Bluestone Wales Review – Family Holiday Adventures

 

We have just come back from the most wonderful family holiday to Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales and well, I just can’t stop talking about it. None of us can! I know, I know, I’m doing everything back-to-front. Our overall thoughts should really be at the end of our review, but I HAD to start by telling you just how impressed we were. Because who would have thought a UK family holiday could be this amazing.

 

Bluestone

 

We’ve always pooh-poohed the idea of a ‘proper’ holiday in the UK. They always seemed a bit expensive and living in London, a lot of great stuff is already right our door step or within driving distance. It never made sense to stay anywhere other than home for a staycation. But Bluestone have completely changed our minds and made us see just how special a UK family holiday can be. Once you’ve been to Bluestone Wales, you’ll never look back.

 

 

What is the Bluestone National Park Resort?

Bluestone is a luxurious holiday resort set in the beautiful and very green landscape of Pembrokeshire.

 

Bluestone

Bluestone

Bluestone

 

There is a little village at the heart of the resort where you can grab a bite to eat, do a bit of shopping and let the little ones unwind in the newly kitted out playground.

 

Bluestone

Bluestone

Bluestone

 

It has everything onsite in terms of activities and entertainment to keep even the wildest of adventurers engaged, as well as providing a sound base for those keen to explore the surrounding beaches, historical sites and amazing landscapes to name a few.

 

Bluestone

 

This made Bluestone perfect for us as we love discovering new places (especially beaches!), whilst having the comfort of being able to wind down and relax later in the day.

 

 

Let’s Check In

We got quite carried away on our ‘pit stop’ to Dyrham Park on route to Bluestone. Meaning that we ended up arriving late afternoon, even though we could have checked into our Ramsey lodge from 3pm. We were exhausted and eager to get in and sorted out before teatime. We needn’t have worried as Bluestone made everything easy for us. Checking in was a dream. We didn’t even have to get out of the car. In less than 10 minutes of pulling into the resort we were booked in and on our way to our lodge!

 

 

Accommodation At Bluestone Wales

Bluestone is a car free zone, you see, they have thought of everything! The only exception to this is during your own check in and check out times, when you are free to bring your car up to the front of your accommodation. I remember Little Button being absolutely mesmerised as we drove past the little village and on to our lodge in the woods. It’s not every day that she’s stunned to silence, but the beautiful setting dazzled her.

 

Bluestone

Bluestone

 

We were booked into a Ramsey lodge in the Knights Rest part of the resort, which is a short walk from the little village, lake and nature walks. It was huge! Ramsey is a 2 bedroomed, 2 story upside-down lodge. I will talk about this more in our Bluestone Wales Ramsey lodge review. We were completely blown away.

 

Bluestone

 

All the lodges are grouped into colour coordinated areas. They are spaced out and with clever planting felt quite private, yet not isolated, which had been a worry of my own. Over the week of exploring we noticed that each pocket of lodges had a good mix of different sized lodges. The smallest (if you can call it that) was the Caldey (sleeps 4) all the way up to Dinas Bunkhouse (sleeps 14).

 

For me, choosing the right accommodation often makes or breaks a holiday. I really don’t think you can go wrong at Bluestone Wales.

 

 

Getting Around

Bluestone is a huge 500 acres, and whilst it is very possible to get around on foot, we would thoroughly recommend bringing your bikes, scooters or like we did, hire a golf buggy.

 

Bluestone

Bluestone

Bluestone

 

They are so much fun, and if you are on a shorter break, having one will help you get to where you want to be quickly so you don’t lose one moment of time. Though, having said that, when we picked up our golf buggy after leaving our car in the onsite (free) car park, we golf buggyed around the Bluestone resort a good few times because where else do you get to do that! My only regret was letting Mr Button do all the driving!

 

 

Where To Eat At Bluestone 

I am writing a separate review on where to eat at Bluestone, but I just wanted to add in here that you won’t be disappointed. No matter what type of accommodation you stay in at the resort, you will find yourself with a lovely kitchen, with pretty much everything you need (equipment wise) to cook your family a feast.

