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Monday, 18 July 2011

Charity Cream Tea

Thank you to everyone who attended the Charity Cream Tea held at The Cloud Hotel on Sunday July 17th as part of the Hampshire Food Festival and helped to raise the grand total of £811-00 to be shared between Naomi House Children's Hospice and the Beaulieu Countryside Education Trust, two very deserving charities. Eighty people enjoyed a clotted cream tea and I would like to give a special mention to my staff who worked so hard to make the event a success. I would also like to thank Linzi Luker for donating the scones [ everyone said they were delicious] 3663 for donating the strawberry jam and Wrights Dairies for donating the clotted cream. The raffle raised a total of £192-00 thanks to the generosity of Phase Eight and Neat of Lymington, Barry Rickman Photography and Corbins Florist. Thank you for your generosity.
If you would like more information about the events being held as part of the Hampshire Food Festival visit

The New Forest Show takes place on 26th, 27th 28th July and we are all praying for some good weather. It's a great day out for the whole family with so much to see and do. It's a celebration of traditional country pursuits, crafts, produce and all day entertainment in the two Rings.There is free parking, a cycle rack for those going by bike and if you prefer the 'train to take the strain' there is a continuous pay-as-you-go shuttle bus service to and from Brockenhurst station.

A familiar figure outside the Cloud Hotel was the car park attendant Albert. Albert had the most amazing energy and would run from one car to the other making sure customers parked in an orderly manner and where he put them! He alleviated all the problems we have had with the neighbours who complain when cars park outside their houses, even though it's public highway! He really was a great asset to the Cloud Hotel and became a friend to so many of our customers. Unfortunately he decided to retire at the end of June and we still haven't found a suitable replacement but we are still looking! We wish him a long and happy retirement.

The summer baskets outside the Cloud Hotel are in full bloom now and looking quite spectacular. I only wish the weather was the same, however the weather hasn't dampened the spirits of our guests as there is so much to do in The New Forest National Park.The New Forest open top Bus Tour is popular with our guests. The bus takes you through the heart of this magnificent heath and forest landscape. Tours run every day and you can hop on and off where you like and catch another bus later on.You are also able to take your bikes on the bus!

On Monday 18th July I had the pleasure of being interviewed on Radio Solent by Katie Martin about running a Bed and Breakfast. As I explained to her I own a Hotel which is different to running a Bed and Breakfast Establishment in your own home and that I don't do the cooking [although I used to] as I now have a chef. However, as in my most of my interviews Katie was more interested in my life as a Tiller Girl! I'm always happy to chat about my dancing days as I loved them.

If you are looking for a quiet place to stay in August where you can be looked after and relax and where there are no young children running around then come to the Cloud Hotel, we only accept children over 12 years old. Hopefully the sun will be out and you will be-able to sit in our secluded garden enjoying some chilled wine or a scrumptious clotted cream tea.

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Wishing you all happy holidays