Our Visit To Bluestone Wales. 12th-16th January 2015.

This week was a special week for us as we were lucky enough to be holidaying at the beautiful Welsh holiday village Bluestone National Park Resort. This is a picture heavy post so I apologise if that's not your thing!


Bluestone is a 5 star (awarded by Visit Wales) multi award winning holiday village, set in 500 acres of countryside in Pembrokshire, South Wales. With everything from luxury lodges to studio apartments there is a type of accommodation for all types of family. 


Accommodation.
We stayed in the gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom Grassholm Lodge.


Lets take a little tour...

Downstairs:

Large Entrance/coat room. We had enough room, (plus more space), for all of our shoes, the pram 2 scooters and a ride on car!

Gorgeous and HUGE kitchen diner with intergrated dishwasher, oven, fridge and a freezer as well a just about every item you could possibly need for a self catering holiday.


Massive living space with large flat screen TV, DVD player, 3 sofa's and coffee table.

Downstairs twin bedroom, with wardrobe and bedside tables with drawers. (it was, off course, tidier than this but excitable monsters had a ball when we arrived!) 

A HUGE (and I mean huge!) downstairs bathroom with walk in shower, massive bath, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail.

Upstairs:


2 Twin bedroom's with a wardrobe, 2 bed side tables (with drawers) and a large chest of drawers in each.

Shared bathroom, with bath, over bath shower, toilet and wash basin.


Large master bedroom, 2 bedside tables (with drawers), large wardrobe, safe, dressing table. 

Ensuite bathroom, large shower, toilet, wash basin and heated towel rail.

Outside:


Outside the lodge is a large patio and table and also bike racks (space for 5 bikes if you wish to either take your own or hire them on site)

The lodge was perfect for us, as you can see it was huge with plenty of space for play and relaxation, unfortunately my sister was unable to join us so the bedroom that would have been hers became a playroom base for the monsters meaning we could relax a little in the living area! (When the monsters weren't scooting around the large open space of the living area on their scooters.) AND with free WiFi we could easily keep everyone at home in on the holiday action with updates on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram....ermmm hello holiday spam! No I'm not sorry one bit!

We were able to all sit together and enjoy meals, and I was able to cook whilst watching the monsters play, which ensured they didn't get up to too much mischief with Daddy! 

Bath time was quick and easy with the massive bath in the downstairs bathroom perfect for bathing 3 monsters at once!

Oh and every lodge has stair gates, a highchair, a travel cot and towels for all AS STANDARD! (Well done for this Bluestone!)







Out and about:

There is so much to do throughout the park, children can join one of the age appropriate ranger activities (for 0-3's, 4-7's and 8-12 year olds. Prices apply) Or you can try the free fun, a nature walk around the surrounding woods? A walk around the village shops? A play in the all new adventure Tree House playground? Ohh and not forgetting the Adventure Centre and Blue Lagoon Water Park, all within walking distance of the lodge, though if you are not much of a walker you can always hire a buggy for a day or for the week. 

Outdoor Activities: 
From the cute little village shops, the (rather delicious) bakery to the pub (OH AND IF YOU WANT YOU CAN BOOK A BABY SITTER WITH BLUSTONE'S IN HOUSE BABY SITTING SERVICE!) from the nature walks to the tree house playground and the smaller ___________ playground for the younger ones, we loved it all and everything ensured the kids were in bed at 7/7.30 every night and although we had a couple of sleepless nights with Evie (who I think was just a bit unsettled with her new bedroom, as soon as we put her in a room with Jenson she slept all night again!) they all slept through until 8 o clock...that fresh air did them good!!!























Activity Centre:
Through out the activity centre are a range of rooms where your bookable ranger activities take place (Ranging from messy play to sensory play.) Then there is the free crazy golf (which the monsters loved!) and a large indoor play area, lego area, large connect four, tricylcles, bouncy castle and a smaller play area for the little tots. You will also find the Wildwood Cafe in here.










Blue Lagoon Water Park:
We loved the water park, Elsie had a great first swimming pool experience in the Little Nippers Cove, a small set back part of the water park with shallow paddling water, a small slide and little rock pools! It was such a shame though that Dean didnt get to join us and enjoy it too! 

