I expect like me you were beginning to wonder if we were ever going to have a summer but the sun is shining today. In spite of the miserable weather we have had the Cloud Hotel has been very busy and the guests have been able to enjoy the area as there is so much to do within a 20 mile radius. There are many attractions such as Beaulieu Motor Museum, Exbury Gardens the Titanic Museum in Southampton, the Mary Rose in Portsmouth Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral to name just a few. If you don't want to use your car there is a regular train service to both Bournemouth and Southampton where there are really good shopping centres, cinemas and theatres.
However if you come to the New Forest you really want to be able to enjoy all the wonderful sights and sounds it has to offer. The Cloud Hotel is in the heart of the New Forest and you can walk out of the door of the Cloud, cross the road and walk for miles in open forest and woodlands. The New Forest ponies, cattle and donkeys roam free in front of the hotel, and only this week two customers saw 15 deer on the forest opposite the hotel at 1 o'clock in the morning! Unfortunately not many of us were up at that time to see them. The foals are making an appearance at last, the forest is a beautiful fresh bright green and the flowers are in bloom, it's a feel good day today.
Another way to explore the New Forest is on a bike. The Forestry Commission manages and maintains 100 miles of surfaced tracks through woodlands and open forest. Cycle maps are available at reception and we can store your bikes overnight in our secure covered bike shed.
If you just want to relax and unwind you can enjoy the peace and quiet of our secluded garden with a glass of Pimms or wine. You don't even have to move from the hotel as morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea is available every day.
I am pleased to report that Mandie has returned to the fold after a 6 month absence and we are all delighted to welcome her back.
I look forward to welcoming you to the Cloud Hotel and to experience the beautiful surroundings of the New Forest National Park.