Friday, 30 January 2015

Beautiful Bluestone Wales

Bluestone Wales is a luxury holiday park set in 500 acres in the lovely Pembroke countryside. Awarded and reaccredited with a five star rating from Visit Wales, a stay at Bluestone can be as relaxing or as fun and energetic as you wish.

With nearly 300 well appointed lodges, cottages and studios and a range of over 100 activities it's a holiday park suitable for all ages, families, couples and those that love the countryside.

If you love nature you will love Bluestone, the park is located around a lake where you can watch the wildlife and birds and enjoy walks around the nature trails.





Our well appointed accommodation 

We stayed in a Gateholm lodge, which had three bedrooms downstairs, an ensuite bathroom and separate shower and toilet. Upstairs is the lounge/dining room with an open plan kitchen. The lodge is deliberately set out for 'upside down living', so you get views over the beautiful valley.

As you can see from the photos above, everything was new, modern and of a very high standard. The kitchen for example includes a fridge, dishwasher, full cooker and microwave, and you could easily cook a full meal with the appliances and equipment on offer. The lounge had two comfy leather sofas as well as a TV with freeview and a DVD player.  The dining area had a large wooden table and chairs big enough to seat six. The bedrooms had one double bed in the main room and two other bedrooms with two single beds. We had a very good nights sleep and found the mattress they use excellent, not too soft or too firm.

Everything was well looked after and considering the amount of people that stay in the lodges, that is no mean feat.  



Our lodge designed for  'upside down living'. Identifying butterflies and flowers. There are many activities on offer at Bluestone.


Activities

There is an abundance of activities on offer at Bluestone. You get admittance into the Blue Lagoon with every stay and this is an under cover all weather water park featuring large flume rides, a river rapid ride and an indoor wave machine. For the little ones they have two interactive wet play areas, and for the adults a spa pool too. The Blue Lagoon is particularly brilliant for families and can provide hours of fun in the Welsh weather. 

For adults the Well Spa has a thermal spa experience, with 6 rooms including an Ice room, Hot Brick Spa and Salt Room, a pool and experienced staff to treat you with the latest ESPA treatments. Spa packages are available for an indulgent treat or you can book treatments separately. 

Other activities are almost too numerous to mention so I have listed some of them below, and this is without the lovely walks and watching the wildlife.

For the little kids
Mini rangers, Junior rangers and Celtic Rangers
Teenage adventures
Pond Dipping
Baby Sensory
Toddler Sensory
Messy Play
Soft Play
Bouncy Castle
Ball Pool
Outdoor adventure area

For the older kids and grown ups
Archery
Steep Ravine zip wire
Laser Clay
High Ropes
Laser combat
Climbing wall

For adults
The Well Spa

For everyone
Bike Hire
History walks

Dining Options

The food at Bluestone is locally sourced wherever possible and there is a wide choice of cafes and restaurants including a pub - The Knight's Tafarn. There is a bakers, a shop to buy provisions, a cafe in the adventure centre as well as one in the Well Spa and a special dining restaurant called Carreg Las. In better weather Camp Smokey provides barbecue food outdoors.



Food at The Farmhouse Grill

We ate the first night at the Farmhouse Grill. I had the turkey and ham pie with chips and my husband had the butter bean and tomato pasta. I enjoyed my food, the chips were brown and crispy and the pie generous in portion size and well seasoned. It also came with fresh salad from the salad bar and warm bread and butter, which was a lovely touch. For £8.50 I felt it was good value, considering the extras you get as well. My husband felt his pasta could have been better seasoned and when he asked for parmesan it had run out, which was a little disappointing. Although I realise it is a family friendly place, we did feel that it would be a more grown up environment if the plastic tablecloths were removed. 



You can walk or cycle around the lake and enjoy the nature trails 


My Top Tips

Bring enough essentials with you such as tea, coffee, milk, bread, juice and toiletries. You can buy food and some items in the shop, but it is small and not keenly priced.

Consider hiring a buggy if you have small children or those with mobility problems in your party. Cars have to be parked at the top of a hill after unloading and it can be a big walk for little ones.

The Knight's Tafarn pub has activities in the night, such as bands playing or pub quizzes. We were involved in a game of Deal or No Deal and won a bottle of wine!

Visit picturesque Tenby, a lovely little seaside town. Excellent places to eat include The Mooring Cafe and The Blue Ball restaurant. Narbeth is a small town within a 10 minute drive and worth visiting for lunch.

The cheapest time to go is January. Out of high season the accommodation can be very reasonable in price. This time of year you can book a mid week break for around £150 which is excellent value for money. In peak season obviously the prices increase.

