Bluestone National Park Holiday in Wales

Bluestone National Park 

Bluestone is a five star resort in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It’s a bit like Centre Parcs, but in my opinion I think it feels more personal and authentic. There is plenty of Wildlife to see around the park and beautiful woodland and countryside.

Arrival

We came from Milton Keynes and entered the postcode into the sat-nav which took us directly to Bluestones. We arrived late Monday (around 10pm) and found the whole check-in process extremely easy. We went online prior to arriving and entered the whole party details to make the process as fast and easy as possible. We were given two keycards and given directions to our lodge. As my partner is disabled and a blue badge holder we had space at the front of our lodge to leave our car and were able to use our car around the park for the duration of our stay.

Accommodation

As my partner is disabled and struggles to stand and walk for any length of time we stayed in the Cadley adapted lodge (10 Forest View). The lodge has wide doors for wheelchairs and a wet room with seat. The lodge was spacious with two bedrooms, wetroom/toilet and open plan living with kitchen, living and dinning area. The lodge had everything we needed, which included towels for our stay and we had a welcome pack with washing up scourer, dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid and a cloth. The wetroom had a heated towel rail which was great for drying out our swimwear and towels after a swim. The kitchen had all the essentials you could need including crockery, cutlery, glasses, pots, pans, utensils, microwave, toaster kettle and dishwasher, they even included some plastic bowels which was handy with the youngest child. The TV was standard freeview, which was fine for the children in the morning who were happy to watch cbeebies. You do also have a DVD player, so it’s worth bringing a couple of films if you expect to stay in all evening. We did decide to upgrade to the premium internet so I was able to go through my work emails and it was handy for downloading a couple of films to watch on the laptop in the evening. The dinning area was a good size and included a highchair which Tristan (3.5 years old) insisted on sitting in.

Tips:

  • Bring extra towels for the swimming pool
  • Bring extra dishwasher tablets as the welcome pack only includes two. I believe you can purchase these individually from the local shop in the park.
  • If you can’t stand cooking in a pan without a non- stick base then bring your own.
  • Pack an extra toilet roll or two as the lodge included only one.
  • Pack some DVDs
  • Bring some board games or cards for the evening.
Our cabin
Kitchen
Living area

Restaurants and Shops

We decided to bring our food with us for the stay to keep the costs down, but we used the village shop a couple of times and found that it was well stocked and only a little over what you would expect to pay at a convenience shop. We had Fish & Chips one evening which was very tasty and well worth it, we decided you couldn’t go this close to the coast and not have some Fish and Chips. We had some snacks and drinks inside the adventure area and again found it fairly reasonable and everything was of a high standard. The one thing I did think they were missing was the takeaway and delivery service that Centre Parcs provides.

We enjoyed looking around the giftshop and the children picked a couple of souvenirs each. The shop was well stocked and had everything you would expect from a holiday gift shop.

Tips:

  • Plan your meals and do a food shop on the way or a click and collect if you want to save money.
  • Book into the restaurants online to avoid disappointment.

Blue Lagoon Swimming 

The highlight for me had to be the swimming pool, it had everything you needed for all ages. Jasmine who is six loved the slides and was very happy that she was tall enough to go on them. I loved the lazy river which goes outside, which was lots of run in the pouring rain. Everything in the changing area was clean and they had large family changing rooms. Make sure you bring some money for the lockers.

 

Activities 

Visit to Santa- We had recently seen Santa locally, but we thought whilst we were there we may as well see him again and I’m so happy we did. The children got to make some t-shirts and then had a story with Santa and his elf. After the story each family gets a chance to meet Santa.

Kingdom of Elves- I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was brilliant. Everyone involved was great in character and made it fun for all the children and adults. You go into various rooms, which all look so magical and meet many intriguing characters on the way. The children even got decorate some tasty gingerbread men to take home. The story is interactive and gets the children and adults involved and you even get to keep the elf outfits for the children.


The wall

Will we go back? 

We really do want to go back again in the spring or summer so we can experience what it has to offer. Even though the weather was terrible whilst away we had a brilliant time and got to do some much in our time there. This is the perfect year around break for families and I believe the cost is reasonable for what it has to offer.

*I was gifted services for this blog post for a review. All opinions are my own.

 

 

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Sorry children mummy is leaving

Sorry children mummy is leaving

Sorry children mummy is leaving, not forever,

but I am leaving for a few days.

You will be with your daddy and we can skype,

but unfortunately I will not be there to tuck you in at night.

Mummy is a little bit exhausted and needs a break from parenting for just a few days.

I won’t be doing anything you enjoy whilst away, actually everything I am doing you really despise.

I will be sleeping lots, reading long books with no pictures,

laying in the sun with a cool pina colada and not moving a muscle as I let my skin bake,

I plan to eat lots of food you definitely will not like and I will be drinking lots of fizz and wine.

There will be no building sandcastles, no inflatable balls, no early mornings and no chicken nuggets, not at all.

I’m sorry children, but mummy just needs some time to herself,

to talk about something besides elf on the shelf.

