We rarely do anything spontaneous. Rarely meaning as in the last three years or so since we became parents. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t like to, it’s just that our lives don’t quite work like that anymore. But when opportunities like a last minute weekend at Bluestone Wales come up, that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to grab it with both hands. Which we did. Last weekend.
On Friday morning we had the email that I had been hoping for and by Friday afternoon after school was out we were hitting the road with our last minute, spontaneously packed bags and little ones in tow. In hindsight, 5pm on a Friday evening probably wasnt the smartest time to leave, but the little ones were as good as gold, and after a five hour drive with a pit stop for dinner we finally arrived at Bluestone Wales on a very late and rainy evening.
I was momentarily worried that we were so late arriving there might not be anyone to meet us, but I needn’t have worried as Bluestone Wales have a 24 hour, super friendly, incredibly helpful arrivals team that were there to check us in and explain where we were staying and how to get there all from the comfort of our car which as anyone with little ones will know, is a bit of a game changer when it comes to holidays. Being able to drive our car up to our lodge to unload and get settled in too was another little touch that made all the difference on a very dark and wet late December evening.
We had a lovely two bed lodge cabin which was perfect for our little family. It was fantastic, modern, clean with everything you need, expect and a little bit more, like the little welcome kit you get, another little game changer that sets Bluestone Wales apart from other places we’ve stayed at in the UK. After getting settled in on Friday evening and a well deserved lie in on Saturday morning we set off to explore the resort which is set in a gorgeous 500 acre national park. It was drizzly, but after a little ramble through the park we found the village and the lovely little Ty Coffi coffee shop perfect for a spot of brunch to help us get our day off to a good start.
After some more exploring through the stunning back drop that is Pembrokeshire, we found the Adventure Centre, which can only be described as the largest and most impressive soft play that I have ever come across. Not only did it have incredible soft play areas, but it also had climbing walls, a sky walk, arcade area, bouncy castle, cafe and even indoor mini golf. That’s without mentioning the gift shop and the separate rooms where they hold baby sensory, messy play and craft sessions throughout the day. It’s fair to say we spent quite a bit of time over the weekend making the most of the Adventure Centre which we literally had to drag the little lady away from.
Getting around the park and in and out of our lodge was fairly easy to do as the park is relatively easy to navigate. The lodges for the most part are set up on the hills and the village is at the bottom of the valley at the heart of the resort. The Adventure Centre and Blue Lagoon Waterpark are closer to the entrance of the resort, but equally easy to locate and get to. Nothing feels too far away or hard to get to and we enjoyed some lovely walks with the little ones as we explored the park. A fun and popular way to get around the resort is in a golf buggy which you can hire by pre-booking ahead of your stay. But as our weekend was so last minute this wasnt really an option for us which was a shame as they did look like a lot of fun, but it meant that we did get to take in lots of lovely walks around the park which was a great way to explore it.
Of course after all that walking we were looking forward to having dinner and decided to try the Farmhouse Grill, one of the many yummy looking food places on offer at Bluestone Wales and found more surprising little touches that make Bluestone what it is. Like the cutesy little play area for children to play in whilst they wait for dinner to arrive. We were initially torn between eating at the Farmhouse Grill or grabbing some fish and chips from the very trendy on site mobile van, but I am so glad that we decided to eat at the Farmhouse Grill because the food was absolutely amazing and the restaurant was beautiful. I literally couldn’t stop taking pictures, it was a bloggers paradise. I would come back to Bluestones Wales just to be able to eat here again, and for anyone visiting in the future my one recommendation would be to make sure you get a table here during your stay.
Then before we knew it our weekend was over and we were heading back to Surrey. It felt like there was so much to do and take in that the day and a half that we had at Bluestone Wales really didn’t do it justice. We got to spend lots of time at the Adventure Centre and tried out a few of the lovely food places, but there were so many more places that we wanted to explore like the Blue Lagoon Waterpark, the nature trails and lots of the Christmas activities that we just didn’t have the chance to see because either they had all been pre-booked well in advance by other guests, or we just didn’t have enough time.
Christmas is a fantastic time to visit the park as it decorated so beautifully and there are so many festive things to see and do with the little ones, although you need to be quick and pre-book things to make the most of it which we didn’t really have the opportunity to do. It felt like we were only really touching the tip of the iceberg of everything that we could see and do so we would love to come back again so that we can properly experience everything that Bluestone Wales has to offer. However, we would definitely recommend Bluestone Wales to friends and family and anyone else looking for a family friendly weekend break or holiday in what is an absolutely stunning part of the UK. You can see this for yourself in the little video we made of our weekend which I’ll leave you with along with our top five tips for visiting Bluestone Wales!
5 Top Tips For Visiting Bluestone Wales
1.Plan your journey avoiding peak times like the morning and evening rush hours if possible.
2. Pre-book any experiences, rentals and meals in advance.
3. Buy essential food items like milk, bread and butter on route if arriving late in the evening or pre-order items from the village store in advance online.
4. Take a look at the activity timetables online under the Plan Your Stay section of the Bluestone Wales website to get an idea of whats going to be on during your stay and pre-book.
5. Have a read of the top 10 FAQ questions on the Bluestone Wales website before your trip as it has so many useful questions and answers that really help you plan and get the most out of your trip.
Disclosure; we visited Bluestone Wales in exchange for a fair and honest review. However as always, all thoughts and options are my own. You will only ever find reviews of things we love on our blog.