Bluestone National Park Resort is set in 500 acres of countryside in Pembrokeshire and has a variety of lodge homes to suit every family. The resort accommodation is equally spread out into 10 separate zones, so the lodges aren’t all on top of each other.
The drive through check-in experience is quick and easy and within 10 minutes we had our keys in hand and were on our way to our lodge. Bluestone is actually a car free resort. You can park in front of your lodge to unload your luggage, but during the rest of your stay the car is kept in the main car park near the entrance to the resort.
One point to note is the resort isn’t particularly well lit at night so we did have trouble navigating around on foot, especially as the signs aren’t lit up, so it’s a good idea to take a little hand held torch with you.
Our home for the week was the Caldey Connect lodge, situated in ‘Preseli View’. The Caldey Connect has one double bedroom, one twin bedroom and a bathroom. As well as this it had a fully equipped kitchen and a lovely, bright and open lounge/dining area. It even had a foyer space to leave our coats, shoes and the pushchair so they didn’t clutter up the main area. A travel cot, highchair, fresh towels and spare pillows were all provided, which was perfect as it saved us having to pack our own.
Patio doors lead out onto your own private patio area, complete with picnic bench and stunning views across the resort.
The lodge was nice and spacious and despite the open plan living and high ceilings was lovely and warm, much needed as we visited during a rather chilly week in November.
The Caldey Connect
Food & Drink
There’s no need to dine out at Bluestone as the lodge kitchens provide all you need to cook up a tasty meal. But if you like to dine out whilst you’re on holiday, then there’s plenty to choose from.
Farmhouse Grill – This is the only restaurant on-site that you can pre-book. A relaxed, family friendly restaurant serving burgers, salads, grilled meat and fish and some pretty tasty ice-cream sundaes for dessert.
Oak Tree restaurant -Located in the centre of the village, here you can enjoy freshly baked pizzas and pasta dishes. If you like the sound of this but prefer to eat in the comfort of your lodge then you’ll be pleased to know they also offer a take-away service.
Tŷ Coffi – Pronounced ‘Tea coffee’ and meaning ‘Coffee House’ in Welsh, this beautiful pastel pink building is where you can take a breather and enjoy fresh cakes, sandwiches and lots of delicious sweet treats, as well as a variety of hot and cold drinks.
The Knights Tafarn – Here you can unwind by the log fire and enjoy some traditional pub grub. Mix that with a variety of evening entertainment and big screen TV and you have yourselves a great night out.
The Chippy – Serving some of the best fish ‘n’ chips I’ve had in a longtime, ‘The Chippy’ van is conveniently situated by the village, which was just a stones throw from our lodge. You’ll find the usual suspects on the menu here and I thoroughly recommend the cod and chips.
For younger kids there’s an outdoor play area, soft play zones in the Adventure Centre and activities like messy play, baby sensory and puppet making. For older kids, there’s archery, climbing walls, a tree-top obstacle course and a 40ft zip wire and kayaking.
Included within our stay was unlimited entry to the Blue Lagoon swimming pool, something we definitely made good use of. There’s a dedicated shallow toddler pool, full of balls, hula hoops and water canons which Max loved. You then have the main swimming pool, which has a wave machine in it, and a lazy river which winds round the pool area, taking you outside and back in again. Add to this various flumes you have yourself a great morning or afternoon of entertainment.
Bluestone isn’t just for the little ones in our life though and there’s plenty for the adults to do too. There’s a luxurious on site spa, specialising in ESPA treatments, a perfect way to unwind after a busy day of activities with the kids.
As I mentioned before the resort is car free, but you don’t just have to get around on foot. Bluestone have both golf buggies and bikes available to hire during your stay. These do get booked up very far in advance though so it’s best to book before your go to avoid disappointment.
Bluestone is situated in the heart of Pembrokeshire, Wales, which is known for it’s stunning coastline, golden beaches and spectacular landscape. It’s full of places to explore, a variety of outdoor activities, amazing wildlife and the friendliest of locals.
Pembrokeshire has no less than 73 beaches, and with Tenby North Beach being just a 15 minute drive from Bluestone we decided to head down and get some fresh air. Tenby is often described as “The jewel in the crown” of the Pembrokeshire coast, and I can see why. It’s a relatively sheltered beach, but beautiful nonetheless, and we spent a lovely peaceful mid-week morning there.
During our stay Bluestone had been transformed into a Christmas wonderland, with lots of festive activities for all to enjoy. The main attraction was their ‘Kingdom of Elves’ experience, something which we were invited to attend.
We were greeted by elves at the entrance and had our cheeks painted a rosy red, whilst Max was given an adorable little elf outfit to dress in. From here the little ones were all given passports, with the aim of getting these stamped along the way once you’ve gained the necessary elf skills in each destination that you travel to. I don’t want to give too much away as the element of surprise added to the fun. What I will say though is it was an enjoyable, and interactive, 60 minutes and the adults had just as much fun as the children.
Max is a well travelled little boy but this was our first UK break as a family of three and it exceeded our expectations. It was nice to get back to basics and explore all the beauty that Wales has to offer. Our days were packed with fun activities and our evenings were spent relaxing in our cosy lodge. We had such a lovely time during our stay at Bluestone and would return again in a heartbeat.
*Thanks to Bluestone National Park for inviting us to stay for four nights for the purpose of this review