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Friday, 22 June 2012

Now the Diamond Jubilee celebrations are over we can look forward to the Olympics! The Olympic torch will be coming through Brockenhurst on Saturday July 14th at approximately 10-25am before there is a break at Brockenhurst College between 10-30am and 10-55am when you won't be-able to see the torch at this time. I'm sure we are all hoping for some good weather for the torch bearers and the spectators as we've just about had enough rain for this summer? Today is the longest day and the evenings begin to draw in now but we must not let all this doom and gloom get us down. There is so much to enjoy in this country particularly in the New Forest National Park and the surrounding areas. The Cloud Hotel continues to be very busy with so many customers returning every year to enjoy the peace and ambiance we offer. Children over 12 years are welcome but we do not accommodate young children enabling our customers to relax and unwind in a beautiful location nestled in the heart of the New Forest.

Talking of celebrations I attended the Women 1st Shine Awards 2012 Dinner on Tuesday June 19th at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel as I had been shortlisted for the Lifetime Achievement Award. I felt very honoured at having been recognised by Women 1st especially with 4 other very inspirational and successful women. Jill Stein received the award and she was a very deserving recipient. Jill Stein is the ex-wife of Rick Stein the famous seafood chef and between them they have built a small empire of restaurants, cookery school, a pub, shop  from what started as one seafood restaurant in Padstow.
Women 1st was launched by Cherie Blair in 2008? and empowers the women leaders of tomorrow in hospitality,leisure, travel and tourism, a subject I am quite passionate about myself.

The Cloud Hotel is also proud to announce that we have earned the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award from TripAdvisor for consistently good reviews from customers. Praise must go to my staff who continue to work hard and are committed to providing the customers with excellent service.

As part of the Hampshire Food Festival we are holding a Charity Cream Tea at the Cloud Hotel on Sunday July 15th from 4pm. All proceeds are to be shared between Jack's Place at Naomi House Hospice and the Variety Club Children's Charity. To book your place please call 01590 622165.

The New Forest & Hampshire County Show takes place in Brockenhurst from July 24th -26th, if you buy your tickets before July11th you will get 20% off. All details of the Show can be found on www.newforestshow.co.uk It is a great day out celebrating the Best of Britain in 2012. If you would like to take advantage of our special mid-week break and visit the show we only have a couple of rooms left at the time of writing.

Would you believe due to popular demand we have our pre- christmas lunch and dinner menus available! The year is just flying by and people are booking their pre-christmas parties already to be sure they get their required date. Don't leave it too late because although I hate to say it, Christmas will soon be here again.

Look out for the new video that will be launched very soon on the website, details to follow in my next Blog.

I look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful part of the Country.

Avril