TerraVina is a hybrid…. To some we are a small, boutique hotel, to others they refer to us as a restaurant with rooms, we think of ourselves as a quirky, super friendly place to stay, where we hope we look after guests whatever they want to label us as. We don’t often welcome celebrities, we are not “sexy” enough, glamorous or luxurious enough and those few celebs that do stay are so low key that we don’t often even know they are celebs, but this week we did have a very special visitor to the hotel who whilst not being a “living celebratory” is certainly a legend and caused excitement to those that love all things racy!!
I am not talking about a person at all but a very special car- let me explain. Thanks to a very dear, long standing family friend, who’s generosity, kindness and enthusiasm is huge, Graham and his beautiful D-type Jaguar ensured that a very special young man, our son, Romané, arrived in great style for his very first school prom. At the same time the arrival of the car caused quite a stir along the New Forest lanes and certainly turned many heads when parked outside the hotel. She is definitely a beauty and has a fantastic roar when she is fired up… I’m not especially excited by cars; as long as it gets me from A to B safely and with no hassle I’m happy, but there is no denying how special this one is and what excitement she causes when people see her driving along and so even me, who knows very little about cars was impressed!
The car was parked outside TerraVina on a gloriously sunny afternoon and was a talking point and cause for excitement for many of our guests and the team…. We like it when we can provide a something extra than the norm and having the car at TerraVina certainly did prove that no matter what we are, boutique hotel, restaurant with rooms or anything else you want to call us, we do quirky and special very well!
For the car enthusiasts amongst you, here are some photos of the D type along with a James Bond look alike on his way to the prom with a very special friend who made it possible- thank you Graham… you and the car were “stars of the show!”
We can’t promise a D type Jaguar outside the hotel again anytime soon but for those thinking of visiting over the coming months we do have the most dazzling new art work on display as we have turned the entrance to the hotel into a gallery of amazing glass art, created by super talented, Winchester based glass artist, Sue Tinkler, of Tinklertastic…. A whole blog on Sue and her work next week!
As I say we hope there’s always something different to keep you interested in our news and visiting… we hope to welcome you soon to the quirky place in the New Forest which has a big heart and a great team.
Till next week