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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Charity Cream Tea, Summer and Christmas!





A Charity Cream Tea was held at the Cloud Hotel on Sunday 14th July as part of the Hampshire Fare Food Festival and we raised £958-00 to be shared between Jacks Place at Naomi House Children's Hospice www.naomihouse.org.uk and the Variety Club Children's Charity www.varietyclub.org.uk both very worthwhile charities. Over 80 people came to enjoy a clotted cream tea and the weather was so lovely many of them were able to sit and relax in our secluded garden while enjoying their tea. The scones were donated by Linzi Luker of Linzi's of Lymington, Wrights Dairies donated the clotted cream and 3663 donated the jam.  A successful raffle was held and raised £211-00 of the total amount thanks to the hard work of Barry Rickman and Linzi Luker. A number of local businesses donated prizes and the star prize was a beautiful cushion donated by Judy Goodlet from Radio Solent who is making 60 cushions for charity to celebrate her 60th birthday.

It's been along time since our guests have been able to enjoy breakfast and dinner outside on the patio but with this glorious weather many of our guests have taken advantage of this warm spell and enjoyed their meals alfresco, long may it continue the sun makes everyone smile! August is a quiet month at the Cloud because we don't accommodate children under 12 years old and being the school holidays many of our guests avoid August thinking it will be full of young children so it's a good time to come. If you stay 3, 4, or 5 nights you can have one night free any time during August and not just mid-week, this applies to dinner bed and breakfast only.

For those of you wanting to avoid the traffic jams there is an Intercity train service from London Waterloo to Brockenhurst and only takes one hour and thirty five minutes if you get a fast train. Booking in advance on-line saves you money and if you want to bring your bikes we have a secure covered bike shed for you to store your bikes overnight or you can hire bikes from Cycle Experience www.newforestcyclehire.co.uk who are situated at the end of the station approach.

July does not seem to be the right time to talk about Christmas but unless you book early for Christmas you may be disappointed and find we are fully booked. It is only due to cancellations that we have a couple of double rooms and a single room available for our 4 night Christmas break. If you are interested in spending a traditional relaxing Christmas at the Cloud Hotel please call reception on 01590 622165 for further details.

Enjoy the sun but also take care

Avril