Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Our Holiday At Bluestone Wales


We were recently invited to Bluestone Wales as one of their #bluestonebloggers and as I hadn't been to Wales since I was a child I was really excited about going. 

We had quite a drive ahead of us getting there so we set off pretty early and it took us around 6 hours to get there in the end, we made the mistake of going the scenic route which was lovely to look at but added around 2 hours onto our journey.

Bluestone have a drive through check in desk which is brilliant and makes life so much easier when you arrive however I forgot to check what time we were allowed to check in and was quite surprised when they said check in was at 4.30pm as this seemed really late to me, we arrived at 2pm so we had 2 and a half hours to kill, even though you can't check in until 4.30pm you can still use the facilities so we parked up in the long stay car park which is where you have to leave your car throughout your stay and headed off to the Adventure Centre.


The kids absolutely loved it here, there were huge play areas where the kids could climb and slide to their hearts content, there's a bouncy castle, a soft play area with a ball pool which they loved and spent ages wrestling with their Daddy in, there's a Mini Golf area which we didn't have time to do but looked like lots of fun and even a Lego area with a massive Lego wall and loads of bricks so that you could build things or just write your name on the wall which Riley really enjoyed doing.

We had a lovely and much needed cup of tea and some cake in the Wildwood Cafe, for some reason Riley had set his heart on having an ice cream which they don't actually sell in there but the staff were so nice and friendly that one of them went off to Millers Bakery and came back with two ice creams for the kids which I thought was really lovely and made Riley's day.

By the time we checked into our lodge the kids were exhausted from all that playing so we made them something to eat, popped on a DVD and settled down for a quiet evening.


Bluestone is set in a National Park in amongst the beautiful Pembrokeshire scenery, our accommodation was a gorgeous 4 bedroom lodge, it had 2 wet rooms and loads of space for the kids to run around.

We were in a Dinas lodge in the Forest View area, it had everything you need for a self catering stay including all the appliances like dishwasher, oven and 2 fridges with small freezers. There was a high chair and travel cot for Summer and a television and DVD player to entertain the kids. The free wifi was great for me and it was nice not to have to pay for it separately as that can be pricey sometimes.





The next morning we had planned to spend the day at Folly Farm which is a farm, zoo and play centre not far from Bluestone, I'm writing a separate review of our day there soon so keep an eye out for that if you'd like to see what we got up to there.


We spent most of the day at Folly Farm and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves so we stayed in and cooked that evening and let the kids go to bed early. The self catering accommodation worked really well for us as we love to cook and it meant we didn't need to drag the kids out every night for food plus the fact that there was a DVD player and wifi made life a lot easier too.

Our plan for the Wednesday was to go swimming in the morning at the Blue Lagoon Water Park and go for a bike ride in the afternoon.



 The water park was brilliant and the kids absolutely loved it, they've never been too keen on swimming before as they find the small kids pools a bit boring but this pool had a lazy river which took you outside and the kids thought it was amazing.

We spent ages going round and round the lazy river, they could have stayed in there all day, aswell as that there was a wave machine which was fun and a small kids pool which was nice but a little colder than the main pool so we didn't spend much time in there. There were a few different slides which the kids weren't tall enough to go on but my husband gave them a try and loved them and there was a pirate shipwreck area for older kids but this was closed for renovation while we were there.

If you wanted to watch there were lots of deck chairs to sit on and you could get some yummy food and drinks at the Fish Shack. The Blue Lagoon was by far my kids favourite part of the holiday, so much so that we went back again the next day.  

After lunch we decided to hire some bikes and cycle to Camp Smokey, we found the bike hire prices quite reasonable at £10 per bike and £5 for a trailer for the kids to go in. Riley loved riding in the trailer but after a full morning of swimming it was all too much for Summer.


It didn't take us long to get to Camp Smokey which is a rustic woodland diner deep in the forest where you can get delicious barbequed food and sit around an open fire enjoying the beautiful scenery. 



We really liked it here, the atmosphere was so relaxed and the kids had a great time playing and exploring the woods. You can also pan for gold at Camp Smokey which sounded fun but we thought the kids were maybe a little young for that this time.

On the way back to our lodge we popped into Millers Bakery and bought a delicious cake and ice creams for the kids which went down a treat. After bike riding back to our lodge we were so tired, our day of activities had worn us out so it was a yummy tea of shepherds pie and watching Brave on DVD for the 4th time that week. 

On the last full day of our holiday we decided to visit Tenby which was about 30 minutes away, we'd been told it was beautiful and we weren't disappointed. With it's gorgeous painted buildings and it's fantastic beach we had a really lovely day there and would recommend everyone to go and check it out.




