Monday, 8 August 2016

Bluestone Wales - A Luxury Weekend

Recently we returned to Bluestone Wales as part of the Bluestone Bloggers programme. Bluestone Wales is a luxury holiday park in the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside in West Wales. With a five star rating from Visit Wales, the accommodation is excellent, and the activities on site are many and varied.



A Caldey lodge
Accommodation

We have visited Bluestone before and stayed in a Grassholm lodge, but this time, we stayed in a Caldey Lodge.  This semi-detached lodge sleeps 4 people in two bedrooms, one double and one twin, has a large open plan lounge and dining area, a fully fitted kitchen, and wetroom. 


Kitchen with everything you need

The kitchen as you can see has everything you need from a full oven, to fridge (with small freezer compartment), microwave and dishwasher as well as kettle and toaster. You could easily cook a full meal for four if you wished.

The lounge diner area with a great view

The lounge area has a table and chairs to seat four and two sofas, a small table and a small flat screen TV with Freeview. The view from the window was of the lovely countryside, we even got to see baby bunny rabbits hopping around.


Double bedroom

The bedrooms have wardrobes, a chest of drawers and a safe in one, as well as a double or twin beds. Decor is classy in dark wood with a beige bedspread. The beds are medium firm and supportive.


Wet room

The wet room has a shower, toilet and sink. Whilst very functional we did find that if you weren't careful everything in the wet room, got, well, how can you put it - wet! 

We thought everything in the apartment was of a high standard and was in excellent condition. If you want to see a tour of the accommodation, check out this video we made below.



Surroundings



The lake 

Bluestone is set in the most beautiful countryside and this is a major plus point of staying here. The lake at the centre of the resort is great to study the wildlife. When we visited, this time, there was an abundance of ducks including some ducklings on the lake. They were so cute to watch. 


Bunnies roaming free

Bug lodge

The walking trails around the lake are great to watch the wildlife too, we saw many bunnies hopping around, without a care in the world. We saw this bug lodge above on our wanders too with a sign to show what could be nesting there.

Activities

The Well Spa

When we checked into Bluestone Wales we were given an itinerary of activities for the week, a mix of free and ones you have to pay for.

The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon, is great for families. This large all weather water park is free to all guests and with facilities like an indoor wave machine, and a large twisting water slide I can see why it is very popular.

The Village

The Village is at the heart of the resort. Here is where the booking office is for activities, little shops selling toys and gifts and Newton Stores, a grocers where you can buy the essentials for a simple meal, including Mr W's essential - wine!

Activities you can book include laser clay shooting, crossbows, archery, and rock climbing, to name a few. For the little ones, there is everything from baby yoga, and messy play to high ropes and tree climbing for the older ones. There is also an outdoor area here for the children to play.

You can also hire bikes and golf carts to get around the resort. If you have mobility problems or very little ones I would recommend a golf cart as the resort is incredibly hilly.


Terry John historian

We booked a history walk with the resident historian Terry John. This walk is free if you already have an activity booked. On our walk, Terry told us about the rich history of the area. Where Bluestone is set was all open farmland once upon a time and was a Medieval parish in the eleven hundreds. We got to see Castle Coch, a ruin of a castle in the grounds of Bluestone, and heard all about John Poyer, a Welsh soldier during the English civil war who was executed for treason. 



The thermal Well Spa

If a history walk is not your thing, you can relax in the thermal Well Spa, have a treatment, or take in the thermal spa suite. We were lucky to be able to try this too. 


The hydrotherapy pool

We loved the hydrotherapy pool, it was so relaxing with the warm waters and the adjustable jets. We could have stayed here all day. When you want to get out try the different therapeutic rooms, such as the steam room, the ice room and the hot brick sauna, all included in the admission price to the spa. After we tried out the different rooms we sat and had a coffee in Caffi Mor. I was a little envious as I didn't realise they served afternoon tea and I had already eaten. Mr W had a glass of Prosecco though to make up for it!

Food and drink


A very authentic tasting chicken Jalfrezi at The Knight's Tavern

We ate at the pub, The Knight's Tavern twice during our stay. The family friendly pub was busy as it was a Saturday night and the Euro finals were on but the food came quick. We have eaten here before and found it ok, nothing special but this time the food had definitely improved. In fact, my husband said his Chicken Jalfrezi was the best pub curry he has ever had - high praise indeed from this curry connoisseur! 


