After an incredibly long drive, as neared Bluestone we spotted a TRIPLE RAINBOW! A good omen, or what?! With a very quick check-in, with possibly the friendliest person in the world, we drove to our Welsh lodge and couldn’t believe where we were staying. On similar holidays previously we have had nice but fairly small lodges. This could not have been more different. A huge, detached lodge stood at the end of a cul-de-sac. (We were staying in a Grassholm lodge.) As we unpacked, the kids ran from room to room (and there were quite a few to see!). With one double and three twin rooms, there were no arguments as to who was sleeping where; as there was just so much space.
The huge, open-plan area downstairs is ideal for large families. With plenty of sofas and dining space and a big kitchen, meal times are going to be super easy here. There are two fridges, a small amount of freezer space, cooker, microwave, dishwasher and every utensil and pot you could need. I thoroughly recommend ordering a food shop to your lodge before you get here (you can do that on the website) as we left it too late! There is a well stocked supermarket on-site though and the prices aren’t extortionate, like many other holiday villages.
Geared up for families, every lodge comes with a high chair, travel cot and stair gates, making it so easy and stress-free here. It’s also wheelchair friendly, with a bathroom and bedroom downstairs. The photos on the website don’t do the Grassholm justice; they are huge and feel so private too. Having said that, I am keen for us to try St David’s next time as they even have a playroom included!
Golf Buggy Hire
After settling in to our lodge, we wandered down to the buggy and bike hire place, where we had a golf buggy reserved. I would definitely recommend doing this. It is £95ish for Monday-Friday but so worth it as Bluestone is quite hilly and parts of it can be quite a walk. Also, they’re loads of fun to drive!! You can fit 4 adults and two children on the golf buggy – the only annoying thing about them is the lack of storage. They would be so handy if you could put your shopping or other bags in. I’d suggest bringing a backpack with you to make life a little easier.
We parked up our golf buggy and went for a wander through the village. Beautifully clean, we spotted a wooden playground, which looked perfect for our two. It had started to rain at this point though so we’ll save that for a drier day! After our long journey, we were starving. We haven’t booked any restaurants for the whole time we are here, deciding to take our chances on it being a quiet time of year. Luckily, The Knight’s Templar didn’t disappoint. It’s a huge pub with plenty of seating and delicious food. I also spotted that they have live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays so we might have to check that out later on in the week.
A rainy ride back to our Bluestone lodge in pouring rain, we dried off and put the kids to bed in their huge bedrooms. So here I am… at the end of day one laying on a comfy bed, listening to the rain on the roof of our lodge. Just perfect.
Our first full day at Bluestone was off to a cracking start with delicious Welsh cakes after breakfast (bought from the onsite supermarket) and today we decided to check out Blue Lagoon, the subtropical waterpark. Erin and Rory love splashing about so they’d have been happy with just a standard pool, to be honest, but what we experienced was a billion times better. Erin’s favourite part was the lazy river (which also led to an outside bubble pool); we went round about 5 times on the trot! And you’ve never heard anyone giggle as much as Rory jumping about when the wave machine came on. There are big flumes for older ones and even Nippers cove, a gated area away from the main pool for little ones.
Bluestone really have thought of everything. There are tons of family changing rooms (as well as separate male and female ones, if needed) with changing tables in and a seat with straps, so you can get changed knowing your tot isn’t going to open the door on you or do a runner while you’re in a towel!!
After some time at the lunch and naps, the afternoon was a chance to explore. We briefly popped in to the Serendome (the sand play and water play sections were big hits!) and the Adventure Centre. We’re hoping to go along there again tomorrow to spend some more time so will report back on those parts of the resort soon!
After delicious fish and chips, we wrapped up warm, donning the wellies, and headed to Winter Lights. It was amazing. Crossing the rainbow bridge to enter the forest, we followed a trail of light displays on the ground, treetops, stream… pretty much everywhere! The forest really did look beautiful and the kids enjoyed spotting all the different animals, patterns and colours. They both loved the interactive elements, such as the fairy house, where you can ring the doorbell and hear the goings-on inside. At the end of the trail there was a small selection of vintage, wind-up fair games, which was the perfect finish to the walk.
Not only have we all had the most fun-filled day, it was all included in the holiday price, except for food. There are plenty of activities you can book onto at Bluestone but it’s definitely easy enough to keep little ones entertained without spending anything extra, which is a winner in my books. Oh and Erin also slept until half 7 after Day 2’s events (totally unheard of these days!) and Rory is still sleeping after 12 hours. Hooray for that!!
Along with another visit to Blue Lagoon for a splash about, today was mostly spent at the Adventure Centre. We briefly visited the circus themed soft play upstairs, which would have been ideal for really little ones, but not quite entertaining enough for my 2 and 4 year olds.
Downstairs, in the main room, they were in their element with so much to choose from. Rory was a big fan of the ball bit and Erin loved the soft play, the huge slides and the bouncy castle. There’s also a cafe adjoining it, so we could enjoy a cup of tea in peace, while they ran riot! The whole place seemed incredibly clean, not busy and great for all ages. We even managed a quick go on the mini golf. And the best bit was that everything was included in the holiday price.
During our stay at Bluestone, the Serendome at Bluestone was a big hit with all of us. The sand and water play areas were perfect for our two (so make sure you bring wellies and clothes you don’t mind them getting mucky!) and they also loved the big, rubber LEGO bricks. Although the Serendome is like a huge umbrella, it’s just like being outside, so dress for the weather! It really is great having so many activities available even during the rainy days.
The small playground and soft play were great for under 5s too and the street food, ice cream stand and bar gave plenty of options for food and drink. I thoroughly recommend a hot chocolate from Joe’s, complete with cream and marshmallows. Erin and Rory enjoyed their babyccinos too!
(Trip was gifted but absolutely our own views – we genuinely love it so much that we’re already considering making this an annual trip!)