In May, yes its taken me forever to write this. we visited Bluestone in Wales. We had such a lovely time and hope to go again soon.
Check in -
To check into bluestone you use a drive through process. You can pre register your details online to make check in quicker. We did try this but I'm not sure it worked, I entered details and clicked submit but it took me back to the main screen. I didn't do it again just in case so I left it. Maybe a confirmation message would help people know if it worked or not.
When we got to bluestone the check in was still really easy. You queue up and then drive to a window. The lady took our booking number and our car registration. We then got handed some information and our keys. The lovely lady also explained where to go to find our lodge. Bluestone operates a one way system. But we found it super easy to find our lodge and there are plenty of signs. We found out then that we were pretty far away from everything but we need not have worried.
Our lodge was gorgeous. We stayed in a Skomer lodge. The first impressions of the lodge was that it was clean with lovely facilities, there was a few spiders in our room though. The cleaner actually left us a little note which was thoughtful. We had 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, all bathrooms had a shower and one downstairs had a bath too. The kitchen and bathrooms were lovely. They had everything you might need. There was also a little welcome pack in the kitchen with a tiny bottle of washing up liquid (bring your own), bin liners, two dish washer tablets. A toilet roll was provided in each bathroom. The lodge was lovely and big. The bedrooms were gorgeous and we felt right at home. The bedding and beds were comfy, Mark found the mattress a little hard. The curtains made the rooms dark enough for the children to sleep. It was quite windy during the night when we stayed and it was very loud at night but it didn't stop any of us sleeping after a busy day. We turned the heating on at the wall but didn't realise that the radiators needed to be turned on too. I found it quite cold in the lodge but no one else did. There is a travel cot provided in each lodge. Ours was a Mothercare one. We had trouble putting it up but eventually managed. The furniture inside the lodge was gorgeous, I wanted to take it home, I didn't though, don't worry. There was plenty of room to store clothes and toiletries but there wasn't many hangers in the wardrobe. The living room was lovely, enough sofas for everyone to sit and a tv. A rug would make it feel a bit more homely but it was perfectly acceptable. There was also a little snuggle area. There were two beanbags, a tv with dvd player. It is perfect for kids and Paige loved it. We used to snuggle up there and watch a dvd (you need to take your own) before bedtime. All the lodges have little grass areas around them. This makes them feel very spacious and not overlooked at all.
During our stay we ate out a couple of times. Who wants to cook every night anyway?! Not us. We ate at the Farmhouse grill and The Woodland Café. We really wanted to eat at Camp Smokey but just didn't get a chance.
We found it very easy to get a table, we arrived around 5pm. There were colouring sheets and crayons for the children. A high chair was also provided for Parker. Our waitress was lovey and friendly. We ordered at 17:18 and the food arrived at 17:33. While waiting for food we noticed a smashed salt pot in the corner by our table. but everywhere else was clean. Our food arrived and looked yummy. Me and Mark ordered burgers. Mark liked his but I couldn't eat any of mine. I didn't like the burger at all. The chips were ok but I think frozen, homemade ones would of being better. The kids shared chicken strips and chips. It was good and they loved it. We ordered dessert and it arrived 4 minutes later. I had a gorgeous chocolate brownie and we also tried the sundaes which were very yummy too. The portions sizes were good, the food was good, the staff were very helpful and the service was good. The tables were clean and apart from the smashed salt pot we were really happy. For 4 adults and 1 child (because we only got one kids meal) it cost us £72 which was thought was very reasonable. That included 3 desserts too. Overall 7/10.
We arrived as soon as it opened and ordered straight away at 12:00. The food arrived 10 minutes later. Me and Mark took Paige with us. I had a baguette, Mark had a jacket potato and Paige had sausage and chips. Altogether it cost £17, which was ok. The service was quick, the food was good. It was ok for lunch.
The Village -
The village is in the middle of Bluestone. It is a lovely area with shops, an arcade and the tree house, amongst other things. We used the village shop to stock up on items we forgot to bring and for a meal or two. Everything is slightly more expensive than what you would pay at a normal supermarket but it was very reasonable. The bakery was super yummy too. The buns and pies were really nice.
Things to do -
There is so much to do at Bluestone that if you didn't want to travel anywhere else then you wouldn't have to. There is the adventure centre, blue lagoon, the lake, all the gorgeous walks and woods. Our favourite had to be the blue lagoon. It is free for guests and is amazing. There are lovely family changing rooms, lockers and shower/toilet facilities. There are slides which were fun. A little children's area, which were ok but not the best. Paige really wanted a go on a slide but she is obviously too small so a little children's slide might be a good addition. The wave machine was a big hit with us all as was the lazy river, Paige and Parker both loved it. The adventure centre is also great. Some things have an additional charge, but most things are free. There's a soft play area, it was good and Paige enjoyed it but it was a little run down. There was a bouncy castle which me and kids enjoyed a lot. There was crazy golf where I kicked Mark's butt(he says he let me!). There was more arcade type games, a lot were broken and didn't work which is a shame. The lake is a lovely area to walk around. All the outside areas are very well looked after. There are loads of bunnies and wildlife which we all really enjoyed, Paige loved seeing the bunnies from our lodge. It was defiantly a huge plus for us.
We found the treehouse area a little limited for Paige. There wasn't a huge amount of things her to do. She was still a little small to fully enjoy the tree house and the small toddler area wasn't great. There was only one swing and it was always quite busy. She did enjoy the slide and the little train. The circus room was a big hit with both children and is a great little room to get them have fun. There's also some comfy sofa's for parents to relax.
We didn't book any extra activities as I read reviews before we went. A lot said they were a bit expensive for what they were and after seeing the prices I agree. For a children's sensory hour it was £7. I think a price of £4 would be better and we would of tried it out. There were free children's activities too though like the kids hour in the village tent.
Things to do outside Bluestone -
There are plenty of things to do outside Bluestone if you fancy venturing out. We went to Folly Farm and Tenby beach. Folly Farm was lovely but we thought it was a little overpriced for Paige as she couldn't even go on all the rides and things. But the animals were great and there was a lot to do. Tenby beach was gorgeous, such a lovely little place. W enjoyed our day at both places and would recommend both.
All the staff were really lovely. We phoned reception up a couple of times to ask questions and they were always so polite and helpful. I will add that one day while we were swimming in the Blue Lagoon we left out stroller in the buggy park. We went to collect the buggy and it was gone. We thought someone had taken it by mistake but it turned out that the staff had moved it without us knowing. Maybe a more clear area where buggies can and can't go would be helpful or lockers to store them in. Once we raised the issue it was sorted and staff brought our buggy to us but it did stress me out quite a lot.
We'd defiantly recommend Bluestone to another family. It was lovely and there's a lot to do. You wont be bored.
*Disclaimer - We were given a free stay in exchange for this review but all views and opinions are my own*