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Friday, 28 May 2010

Summer Weather at Last!

It's been another busy week at The Cloud Hotel with temperatures reaching 25 degrees centigrade. A really good start to the day is eating a freshly cooked breakfast in the sunshine before enjoying the beautiful countryside and wildlife of the New Forest and with the temperatures better than Spain last week our guests were delighted to be-able to enjoy their breakfast on the patio.It was also good to see the garden being used by guests celebrating a Golden Wedding Anniversary, a special Birthday and a small Wedding Reception. The glorious weather enabled them all to enjoy their pre lunch drinks in our lovely garden and relax after their lunch in the garden with their coffee.

As The New Forest National Park is getting busy now that summer is approaching a tip to avoid the congestion and delays at Lyndhurst. If you are coming from the M27 can I suggest you leave the motorway at junction 2. Follow the signs to Beaulieu until you see the sign to Lyndhurst follow the signs to Lyndhurst you will then come into Lyndhurst on the bottom road avoiding all the traffic coming from Cadnam.

Twenty ladies attended this month's Wessex Women's Network evening at The Cloud Hotel and we were given a very interesting talk by David Bridges from the Countryside Education Trust based at the Out of Town Centre in Beaulieu. The Countryside Education Trust is an educational charity established in 1975 that provides environmental education in the New Forest to the whole community. It also welcomes disadvantaged children to have a residential countryside experience. For more information visit

On Thursday I attended The Business Southampton Working lunch at Kutis Thai Restaurant. It was hosted by Gareth Lewis, Business Editor of the Southern Daily Echo. I enjoyed an excellent lunch and listened to two inspiring speakers. Sian Thomas  Artistic Director of Celebrations of the Festival of Hats to be held in Winchester 1st -4th July  and Wayne Hemmingway MBE founder of the new annual event Vintage Festival to be held at Goodwood 13th-15th August. Both these events sound fun and well worth a visit.

I am looking forward to a busy weekend at The Cloud Hotel and hope we will have some pleasant weather for the customers to enjoy!


Saturday, 15 May 2010

Busy Week at The Cloud Hotel

The Cloud Hotel was fully booked this week and although there was a cold wind the sun shone most days and the customers were able to enjoy The New Forest at its best. Spring is a lovely time of year in The New Forest, the trees are a fresh lush green, the bluebells are out and the foals and baby donkeys roam the forest and can be seen grazing outside the hotel. Even after 34 years at The Cloud I still get a thrill at seeing the New Forest wake up from the dull winter months. Many guests visited Exbury Gardens in the heart of the New Forest National Park and reported that the gardens are a mass of colour with the azaleas and rhododendrons at their best just now. For anyone who has not visited Exbury gardens they really are magnificent, full of colour and well  worth a visit. If you have difficulty walking they provide a buggy tour and a railway journey to see the gardens in comfort. The Cloud Hotel still has vacancies for the May Bank Holiday which is an ideal opportunity to visit Exbury Gardens before they lose all their colour. SPECIAL OFFER if you stay for 2 nights you can have the 3rd night FREE from £180-00 per person dinner bed and breakfast for 3 nights. If you enjoy cycling we can provide you with a secure covered bike shed to store your bicycles and for the walkers you only need to cross the road to enjoy miles of open forest.

Today is much warmer and I am hoping I can turn off the central heating soon and my guests will be-able to relax and un-wind in our secluded garden. It will be nice to be-able to get out our summer clothes!

The highlight of my week was receiving the written AA Quality Standards Report following our recent inspection.  The Inspector praised every area of The Cloud Hotel and to quote his final comment 'Continued success seems assured at The Cloud Hotel' Thanks is due to my excellent team of staff many of whom have worked and supported me for over 10 years.


Saturday, 1 May 2010

Staff Take Part in Midnight Ramble

On Saturday April 24th seven members of staff at The Cloud Hotel completed the Midnight Ramble to Hurst Castle and back to raise money for Oakhaven Hospice and still managed to be back at work for breakfast on Sunday morning. Over 700 walkers took part in this event that was started last year and looks like it is going to be an annual fund raising event, raising thousands of pounds for the Hospice. At The Cloud Hotel we are committed to raising money for our chosen charities and congratulations to all of those who took part.

I'm delighted to report that one of my longest serving and loyal members of staff has returned to work after a long illness. Last year Sue Baker was unexpectedly taken ill and  has been missed by my regular customers and all of us at The Cloud Hotel but she is now fully recovered and back serving breakfast again. Welcome back Sue.

On Wednesday I attended the IoD Convention at The Albert Hall in London. I've always enjoyed this event as I meet other business owners and listen to some very well known business leaders. I usually return to The Cloud Hotel highly motivated and inspired by what I have heard during the day but this year it was overtaken by the election campaign and to me the most entertaining and inspiring speaker of the day was Emma Harrison CBE Chairman of A4e a company she set up in 1991 to provide skills and employment training for workers made unemployed by the decline in Sheffield's steel industry. Emma not only inspires you with her advice but also has a wonderful sense of humour.

We are looking forward to a busy Bank Holiday week-end in The New Forest and hope we will enjoy some suuny weather!

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