The Forest is buzzing with people from all over the world enjoying the weather and history of our National Park.
A real big feature this year is New Forest Activities. They specialise in, Canoe tours, Kayak tours, Archery, Battlefield Live, Bike Hire and ropes and bushcraft. They are based near Bucklers Hard , Beaulieu. wwwnewforestactivities.co.uk
The arrival of this seasons new forest foals is always a delight, but numbers are few as the commoners continue to limit the breeding of the New Forest Pony until signs of more interest returns after the recession. I think that's good management and the welfare of the forest ponies is always at the head of any agenda for the Verderers
For those of you wishing a quiet New Forest Experience then explore north of the A31.
Starting from the Royal Oak at Fritham , take the gravel track to Amberwood onto Hampton Ridge. It was here during WW2 that Barns Wallace tested some of his bombs. Onto Pitts Wood and Hive Garden and climb the hill to Godshill cricket pitch and the Fighting Cocks.In front of the pub there is a circular pit where Cock Fighting took place. Two months ago the Animal Liberation Front requested that the pub changed it's name to the Happy Cocks ! Well whatever next. Needless to say the landlord nearly choked on his beer and tore up the letter.
The 4 for 3 offers have now closed but we are still offering a discounted 4 day midweek break till the 24th September but The Molly discount won't be on offer till October with our Autumn Specials but I remind you all that Autumn is always late ie November. So if you wish to enjoy the colours don't book the first 3 weeks of October.
Paul and The Gang
As we enter into a new month spring appears to be reluctant to hand over to summer and we enjoy the thrills of seeing all the blossom on the trees. The May Tree this year is outstanding with the small white flowers being tinged with a little pink
Did you know that the Holly Tree is also in blossom now.Take a close look and you can see the smallest of white fluffy flowers
With June we are offering for our Molly guests a Free room upgrade and dogs free on all 4 night midweek breaks and a 10% Molly discount on all 3 and 4 day midweek breaks for a limited period
3 day Room and breakfast rates start from £260 per. couple and £341 with a 2 course dinner
4 day Room and breakfast rates start from £285 per.couple and £375 with a 2 course dinner
See you all soon
Paul and the gang
I heard my first cuckoo at Yew Tree Heath yesterday while walking Molly the dog. Yew Tree is just past The Beaulieu Road Hotel near Ipley and has a wonderful 360 view of the forest heathland and bogs. The second time was Tuesday when out riding near Acres Down.
For those of you who watched Country File last week it showed a gentleman making country scents from all types of flowers and shrubs and the one that stuck out for me was the essence of coconut made from gorse. Well he's right, the gorse does have a powerful smell of coconuts and the flowers are to be seen all over the forest and is noted for being in flower nearly all year.
Don't forget our special 4 nights for the price of 3 that are available until the 23rd July. 4 nights room and breakfast start from £285 per couple or £375 with 2 course dinner per couple
Just ring us on 023 80282806 to book your favourite room
Here in the New Forest we have had the most beautiful 10 days of weather , but this week some showers are expected so at least the New Forest Ponies will put the weight back on after winter with a fast growth of grass. When here take the A35 from Lyndhurst to Christchurch and be prepared to be amazed with the gorse in full flower along the round side.On a sunny day it is dazzling
Near the The Woodlands Hotel , Woodlands, is a very old wood with bright blue violets in bloom around the beeches and oaks which have just opened the leaf buds.In two weeks time we will have the most beautiful canopy of lime green which on sunny days dazzles the eyes.
The first bank holiday approches and we have for that midweek 3 day room and breakast starting form £260 or 4 day room 2 course dinner and breakfast starting from £375. Both rates are per couple.These rates include our Molly discount.
The New Forest bus has started more details to follow
Paul and the gang
Spring is Here
The New Forest came alive this week . Tadpoles were seen at Bartley Cricket Pitch, skylarks singing above their nests at Yew Tree Heath and many trees in blossom, plus we have warm Spring weather.
Molly 4 days breaks are available in our Superior rooms through May with 4 day midweek room dinner and breakfast rates from £405 per couple. Please note that these rates are already discounted.
