I’d never been to Wales so when we were given the chance to spend some time at Bluestone Resort, Pembrokeshire – it seemed like an adventure too good to turn down.It was a long drive from Norfolk, about six hours, but as we hit Wales and the sun broke through the murk of the motorway, it suddenly didn’t seem that long at all.
We stayed in a Ramsey Lodge, which Arthur names the ‘topsy turvy’ house as the two spacious bedrooms were downstairs and a large open planned sitting room and kitchen diner were upstairs. Our little home for the week was perched at the top of the hill and we had a fab view of all the other wooden lodges sitting prettily among Bluestone. It’s so well done and the lodges just feel part of the landscape.
Our lodge had everything you need – well almost everything. It would have been handy to have a small freezer compartment, especially coming into summer for some ice lollies and ice for a cheeky G&T. The kitchen was so well equipped it had things I don’t even have at home! There were loads of decent quality glasses, plates, cutlery and cups. A microwave, decent sized oven and good quality pots and pans too.
It all means life as a family is a little easier, you can do a decent food shop before you come and cook easily so it saves some pennies. There’s also a decent little village store on site and a bakery where we stocked up on basics and a few treats.
Once we’d explored our lovely topsy turvy house we went out and about to find our way around Bluestone. Once you’ve unloaded, Bluestone becomes a car-free zone, which is great for families and especially for us as Arthur loves to whiz around on his scooter. You can hire a buggy to get about and we saw lots trundling around the site, and there’s also a free mini bus which goes around and the bus stops are clearly marked out. Of course, lots of people hired bikes too, as it’s a great way of exploring and Bluestone has loads of bike trails in and around the resort.
The site is a little hilly but it didn’t pose a problem for us and wandering round was a great way to see the place properly. First stop was the indoor adventure centre – wow! Bouncy castles, huge wooden treehouses and rope ladders, even a little crazy golf. All this is free once you’re in and was a great hit with Arthur, I was pretty fond of the crazy golf too!
The outside Treehouse play arena is equally as well done and I love the fact everything tied in with the land, there is nothing false or plastic about any of it. Even the heart of the village has been created in such as way that the cottages and shops feel as if they could have been here years ago.
The other big pull is the swimming pool. The Blue Lagoon, owned by Bluestone but open to the public is also included in the price you pay. It’s fantastic and we went everyday! A lovely warm pool which has a huge shallow area which gently gets deeper. The water squirters were loved by young and old and I must admit a slight addiction to the wave machine!
There are four waterslides, which Jonathan reliably informed me, are as good as any others, and some great kids areas, including the pirate ship and a very shallow water play areas for real tinies. We spent so many lovely hours in there.
One the first day we had lunch at Camp Smokey, a barbeque place nestled in the woodlands – complete with open fires and yankee doodle music, it’s a real family adventure! You walk along the winding paths into a valley until Camp Smokey emerges. The food was simple but tasty. Arthur had a hotdog and corn on the cob, Jonathan had a lamb burger and I had the chilli dog. All the food is cooked on the barbeque in front of you.
We had so much fun I’m going to bring you the rest of our adventure next week, where we explored the beautiful Pembrokshire coastline, experienced Woody’s Dinner and Arthur went on a hunt for a forgotten fairy village.