We have just returned home after a fab few days away at Bluestone national park resort in Wales. We were selected by Bluestone as ‘models’ for a family photoshoot and were invited to stay in one of their lovely lodges.
Despite mother nature not being on our side (plenty of rain!), we were lucky enough to have a beautiful day on the day of the actual photoshoot. The boys started off in the adventure centre having fun running around on the play frame and a big climb up the climbing wall. They also had a great time on the mini 4X4 vehicles and Daddy got to drive us around on the golf buggies which can be hired to get around the resort. We were also treated to a tasty lunch at the Knight’s Tafern and felt very well looked after.
The lodges are furnished to an extremely high standard and are very spacious. We were lucky enough to have a huge lodge that can sleep up to 8 (so I found I had to label the doors to stop myself forgetting who was in each room!), but even one of the single lodges sleeping 4 would have been big enough for us.
What we have found in the past is that often the décor in holiday accommodation is rather dated and tired, so it was a pleasant change to find that not only was it bearable but I actually felt a desire to have the lodge’s furniture and décor in my own home.
Swimming at the Blue lagoon and entry to the Adventure Centre are included in the cost of your holiday and many other great activities are available at an additional charge like the outdoor activities at ‘Camp Smokey’ and the ‘Steep Ravine’.
It is worth trying to find out the quiet times to head to the pool as we made the mistake of going on our first day when it was extremely busy with guests and local visitors too. All of the staff that we had contact with demonstrated exemplary customer service and took great pride in doing their job well.
In good weather, there is so much woodland to explore in the beautiful tranquil surroundings…but if you are not blessed with dry weather then do as we did and get the wellies and waterproofs out and make the best of it!
Once off the paths, be warned, things can get VERY muddy and if you have a young baby, it is worth using a sling/carrier as a pushchair would have got extremely stuck in the mud.
Considering that we visited during peak season, the site itself did not feel overly busy (with the exception of the pool which was very busy at times). There was high quality food available, including a takeaway delivery service from ‘The Yard’ restaurant. As we had been provided with our accommodation free of charge, we decided to treat ourselves to eating out at The Knight’s Tafarn and with takeaways from ‘The Yard’ each day. So much so that it has come as a shock to be back home and having to cook again.