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Thursday, 1 July 2010

Leave the car behind!

I have just returned from attending the British Hospitality Annual lunch at the Grosvenor House hotel in London. I always enjoy these events as I meet up with my colleagues in the hospitality industry and it gives me a chance to exchange ideas, network and enjoy an excellent lunch. I sometimes smile to myself when I am sitting in the Great Hall at the Grosvenor House Hotel in my role as an hotelier, 45 years ago I was in the Great Hall performing cabaret with the Tiller Girls! I go to London by train as it is a first class service to London Waterloo and only takes 1hr and 35 mins. If you book on line in advance with South West Trains there are some excellent deals to be had. If you want to come to The Cloud Hotel and avoid all the traffic 'let the train take the strain'. You can bring your bikes on the train and enjoy cycling in the New Forest. There are some great cycle tracks for you to enjoy and very few hills! Your bikes will be safe overnight in our secure covered bike shed.

Moving on! The New Forest Tour is back. The two open top buses run seven days a week and follow a circular loop including Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Beaulieu. The New Forest Tour is the best way to see more, explore more and enjoy more of the New Forest National Park. Passengers can literally  hop on and off the bus at the different attractions. Tickets cost £9-00 per adult and you can enjoy a unique day out without the car.

I have started Nordic Walking on a regular basis with Karen Guttridge of Slim focus. Karen is a member of the Wessex Women. I wanted to do some exercise and this seemed an excellent way of getting fit again as I am in an ideal location for it. We just cross the road in front of the hotel and we are in the New Forest with acres of open common land to walk across, avoiding the new forest ponies, highland cattle and donkeys that are grazing on the forest of course.

The summer hanging baskets are in full bloom bringing a mass of colour to the exterior of the hotel and the secluded garden. I'm hoping this lovely weather will last and we can all enjoy being outside in the fresh air.