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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Charity Cream Tea, Summer and Christmas!





A Charity Cream Tea was held at the Cloud Hotel on Sunday 14th July as part of the Hampshire Fare Food Festival and we raised £958-00 to be shared between Jacks Place at Naomi House Children's Hospice www.naomihouse.org.uk and the Variety Club Children's Charity www.varietyclub.org.uk both very worthwhile charities. Over 80 people came to enjoy a clotted cream tea and the weather was so lovely many of them were able to sit and relax in our secluded garden while enjoying their tea. The scones were donated by Linzi Luker of Linzi's of Lymington, Wrights Dairies donated the clotted cream and 3663 donated the jam.  A successful raffle was held and raised £211-00 of the total amount thanks to the hard work of Barry Rickman and Linzi Luker. A number of local businesses donated prizes and the star prize was a beautiful cushion donated by Judy Goodlet from Radio Solent who is making 60 cushions for charity to celebrate her 60th birthday.

It's been along time since our guests have been able to enjoy breakfast and dinner outside on the patio but with this glorious weather many of our guests have taken advantage of this warm spell and enjoyed their meals alfresco, long may it continue the sun makes everyone smile! August is a quiet month at the Cloud because we don't accommodate children under 12 years old and being the school holidays many of our guests avoid August thinking it will be full of young children so it's a good time to come. If you stay 3, 4, or 5 nights you can have one night free any time during August and not just mid-week, this applies to dinner bed and breakfast only.

For those of you wanting to avoid the traffic jams there is an Intercity train service from London Waterloo to Brockenhurst and only takes one hour and thirty five minutes if you get a fast train. Booking in advance on-line saves you money and if you want to bring your bikes we have a secure covered bike shed for you to store your bikes overnight or you can hire bikes from Cycle Experience www.newforestcyclehire.co.uk who are situated at the end of the station approach.

July does not seem to be the right time to talk about Christmas but unless you book early for Christmas you may be disappointed and find we are fully booked. It is only due to cancellations that we have a couple of double rooms and a single room available for our 4 night Christmas break. If you are interested in spending a traditional relaxing Christmas at the Cloud Hotel please call reception on 01590 622165 for further details.

Enjoy the sun but also take care

Avril










Sunday, 7 July 2013

Summer at last

Summer has arrived at last and most people enjoyed their breakfast outside on the patio today! If we could always enjoy weather like this we wouldn't need to go abroad for the sunshine. The garden is a mass of colour and our hanging baskets are stunning this year thanks to Debbie of Blooming Lovely Hanging Baskets www.bloominglovelyhangingingbaskets.co.uk.

There is so much to do in the New Forest and the sea is only a 20 minute drive away. If you bring your bikes we can store them overnight in our secure covered bike shed as well as provide you with maps of the New Forest cycling paths. The hotel location is superb as you only step outside the front door, cross the road and you are in 90,000 acres of open heathland where you can walk for miles, picnic and see the new forest ponies grazing freely.

The Cloud Hotel caters for all ages other than small children and I would like to make it clear that in spite of the occasional Tripadvisor comment regarding it is a place for the over 65's I can assure you we have many young people who stay and love the relaxing and friendly atmosphere of the Cloud Hotel.
One has to remember when reading these reviews that about 1% of the people who stay at the Cloud put a review on Tripadvisor but many write glowing reviews in our visitors book.

The Hampshire Food Festival a celebration of local food and farming takes place from 1st July-4th August. There are 75 events taking place in Hampshire and a full programme is available either at the hotel or on line at www.hampshirefare.co.uk. The Cloud Hotel is holding a charity cream tea on Sunday July 14th and all proceeds will be shared by the Variety Club Children's charity and Jacks Place at Naomi House children's hospice. We hope to raise alot of money for these two worthy charities.

For anyone wanting a quiet relaxing holiday August is a good month to visit the Cloud Hotel because we don't accommodate children under 12 years.  Our special offer of stay 3 nights and get the 4th night free is normally only available during the week but in August we are extending the offer so you can come at any time and still get your free night.

Hopefully this glorious weather will continue throughout August and I look forward to having the pleasure of your company. For more details please call 01590 622165 and one of my receptionists will be only too happy to answer any queries you may have.

Avril