Our Brilliant Bluestone Holiday

lodge at bluestone

If you read my post last year, about our holiday to Bluestone, you will know how much the whole family loved it there. You can imagine how excited I was when we booked to go again this year, and I was then contacted by the Bluestone Bloggers programme, to see if I wanted to stay for a week as part of the programme-the week they offered, happened to be the week after we had already booked. So with a massive ‘yes,’ we decided that we’d stay for two weeks. We have never been away for two weeks with the children yet. We were worried. We thought it might be too much. We thought that two weeks worth of entertaining the children may have pushed us over the edge. None of that happened, because even after two weeks, we didn’t want to come home…

So what is Bluestone A selection of gorgeous lodges, in beautiful Pembrokeshire forest land. A tranquil, back to nature holiday camp, appealing heavily to the outdoorsy. It has everything you need on it’s car free site-a shop, restaurants, and a shed load of activities. For me personally, it’s a pretty unbeatable holiday destination…

Check in: This is easy-drive up to a check in booth, and do it all from the car. You can get early check in, meaning you can enter your lodge at 3pm, otherwise it’s 4.30pm. However, you can be on site from 11am, so we arrived around lunchtime, and I had a bag with me, full of stuff we might need, to last us until we could get in, and we had all the keys/info with us already.

outdoors at bluestone

 

Golf buggies/bikes: Get a golf buggy! Ok, if you’re into fitness, and enjoy cycling, you can hire bikes and cycle around, but our children just loved being driven around in the golf buggy-it’s a fun and handy way to get around, and it became an evening post dinner ritual that we’d go ‘out for a drive’ and find somewhere to stop/play for a while, before bedtime.

The lodges: We had a 3 bedroom lodge last year, which was HUGE, and the third bedroom (which is downstairs,) was a waste of time and money, when the children decided they were going to share a room! So this time we had a 2 bedroom Skomer lodge, which has 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms downstairs, and a large open plan living area upstairs. I won’t lie, it took a while to get used to the upside down living, and I prefer to sleep upstairs, but that is completely personal preference! The lodge was really spacious, decorated in lovely muted greens/taupes/beiges, which matched the lovely forest surroundings. My only criticism is that the fridge and freezer were tiny-we took a weeks worth of shopping with us, and couldn’t fit it all in, we had to decide what we were going to leave out/use quickly, and even throw away. Again, that’s personal preference, because I presume most people would only use it for essentials, and eat out a lot. But as I was trying to be a killjoy stick to my PCOS diet, I wanted to make my own food most nights.

The food on site: There’s several places to choose from to eat, on site. There’s the Wildwood Cafe in the Adventure Centre, which we didn’t try, but heard really good things about! There is also the Knight’s Tafarn-made to look like a traditional pub, serving traditional pub food. I expected it to be just ok here (I had a salad,) but the food was amazing, and everyone with us, said that they were also equally impressed.

Oak Tree restaurant was our favourite place-I allowed myself one evening of carbing it up, and I have to say, it was probably the best pizza I’ve ever eaten-and I don’t say that lightly!! My brother, who is a very snobby foodie (he’d hate me for that, but it’s true,) said that his pasta dish was the best one he’s ever eaten too. This place is awesome!

There’s also The Farmhouse Grill, which we didn’t try, and Ty Coffi, which sold brilliant coffee, cakes, and my children would definitely vouch for the quality of the ice cream!

The best place to eat, for me, by far, was Camp Smokey. Right in the depths of the forest, this beautiful rustic area serves pretty basic BBQ food, while playing country music, and has the bonus of an outdoor fire pit for toasting your smores! It was an every afternoon occurrence for us, where we’d arrive back from wherever we’d been, and head straight to Camp Smokey for beer and wine for me and Mr W, and smores for the littles. A brilliant atmosphere, and something that makes Bluestone really special! There’s also a nightly shindig held there-sing for your dinner, and dance away!!

outdoors at bluestone

The activities: There’s a very handy play area/parks in the middle of the pub/restaurants, where you can quite easily see the children playing from the outdoor eating areas, or are welcome to take drinks in a plastic cup, in with you (bonus.)

The activitiy centre has a massive indoor climbing area, slides, ball pits, bouncy castle, soft play-everything you need for entertaining on a rainy day. There are loads of structured group activities, both indoor and out (some payable,) if that’s something of interest to you!

The Blue Lagoon swimming pool is loads of fun, with 3 different pools, to span all age/ability levels! The waves in the main pool are loads of fun! The slides look awesome, but we didn’t get to try them because we couldn’t leave our little non swimmers with just one adult.

Bluestone is an amazing base to explore the local area from-it really has some of the best beaches I’ve ever seen (I defy anyone not to be blown away by Barafundle Bay!) Here is a list of the things and days out that we (all!!) genuinely loved, while we were there:

Barafundle Bay: Not buggy accessible-you park in the nearby car park, then walk a steep flight of steps, across a cliff edge, and down more steps to the beach-be prepared to carry your things/children. Also no toilets/life guards, but it’s… just… stunning!!

Tenby/Castle beach: Tenby is a gorgeous town, one of the prettiest I know! And the beach is also gorgeous.

outdoors at bluestone

 

Folly Farm: A brilliant animal/vintage fun fair/park adventure, and currently the number one attraction in Pembrokeshire according to trip advisor!

Pembroke Castle: I thought mine (3and 4) were going to be too young for this, but they marched around every room, and loved it! Great grounds for a rest/picnic too!

Pembrokeshire Falconry: We booked an owl experience here, where the children got to fly the owls by themselves-they were completely entranced/in awe!! It was just us, and the handler, who was really knowledgable and great with the children.

