The winner of our facebook challenge was Ronnie Cleveland
Ronnies prize was of course a large portion of Dundee Cake to take home.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 here in the New Forest. Our gravel tracks provide mud free walking and cycling for strolls or longer walks or rides. We have maps to help plan your day and can recommend a good forest pub for your lunch. Book a four night break for the price of three or three for two and receive a Brand New Forest loyalty card which many forest businesses participate in offering great discounts, and don't forget on these breaks your four legged 'best friend' stays for free!
Free room upgrade for the first 2 weeks in march
March and April 3 Day Breaks breaks
Receive a 15 % discount when staying any 3 days in March and April except Easter Weekend
3 days room and breakfast in a standard ensuite is reduced from £237 to £206 and with a 2course dinner from £297 to £258 Supplements apply for Superior room and Weekend stays
March and April 4 Day Breaks
In March and April we are offering 4 night midweek breaks from £267 room and breakfast or £359 with dinner , that's the total price for 2 for 4 days . There's a £20 supplement over weekends .These rates do not apply over Easter.
When booking your midweek accommodation don't forget to mention "Molly" for your 10% discount
7th February 2014
Despite the horrendous weather that has been thrown at us the New Forest is still open for business and all gravel tracks are wet but walkable.
My walk this month is from the Turfcutters Pub Boldre near Hatchet Pond which lies on the Beaulieu , Lymington Rd
Walking across Bagshot Moor you might come accross the remains of a gypsy camp and site of the first commercial airport in the country.Last year the New Forest Archaeological Society exposed the chalk letters BEAULIEU allowing aircraft to find the landing strip.
Across the road onto beaulieu heath you can still see the remains of the world war 2 airstrips. There were 8 airstrips in the forest during world war 2, beaulieu being one of them.
Cross the Beaulieu Brockenhurst road at Stockley Cottage and enter Hawkhill and here you will come across where the Sika Deer live. The Bucks look like Red Deer with short legs and the call is a long and loud bark.
Work you way back to the Turfcutters for a well deserved rest and a beer.
So much rain has fallen this winter I've found myself wearing wellies 24x 7!
As January closes for another year we all look forward to a dryer month.The recent high winds have brought many oaks and beeches , their sodden roots unable to substain the buffeting of the high winds , such a shame to see them laying dead
In the Forest snowdropps and daffs are in bloom and I heard the woodpecker hammering away over the weekend.
For you walkers all the gravel tracks are open as are the pubs. The best place to walk at the moment is in the north of the Forest with lunch and a beer at the Royal Oak Fritham. Maps are available plus Free Brand New Forest Discount cards.
29th December 2013
Rain, rain and more rain plus no electricicity
The forest hasn't suffered as much as the east of england but I know of many parts of the forest have had no electricty for upto 3 days.
The New Forest Boxing Day Point 2 Point was held despite the floods in glorious sunshine with a huge turnout of over 4,000
The hotel reservation system has been hit by a virus , what fun ! and it might be 2 weeks before the auto system is up and running.
but you can still ring or email as usual for reservations
So its officially Winter , but all the seasons this year have been a month late and hence Autumn is still with us and is its best for a decade and beyond. There's still time to come down and kick up the dry leaves with our 3 for 2 and 2 nights with free dinner offers.
The forest is settling down after the Rutt and Pony drifts and is going into winter mode. Quiet colours of browns and greys dominate the landscape but the oaks are still hanging onto their leaves , but one gust of wind and they're gon
Our New Year 2/3 day break is still available with an aptional sumptious 4 course dinner with a glass of house champagne
We look forward to hearing from by email or phone..
Sunday 17th Nov
After a beautiful sunny weekend it looks as if Winter will arrive on Tuesday , but only till Thursday when temperatures will rise to normal for this time of year . The beeches and oaks are looking fantastic and riding through the woods over a carpet of fallen coloured leaves is a joy.Once again Perry ( my horse ) and I bumped into some pigs on the Anderwood / Burley Rd but this time I managed to stay aboard
For the first time in 35 years we had a close encounter with a white fallow buck .The actual colour was cream on white , and I believe they are called white harts as from childrens books and many pubs throughout the country name their pubs after the White Hart.
The Forest is starting to dress up for Christmas. Lyndhurst has been adorned with new lights and has a reputation of being the best lit village in the forest. I believe the lights are switched on Saturday 7th December.
Have thought of a New Year break , Ormonde House is ready to welcome with a list of great walks and free chocs when staying three days . See Specials
Sunday 10th November
Autumn has arrived and providing the wind eases the Forest will look at its most colourful especially as the weather forcast is set dry and sunny for the next 7 days. Try and get a way for a few days and marvel at the beauty of the New Forest at its best , are 3 day breaks are fantastic value.
Down in the forest we still await a frost and are enjoying one of the mildest and longest Autumns for many years. I rode right up to two rutting red stags on Tuesday at Hinchelsea near Brockenhurst , I don't know who was the more startled ! Riding alongside us were two Americans from Virginia , who were having their first experience of England but not their first experience of an English riding saddle , which they find more comfortable . Their next stop was Dorest.
The Holly Trees are groaning with berries and soon the birds will be tucking in for the winter. Is this an omen of a hard winter!. Sows are still be seen in great numbers around Brockenhurst , Burley and Fritham and many with their little ones and I reckon they will be out till the end of the month eating the vast amounts of fallen acorns.