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A Springtime Visit to Bluestone Wales

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June 19, 2017

We last visited Bluestone Wales back in November 2014 for their Kingdom of the Elves Christmas experience and fell in love with the place there and then, despite the wet weather.
It also holds fonds memories for me too as it was the where Sebby took his first steps and learned the art of puddle jumping, with the help of his big brother.
We were invited back to Bluestone over half term and as I was travelling with the little ones and my eldest daughter and her boyfriend, opted to stay in a large 4 bedroom lodge at Preseli View.
Bluestone Wales
When Bluestone say luxury, they are not kidding. The lodge was bigger than my own house, beautifully decorated with an open plan, expansive kitchen and large living /dining area.
Bluestone Wales
Upstairs, there were three bedrooms, two twin and one double + en suite, plus a separate family bathroom.
Bluestone Wales
There was a further twin room and a huge wet room downstairs, meaning that the lodge would comfortably sleep 8.
Bathroom
Unlike some holiday homes that ask you to bring your own linen, Bluestone provide soft beds made with crisp cotton and all the mod cons you could possibly want on a visit including digital TV’s, DVD players, WIFI, fresh linen and towels, fridge freezer facilities and a well equipped kitchen as standard. They even include dishwasher tablets and some cleaning equipment.
Bluestone
We would have been quite comfortable staying in our lodge for our entire stay but the thing about Bluestone is that there is so much to do for both kids and adults that there is no way you could squeeze it all in on one visit, but we were going to do our best to try.
Bluestone Wales
The one place we had to visit on a daily basis was the Blue Lagoon Waterpark which is open to residents only from 9am until midday, making it the quietest time to visit, but it never got uncomfortably busy during our stay.
Blue Lagoon exterior
You enter the pool via an indoor beach style entrance that is perfect for young swimmers, follow the lazy river that takes you outside and then back in again, with fun fountains and bubbles to negotiate. For swimmers who like a bit of adrenalin, there is a rapids river ride and two log flumes plus they put the wave machine on every half an hour which the kids loved!
Young adventurers can also enjoy a pirates’ shipwreck Torrwr Mor, the younger ones can enjoy the little water cove, where parents can sit and watch them play at a table with a cup of coffee if they don’t want to get wet.
Another of the activities Isaac wanted to do was the High Ropes and Zip Wires. Sadly, being small for his age has its disadvantages and he wasn’t tall enough for the outdoor course, however, he was tall enough for the course inside the adventure centre.
Bluestone Wales
He whizzed around it with no fear at all whilst we enjoyed the soft play, a spot of crazy golf and the bouncy castle.
Bluestone Wales
During our visit to Bluestone Wales, we celebrated Abbey’s birthday and decided to book one of their 10 restaurants / cafe’s for a birthday meal – finally settling on Farmhouse Grill. The restaurant served a good variety of freshly cooked food whilst offering a small children’s play area which kept the little ones occupied whilst we waited for dinner.
Bluestone Wales
I was really impressed by not only the food, but also the service. They were attentive but not over-bearing and I managed to sneak a birthday cake in for Abbey that they were more than happy to bring it out for me, all gathering to sing Happy Birthday to her when the time came.
Bluestone Wales
Of course we managed to fit some dessert in too, with the kids making some ice cream covered in sweets, Abbey opting for the most luxurious milkshake I have ever seen…
Bluestone Wales
………and I sampled a rather boozy Pimms eton mess, which was amazing.
Bluestone Wales
Another place I had vowed to eat during our visit was Camp Smokey as I had missed it on our last visit. Set at the bottom of the Steep Ravine, it is a bit of a walk for little legs, but it is well worth it as Camp Smokey lets you dine al fresco with barbecue style food on offer.
Camp Smokey
I opted for a bowl of chilli con carne, whilst the kids plumped for hot dogs, although I think they were saving themselves for dessert though as it was toasted marshmallows and S’Mores on offer!
Camp Smokey
I cannot fault Bluestone for their hospitality. There are activities to entertain all ages including arts & crafts sessions, the Bluestone Ranger program and sports activities for the kids and a spa for the adults, or you can just mooch around the site finding all its hidden gems, like this new park in the heart of the village.
Bluestone Wales
Bluestone Wales is set in the heart of the Pembrokeshire countryside, with wildlife roaming the site completely unabashed by everything going on. Bluestone is car free, except on arrival / leaving day, and you can hire a golf buggy to get around or choose to walk. We chose the latter and it is certainly doable if you don’t mind climbing a few hills, although my top tip is to find the short cuts!
Bluestone Wales
The lodges are set fairly close together, enough for you to meet your neighbours but far enough apart for you to be able to relax without being disturbed. In the centre of Bluestone is a village which contains most of the restaurants, a couple of shops, the spa and the play park.
Bluestone Wales
It is also a great place for exploring south-west Wales and we enjoyed trips out to Tenby and Folly Farm, which are both a short drive away.
The only thing I was disappointed to miss was the Zip Wires but I hope to return soon when Isaac is finally tall enough to join me!
Disclaimer: We were guest of Bluestone Wales for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.
 
