Our Week at Bluestone | Review

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We got back a few days ago from a fab little trip to Bluestone in Pembrokeshire, Wales. We had such a lovely time, it has been hard to narrow down which pictures I should share as we literally took thousands.

It was really relaxing and nice to have some proper quality family time. The kids loves the swimming and being outdoors. Lots of fresh air and ‘free range fun’ as Bluestone describe it. Perfectly described if you ask me! We walked some nature trails and even took a little trip to the beach. Yes, it is January and yes, it was freezing. But it is such a beautiful part of the world the scenery made up for it.

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My Favourite Things:

~ The Location – Bluestone is in Pembrokeshire, part of the National Park. It is truly beautiful. The beach was less than half an hour drive away, as are several other walks in the national park, including stunning cliff top walks. Bluestone make it really easy to get off site too, unlike other holiday village type of places I have been to. As the car park is past the barrier, you can leave freely without having to annoy everyone and drive on the car-free zone. If you stay on site, there are a couple of nature trails out into the woods, as well as a little lake. There is 500 acres of woodland and countryside surrounding the resort so lots to wander about in. It is the perfect setting and I highly recommend going for the scenery and location.

~ The Accommodation – we stayed in a Grassholm lodge which is set on two floors. It was so nice! Like, really nice. Lovely high ceilings, big bedrooms, gorgeous kitchen and wait, for it, a wet room! Love this type of thing and would love one in my home (if I ever had a home big enough for one). The décor was really nice and it was all perfectly clean and well kept. It even had stair gates in so perfect for families with little ones. It had everything you needs too, in terms of kitchen utensils and cooking equipment and a basic cleaning pack and towels are provided which is great – less stuff to pack! The other thing that I liked about the accommodation is that they lodges / cabins are fairly close together, but not too imposing. I have been to other holiday parks, and it has felt like they cram all of the accommodation together almost like terraced housing, so I much prefer how Bluestone have it. You really feel like you have your own space. There are 300 lodges or cottages and I think the amount was perfect. We didn’t feel it was overcrowded at all, even though we were there on a week when it was practically full.

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~ Variety of Activities – there is a lot to do! You can swim and go on the water slides, you can hire a bike and cycle around, you can hike and walk, run or jog, you could drive to visit the beach and you can even hire a golf buggy and drive around the site – this seemed like the most popular option when we were there. There is also a indoor adventure centre with a huge soft play for the kids that is free of charge. It has lots of different climbing frames, Lego and even mini-golf. Max loved it! There are also things you can pay to do like climbing walls, sensory classes, a crèche, outdoor adventures, the spa… the list goes on and on. There are several restaurants on site too but we self-catered the whole time. We checked out the menus and there seems like quite a big variety, so if that’s your thing, then bonus.

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Room For Improvement:

~ The Blue Lagoon – whilst I did like the swimming area (and the kids really loved it), there were just a few things that I think it needed to make it perfect. The roof area just seemed a bit incomplete somehow, as it is just exposed wood. Some greenery or ‘sails’ draped around to go with the rest of the nautical theme maybe. There is a toddler pool area which is great but it was so cold! I’m use to kiddie pools being really warm for the little ones but this one wasn’t, so I just think it needed to be heated up a little bit. I’m probably being quite picky, but just my thoughts.

 

 

All in all, it was a lovely trip and a lovely place and setting. I would definitely recommend it, especially to those of you with little ones.

Family Fever

Rebecca x

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*We were gifted our accommodation in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

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19 Comments

  1. 26th January 2015 / 10:24 am

    It looks amazing , I am so jealous as I was going to go but it’s too far to travel with a baby for us. Your photos are gorgeous xx

    • 26th January 2015 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you! It was 4 hours drive for us and we live in the south – it is pretty far out!

  2. Anonymous
    26th January 2015 / 11:36 am

    Lovely pictures, looks like a great place to go in the spring, thank you for the review..

  3. 26th January 2015 / 1:01 pm

    Such cute kids! I’m so jealous, I want to go!

    • 26th January 2015 / 2:41 pm

      We’ll all have to go – they do lodges that sleep up to 14!

  4. 26th January 2015 / 4:03 pm

    It looks lovely! We currently do a week somewhere in Europe in the summer and then a few days at Butlins one half-term to mix things up, but as our kids start to get a bit older (and more picky!) this is definitely somewhere we’ll have to look at. Thanks for sharing your experience – glad you had a good time.

  5. ashleigh allan
    26th January 2015 / 9:21 pm

    Thanks so much for the review – we have looked at going to bluestone a few times – it looks great but is quite a long drive for us !

  6. Pam Francis Gregory
    26th January 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Looks amazing – Done Centre Parcs, may have to give this ago.

  7. 26th January 2015 / 9:54 pm

    We had a great time there, it’s just beautiful isn’t it? Looks like you all really enjoyed yourselves x

  8. 27th January 2015 / 12:04 pm

    We are going in March and I’m really looking forward to it now. :)

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  9. 27th January 2015 / 1:53 pm

    The accommodation looks just stunning, I’m a huge fan of Wales anyway having a caravan there, but have never been to this part.

    #Tried/Tested

  10. 27th January 2015 / 3:52 pm

    It looks stunning – and all the more so for being in the winter! The scenery looks breathtaking and the lodges cosy! #triedtested

  11. Messed Up Mum
    27th January 2015 / 7:25 pm

    I went last week with Toni @gymbunnymummy and we had a brilliant time! I have to say I didn’t look at the roof in the Lagoon though, lol! Glad you enjoyed it xxx
    #TriedTested

  12. Anonymous
    27th January 2015 / 11:14 pm

    Good to hear what it’s like. The accommodation does look amazing, and the carpark location makes a lot of sense on the safety aspect. #triedtested

  13. ghostwritermummy2014
    29th January 2015 / 10:29 am

    Oh it sounds as though you had a wonderful time, your photos are beautiful. I’d love to go to Bluestone one day, looks brill for kids x x x

  14. Colette B
    29th January 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Your photos have showed the beauty of the setting just perfectly. We do love Wales.
    Lovely to have you linking up with #TriedTested this week x

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