 

Bluestone

 

There is an onsite shop in the Bluestone village where you can top up on the basics, and about a 10 minute drive away from Bluestone will take you to a whole host of well-known supermarkets.  Don’t fancy cooking? No worries, there are some lovely onsite eateries to take your pick from!

 

Bluestone

Bluestone 

Bluestone

 

 

What To Do At Bluestone Wales

Well I guess it’s more like what can’t you do? For us, Bluestone is the ultimate ‘free range’ UK family holiday resort. There is so much to do, but we never felt pressured into doing anything. In fact, if Mr Button had it his way, he would have sat out on the patio of our lodge the whole time taking in the stunning views and enjoying the peace at last, that only a parent will understand.

 

Bluestone   Bluestone

 

But having said that, I think we all agree that our highlight of things to do was visiting the Blue Lagoon Waterpark. It was so much fun and Little Button can’t wait to come back just so she can go down the lazy river again.

 

Bluestone

Bluestone

 

Depending on how adventurous…or lazy you feel, you could try your hand at tree climbing, zip down the sky wire, get lost in soft play, explore the secret village, get your competitive socks on for mini golf, kick back and enjoy a dinner show, and so much more, I am quite running out of space to add everything in.

 

Bluestone

Bluestone

 

 

 

Our Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a stress free, exciting family holiday in the UK… Bluestone Wales is it. I can’t think of anywhere else that compares in terms of value for money, excellent service and an all-round jolly holiday experience. We came away from our mid-week break happy, energised and bursting with so many wonderful memories. Oh… and we were planning our return visit all the way home!

 

Bluestone

 

 

*I’ve only gone an written a full blown essay haven’t I. There is just so much to tell you, it’s been hard to keep it short. If you are looking to head over to Bluestone yourself, I will have a few shorter posts coming soon with reviews of our lodge, the food, and a quick look at what we did each day. See you soon.

 

Disclosure: We received a midweek family holiday to Bluestone Wales for the purpose of this review.  All views are my own and I can say that we all LOVED Bluestone!

 

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54 Comments

  1. July 11, 2017 / 5:51 am

    It looks like you had a great holiday! The beaches,ok beautiful. I love the hobbit/fairy housesin the woods. #dreamteam

  2. July 11, 2017 / 7:01 am

    I’ve heard so much about this place and will seriously be considering it. #DreamTeam
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  3. July 11, 2017 / 7:08 am

    What a beautiful location and the accommodation looks lovely too. Sounds like the perfect place to spend some quality family time. Lovely photos. I’d love you to join #PointShoot Thank you for hosting #DreamTeam
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  4. July 11, 2017 / 7:15 am

    I’ve always wondered what Bluestone was like. Looks gorgeous and I love Pembrokeshire! Thanks for sharing your review. Is it fun for 10 and 14 yr olds too, or more for littles? #DreamTeam

  5. July 11, 2017 / 7:40 am

    Oh wow, so many gorgeous photos of your holiday! It looks like you had a really lovely time. That milkshake looks pretty incredible! We would love to visit here one day. #DreamTeam

  6. July 11, 2017 / 8:39 am

    Ahh one of my fave ever bloggers writing about one of my fave ever places. I want to be back there right now watching our kids chase bunnies. *wistful sigh* xx
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    • July 12, 2017 / 2:49 pm

      Only me again! Just popping back to gaze at all the gorgeous pics of this fabulous place. Yay to Bluestone! Yay to #DreamTeam x
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  7. July 11, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Gorgeous pix! It looks like such a nice place to take the family zzs

  8. July 11, 2017 / 9:14 am

    I’ve read quite a few posts about Bluestone recently, it just looks fantastic. I love how they seem to have thought of everything. Anywhere that’s car free gets my vote, it eliminates a stress that you’re barely aware of until it’s gone. #DreamTeam
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  9. July 11, 2017 / 10:21 am

    I love Bluestone, its just so beautiful! I haven’t been for a while now and reading your post just makes me want to get up and pack for a weekend there! Maybe I should, as I haven’t taken my little boy there yet. #DreamTeam
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  10. July 11, 2017 / 11:35 am

    Wales and in particular Pembrokshire is a beautiful part of the country and one Mr A and I have regularly holidayed at.
    I love the idea of a golfing buggy to get around with. #dreamteam
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  11. July 11, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    We have been looking for family holidays in the UK and Pembrokeshire was on the list. It looks so wonderful with lots of things to do and see.

