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