Last Monday we set off for the beautiful Welsh country side to review the gorgeous Bluestone national park resort, it was a long ol’ drive for us with three young children its the one part of the trip I was not excited for but the girls were really good thank god! For some ideas on how to keep kids entertained on long journey’s you can read my mums essential’s guide to long care journeys here.
Get ready for a very pic heavy post!
We arrived at around 4pm the lodges weren’t ready until 4:30 so we decided to stretch our legs and take a peak at the activity centre, I was very surprised at just how much there was to do, the kids headed straight for the bouncy castle to let off some steam and Lottie got busy crawling about the place. We loved the activity centre there was so much to do it there: the lego wall, soft play, high ropes, mini golf, rock climbing just to name a few, children could easily spend hours in there! It was never too busy so that was great my only negative is its quite chilly in there the kids aren’t so bothered as they’re busy running around but I kept my coat firmly on whilst in there! We headed to the activity centre at some point every day they girls loved it.
The top left photo above is my favourite I no it looks like I’m about to land on my child I can assure you I was just bouncing her in the air and she’s actually laughing!
After a quick play our lodge was ready so we drove on down to check it out and wow it was amazing. We were staying in a Gateholm lodge with 3 bedrooms (two twin, one double) and two bathrooms, you then head upstairs to a large open plan living area which has a very well equipped kitchen (literally everything you can think of they have), dining area with a highchair a lounge area with TV, there is also stair gate’s at the top and bottom of the stairs handy with the baby crawling everywhere.
I really cannot fault the accommodation it was lovely and modern, very warm perfect for families. Every lodge comes with a travel cot but they do not provide the mattress or bedding for it so remember to bring that along with you. Towels are included how ever these can’t be used when visiting the blue lagoon so you will need to bring some extra’s if you plan on taking a swim. We unfortunately didn’t get a chance to use our picnic table bit too cold this time of year but I can imagine in summer it would be brilliant, every lodge has a little patio area with a table. Another nice little touch is the little pack which contains a teeny tiny bottle of washing up liquid, some sponges and 3 dish washer tablets which was plenty for us as we ate out a few times as well.
First thing I was desperate to do was get down to the pool (big kid I no) I was a little confused on the rules and with three children two under 4 I was worried we would’t all be able to go together so me and Maisy headed of for a swim by ourselves. Once there I clarified the rules with the receptionist I could take 2 children by myself if one is under 4 but we have to sign a form, stay in the baby pool and we would all have to wear a wrist band. Anyway its safe to say we all loved the pool me and Maisy had so much fun floating round in the lazy river, I wasn’t sure she’d like going out side as it was freezing but she just laughed her head off when the cold air hit us. The wave machine was great fun if you are going with little children though I’d advise staying in the shallow end the waves do get pretty big!
The next day we went again this time I took Maisy and Bella so we just stayed in the baby pool, they were quite happy going down the slide and chasing each other around I on the other hand was freezing I understand their rules but it would of been nice to of gotten in the big pool again.
After a day in the resort we decided to hire a buggy they girls were feeling it with all the activities and its quite hilly so we thought it would be best for them (who am I kidding I just wanted to whizz around in one!) with our new wheels we headed into the village to explore what was about.
The village has lovely big park the sun was shining so we took full advantage of the good weather and the kids let off some steam!
On a sunny day what else do you need? Ice cream of course! We stopped off in the cafe for arguably the yummiest ice-cream I have ever had, it was called celtic crunch if your there you have to try it!
The village also has a couple little shops selling souvenirs ect, a small food shop, the well spa and a selection of places to eat.
We went for lunch one day in the Knight Tafarn, a really nice little family friendly pub the menu wasn’t massive but we all found something we liked, I went for a Tuna & red onion sandwich, Ryan got a baked potato with Prawns. The kids were quite happy with chips and ice cream (its allowed were on holiday!).
There are lots of activities you can book in to do with the kids, you do have to pay extra for these, I did try and book messy play but it was unfortunately fully booked instead me an Lottie headed to baby sensory where I also saw the lovely Jenna who blogs at tiny footsteps and her little one so that was really nice to have a catch up!
Lotties at an age now where she’s not a baby but not quite a toddler so I felt this session was more aimed at the younger babies, Lottie just wanted to go off and explore the toys! Still we enjoyed some rare quality time together.
I took a bit time off being mummy for a couple of hours and headed off down to the spa they had a deal on for an express facial, file and polish and use of the facilities for £40 which is brilliant! The beauty therapist was lovely we had a good chat about my skin before my facial and she gave me some skin care tips as its been a bit crazy since I stopped breast feeding Lottie. After my treatments I spent a good hour going from the sauna to steam rooms and a dip in the Jacuzzi was so nice and relaxing I could of stayed in there all day!
Before we knew it was time to head back home, our mid week break went far to quickly I could of easily spent a few more days here. Bluestone is a great resort for families I would highly recommend, we all loved it and have been looking to return already! We were invited for a day out to Folly Farm as well whilst on the trip so we stopped off on the way home Folly farm is about 10 minutes down the road from the resort, I will be writing a full review in the next couple of days so watch out for that but spoiler alert it was awesome!!
Disclaimer: We were invited to stay at bluestone in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.