We were recently invited to stay at Bluestone in Wales. It actually came at the perfect time for our family. With all the work going on at home it really was nice to have a few days down time, just the four of us, with no other commitments. This post is extremely picture heavy, but I just couldn’t resist capturing it all. There was so much I wanted to picture and remember. I hope you enjoy.
We enjoyed our stay so much. It was a self catering holiday, so we brought lots of supplies from home like tea and coffee. We did a small shop when we arrived at the Bluestone store in the village. Daniel and I usually like to eat out when we go on holiday as it is so much easier most of the time. But this time we really wanted to try out self catering fully and see how we got on as a family. For most of the trip we did self cater but on the odd occasion we did eat out, mostly for tea and cake. We really enjoyed the self catering aspect of the holiday and it felt like a home away from home for us.
We absolutely loved our lodge. It was so cosy. No need to even put the heating on as the lodge kept it’s heat so well. The lodge was well designed with the bedrooms downstairs and the kitchen living area upstairs. This way you could really take advantage of the beautiful views.
Sophia and Archie absolutely loved having daddy with us all week. As did I. It was really lovely to spend the week together and we made some lovely memories together. We had lots of fun and enjoyed the time together. The children loved the freedom of choice. There was so much to do at Bluestone despite the colder weather. There is the Blue Lagoon Swimming Pool, The Adventure Centre, nature trails and plenty more. So there was always something to fill up our time. We did spend quite a bit of our time in the lodge especially in the evenings and early mornings.
The views at Bluestone were absolutely beautiful, especially when the sun came out.
On our first day at Bluestone we unloaded our car and looked around our lodge the children enjoyed unpacking and setting their beloved toys around the room and packing their clothes in all the draws. It was so sweet to see. Archie is so lucky to have sophia. He really looks up to her. I sometimes wonder how we ever got on without him here. I wonder what it was like for Sophia not having an older sibling. She was three when Archie was born. So I guess she will have no recollection of it. But Archie although he is three he is still so little in some ways and so big in others. He is so particular with his belongings and made sure everything was packed away in the draws. He couldn’t even have a sleeve poking out.
He has this little thing, at our lodge, that if the remote is on the table he will put it neatly in the holder which is on the wall. I didn’t even notice the holder. So I am surprised he did? But that is just who he is, he likes order and routine. He likes everything to have a place, he makes me smile.
There were stairgates at the top and bottom of the stairs, which I thought was really great especially if you have younger children.
The lodge was clean and very well equipped for a self catering holiday, with a dishwasher too. On arrival you are supplied with a black bag, a cloth, a small washing liquid and a couple dishwashing tablets. But I would highly recommend bringing more of your own.
The open plan living area was lovely, especially when we enjoyed dinner and for later in the evenings.
After relaxing in our lodge after our four hour drive we decided to go for a little explore and to go swimming. We had heard great things about the Blue Lagoon.
We had the most fabulous time. Swimming is so much fun with the family. Sophia enjoyed the slides and Daniel and I took turns taking her on them. We all had such a great time. It is so child friendly in there. Sophia is like a little fish and absolutely loved practicing her swimming. We also all enjoyed the wave machine. What fun we had. We then came home and had chicken stir fry for dinner and then had a very early night. It was a lovely first few hours experiencing Bluestone.
The next day we had itchy feet and decided to head to Tenby Beach. Something that I had researched even before we arrived in Pembrokeshire. I was sure we had to visit Tenby. And I am so glad we did we all enjoyed ourselves so much. It was absolutely beautiful. I can imagine it would be even more so in the summer months.
The children especially enjoyed playing in the sand and looking in the rock pools. We even found a starfish. A really magical time.
There is something about the salty air and the sounds of the ocean that really ground you. As a child whenever we went anywhere with my parents we would always go beach hunting. My dad was always looking for the next beach to visit. The beach will always be my happy place.
We also headed in the town centre. I always love looking around new towns they are so different and unique in their owns ways. I loved all the brightly coloured building in Tenby.
We were tired after out long day in Tenby and managed to get very lost on the way home actually. We eventually found our way back and went straight to the Adventure Centre to try it out. We spent and hour there before it shut and played mini golf. We had a nice cosy evening at our lodge and we had steak fajitas for dinner. Archie had a quiche, he is a very particular little eater.
I love my two snuggly babies in their PJ’s they look so cosy and ready for a big squeeze and a cuddle. My favourite. I gave these PJ’s to them as a little holiday gift while we were packing for our trip. They absolutely loved that they were matching, they were both so over the moon. It was so lovely to see their little faces.
The next day we decided to spend it at Bluestone and explore. We had a lovely breakfast of porridge at our lodge and went swimming afterwards. Followed by the Adventure Centre. We also hired a buggy as the children were really keen to try one out and I think Daniel was too! It was nice to not have to walk everywhere to be honest especially with all the rain too. I would definitely recommend hiring a buggy. It was lots of fun.
We also had a coffee and the children had an ice cream in the Bluestone cafe.
A bubblegum ice cream must be a childhood must, its the only ice cream they ever choose when it is on a cone!
We really had the most wonderful time exploring Bluestone. There were some lovely nature trails too. We also loved the Adventure Centre. We played mini golf as a family and that was really fun.
Archie enjoying the Lego area in the Adventure Centre.
Bluestone is your home away from home. Surrounded by the beauty of Wales. It is a place to make family memories that last a lifetime. At least thats exactly what it was for us. I will remember our time in Bluestone forever as cliché as that sounds, I really will.
I enjoyed the slower pace of life and all the activities we got to do together as a family. The children were an absolute dream and we all enjoyed each others company so much. I wish we could make trips like this more of a thing because it was really lovely.
Sophia and Archie had lots of fun at the Adventure Centre, and the Blue Lagoon as well as lots of walks and exploring the Bluestone village. We are also so glad we had the chance to venture out into Pembrokeshire and explore further afield.
We were so lucky to experience all that we did and I always treasure our trips away as a family. It is so important for our little unit to have that time and it always fills me up with huge amounts of love and I feel so grateful to have my little family and that we are able to do these amazing things together.
On our very last day at Bluestone we decided to visit Newgale beach. I had actually seen a beautiful painting of Newgale beach in our lodge bedroom and it made me really want to go and see Newgale for myself. I am so glad we did as it was beautiful. A pebble beach and stunning views. Lots of surrounding hills and a lovely village which had a surf shop too. I bet Newgale is the place to be in summer to learn to surf.
Thank you so much to Bluestone Wales for having us, we had the most amazing time and can’t wait to come back and visit again.