At the moment the allocated Molly discounted availability has been used up but we are offering Molly 10%discount from June to the start of the summer holidays
Paul and the gang
With Spring approaching we have some great midweek deals during April with Molly 3 day breaks starting from
from £230 room and breakfast or £345 with a 2 course dinner or just an £40 buys you an extra day ! bargain
I thought I would mention Pinewood 3 as being a cosy standard ensuite with bath and shower.
It's ideal for people with dogs as its so easy to step outside and take your dogs for their early morning walks.
Plus the bonus of no charge for dogs on all bookings.
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Michelle one of our chefs at Ormonde house proudly shows off her homemade Dundee cake.
How many ingredients are needed to make this delicious cake?
Please name the ingredients and you could win afternoon tea with our wonderful Dundee cake and enjoy when you check in at Ormonde house.
Easter approaches and we have 2 and 3 day easter weekend breaks
3 and 4 day midweek breaks.
Molly 10% discounted breaks are available from Sunday 12th April
Paul and the gang
We are offering a 10% discount on all 2 to 7 day bookings till the 23rd July if booked by the 31st March when you mention Molly the dog
This week at the Ormonde we have a new gardner starting. I can see that wellington boots will be the order of the day as we have suffered heavy rain over the last few nights and the garden is a little flooded.
The weather for the next 10 days is for sun and showers with day time temperatures around 10c and no frosts, good for walking.
The fallow and red deer have started their spring migration to new areas of the forest that give better grazing and herds of 20 to 30 are on the march. On the subject of spring the birds are active building nests and the dawn chorus is getting louder.
March specials see the return of our 4 nights for the price of 3 with prices starting from £255 room and breakfast and £345 with our fab 2 course dinner. Prices are per couple.
Our Promotion for this week is a free room upgrade in March when you mention Molly the dog.
Easter this year begins on the 3rd April with Good Friday, and as usual we are offering 3 day room and breakfast rates from £270 per couple or £340 with a 2 course dinner
Remember all our specials are only available by booking direct , ring us on 02380 282806 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Down in the Forest we have managed to miss all the bad weather so have been enjoying some sunny but cold days in the forest, great weather for walking or cycling for few hours or all day. We have secure storage for your bikes and complimentary walking and cycling maps.
With February we have two great February offers for guests.
Any three nights for the price of two excluding valentines weekend, with 3 day breaks starting from £150 per couple per room and breakfast, or £210 including a 2 course dinner each night plus dogs free.
Valentine two day weekend special with prices including, a bottle of prosecco and chocolates on arrival two days room and breakfast from £170 per couple. This offer is only available if you book direct.
These specials are only available by booking direct ring us on 02380 282806 or email email@example.com and let us tailor make your break by allowing you to chose your room and its location in the hotel and reserving it for you.
Paul and the gang
Our January Sale with 3 nights for 2 starting from Sunday 4th of January offers rooms from £60 a night!!
or £90 a night with a 2 course dinner!!
See our Special at the bottom of our home page for all our deals
Our January sale will as usual offer great bargains with Room and Breakfast from £60 per couple per night or £90 with 2 course dinner. We also offer the third night free if you book 3 nights.
Offer starts Sunday 4th January and ends Thursday 29th January 2015.
Please note that this offer can be withdrawn at any time so book early.
With New Year also approaching we have three special 3 day breaks leading up to the New Year with prices starting £225 room and breakfast per.couple or £299 with 2 course dinner
and from £369 per couple with 2 course dinner for 2 nights and our Special New Years Eve Dinner over the New Year
We are already half full, so book soon.
Paul and the gang
Winter Breaks - 2nd November to 28th February, excluding New Year and Valentines
Any 3 nights room and breakfast from £190
Any 3 nights 2 course dinner and breakfast from £250
Any 2 nights room and breakfast from £160
Any 2 nights 2 course dinner room and breakfast from £199 including a complimentary bottle of house wine
Walk in the Forest and kick the leaves. See the forest pigs roaming the woods for acorns which are poisonous to the ponies. Go to the Beaulieu Rd Pony Sales, hire a bike or simply walk with your dog in our beautiful ancient woods.
Over 75% of business's display the card exceptance, and discount are between 15 to 25 %.
The weather forcast for the next 10 days shows a warm period with occasional showers.
All 9 of Mollys puppies are doing extremely well and all have got future owners.
