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