Picton Castle and gardens: This is where the falconry experience was held, but another lovely castle and garden to look at.

The Dinosaur Park: This was my children’s FAVOURITE! A brilliant dinosaur ‘safari,’ and dinosaur trails through the woods, and there’s also loads of rides-which are all free once you’ve paid to get in. The children asked to go every day, once we’d been!

Bluestone, you were epic. We were sad to leave, but will absolutely be back.

44 Comments

  1. June 27, 2017 / 8:52 am

    This looks and sounds amazing! Definitely one for the list x

    • This Mum's Life
      June 27, 2017 / 12:45 pm

      It’s seriously amazing there! I want it to be my permanent home…!

  2. June 28, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Wow! Looks like you had a brilliant time packed full of fun.

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 10:04 am

      It was amazing, thank you!!

  3. July 3, 2017 / 7:58 am

    It looks like such a grand adventure! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 10:04 am

      It was fab!! X

  4. July 3, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Oh I so enjoyed seeing your photos on Instagram. You really did have the most amazing weather. I”ve always wanted to go to Bluestone and regret not having taken the children when they were smaller. Camp Smokey looks like my kind of vibe – takes me right back to being a girl guide. I’m so pleased you had such a wonderful time – and the boys too. Sounds like it was the break you needed. Holidays have such a power in recharging and rebooting us don’t they xx #BigPinkLink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 10:03 am

      I know!! I felt amazing when we got back! I’d like to live there permanently…! X

  5. July 3, 2017 / 8:39 am

    This could be a idea for us in future. Looks gorgeous!

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 10:02 am

      It’s amazing!!

  6. July 3, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Loved this-we’ve been toying with heading to Bluestone next year so this has really helped and given us more information-thanks!

    #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 10:02 am

      It’s brilliant, I can’t recommend it enough!

  7. July 3, 2017 / 9:25 am

    This sounds wonderful. What’s it like for teenagers though?! If it’s good, it’s another one for my ever growing blog recommended travel bucket list

    Glad you had a much deserved good time 🙂

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 10:01 am

      There were teenagers there, but also LOTS of very little ones, so if yours doesn’t mind lots of them being in the eating areas etc, then you’re all good! There’s loads of activities aimed at teens on site, and lots of daytrips out, that are also perfect for that age group. X

  8. July 3, 2017 / 9:50 am

    It looks ace. I’ve applied for the bloggers program- fingers crossed. I love the upstairs downstairs layout when on holiday, we stayed in a cottage in Northumberland and it was really novel for the week! #BigPinkLink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 9:59 am

      Fingers crossed for you-they seem to have lots of time and room for bloggers, so I’m sure you’ll get a chance!

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 11:38 am

      Try bluestone, it’s so good!!

  9. July 3, 2017 / 11:23 am

    Oh it looks so beautiful! Making me wish we were away somewhere sunny now, the weather was obviously with you! We’ve never done 2 weeks away with the kids but sounds like you survived pretty easily with so many activities and places to visit 🙂
    #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 11:38 am

      We were exhausted by the end, but would definitely do 2 weeks again!! And yes, couldn’t believe our luck with the weather!

  10. July 3, 2017 / 11:51 am

    This place looks so picturesque – the perfect family holiday! I want to go! Does Yogi Bear live there? Or is that yellowstone? Jellystone?
    Thanks for hosting #bigpinklink x

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      lol!!! It is picturesque, and I’d def recommend going! No bears though thank goodness!!

  11. July 3, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Awesome trip! Sounds action packed and totally worth it!

    #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      It totally was!! X

  12. July 3, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Wow, this looks great! I love the photo of toasting marshmallows over the fire pit! #BigPinkLink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 3, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      It was the children’s absolute favourite thing to do!!

  13. July 3, 2017 / 7:29 pm

    Hi, it looks like a fab place to stay and the beach looks lovely. The golf buggy sounds like great fun #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 4, 2017 / 11:19 am

      Definitely a highlight for the children!

  14. The Mummy Bubble
    July 3, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    Sounds lovely! We’re looking for somewhere to go for hols in the uk this year, this could be a winner! X

    • This Mum's Life
      July 4, 2017 / 11:18 am

      I would definitely recommend it x

  15. July 3, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    This sounds like a great holiday, with plenty to do locally as well. I can see why you will be going back! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 4, 2017 / 11:17 am

      It’s soooo good there!

  16. July 3, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    What a lovely review, Bluestone sounds very family friendly and in a great location too #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 4, 2017 / 11:17 am

      It’s definitely one of the best places I’ve been in holiday x

  17. July 3, 2017 / 11:16 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous trip! I wish we could go on a 2 week vacation! Wow! #BigPinkLink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 4, 2017 / 11:16 am

      It was the first 2 weeker we’d done in years!!

  18. July 4, 2017 / 2:09 am

    I’m browsing vacations as we speak and this looks delightful. #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 4, 2017 / 11:16 am

      It’s a brilliant destination x

  19. July 4, 2017 / 5:18 am

    It sounds like you had a wonderful couple of weeks, how great to get your holiday extended by a week!! My MIL lives in South Wales and the dinosaur park is on our list of places to visit with our son! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 4, 2017 / 11:15 am

      He will absolutely love it!!

  20. July 4, 2017 / 7:52 am

    looks beautiful. Well done for your first 2 weeks away holiday!
    @bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 4, 2017 / 11:14 am

      We survived!! There were times we thought we wouldn’t make it out alive…!

  21. July 4, 2017 / 11:48 am

    I want to go back to Bluestone and we only went in May!!! Really is such an amazing place!!! #bigpinklink

    • This Mum's Life
      July 4, 2017 / 11:56 am

      I want to live there!!

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