You see we hadn't read the lagoon supervision policy and for under 4's the policy is ONE adult to ONE child...not much use to us with 3 under 4's! And although they would have sent a lifeguard to come in the pool with us we decided that none of our children were going to be happy with a stranger, we would feel awkward and it would just be a big disaster! So we opted for the option that I would go in the pool and Dean would sit in the spectator area, set in the Fish Shack cafe area and I would swap children every half hour or so. It worked for us, as Jenson had  a strop about not wanting to swim and Elsie was sleepy so win win all round! Jenson sat and watched us for the first hour and half and then decided he wanted in! And he loved it! He loved the pirate area he loved the wave's but most of all he loved Lazy River because it took you outside....been pushed through the REALLY WARM water and having the cold air hit your face was a strange but great experience and just seeing Jenson's huge smile made it more than worthwhile!

Check out Bluestone's website for photos as obviously photography isn't allowed! Though I did get a couple of hilarious pics of a moody Evie in the changing rooms (I'll share them on Wednesday for Brummy Mummy of 2's Wicked Wednesday linky!)


Eating In or Dining Out:

We chose to mostly eat in at the lodge, splitting our day up with breakfast, lunch and tea at the lodge enjoying activities in between these times. 
  



We did want to eat out but opted for a takeaway, delivered straight to your door from The Tafarn instead, not your traditional takeaway with pizza's, burgers etc but a selection from the pub menu instead...pub grub to your door? What more could you ask for! Oh and how about a wine or beer to go with that? They will deliver that aswell!


The Carolina Pizza




We ate out on the last night and enjoyed Woody Wilds Dinner Show in the Wildwood Cafe a beautiful place centred around a giant 20ft tree with dangly fairys and fairy lights all lit up (which Evie loved!) We paid around £40 for the 4 of us (Elsie was free) to eat and watch a show, the show was an interactive tale of Huwie the Hedgehog and his lost Buggal Board. The host (a cute little elf!) took the children on a walk round the Cafe to hunt down the buggel board...they joined in with dances and a short colouring in session..Jenson loved it! He was THAT kid stuck to the Elves side copying everything he did...from dance moves to song words, It was very cute to watch! 




Well it was once his initial arseyness had passed by! Evie was harder to impress and wouldn't leave my side...and Elsie loved the freedom of being able to have a run around (even if she did make a bee line for the stairs EVERY TIME!)




The food was served on a family platter: sausages, chicken goujans, chips, corn on the cob, dips, beans and homemade coleslaw. And pudding was yummy icecream for the monsters and a gorgeous chocolate brownie for us adults!








Oh and as it was a kids show....


Wine in a plastic cup...yum!!

But then we saw the sign and it made sense!!!!

Children Welcome
Parents Tolerated!


Things to remember: 

  • Check out the pools supervision policy and don't be left disappointed like we were! 
  • Remember child friendly plates/cups/cutlery the lodge only has 'big people' stuff.
  • Take extra bits to wash up, Bluestone do provide a starter pack with a teeney bottle of washing up liquid and 3 dishwasher tablets, 1 tea towel, 1 scourer and 1 dishcloth.
  • You need to take tea/coffee/sugar and any condiments you might need a these aren't included. 
  • The village is a CAR FREE resort, once you have emptied your car you head back to the main car park until the end of your stay (apparently the barriers into the village aren't lifted at any other time than for arrivals) so do a shop before you arrive or be prepared to shop at the little store within the village.
  • Remember you camera/picture taking device!
  • Don't forget your wellies and raincoats. That way you can enjoy Bluestone whatever the weather!

In all we had a truely amazing time, and we are already planning another visit at some point so we can enjoy all the stuff we didn't get round to this time...there's the on site Spa that I forgot to mention...the Tournament field..more nature walks...sensory play...messy play....the big 4...ooohhhh we cant wait to come back Bluestone! Thanks for having us!

Disclaimer: We were chosen as #BluestoneBloggers and recieved our stay free of charge, though all opinioins are our own.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this, we are going in May and this post has made me super excited!
    Becky xx

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  2. If its possible I am even more excited now.. messy & sensory play!! Just wish A was a little older for the activity centre - oh well looks like we will just have to go twice hehe.. glad you all had fun :) xx

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  3. Awesome post!! I will be clicking bsck here for your hints before we go
    Lovely photos. Bluestone looks amazing. Super excited now!! xx

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  4. This place looks amazing. I think we would love it, but it's a bit far away for us! Wish there was something like that in Northern Ireland!x

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  5. I keep reading Bluestone reviews because I miss it and want to go back already .

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  6. Sounds like you all had an amazing time! The place looks lovely, all of it! Great review, it has made me definitely want to visit. Gorgeous photos x

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  7. Haha ha! I love this post - especially as I can see my mum and dad in it! So glad to have met you here - wish I would have met you earlier, our little ones could have had fun together!

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  8. Great review, we are actually here now, it's such a lovely place isn't it! x

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