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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Getting Warmer at Last


April has been a busy month at The Cloud Hotel and we have been delighted to welcome so many of our regular customers back to the Cloud. Many of them have been coming for a number of years and of course know my staff which creates a lovely relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
We have had some warm and sunny days and for a couple of days it was even warm enough for the customers to sit in the secluded  garden and enjoy afternoon tea or just relax in the sunshine. The Spring flowers are in full bloom bringing colour to the garden but they are flowering very late this year making it difficult to plant the summer flowers!

I love this time of the year when the New Forest springs into life again, the leaves on the trees are turning a fresh green, the gorse is out and the foals should be appearing although I haven't spotted one yet! The donkeys have been put out to graze and are seen most days walking passed the hotel.

The New Forest is now dry after all the rain we have had and is ideal for walking. Just step outside the Cloud Hotel and you are in the heart of the New Forest. Information about walks are available from reception and there are many cycle paths for you to enjoy if you bring your own bikes or hire one from the cycle shops that are in the area. We welcome cyclists and have a secure covered bike shed for you to store your bikes.

For those of you who would like to learn more about the New Forest National Park you can take a Minibus Tour with Harry Oram. For the last 20 years of his career he was Chief Forester at the New Forest where his responsibilities included planning and managing the seasonal work programmes both within the the forest timber enclosures and over the open forest. He has a great knowledge of the working of the forest and the wildlife. For further information and to book contact the Cloud Hotel on 01590 622165.

The Cloud Hotel is now a member of Hampshire Fare. To become a member of Hampshire Fare 30% of our supplies have to be from the local area. I am pleased to say that we support Beaulieu Chocolates [they are delicious], New Forest Wine from Setleyridge Vineyard, Owton's butchers [spot the name!] and whenever possible source other local produce.

Members of the Wessex Women's Network met last Tuesday at the Cloud Hotel to hear David Sullivan give an entertaining  talk on 'Life as a  Shepherd'. I founded the Wessex Women's Network 10 years ago for women in the New Forest and surrounding areas to get together exchange ideas, have fun and support each other. We meet every month at the Cloud Hotel to hear speakers from all walks of life on  a range of diverse subjects followed by a three course dinner and wine. Read the Wessex Women's Network Blog!

Talking of fun I had the honour of attending Lady Montagu of Beaulieu's 70th birthday celebrations last Saturday and it was a great evening attended by 400 guests and the champagne flowed!

The evenings are drawing out and the days are getting warmer, the Forest is waking up after a long winter an ideal time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and wildlife of the New Forest National Park. See our special mid-week breaks and give us a call on 01590 622165 for further information

I look forward to having the pleasure of welcoming you to the Cloud Hotel.

Avril