Graduation week is the first week of July.!
Paul and the gang
Summers is knocking on the door and that Ormonde House Cuckoo must be shattered as he seems to call all day!
Saw two New Forest Pony foals on Busketts Lawns last Thursday looking a little damp. So far all they've experienced is heavy rain with occasional thunder and bright sunshine.
Rode out on Tuesday and noted the Tadpoles have gone or eaten! Tough life! The woods have their full summer foliage and the bird song is just magical. The further you enter the Forest the more you'll hear so take an Ormonde House Picnic and relax.
Like you we have experienced terrential rain with almost instant flooding causing traffic chaos followed by bright sunshine.
I suggest you bring some stout walking boots with you as some of our gravels are loose with all this recent rain but at least it's warm when the suns out
The coming weekend we have reduced our rates to room and breakfast from £89 a night and Superior from £99, so bag a bargain and head to the Ormonde House.
Paul and gang
Ps hope you like the photos
Molly the lab has had 9 puppies, born last Wednesday. She has had three black labs and six chocolate. Four bitches and five dogs.
All are doing well apart from Chris and I ,as we seem to get very little sleep!
The Ormonde House Cuckoo is back and can be heard every morning to the delight of our many guests.
At present we are serving breakfast outside as the weather is so warm. This warm slot will continue but with showers and slightly lower temperatures into the weekend
Tomorrow I'll have an opportunity to catch up with our tadpoles when I ride out on Perry over Acres Down and check for more foals.
Paul and gang
Our headline photo is of Molly our pregnant lab with just approx 7 days to go poor girl. She is starting to find life tiresome and she is permantly hungry and restless.Our next picture wiil be of her puppies
The Forest is now totally spring green and the first New Forest Pony foals have been born but beware of the their mothers they kick and bite!.
I mentioned last year that the numbers of foals born has been restricted so as to hold their value , an issue that the Princess Royal has brought into the debate regarding unwanted horses.
The bluebell woods are at their best but not for much longer, so book a few days with us before they go over.
Our hotel garden is being prepared for summer and the Morning Glory is already in flower. This the second year we have sown wild flowers and the results last year were spectacular. For those interested we sow Miracle Grow " Flower Magic "
See you all soon
Paul and his gang
I took my horse Perry for walk over Acres Down on Tuesday and heard my first Cuckoo although friends have said that the bird has been heard since the beginning of this month.
Riding a horse gives you access to views you don't get when in a car or on foot. I had such a view of blue bells and wood anemones in a private beech wood as I trotted from the stables to the open forest last tuesday.
The highlight though was a huge puddle of water filled with tadpoles. I just hope the puddle doesn't dry out before they grow into frogs or the birds gobble them up
The hotel garden is still in its spring plumage so it'll be a few weeks before we engage in summer planting with geraniums begonias and hanging baskets. As last year we will be scattering wild flower seeds as they were so successful last year.
Exbury Gardens is looking fab and remember booking 4 days midweek gains you Free Tickets
4 day midweek stays start at £264 for a standard room and breakfast or £354 for room breakfast and two course dinner. Don't forget to quote molly to receive 10% discount making the rates £237 for room and breakfast and £318 for dinner bed and breakfast, or we have 3 day breaks from £229 standard room and breakfast and £307 for room, breakfast and two course dinner, the rates after 10% molly discount are £206 for room and brakfast or £277 for room, breakfast and two course dinner.
The hotel is now relaxing after the Easter rush of 10 days, so it's a good time to pick a bargain and book a 3 for 2. As the number of rooms available are limited we advise booking now to avoid disappointment. The offer ends Thurs1st May
The weather forecast for the next 10 days is sun with occasional showers and temperatures up in the high teens.
Spring has arrived much earlier than last year. The Silver Birch trees are fully in leaf and even the Beech Trees are in leaf followed more cautiously by the Oaks.
My wife and I live in an old gardners cottage in Ashurst. We have a stream that flows through the garden and it is here we are entertained by Mr & Mrs Mallard parading around the garden and also a Kingfisher who has taken a liking to our minnows.
Back at the hotel we have maps and Brand New Forest discount cards available and also for those who are staying 4 or more nights Free Exbury Garden Tickets.
