Friday, 19 May 2017

Review - Bluestone 2017

If you've followed my blog for a few years you may remember that back in 2015 we visited Bluestone. Well at the beginning of May we drove the 200+ miles to go again and boy it was worth it!



Check in was super easy. I used the online check in before we left. I could pop in our car registration and names of the people coming. Harleigh was missing but after a quick phone call to the helpline she was added without any issues. It was super quick and easy. When we arrived we had to wait in line for around 10-15 minutes then drove to the window and got our keys and information pack. We still had around an hour before we could get in our lodge so we parked car up and had a look around until 4:30pm. You can pay for early check in and some lodges do have a 3pm check in but we didn't mind having a stroll around after the long car journey. Checking out is even easier, once your week is up simply pack up and leave your lodge by 10am. You can stay on site and spend a few more hours enjoying yourself which is nice if you don't want to leave straight away. When you do leave you simply drive out and drop your key cards in a box.

We stayed in a Gateholm Lodge. It was lovely, with one double and two single rooms there were plenty of space for us. We also had a bathroom and an ensuite. The Gateholm lodge is upside down so the bedrooms are downstairs and the living area is upstairs. We didn't find this an issue but we did have to be careful to not make too much noise after we put the children to bed as you could hear the floorboards downstairs if someone upstairs was walking around. The bedrooms and bathrooms were lovely, clean and comfortable. Plenty of space to hang clothes and put suitcases but not really anywhere for the stroller although we could of left it outside. 









Upstairs there was an open plan kitchen and living room. It was a lovely size and again very comfortable. In each lodge a high chair and cot are provided which was lovely and Harleigh made use of them. There are also baby gates on the stairs which is always a lovely touch and gives you peace of mind and that little bit of added safety in a new place.




In the kitchen there was also a nappy bin so once you'd finished with a nappy you simply placed in that bin and then it would be taken to be recycled, again a really nice touch especially with two children still in nappies we used the box a lot! 



The resort itself is so lovely. It feels like you are in the middle of nowhere and is peaceful and very green. There are bunny rabbits, bug hotels and ducks on the lake. The older two loved spotting all the animals.





If you don't fancy one of many lovely walks available there are plenty of others activities for you to enjoy, some free and some you need to book and pay for. Before going we tried to book some activities online but unfortunately kept getting error messages, we could of easily phoned and i'm sure could of booked over the phone but we decided to leave it and try book when we arrived. Booking online is advised as activities can get full quickly. We did visit the booking centre while we were there and the staff were very helpful. In the end we didn't book any extra activities because of the times they were on. A lot of activities were on at times that didn't suit our family, for example the kids nap time.




There are lots of free activities to do as well. There's the Adventure Centre and the Blue Lagoo. The Adventure Centre basically has lots of different things inside, perfect for if the weather isn't too great. There's mini golf, a bouncy castle, soft play, play area, lego and a small arcade. This is where the climbing wall and some other paid for activities happen too. Also included in the Adventure Centre is the circus room, this is a big soft play room for under 5's. We love the adventure centre and always make sure we visit a few times during our stay. 





The Blue Lagoo is the water park onsite. It is open to the public as well as guests but there are guest only sessions every morning. It includes water slides, a lazy river, wave machine and play areas. The Blue Lagoo is one of our favourite things to do at Bluestone. Me and Paige visited this time as Parker isn't too fond of water right now. For the water slides children do have to be over 1.1m but if they aren't that tall yet there are still plenty of things for them to do. We had a lovely morning there, everything is clean and the staff are very friendly. There are family changing rooms which is great and very helpful. 




If the weather is nicer then there are two outside play areas to keep the children entertained. One was closed when we visited but that was the one that i feel is more suited to older children anyway. The second which was open is a new addition and the kids loved it. There was a wooden boat, slides, swings, a giant family seesaw and a few others things too. 



There is also the Steep Ravine. We haven't yet tried any activities as the kids are a little young, i think activities start for 6-8 year olds.


We also attended kids hour. This was a free activity held in the village hall one evening. It was run by two lovely ladies who had glitter on their faces, the kids loved it. They played games and made a real effort to include everyone and learnt everyone's names, i have no idea they did it!



Bluestone lodges are self catering but there are a variety of places to eat on site in the Adventure Centre and in the village. There's the Woodland cafe, restaurants and Camp Smokey. We still didn't manage to get to Camp Smokey but we will next time we visit! There is also a shop to buy your essential items, the pasties and pies are so yummy. Things are a little more expensive than a regular supermarket but they are some close by if you don't want to pay the extra although the convenience is great. There is also the new addition of The Chippy. We tried The Chippy and it was really good. It was quite expensive though and a fish alone was around £6. We also looked at the Woodland cafe but again just couldn't justify the £5 price for a kids sandwich and a packet of crisps!




You are more than welcome to leave the site, simply walk up to your car and you can drive away. We did this on a couple of days and there are some great places nearby. We visited Llawhadden Castle, the Dinosaur Park and Tenby. 


Overall we really enjoyed our week and were so sad when it came to an end. We are already looking at going back next year and can't wait! 

Have you visited Bluestone?

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We spent the week at Bluestone for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

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