Mummy doesn’t want to argue with a 4 year old diva or a tantruming terrible twos,

she just wants to get shit faced and placed by the pool.

I love you both dearly and will miss you so much,

but mummy is hoping to find who she once used to be

before all the breastfeeding and pooey nappies.

Before the stretch marks, the bags under the eyes,

mummy once had a twinkle in her eye.

She wore high heels, make up and even a push up bra,

but then she became a bit ga ga.

I hope you behave for your dad and remember he is just as good as me,

he might not make the barbie voices the same,

but you know he’s the best for rough and tumble and games on the wii.

But please children don’t forget about me,

as mummy will be thinking about her little family tree.

Mummy will come back all refreshed and say lot less f’s

and daddy will sure appreciate how much work it can be to run a family.

So here you go daddy,

you now have a story to read the children before bed about

the mummy who ran away to escape to the magical island and dared to bare her tummy.

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A week away from reality – Fuerteventura

We decided to book a holiday a few weeks ago which couldn’t have come at a better time, my parents had already booked to go and we decided to tag along so my mum had a drinking buddy and we had babysitters (win, win). We booked a week away in Fuerteventura staying at our much-loved RIU Olivia Beach Hotel, which we have stayed at on and off for around 20 years. I have some fantastic holiday memories as a child, teenager and a new parent taking Miss J away on her first holiday, so I was happy to take my family back with our not so new addition Mr T. I’m not sure what it is about Fuerteventura but it relaxes me so quickly and easily. Its familiar, like a home away from home, it’s reassuring, comforting and my happy place.

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The plane journey wasn’t as bad as I had built up in my head and Mr T had his own seat so was more than happy watching paw patrol and stuffing his face full of crisps and sweets. I enjoyed some prosseco and even managed to get me and Mr T to take a nap together. We got to the hotel in good time and unpacked and found the restaurant so we could take advantage of the all-inclusive food and drink. The rooms here are looking dated and a little shabby, but they are still clean and have everything you need. I did notice the restaurant food was particularly fantastic this year and selection had greatly improved. I struggled to narrow down what I wanted to eat with so many tasty dishes they had on offer. I think I’ve probably gained a stone since being away. What the rooms lack the location makes up for. The beach and views are breathtaking and the beach is as good as any I’ve seen around the world.

I didn't find the journey to bad down to my friend prosecco.
I didn’t find the journey to bad down to my friend prosecco.
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Mr T loved having his own seat

We were very lucky with the weather and had temperatures of up to 31.8C with one over cast day out of seven. The children were more than happy in the heat, suntan lotioned up and jumping in and out the pools. Miss J managed to swim a little unaided and got very confident with throwing herself straight in off the side. Me and Miss J got to spend some amazing quality time together swimming and I enjoyed every second of it just being us. My darling husband doesn’t swim and Mr T prefered to play at the side with him whilst me and Miss J explored the deeps.

We ventured out a few times to the local town Corralejo which is around a ten minuet taxi ride away and went out for dinner twice at our favourite restaurant Waikiki. Waikiki is a lovely, friendly restaurant which does some unique eating experiences, you can cook your own meat on a metal sombrero hat, a stone and also in a fondue. On our first trip out for dinner we went with my parents and children and as enjoyable as it was it wasn’t so relaxing. Our second night was our childfree date night and we made the most of having a chilled night out and some cocktails. We took the children down in the day to see the sand sculptures on the beach and to see the local shops. The locals are so welcoming and really love children. I love how the Spanish people embrace family and don’t see children out in a restaurant at 8pm as a hinderance, but as something that is important for them to experience. I love taking my children out in the evening when abroad, and the children did a few 10pm late nights with Miss J falling asleep in the pushchair and Mr T flirting with any lady whose attention he could grab. He’s becoming a real heartbreaker with a love for blonde hair.

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Fillet steak cooked on a sombrero hat
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Long overdue date night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I felt my anxiety reduce, stress disappear and worry seem a million miles away. I slept a solid 8 hours a night and napped every day for a minimum of an hour. I ate well, didn’t care about diets and embraced being the fat mum in the stomach controlling swimming costume jumping in and out of the pool. I didn’t give a fuck what anyone thought of me and felt completely happy in my own skin and liberated. I loved myself and my family and squeezed every ounce of happiness I could from it. I laughed with my children, drank and giggled with my mother and held my husband’s hand with love.

Mr T
Mr T

The day we travelled back I turned 29 and I decided that today would be the day that it would all change for me. I would not look back and be sad for what I had missed, but would embrace everything I have to look forward to. I will love being a mother again, I will love my life and will not let the guilt consume me when things aren’t going to plan. Life is what you make of it and I plan to make so much more out of it for me and my family. I have drive, ambition and a head full of ideas and will do everything in my power to make our little family a success. Depression may be a part of me for a long time but it has shown me how to appreciate things again and I will not let it beat me. Fuerteventura has been the break and eye opener I needed to heal.

Miss J
Miss J

 

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