It's June 1st the sun is shining and I am hoping that summer is here at last but whatever the weather the New Forest is a beautiful area to visit and explore either by foot, bicycle or enjoy a minibus tour with Harry Oram who is a retired head forester and knows the forest like the back of his hand. This is an ideal way to explore the forest if the weather is not so good and we have had excellent feedback from our customers. One group were lucky enough to even see a herd of Red Deer.
The New Forest is a fabulous place to cycle with quiet country roads and cycling routes across the forest. It is the perfect way to experience the open heathland and sheltered woods and see the wildlife. We welcome cyclists and have a secure covered bike shed where you can store your bikes overnight or alternatively you can hire a bike from www.newforestcyclehire.co.uk
We are delighted to have been included in the June edition of Hampshire Life magazine as one of the 10 best places to have tea in Brockenhurst. Just step outside the Cloud Hotel and you are in the New Forest where you can walk for miles before returning to to the Cloud Hotel for a delicious clotted cream tea or homemade chocolate cake that can be enjoyed in our conservatory, one of our cosy lounges or our secluded garden on a summers day. There are endless walking routes in the193,000 acres of unspoilt heath and ancient woodland where the New Forest ponies, donkeys and even highland cattle roam freely. A word of warning though, the New Forest ponies are wild and should not be approached even though they look docile they have a nasty bite and kick!
Exbury Gardens are at their best this week so if you want to see the world famous collection of rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias in full bloom don't leave it too late as we only have one room available for this coming week.
The New Forest Hampshire County Show is being held from 30th July - 1st August. This is a very popular event so don't miss the County's biggest show and book now because we only have a few rooms left. For more details of the Show and to book visit www.newforestshow.co.uk
Just a reminder that our Charity Cream Tea will be held at the Cloud Hotel on Sunday 14th July from 4pm -5-30pm and all proceeds will be shared between the Variety Club Children's Charity and Jack's Place at Naomi House. To book your place call 01590 622165.
Hopefully the lovely weather we are enjoying today will last and we can all enjoy a warm summer. I hope I shall have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Cloud Hotel sometime during the year.