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Thursday, 9 June 2011

Blooming June already!

Here we are nearly half way through the year and before we know it we will be celebrating Christmas. We are already taking bookings for our popular pre Christmas Lunches and Dinners, the year just seems to be flying by, I'm told it's a sign of getting older and I can't argue with that.

Of course always being so busy also makes the time rush by but I wouldn't have it any other way as I'm never bored, it's trying to find that work life balance that seems to elude me!

The hotel continues to be very busy with many of our regular customers returning to us as well as having the pleasure of welcoming new customers to the Cloud Hotel. As I have a great team of staff supporting me I am able to attend the functions I get invited to and on Wednesday I attended the Annual Lunch of the Institute of Hospitality at the prestigious Dorchester Hotel, I must confess it is one of my favourite hotels in London. I always enjoy these occasions as it gives me the opportunity to meet new people, catch up with my friends in the industry, hear their news and compare notes.

I'm off to the Dorchester Hotel again on Friday this time to attend the Women in Banking and Finance Awards  for Achievement 2011 lunch. I go to this event most years as I find it inspirational to meet women from other professions. I learn from them as well as make new friends.

'A Sheer Delight' was the heading of the article written about my book 'Delighting your Customers' in the Southern Daily Echo by the Editor Ian Murray on Tuesday June 7th. Although it stated that it was my new book it was actually first published in 2007 and a second edition is about to be published by A & C Black in August so look out for it. 

Summer in The New Forest National Park is magical with the ponies, donkeys and cattle roaming freely in front of the Cloud Hotel and grazing along the side of the roads. It's quite unique and well worth visiting the area. If you want to unwind and relax in peaceful surroundings with no noisy children to disturb you [we welcome children over 12 years]  take one of our special summer breaks. Book 3 nights and get 4th night free arriving Sunday or Monday. All details are on our website or call 01590 622165.

We are taking bookings for our New Forest Charity Cream Tea to be held at The Cloud Hotel on Sunday July 17th 2011 from 4 pm. All proceeds will be divided between Naomi House Children's Hospice and Beaulieu Countryside Education Trust. Please call to book your table. We hope to have good weather so we can enjoy tea in our secluded garden.

I hope you are all enjoying a peaceful and relaxing summer.