditional English food with the support of Tim, David and Mel.
There has been alot of publicity in the media lately about the cost of afternoon tea at some of the larger well known hotels. Afternoon tea at the Cloud can be enjoyed in one of our cosy lounges, conservatory or in the warmer weather our secluded garden for just £15-00 or £21-00 with a glass of sparkling wine. We provide a selection of dainty sandwiches, home-made cakes and scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam. This is an ideal way to celebrate a birthday or wedding anniversary in a tranquil setting overlooking the New Forest or it's just a lovely way to spend an afternoon catching up with family and friends. Booking is essential for our Set Afternoon Tea but no booking is required for our famous cream teas that are served between 3 and 5-30pm every day.
I was recently interviewed by Alex Dyke on Radio Solent about why the Americans always offer a free top up for coffee and the English very seldom do. Not to be beaten by the Americans I announced on Radio Solent that we will offer a free top up for coffee or tea in the future. I'm looking forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you for morning coffee or afternoon tea.
Now Spring is here it's a perfect time to get out on your bicycles and enjoy some fresh air in the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest. There are several bike hire establishments in Brockenhurst alternatively you can bring your own bikes with you. We can provide you with a secure covered bike shed to store your bikes overnight. If you want to avoid the traffic jams and save petrol come by train, there is a fast inter city train link from Waterloo. It takes 1hr and 35 mins and if you book with South West trains on-line you can get some good deals.
Although the New Forest Show is a few months away the hotel is getting booked up for the occasion especially as it is rumoured the Queen is going to be visiting it. Don't leave it too late to book a room if you are thinking of coming to this 3 day event that takes place July 24th - 26th 2012.
If you require any further information about the Cloud Hotel please call 01590 622165 and one of my receptionists will be more than happy to help.