 

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    Jen

    June 19, 2017

    Bluestone Wales looks like a fantastic place for a family holiday. So much to do, the food looks fab and the lodge itself looks like a high standard. Perfect for lots of fun, and lots of relaxing.

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    danasia fantastic

    June 19, 2017

    Oh my goodness- the house you stayed in is absolutely gorgeous! I love how minimalist and big the kitchen is.

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    Rhian Westbury

    June 20, 2017

    Wow that lodge looks amazing, the open plan kitchen/ living room looks like it would be great for a trip x

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    Sophie's Nursery

    June 20, 2017

    Looks lovely – sounds like there is so much to see & do. Love that it is car free!

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    Sally Akins

    June 20, 2017

    That lodge looks amazing!! I’ve heard so many great reports from Bluestone – it’s definitely somewhere I’d love to visit

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    Jen Walshaw

    June 20, 2017

    Wow that looks like an amazing place to stay and what a lodge. it is great that they had a lodge that could accommodate you all and make you feel so relaxed.

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    Talya

    June 20, 2017

    Ahhhh we have always wanted to visit Bluestone but have never managed to get around to it it looks like an amazing place to stay!

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    Kirsty

    June 20, 2017

    Oh wow this whole pace looks incredible form the accommodation to the food and I’m glad the service was great! I shall have to have a look for future holidays for us, especially when Mia is a little bit older to enjoy the playground!

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    Helen

    June 20, 2017

    Food looks amazing! And I love that they have residents only in the pool in the morning – that’s such a great thing to do to make sure you can get some quality water time.

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    Lynne Harper

    June 20, 2017

    Bluestone looks absolutely amazing, the accommodation is absolutely perfect and ultra modern. We seriously need to get a visit over here as I’m always hearing rave reviews about the place and the gorgeous food.

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    MELANIE EDJOURIAN

    June 20, 2017

    It looks amazing there. We haven’t been yet. I love that there is such a large kitchen area for you to make your own food and cut costs a little although the food looks great in the restaurant.

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    Sam | North East Family Fun Travel Blog

    June 20, 2017

    It looks gorgeous – I’ve heard so many good things about Bluestone. Toasted marshmallows for dessert is a fab idea – more places should do this!

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    Deborah Nicholas

    June 21, 2017

    oh this looks amazing, ive heard nothing but good reports about Bluestone and will have to make sure we visit!

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    Stephen

    June 21, 2017

    What fantastic living quarters those are and I am so impressed with how much there is to do!

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    Claire justine

    June 21, 2017

    It looks lovely here. So many things to see and do. I really need a holiday, I need a nice little relaxing break.

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    Stephanie

    June 21, 2017

    I love the look of Bluestone, it looks really fun with all the activities, and the accommodation is fantastic.

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    Emma Raphael

    June 22, 2017

    What a great place for a family holiday. Not having to take any linen always gets a thumbs up from me, and the lodge looks gorgeous. I am sorry though, how can you possibly have a daughter that age? 😀

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    June 22, 2017

    We haven’t been to Wales but are planning to go next year. Bluestone looks like such a fab place

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    Laura

    June 23, 2017

    Oh I do love Bluestone, we have been twice, once in winter and once in early Autumn and both were great trips – love camp smokey and I agree the Chalets are stylish and very comfy
    Laura x

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    London Mumma

    June 26, 2017

    This sounds like my perfect getaway with the family. Loads of activities to do to keep us all entertained.

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    Clare aka Emmy's Mummy and

    June 26, 2017

    This is a place I really want to visit. I don’t think I’ve read a bad review of the place.
    It certainly looks amazing.

  22. Reply

    Jane

    June 27, 2017

    we have always wanted to go to Bluestone!! even more now!

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