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Saturday, 16 November 2013

A Beautiful Autumn Day!

I woke up this morning to see ice on the car windows and a beautiful blue sky to remind me that winter is just around the corner. The autumn colours are later this year and the trees are just at their best with the sun shimmering on their golden leaves today. A perfect day for a walk in the New Forest and then to return to the Cloud Hotel to warm up by our roaring log fire with a hot chocolate, one of our delicious cream teas or just to relax.

Christmas starts on December 1st at the Cloud Hotel and I do wonder where this year has gone? Mike Dacombe of Inspiration New Milton decorates the hotel every year and the decorations are always stunning. There are still a few places left on certain days for pre-Christmas lunch or dinner when you can enjoy a traditional Christmas meal and soak up the festive atmosphere at the Cloud Hotel with friends or family.

On November 27th I will be taking nine of my staff to the Felbridge Hotel, East Grinstead to attend the Beautiful South Excellence Awards as the Cloud Hotel is a finalist in the 'small hotel of the year' category. This is a great achievement and it's thanks to my hardworking and loyal team that we have achieved this so fingers crossed for the 27th.

The Wessex Women's Network will be celebrating it's tenth anniversary on November 19th with a celebratory dinner and entertainment. I founded the Wessex Women's Network in 2003 for the women in the New Forest and surrounding areas to get together, share ideas and have fun. Ten years later it is still thriving and several members have developed their businesses thanks to the support of Wessex Women's Network and many have made friends.

I look forward to having the pleasure of your company over the Christmas period and if you are stuck for what to give an elderly relative for Christmas a Cloud Hotel gift voucher may solve your problem. You can buy them for either a certain amount or for a cream tea, lunch, dinner or a stay the choice is yours.

Keep warm!