We were very lucky a few weeks ago to be asked if we would like to go and stay again at Bluestone which is in Pembrokeshire in Wales. You can read my first Bluestone Review from April 2016 here. My husband was able to get the time off and we headed to Wales on Monday 23rd January. What a wonderful time we had, and we managed to tick so much off our Family Bucket List for 2017!
I must confess I was a bit worried about what the weather would be like, after all the weather has been crazy lately. But I knew from our last visit, that no matter what the weather is like, there is loads to do at Bluestone, including the Adventure Centre and the Blue Lagoon. Not that I needed to worry as on Tuesday and Wednesday we had the most amazing weather. We took real advantage of being near the coast and visited several beaches (and Pembroke Castle). I’ll be sharing some of our beach adventures and what a fab day out Pembroke Castle was later so keep an eye out! And I just had to share this photo of Boo having so much fun at the beach for Living Arrows last week.
Thursday the weather was cold and windy so we opted to stay within Bluestone itself, we spent the morning in the Adventure Centre (and had a fab lunch there at the Wildwood Cafe too). Our afternoon was spent in the Blue Lagoon, which Boo loved especially the wave machine! I think that’s the beauty of Bluestone, there is something to do no matter what the weather, and you are so close to so many amazing things to do off site as well, it really is the perfect place for a family holiday any time of year.
Back in April for our first Bluestone Review, we stayed in a Ramsey Lodge and we loved the upside down living, you can see my full review of the Ramsey style lodge here. This time we stayed in a Caldey Lodge, which is a bungalow style lodge. Both style lodges sleep 4 though there was more space in the Ramsey Lodge. But that’s not to say there there isn’t space in the Caldey – as you can see from my photos, the Caldey is perfect for small families. It’s worth noting that the Caldey Lodges have a wet room rather than a bathroom, so if you need a bath rather than just a shower that’s something to bear in mind when looking at the different types of lodges.
Caldey Lodges are connected to another lodge, some even have connecting doors if two families are staying together which I think is a fab idea. I was a little worried about the noise levels: Boo loves to run and make lots of noise, like any normal toddler! But the lodge next to us was empty so she could be as loud as she liked! Please excuse the dark photos of the lodge, we arrived at dusk and I wanted to capture how lovely the lodge looked before Boo left her mark on each of the rooms!
The kitchen had loads of space and is fully stocked with all the things you will need like glasses, plates and cutlery etc. There is also a microwave and a dishwasher which are always handy. The open plan kitchen/dining/living area is really nice as no matter what everyone is doing you are together.
The bedrooms are a good size, with loads of storage, which is great. Each room had a wardrobe, two bedside tables with 3 drawers and a large chest of drawers too. I loved that we could totally unpack, there was space for everything, even all the toys Boo ‘needed’ to bring, and it kept the space nice and tidy.
We had one twin room and one double room, the double had a safe in the wardrobe which is really useful. Our safe was locked when we got there, but a quick trip in to the Bluestone office as we passed through the village and it was sorted the same day.
The Adventure Centre and Blue Lagoon were just as fun as we remembered, you can read more about them in my Bluestone Review from April here. Boo and her daddy had a great time at the Adventure Centre whilst I got some rest – they played mini golf, Boo bounced endlessly on the bouncy castle and they even played the piano! In fact Boo had so much fun there that even with the promise of swimming she didn’t want to leave!
There is also an amazing outdoor play area, which had been added to since our last visit, and Boo loved it. In fact we weren’t allowed to go by without her having an adventure in there (it’s so well placed right in the middle of the ‘village’ where the shops and restaurants are situated! There are a few lovely onsite restaurants to choose from. My husband was sad to discover that the Farmhouse Grill was closed during the time we were there, as we had had such a lovely meal there during our last stay and we had wanted to eat there again. So instead one night we grabbed a takeway pizza from the Oak Tree restaurant which was very yummy!
We had another wonderful stay at Bluestone. The lodges are lovely and perfect for a family holiday. There is so much to do both on site and in the local area, (including loads of stunning beaches, Folly Farm and Pembroke Castle) no matter what the weather. There is a range of activities you can pre-book and the Blue Lagoon, Adventure Centre and Circus room are amazing. I honestly think it’s the perfect place for a family holiday.
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