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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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.