If you follow my Instagram page you will know that recently we were lucky enough to be invited to review Bluestone resort, Wales. Im so pleased to give you a low down on how great this free range break is!
I have split my review into two posts -our overall stay and our visit to Kingdom of the Elves.
We arrived at Bluestone on a cold, dark November night. This just made it all the more exciting as I just couldn’t wait to get nestled up in our lodge! We had travelled from Shropshire and it took us about 3 and a half hours which I included regular threenager emergency DVD player tantrums/ pee stops.
As soon as we made the approach I could see all the twinkling lights, I was so excited. I have read lots of reviews of Bluestone from other lovey bloggers and I couldn’t wait to see what it was like for us as a family of four.
Our accomation was the Gateholm lodge, which is upside down..beds downstairs and living area upstairs. I couldn’t believe how spacious the bedrooms were and was stunned again once we got upstairs to see the beautiful open plan living area.
The first thing we noticed is how clean, fresh and welcoming the lodge was. There was even a little cleaning pack by the sink with two dishwasher tablets included, what a thoughtful touch. There was a note from the lady who had cleaned our lodge prior to arrival (Julie W) noting for us to have a lovely stay. Things like this really make the difference to me. It feels like the stay is tailored to you, such as a high chair and travel cot included in the accommodation as well as stairgatea to really give a “family feel” to the lodge and exactly what we needed.
Kitchen and living area
I love the fact that it felt so homely, I was really able to relax straight away. Comfy beds and sofas as well as a roomy an accessible kitchen and family sized table. There is a TV and dvd combo but we only really used this of an evening. The open plan kitchen and living area is a great size for a family stay, lots of cupboard space and worktop surface for aiding with the self catered stay. Plenty of room for all our bottles and baby paraphernalia for Dexter too! A set of French doors allow you to take in the glorious view and are safe with a wooden fence across if you have little ones. There is a dishwasher, small fridge freezer, cooker and electric hob. The cupboards house glasses, cups, cutlery, dining wear as well as plastic versions for the kids. There is some Pyrex oven dishes, stainless steel pans, spatulas, potatoes mashers, spoons and scissors. Even a French press!
Kitchen wise I would suggest to take some washing up liquid (ours was provided but it isn’t always) extra dishwasher tablets, surface cloths and antibacterial spray. I think next time we will take a non stick frying pan too as it makes life a whole lot easier.
The Gateholme sleeps six – easily, with two twin rooms and a double with en suite & bath. There is also a smaller bathroom with an invigorating power shower that definitely had more energy than me in the morning!
Our double room had a wonderful set of doors that allowed for a picturesque view outside to see from the bed or sit and have a coffee early morning to watch the sunrise outside at the picnic table. Me and Freddie did this one morning and it was superb, all you could hear was the birds and see the colours of the sky change. It was a lovely memory to make. This would be fantastic in summer to have the doors open and have a bbq outside and sit and relax until the sun goes down.
All the bedrooms have well equipped wooden furniture that you could need, as well as spare blankets and pillows. Our fresh towels were laid upon the newly made beds for our arrival. The beds are super comfy and the duvets lovely and pillowy. We stayed in winter and with the heating and thick duvets we didn’t get cold overnight.
There is no parking outside the lodges other than packing and unpacking, other than this the cars go on a central car park and you can either walk around the resort or hire a golf buggy. I can totally see why this is the case as the resort it beautiful and calm, cars would just ruin it but the buggies quite expensive if you don’t make full use of them, they are very popular though. We didn’t hire a buggy and it was a lot for Freddie with his tired little legs, especially when we walked to get chips on the Saturday evening. This is something to think about if you have little ones who aren’t keen on walking for example as you could be quite a distance away from things depending on where your lodge is situated.
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon swimming pool is a MUST and is so well equipped. The changing rooms are really clean and they have large family changing pods so it was perfect for us with Freddie and having a baby. There are even “wet kit bags” to put your cozzie in after! The swimming pool it’s self goes from a shallow “shore” area to a deeper zone. This area also has intermittent waves come across. Connected here is a little river that flows outside, this has a current and pulls you along, it’s not suitable for the really small or weak swimmers – it did take me by surprise but it was nice to be in the warm water and be outside too!
There are then two smaller pool areas with activities such as water guns or foam balls for the smaller ones to play with. There is also a small cafe inside. We really enjoyed the blue lagoon and it’s somewhere we would go back to rain or shine.
Around the resort there are several natural walks, mini jeep safaris and old smokey. Unfortunately our weekend was really jam packed so we will have to see some of this next time but from what I have seen online it’s awesome!
There is also “the village” in the resort, postcard little dwellings, a little shop, pub, restaurant, play area and the spa. This was all festively decorated when we were there and it looked beautiful. Even though the shop is small it has a massive selection and I didn’t think it was over priced to say it’s the only shop on site! You can buy individual dishwasher tablets here to for like 45p so if you do forget grab them here. I also found a good selection of dairy free items here for Freddie so this was a massive plus point for us.
There is a little fish and chip shop van on site too of an evening and I must say the chips are delicious, I had battered halloumi too and it was dreamy!
Bluestone definitely lives up to its mantra of “free range fun” you can’t help but want to be outside and breathing in that fresh Welsh air. We thoroughly enjoyed our stayed and it perfectly caters for families, even down to the shop staff being so friendly and chatty with the children, it makes such a difference. Without trying I felt relaxed and at ease, this was the feeling for all of us, Freddie especially loved the bath and looking out fo the French windows. It’s the perfect slice of luxury to create a wealth of family memories, get back to basics and enjoy the simple things. Get back to nature and give Bluestone a try, what could be better than a crisp morning walk, an invigorating swim and then coming back to your lodge for a full breakfast before more exploring!
We were offered a stay at Bluestone in return for an honest review. All words and images are my own.