My fish and chips were also excellent, the batter was light and crispy and the meal was served on a plate that looked like the plastic packaging you get fish and chips in - a cute idea.

Their signature restaurant The Oak Tree uses local Welsh produce with an Italian slant, and there is also the Farmhouse Grill serving homely family food, and Camp Smokey with an outdoor barbeque area for meals outdoor. The bakery has had a makeover since early in the year, and it now rebranded as Ty Coffi. It is now much bigger and serves a wider menu such as a range of sandwiches and paninis.  This is what we like about Bluestone Wales, every time we go they seem to improve the facilities and the quality of the service they offer.


What to do around Bluestone


Carew Castle

Bluestone is next door to Oakwood theme park and a 25 minute drive from stunning Tenby and nearby Saundersfoot, both lovely seaside destinations. If you love history, Carew Castle and tidal mill is 7 miles away. 

A stay in Bluestone ranges in price from £129 in low season for a weekend break and is fantastic value when compared to other luxury holiday parks of similar nature. We personally think Bluestone is a fabulous break for families and couples looking for an active or alternatively relaxing break. The quality of the accommodation is excellent, the facilities and services are constantly being updated and improved and the location is beautiful, being in the stunning Welsh countryside. I would definitely go back and I'm proud to say I'm a Bluestone blogger.

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75 comments

  1. Looks fantastic, I'm glad you had a good time

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  2. This is somewhere I would love to go, it always looks fabulous. I especially like the look of the Hydrotherapy Pool!

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    1. The pool was lovely and relaxing Lucy, it even had massaging jets!

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  3. That looks so much fun! I adore waterparks so I'd be happy to play by morning and spa in the afternoon..mwahaha! The location looked beautiful as well.

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    1. Is it such a stunning location Emma, really beautiful.

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  4. This park looks amazing! I love the lodges and that spa just looks incredible. I had no idea that this place existed, and Pembrokeshire's not too far from me either. Need to get myself to Wales sometime soon!

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  5. This looks incredible! I'd love to travel to place like this. :)

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  6. This looks like somewhere that would be great to stay at. The accommodations look cozy and there is a lot to do!

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    1. There is a lot to do and there is also a theme park next door as well if you have teenagers.

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  7. It really looks like a wonderful place to spend a holiday. The lodges look perfectly equipped too x

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  8. Bluestone looks very pretty and the spa very well equipped. I didn't know about this place before reading your article. Definitely worth a visit.

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    1. I think it is really worth a visit. Glad you find out about it from my blog!

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  9. What a fabulous AND fun escape! Also, love, love, love that they have a full kitchen available.

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    1. Yes you can cook a full meal if you want to. It also has a dishwasher ;)

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  10. We've heard so much about Bluestone but have never visited. We'd love to go, Spa looks good!

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  11. That is such an absolutely gorgeous place! I can't believe all that pretty wildlife, and that kitchen! Wow.

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    1. So much wildlife there, I heard they have squirrels scampering around as well.

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  12. This looks amazing. I would LOVE to go there! Luxury is right up my alley!

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  13. What a beautiful place to vacation! I have always wanted to visit whales!

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  14. this place is on my 'to do' list!

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  15. Looks lovely. I'd love to visit the waterpark and spa!

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    1. You can visit the Blue Lagoon, waterpark for the day as well, even if you don't stay here.

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  16. It looks beautiful here, I could just do with a holiday like this :)

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  17. I'm so jealous. I am desperate to go. Everything looks great. I didn't realise the spa was so nice. That curry also looks very tasty x

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    1. The spa has different themed rooms too like the herbal steam room, hot slate sauna and even an ice room!

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  18. Wow. Chicken Jalfrezi is from my country, India. I am surprised to see you can get it there. The place looks fab! I am sure you had fun!

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    1. We love Indian food in the UK, Abhinav.

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  19. I have heard only great things about Bluestone and I would so love to visit their with my family one day. A weekend getaway there would be a treat with so much to do

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  20. Wow, what an amazing place to have a getaway. This looked like such a nice time.

