As much as I and my family love Christmas at home, it can be a little bit claustrophobic being cooped up at home for all that time. There’s nothing like a bit of fresh air and brisk winter weather to blast away the cobwebs and, coming from Cornwall I love the outdoors. Actually one of my favourite seasons on the coast is winter, ideally with a heavy storm bearing down and massive black seas rolling in. Now that we are living in Bristol, we don’t get to the coast very often, so with that in mind we decided to book a break near the Pembrokeshire coast in Wales with Bluestone National Park Resort.
We’ve talked about the Bluestone Park Resort on numerous occasions but never got around to booking a break. By chance my wife checked out the Bluestone website and noticed that they have an early bird 2019 offer with 20% off their usual prices, there’s also a discount code you can use which is EB2019. We checked out the accommodation and read some reviews and decided there and then to give it a try. We’ve booked three nights at Bluestone in February so I should get my moody weather, and we can’t wait to take the girls away for a little treat.
Choosing a Bluestone lodge for four people.
As we’ve never been to Bluestone Resort before we weren’t sure what accommodation to choose. There’s quite a range of options which will sleep a young family of 4 people and, as we were getting a good discount we decided to book the Ramsey lodge. The Ramsey is a two storey lodge with upside-down living. We really like the idea of having a bit more internal space as bad weather may mean we have to spend a bit more time indoors. I love the whole upside-down living thing, my parent’s house was the same and it meant that you got great views out of the rooms you lived in rather than the ones you slept in.
The Ramsey lodge has two bedrooms, one double the other twin and two generous downstairs en-suite bathrooms (according to the plans provided). The top floor has been used to create a large, open plan living space with kitchen, dining area and lounge space. Looking at the photos on the Bluestone website and Tripadvisor, it appears to be of a good quality standard which makes the £375 we paid even more of a bargain.
Looking at the resorts map, there’s quite a few Ramsey lodges dotted around the park and we’re not sure which one we have. It will have to be a surprise when we get there I guess.
What’s included in a self-catering lodge at Bluestone?
We booked a standard self-catering break with Bluestone and in our confirmation email it provides the details of what’s included. As standard we get unlimited access to the Blue Lagoon swimming pool plus:
- Unlimited Blue Lagoon Entry (9am – 5pm daily, maybe open later, check opening times upon arrival)
- Unlimited Adventure Centre Entry (9am – 6pm daily) (Includes mini golf, ball pool, tunnels, slides, bouncy castle)
- Circus Zone under 5 free play time (Not available during Kingdom of the Elves)
- Outdoor play area in Village
- Linen (cot linen not provided)
- Towels (additional can be hired)
- Wifi in all accommodations. (suitable for general Internet browsing, some services and sites may be restricted)
- Pembrokeshire fresh air
- Free Range Fun
- Nature trails
In addition to the 20% discount Bluestone have also offered 10% off advance bookings of activities.
Check in at the Bluestone National Park Resort
Our confirmation email has provided our check in times which is great as we don’t need to remember to ask before setting off. We can plan everything in advance which is handy with two very excited kids!
The email confirms that on your first day you can arrive at Bluestone Resort from 11:00am but you can’t check in to your lodge until 4:30pm unless you book a Ramsey, Skomer or Grassholm lodge where the check in time is 3:00pm. This is a great little bonus that we weren’t expecting, and will be a welcome option to other young families booking a lodge at Bluestone, who will just want to get settled in as soon as possible.
What is there to do at Bluestone Park Resort?
As mentioned, we have not been to Bluestone before so we’re keen to find out about everything you can get up to as a family. The Bluestone website lists plenty of activities from the Blue Lagoon pool and slides to an adult spa, outdoor adventures and live entertainment. There appears to be plenty of options when it comes to eating out and I’m sure we will ditch the self-catering for one night!
As we love the coast so much we will be looking for an opportunity to get out of the park and onto a beach. Pembrokeshire has some stunning beaches and coastline and will be perfect for a blustery walk, it’s a shame our Jack Russell Alfie won’t be coming with us!
Over the coming weeks I’ll be busy researching all the activities we can get up to in and around Bluestone National Park Resort, can’t wait!
I know we’re not going until February but I’ll be adding a part 2 to my Bluestone Park Resort review on our return so stay tuned…