A Blissful Holiday in Bluestone – Part 1

A couple of weeks ago we were invited to stay at Bluestone for a week. To say we were excited is an understatement. We have been lucky enough to visit Bluestone before (read about that here) and we loved the place. I’m so sorry I think this is going to be a really long post so I have split it up into two parts, part two will be up tomorrow!

If you haven’t heard of Bluestone before, it is a holiday resort in Pembrokeshire (a really really beautiful part of Wales). You can of course read all about it on their website. Accommodation there varies from little cottages to big lodges sleeping up to 14 people. It is the perfect place for families as the quality of the accommodation is really high and there is so much to do on site – you wouldn’t get bored if you stayed there for a month!


Where do I start?! We arrived on Monday – check in is late – 4.30 but you can arrive earlier and use the facilities like the swimming pool and adventure centre. At busy times I’d recommend arriving early to beat the queues that can form on the drive in.

Check in is really easy, there is a drive through check in system where they will give you your key, a map and tell you anything you need to know. You are free then to drive to your lodge, unpack the car and then you have to return it to the main car park by midnight as Bluestone is a car free site.

We booked a golf buggy which you pick up from just near the car park. You definitely don’t need a golf buggy as the resort is a nice size to walk around, it just makes travel that bit more convenient and meant we didn’t need to take the pushchair everywhere. It was great in the rain too! There are charging points for the buggy all over Bluestone, we just charged ours up when we went swimming. If you think you will want a buggy I would definitely pre-book one as they were sold out when we picked ours up.




The lodges are really very well equipped and lovely and cosy. They have everything you need. You can read more about the lodge we stayed in here. You can pay extra I think to request a specific lodge if you want one. We also made a little video tour of ours if you want to see first hand what it was like.



On the first night we headed into the village for a bite to eat rather than cook as we had arrived late. I think other people had the same idea as we had to wait a little while for a table (you can pre-book). We ate in the Farmhouse Grill which was lovely. There is a great little play area for the children and the food arrived quickly and was really delicious. We paid about £30 for all 5 of us to eat there (the baby shared some of our food) and the kids had water to drink and the hubby had a beer so I think it was very reasonable. There are a couple of other places to eat in the Village of an evening – The Oak Tree Restaurant which looks a little more formal and the Knights Tafarn – more of a pub restaurant that has live music some nights. They all look great and I’d love to have tried them all one day!

While we waited for our table the kids played in the outside play area – the Treehouse. It is a huge play area for the children and  they all loved it so it has something for all ages (9, 5 and 1). We saw bunny rabbits running around in the field too which was a real highlight. I think for me that is one of the special things about Bluestone – you are right in the middle of nature and you can really tell. You often see rabbits running around and you can always hear the birds singing in the trees. It gives it such a peaceful atmosphere.


On Tuesday we had a lovely breakfast in our lodge. We had ordered a click and collect food order from Asda in Pembroke Dock which we picked up on the way to Bluestone. This meant we were fully stocked for food for the week and didn’t have to take it the whole way in the car with us. Bluestone do a grocery service where you can book groceries to be in your lodge when you arrive if you prefer and they do have a little shop in the village which sells most things, but do expect to pay a premium. Milk and cheese is available 24 hours from a vending machine in the village which is a nice touch!

After breakfast we thought we would explore the local area a bit so we headed into Narberth. It is a really pretty little town with some really gorgeous shops. We whiled away a couple of hours there looking at antiques and having coffee and cake. I also managed to pick up a swimming costume as stupidly I had forgotten to pack mine!

We spent the afternoon in the lodge, as Baby S needed a nap and I had some work deadlines. We paid to have the premium wifi service so that I could do some work and the girls could stream movies on the iPad. It was £20 for two devices so I used it on the laptop and iPad. It was an essential for us really as I couldn’t have worked without it and it was nice that the girls could watch Netflix.


While Baby S was napping and I was working Daddy took the girls to the Adventure Centre. This is basically a big soft play place with soft play for all ages, Lego, arcade type games, mini golf and the Wildwood Cafe. He treated the girls to a slush puppy and they had a great couple of hours there playing mini golf and on the soft play.






We ate dinner in our lodge that evening. I love how the open plan space makes it really easy to chill as a family while you are cooking. The kitchen is really well equipped too and even has a dishwasher. It meant that I could cook spaghetti whilst still spending time with the children and I didn’t even have to wash up afterwards!

I think that’s a long enough post for now, come back tomorrow and read all about the second half of our week at Bluestone, or if you can’t wait, watch our vlog below!

I’d like to say a massive thank you to Bluestone for providing us with complimentary accommodation for the purpose of this review. We couldn’t rate the place highly enough.

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  1. June 8, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Ah I love Bluestone! Your photos have brought it all back x

  2. June 14, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    Your holiday sounds amazing and something we would love to try out some time. The photos are lovely too. Angela from daysinbed

  3. June 14, 2016 / 6:54 pm

    It sounds like an awesome family holiday. I like that you get to see nature while still having stuff to do. That mini golf looks fun too.

  4. June 14, 2016 / 7:22 pm

    It looks like you all had a great time, it certainly looks like a great place to stay x

  5. June 14, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    It does look like such a lovely place, so picturesque with lots to do x

  6. June 14, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    It looks great there I didn’t realise there was so much for children to do.

  7. June 14, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    With all these bloggers going to Bluestone I really want to go and check it out for myself, although its more for families right?

  8. June 14, 2016 / 10:42 pm

    Aw so lovely to hear you had a good time at Bluestone – Wales is such a lovely part of the country to visit. x

  9. June 14, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    I like the idea that it is car free, makes it far more peaceful x

  10. June 15, 2016 / 12:14 am

    What a nice family getaway. I love that there is so much for the kids to do! That grocery service is a nice perk too.

  11. June 15, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    I keep hearing great things about Bluestone, it is definitely on my travel wish list:) The facilities sound perfect for families and I love the look of the spacious accommodation. We have been big fans of Centre Parcs for a while but I think you have convinced me to give Bluestones a try

  12. nicol
    June 15, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    the monochrome photo gives the place such a vintage feel! ive not heard of bluestone before

  13. emmabuzzybee
    June 15, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    and fun was had by all 🙂
    never heard of bluestone tbh, but looks like its something that might go onto my list of places to check out 🙂

  14. June 16, 2016 / 6:40 am

    I have been reading a lot about Bluestone and it looks and sounds like the perfect vacationing place for families. I love that they have so much to offer to entertain the kids and parents alike

  15. June 16, 2016 / 9:26 am

    I want to go to Bluestone so badly, its definitely something I’m going to look into as I think my daughter would love it! Seems like you guys had a wonderful time! xx

  16. June 16, 2016 / 11:12 am

    That looks a fabulous place for a family holiday.

    I love going to South West Wales, it actually is as beautiful as Cornwall, but with so many fewer people.

  17. June 16, 2016 / 11:48 am

    Looks fab! We’re hoping to visit Wales later this year to climb Snowdonia – such an underrated part of the world, don’t you think? x

  18. June 16, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    The smiles attest that you enjoy your Bluestone holiday. Fun family!

  19. June 17, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    I love the idea of having a little golf buggy to get around! Looks like so much fun and a real treat for the kids 🙂

  20. June 17, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    Oh this all looks so lovely and it looks like you had loads of fun, I’d love to visit one day x

  21. June 19, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Wow it looks like you had a lovely time! I’m so jealous!

  22. June 22, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    This looks like a lovely place for a family to get away, and also for the kids to have lots of fun 🙂 I’d love to stay in one of these lodges myself one day!

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