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  21. Wow looks like a lovely little place to visit. The inside looks just adorable. So clean and so nice. For sure a place to head to for vacation! - Jeanine

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  22. Ahhhh, Bluestone is amazing, isn't it? Glad you had a lovely stay x

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    1. Have you been? It's fab for kids and families but also for couples too.

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  23. What a stunning place to stay! The lake looks amazing, as does that hydrotherapy pool.

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  24. The kitchen is so adorable! This looks like a fabulous place to stay - will definitely have to show my husband!

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  25. Looks like a fabulous weekend! I would love to visit Wales one day.

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  26. Looks like an especially great place for families.

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  27. It looks absolutely amazing there! I would love to travel to Wales and check it out!

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  28. Wow! Looks amazing and so peaceful. I would love to travel here!

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  29. This looks like a phenomenal place to stay! I love how clean and modern it is as well.

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  30. My ideal weekend!! Lovely photos, thanks for sharing. Happy travels :)

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  31. I can see why Bloggers love Bluestone, especially if you have Carew Castle near by as that is a win in my eyes.

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    1. It is a beautiful castle, we do castles well in Wales!

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  32. Bluestone looks like an amazing place to visit! My family would love the Blue Lagoon waterpark and I'd love the spa! :)

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  33. I like the sound of Bluestone. Sounds like an amazing place to visit.

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  34. The place is amazing, from the hotel to everything else that you featured. It's the perfect place to go to when you want to relax and slow down for a bit. The spa looks like my kind of place! So relaxing!

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  35. So much wildlife and things to do! This looks like it would be such a fun place to visit.

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    1. We love the fact that there is so much wildlife on your doorstep, so to speak.

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  36. This is a amazing place luxury and nature so close to each other. The ducks near water are so prettty

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  37. Bluestone looks like a beautiful place to explore. My kids would love The Blue Lagoon water park.

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  38. I won't even book a place these days if I haven't seen a blog account on it. I was burned once, with a trip advisor review (oh my gosh the place...the place was awful) so I don't trust it anymore. Blogs you see the photos first hand and I like that a lot.

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    1. I know exactly what you mean. I always try to find a blog or vlog post for a place I am considering staying before I book.

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  39. I am so glad they do breaks for adults with no children and it is so nice to see a review from that perspective x

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    1. They do special spa breaks for adults, and many of the activities like clay pigeon shooting is open to adults too.

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  40. Wow, that setup looked absolutely splendid! It sure looks and sounds like you all got pampered and enjoyed every minute of it!

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  41. This looks beautiful! I have heard a lot of good things about Bluestone.

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  42. That waterpark looks amazing. Every part of this place looks awesome!

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  43. Wow, this is so nice. It would be so nice to have a vacation there.

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  44. we stayed in an identical lodge when we visited and loved it. It is such a beautiful place. I wish I had got to visit the spa though

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    1. Maybe next time Kara. The spa isn't big but it is perfectly formed for sure.

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  45. This place looks really amazing. I super duper love the ambiance.

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  46. I just have to say "WOW" at that last picture, impressive ancient structure/style! Bluestone looks like a place for everyone who wants to have that natural fun and excitement mixed with elegance.

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  47. Oooh la la, it looks perfect for a weekend break! :-)

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  48. Looks like a fabulous break! I imagine you had a fantastic time!

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  49. I love these sorts of breaks, just the peace and quite and then mixed with fun too of course. Great to see that there are little getaways all over the country :)

    Alina from The Fairytale Pretty Picture

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    1. It had a really relaxed ambiance and the stunning scenery is beautiful.

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  50. This looks great - the lodge, the facilities, the surrounding area. Perfect for families. Brilliant!

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  51. The Caldey Lodge looks great! The kitchen area and the lounge looks so neat and organized. I also love the colorful building in the village. Glad you had a great time!

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    1. The lodge was very well equipped we thought it was great but if you need more space there are bigger lodges too.

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  52. That hydrotherapy pool looks very inviting. Bluestone looks like a fab getaway x

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  53. I haven't been to Wales in years. Your post reminded me that I need to book a staycation asap! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. I adored bluestones, really want to go back there. Looks like you had a lovely time and next time we visit i will defiantly be checking out the spa.

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  55. Gosh that looks like a fantastic venue! SOunds like you had a great time!

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