New this year are our picnic rucksacks which help you have a longer day in the Forest
I must also remind you to mention " Molly "for your midweek 10% discount.when you book a 4 for 3
As for Molly we have been told she is pregnant and we await the arrivals in the middle to late May
I look forward to you booking soon
Paul and the gang
The hotel is full for this coming weekend but we have a few rooms available leading upto Good Friday starting from Sunday 13th April. We are still offering 3 nights for the price 2 right up to Good Friday and with early spring and the blue bells in flower bag yourself a late minute bargain.
The weather forcast for the next days in The New Forest shows sunny periods with no rain. Now that would be nice if it's true!
Easter Breaks 18th to 25th April
I believe that some schools go back after the Easter weekend so we are offering mid week breakls with 15% off 3 day stays and 25% off 4 day stays .
We have introduced the Picnic Hamper.
For those of you who want to spend the day walking the Forest perhaps you might want to take a picnic with you.We can also pack biscuits and water for your dog!
We have picnic rucksacks for ease of carrying and fill them with your chosen food and drink. Just book the day before.
The weather forcast is warm with occasional showers until Easter
So why not takes advantage of our 3 for 2's or 4 for 3's
Prices from £158 room and breakfast or £238 with a 2 course dinner
The clocks went forward this weekend giving us longer days but 1 hour less in bed on Sunday but with a warm week ahead and the blossom on the Hawthorne it's a great time to take a stroll in the Forest.
We have available at reception 8 planned walks that last approx 2/3 hours and if you wish we can set up a picnic allowing you to spend the whole day out. We can even make up a picnic for your dog!
With Easter just round the corner we have discount 3 and 4 day midweek breaks available with Free Exbury Gardens when staying 4 nights.
The Forest is waking up to Spring. My wife and I with Molly took a walk in Milkam Inclosure last weekend and were delighted to see the primroses in flower along the many small gushing forest streams. After 3 weeks of virtually no rain the forest is drying up, so walking has been so much easier .
Exbury Gardens opened up last week and guests tell me that the gardens are looking amazing.
Don't forget that we offer Free Exbury Garden Tickets with our 4 nights for the price 3 upto Easter plus a bottle of house
We are also offering 3 nights for the price of 2 up till Easter
Just ring us on 02380 282806 to reserve your room
What a fabulous weekend we are having with temperatures hitting 18c .Our weekend guests are off to Keyhaven for sunday lunch. There's a pub there called the Gun which serves fabulous food, but you have to get there early. After lunch you can take a boat to Hurst Castle and get a great view of the Solent. Hurst Castle is a Tudor fortification, built by Henry viii.
Easter is fast approaching, 5 weeks away so look on our Specials page for rates for 3 and 4 day midweek breaks.
4 day midweek breaks include FREE Exbury Garden Tickets
We are still offering 3 nights for 2 right upto Easter.
Have you taken a look at our new photos. In the last few weeks we have added many new ones, such as our " Love Seat " in the hall and the bar orchids and many more.
The forest is wakening up too spring. Willow trees are in leaf and there are carpets of primroses to be seen amongst the hedgerows. Exbury Gardens opens tomorrow and I should imagine the rhododendrons and azaleas are well advanced.
Spring seems to have sprung early here in the New Forest and the ten day forecast is wonderful for this time of year.
The weather is so good we have decided to extend our 3 nights for the price of 2 until the end of march along side our 4 nights for the price of 3 with a free room upgrade on the 4 nights. Just mention molly the dog to get these special rates.
Introduce a friend to stay at Ormonde House and we will give you a bottle of house champagne on your next stay.
Don't forget to check out our facebook page.
A big thank you to all of you that have written such fabulous reviews on Tripadvisor. All the staff love to read your very positive reports . Thank you.
There's a rumour that our gardner will return to work next week after 4 weeks away.
He chose the right time to escape!!
If it's any consolation it has been a very mild winter and the bird population seems a little confused about which month it is.
Robins and Blackbirds seem to be nesting already and we could have early chicks.
Catkins are on show and the branches of the willow trees show the signs of rising sap.
Our builder has just one more bedroom to decorate and we'll be ready for spring.
Despite the recent wet weather there is plenty to enjoy