We were delighted to be invited back to Bluestone Wales this summer and having only been in the rain before, going in the middle of the epic heatwave was a whole different experience.
We've loved our Bluestone adventures the past two years and even though both times we had bad weather, we had amazing holidays, created special memories and enjoyed somewhere we consider to be really special and totally different from your average UK holiday. Adding sunshine could only make things better, so we headed off to Wales last month for five days of luxury, relaxation, outdoors fun and my favourite - travelling around by golf buggy!
Bluestone National Park Resort is situated in beautiful Pembrokeshire in South Wales. Packed with activities, entertainment and things to Explore, the park itself is a joy to be in and also surrounded by the most perfect family days out. We ventured to Tenby, Freshwater East and stayed an extra night on route in Pembroke Dock to avoid driving in the daytime and 30 degree heat.
This year we stayed in a Tenby lodge, a two story accommodation with two twin rooms and one double room. For more space you can book a Tenby connect which is two of ours together, or choose from all their other options for smaller or larger capacity options.
As always, the lodge was beautiful. Inside is just like the most perfect show home with high quality appliances and furniture. I loved that we had our own floor with the double being upstairs. We had our own on suite bathroom as well as black out curtains and the most peaceful quiet nights sleep we've had in ages. I miss it so much! We had a full grassy back garden this year too, with ample space for the kids to play and make friends, with a big hill of beautiful wild flowers at the back.
Here's a sneak peek of our digs during our stay;
When we visit Bluestone we always pay the extra to hire a golf buggy for our visit. You can of course walk everywhere and it's a pretty place to explore, but for us having that buggy is a huge happy part of our holiday and means we can nip back to the car, the shop or swimming pool without a long walk. Also, they are lots of fun and being open to the elements was a great way to cool down! The buggy cost around £20 a day but it is so so worth it, especially if you are a little unfit or struggle with aches and pains like me.
The kids adore Bluestone too, with fun forest walks, a circus playroom for little ones and huge indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds, there's heaps to keep them busy all day long as well as lovely places to eat, BBQs at the lodge and bookable activities to take part in.
This year Alf had a go at the climbing wall. We were able to book this in the adventure centre and get straight on to it so it's very easy to add extra bits on during your stay. Alf loves climbing and had great fun. The staff were very helpful and polite and helped him have lots of fun.
Our favourite place to eat at Bluestone is Camp Smokey, a tree house style BBQ restaurant in the depths of the forest. The surroundings are beautiful, there's lots of nature all around, birds coming to say hello and the option to roast marshmallows on their open fire which is always a big hit with the kids. You can reserve tables with just a small deposit and it's a must visit when you holiday there.
We had a blast this year once again and were so happy to be given the opportunity to come back, explore the park and surrounding areas a little more and have a few days of true relaxation and family time. Bluestone is special, it's not like any other holiday park I've been too and we would highly recommend it to everyone, you won't be disappointed! Thanks for having us Bluestone! I have lots more to share from our stay, so keep an eye out for more Bluestone posts if this has left you hungry for more!
Have you been on holiday this summer?