If you are visiting in the Summer, Oakwood park, Wales' biggest and best theme park, is next door and this is the perfect place to stay.





Bluestone is set in 500 acres of beautiful countryside where you can feel at one with nature.

I think Bluestone Wales is a lovely place to visit, with a wide range of activities for both young and old. It is a super base to explore the Pembrokeshire countryside and myself and my husband both said we would definitely return in the near future.

Tell me, would you like to visit Bluestone Wales one day?




* I was a guest of Bluestone Wales, all words and opinions are my own

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44 comments

  1. Your lodge looks lovely. I really wanted to eat in the Farmhouse Grill, but because they didn't serve food until 5pm, it was too late for our girls. We ate in the Knights Tafern and Wild Wood Cafe and the food was lovely. It sounds like you had a great time x

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    1. I did have a great time Emily. The fish and chips in the pub looked amazing.

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  2. The cabin looks nice and cozy. Looks like a great place to go x

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    1. It was so warm and much more than a cabin though, as it was as big as out flat :)

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  3. We had an adult only break here last year. The spa was amazing!
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    1. I wish we had gone in the spa now. It did look really good.

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  4. It looks beautiful there, wish I didn't hate driving long distances so much!

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    1. It's not too far from me in South Wales, I am lucky I think.

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  5. It looks lovely there. How wheelchair friendly do you think it is?

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    1. There are hills, well one hill specifically and it's steep, however you can rent buggies to get around and the restaurants are wheelchair friendly. The lodge I stayed in had stairs but you can get accommodation on one level.

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  6. What a lovely place to visit. Love the cabin rooms and views. I would certainly like to visit it one day.

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    1. It is such a peaceful place, I would happily pay good money to stay there again.

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  7. My sister recently took my nephew to Bluestone and they loved it so I would love to have a break there! The waterpark sounds amazing and I would love to have a go on the zip wire! Bluestone seems the perfect place to relax without having to travel too far! Alice xx

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    1. It's only an hour and a bit for me too, so it's not far at all. I hope you get the chance to stay one day.

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  8. That looks lovely - it's a very long way for us though!

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  9. I keep thinking about it for the future. The views look stunning.

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    1. The views are lovely Angela, and I hope you get the chance to stay one day.

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  10. Ooh we have family who live not far from Bluestone, maybe I could convince hubby to do a joint trip - it looks amazing.

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    1. If you have family in the area it is certainly worth considering staying here as it is much cheaper than staying in a bed and breakfast.

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  11. I've seen quite a few bloggers talking about Bluestone recently - it looks like a great place to go. We've talked about holidaying in Wales so we might need to check this one out.

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    1. I live in South Wales and I would definitely stay here again. It is so relaxing, the accommodation is a high standard and the setting is just beautiful. It is superb for children too as the Blue Lagoon is a great all weather attraction.

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  12. All these reviews of Bluestone are really making me want to visit, it sounds lovely. I think the kids would love it too!

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  13. We went there too last year, it's a fantastic place to visit with the kids! XXX

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    1. Sounds like you had a great time Michelle.

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  14. This sounds like great fun - and fab for a family holiday too, as it has so many things on offer.

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    1. It had lots of activities for all ages and it's suitable for couples too.

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  15. It looks like an absolutely delightful place. We always holiday in the UK and have no problem driving miles to the right place. It seems to be the perfect combination of family facilities and outdoor fun.

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  16. We adored our stay in Bluestone and it is very reasinably priced too - we want to go back and do the adrenalin stuff

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  17. I feel as though I am the only person not to have gone to Bluestone, it looks fabulous too x

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    1. I hope you get the chance to go one day.

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  18. It looks beautiful :) I'm actually planning a trip to Wales some time in the summer and I'm definitely keeping this in mind

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    1. The quality of the accommodation is very good in my opinion. If you do visit in the Spring or Summer, Oakwood theme park is next door, and take a trip to Tenby which is about a 20 minute drive away.

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  19. This looks fabulous, I was looking at log cabins to go and stay in for a few days or a week over the weekend and some of them are just stunning.

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    1. I particularly like the way the two storey cabins are presented for 'upside down living', so you have beautiful views from your accommodation.

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  20. This looks like a fabulous place to visit and plenty to do for the kids

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    1. Yes there are loads of activities for children. You do have to pay for many though.

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  21. I've never been to Bluestone Wales, but I would love to. I am sure the whole family would have a great time x

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    1. Hope you get the chance to go one day Lilinha!

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  22. Very cozy lodge, lovely views and traditional food, what's more to want?! And lots of activities too, that's fab

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    1. A great price out of high season as well.

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