At the end of our last full day we were feeling pretty sad that we had to leave Bluestone the next morning, we could easily have stayed a few more days. Before we left we bought the kids some super cute soft toys from the Adventure Centre to remember our trip and they sat in the warm sunshine outside playing with them laughing away as they had done pretty much non stop for the whole week.




Overall we had a fantastic time at Bluestone, there's loads to do for kids of all ages, the accommodation was great and there are some lovely things to do in the surrounding areas.

If I was to think of any negatives about our holiday I would say that I think 4.30pm as a check in time is far too late, especially when you have to check out at 10am. We'd had a long journey and just wanted to get in our lodge and chill out for a bit so it was a little annoying that we had a wait a while which was partly my fault for not checking what time check in was but still 2-3pm would be more reasonable I think.

A small negative with our accommodation was the 2 wet rooms and no bath which for a family with small children was a nightmare, my kids don't have showers and were terrified to get in there and get washed which caused a bit of distress every evening so 1 wet room and a bathroom would have been better. 

Lastly a slight negative with the resort itself was how many steep hills there were, it wasn't too bad if we were all walking but when the kids were in pushchairs and we had a heavy change bag to carry it was pretty hard going to get to the car from our lodge so if you struggle with steep hills you might want to consider hiring a golf buggy.

Other than those three small things which were pretty minor in the grand scheme of things we had a brilliant holiday, it was a great experience for the kids and we fell in love with Wales. I think it's pretty safe to say that we'll be back again sometime in the future to make some more amazing memories.

XXX
Family Fever

24 comments:

  1. Argh the steep hills, they killed me!! Haha! We had a great time when we went but it looks like you managed to get off site more than we did, I would've loved for us to go the beach! We didn't make it to Folly Farm either unfortunately. The kids look like they loved it, glad you had fun xx

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    1. The hills were bad I'm not going to lie lol If you go again you have to visit Folly Farm and Tenby they were both lovely xx

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  2. Oh, we went last year and loved it! We did hire a golf buggy, which was fun! Glad you all enjoyed it, and now I've seen your pics, I find myself wanting to be back there... x

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    1. We would have liked to hire the golf buggy but we couldn't really afford it :( oh well I guess the exercise was good for us lol We'd definately like to go back :) xx

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  3. Great review! So lovely they got them an ice cream form the bakery, can't wait to go in June :) xx

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    1. You'll love it Kerry! Make sure you do Folly Farm and visit Tenby, the beach was beautiful :) xx

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  4. Great review, I keep seeing Bluestone pop up and I'd like to visit myself with the little ones. The water park sounds great, I think my little boy would love it!

    Helen - #triedtested

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    1. The Blue Lagoon was brilliant, the kids could have stayed in there all day :) xx

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  5. Agree with the hills, they were a killer although luckily our lodge was closest to everything it seemed so no extra steep ones! Tenby looked beautiful, something we wished we'd done but simply had no time left! Xx

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    1. Lucky you that you didn't have to deal with the hills too much lol Tenby was gorgeous, we were so glad we had time to go, maybe if you go again you could fit it in? :) xx

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  6. Great review.....It looks like you had a wonderful time! Lovely photos x

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    1. Thanks Kim, we had a fantastic time! I can't recommend it enough :) xx

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  7. Your cottage looks gorgeous, really modern. And I absolutely love that shot of the pastel houses! Bluestone looks like so much fun for little ones! x

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    1. It was gorgeous Katie :) There were coloured houses everywhere around that area, they looked so cute! xx

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  8. It sounds a great holiday, but yes family accomodation should have a bath. Tinies are much happier in a bath #Triedtested

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    1. Definately, it's baths all the way for my two :) xx

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  9. It looks like you had a great time. Your lodge looked amazing. :-) x #sharewithme

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    1. We did Sophie and the lodge was amazing! :) xx

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  10. Awww it looks so heavenly there! I want to go too! #sharewithme 

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  11. Great review, it sounds absolutely stunning! #MadMidWeekBlogHop

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  12. What looks like you have had a great time. I love all your amazing photos and so much fun and memories were made forever. I have heard a lot of great things about this place. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Have a great weekend. #sharewithme

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  13. ah what happy happy photos! It all looks amazing :) x

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  14. Wow, Bluestone looks more lovely with each post I read about it. Gorgeous. Secondly HOW CUTE IS SUMMERS SWIMMING OUTFIT! Man, you could have warned a woman, lol. Death was almost on the cards due to cuteness OVERLOAD! And...AND I thought that stuffed bunny toy was an actual real bunny! lol! Great post lovely, thanks so much for linking up to #MMWBH xx

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