    #dreamteam

  12. July 11, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    My husband and I were just talking about the fact we need to visit Wales now it’s so close – I’m totally suggesting this to him as it sounds amazing! #dreamteam

  13. July 11, 2017 / 7:49 pm

    We take all our holidays in the UK, I just love it! While the children are young it’s perfect. We’re off to Wales in 2 weeks so it was great to read your post. Fab pics too!
    #DreamTeam

  14. July 11, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    It looks like this holiday of yours was fabulous! What terrific pictures – I especially love the little fairy houses out in nature! My girls would just love to see that! Thank you for sharing this with us! #DreamTeam <3

  15. July 11, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Isn’t it a fab place we have been twice and actually going back in a weeks time looks like you had a fab time thanks for hosting #dreamteam
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  16. July 11, 2017 / 10:15 pm

    Really good review that tells you what you actually need to know. Here’s to more UK holidays moving forwards

  17. July 12, 2017 / 8:07 am

    Oh your photo diary is just so gorgeous! Bluestone is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and I do ven more now. Rhe lodges look gorgeous and the scenery just divine. What a breath of fresh air! #DreamTeam

  18. July 12, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Bluestone is definitely on my list of places to go. It looks absolutely fab there and sounds like you guys really enjoyed it. x #dreamteam
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  19. July 12, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    It looks beautiful. So lush and green! #dreamteam

  20. July 12, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    There are so many beautiful places to see and experience in the UK, sometimes it’s very easy to simply take it all for granted! Your holiday snaps look amazing and I definitely need to check out Bluestone holidays! Sim x #DreamTeamLinky

  21. July 12, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Oh no…now you’ve got me longing for a holiday! I’d just about made peace with the fact that we’re not going away this year! I haven’t been on holiday in Wales since I was a child…this place looks wonderful! Maybe I’ll have a little look at what I can get short notice!
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  22. July 13, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    Hubby was very reserved about going there… I think telling him it was through the Blog made him apprehensive as to how good it would be…. After five minutes there he fell in love and so did I! can’t wait to go back there again! #dreamteam
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  23. July 13, 2017 / 9:32 pm

    It looks like you had such a good time!!! I literally WANT that milkshake right now haha!! It’s the second time this week that Wales has been recommended to me, and I’m seriously considering it for our first ‘proper’ holiday as a 4 (visiting Grandad at his caravan doesn’t count!!) #dreamteam
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  24. July 14, 2017 / 7:14 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing! I’ve got to stop reading travel posts, going to all the lovely places I keep finding via them is going to cost me a fortune!

  25. July 15, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Brilliant review and your photographs show just how beautiful it is. We went to Bluestone last November and had an amazing time. There is so much to do and the Blue Lagoon was our favourite activity too. I’m so glad that you had a wonderful time. And that Bluestone has changed your mind about UK holidays. We always holiday in the UK and love it. There is so much to do just on our doorstep. Thanks for hosting the #DreamTeam. Hugs Lucy xxxx
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  26. July 16, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    I’ve heard so many positive things about Bluestone, i’m definitely going to look into visiting 🙂 Great post!
    #Dreamteam
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  27. July 18, 2017 / 4:16 am

    This looks beautiful and a perfect family staycation. We went to Wales when Amelie was very young but haven’t made it back but these pictures are making me want to book a trip! #dreamteam

  28. July 26, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Sounds great – stress free appeals to me! I love how you go into so much details so that it is a proper informative review

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