We were very lucky to be invited to visit Bluestone National Park Resort for a week as a #bluestoneblogger. There are so many different things to talk about (and too many pictures) I’ve decided to write several shorter posts rather than one giant, overwhelming post. So, what better place to start then at the very beginning…
At 6am Monday morning we set off to the ferry which left at 9am and got us to Pembrokeshire at 1pm. After a long wait to collect our luggage we finally got to Bluestone just after 2pm. While you can use the all the onsite facilities from 1pm but you can’t actually check into your lodge until 4:30, which when travelling without a car meant carrying our (excessive) bag around for over two hours. However, the extremely helpful staff at the reception offered to hold our bags until our lodge was ready and then said they would even have someone deliver them down for us.
After a long journey we decided to get some lunch at the Knight’s Tafern. As I am the worst blogger ever I didn’t take any pictures of the food except for the last night. During our stay we ate at the Knight’s Taffern, ordered a take out, cooked a meal at the lodge, shopped at Millers bakery, ate at the fish shack and ate at the Farmhouse Grill. Unfortunately Camp Smokey doesn’t open until March so I missed out on that. Each meal was delicious and the service was fantastic – especially at the Farmhouse Grill.
After lunch we nipped into Newton’s to do some shopping for the lodge. Needless to say with 7 adults we ended up with a hoard of bags. The extremely helpful cashier offered to deliver our bags to the lodge for us. They arrived at the lodge within 30 minutes and even offered to put the groceries away too (I am not that lazy I did put it away myself – honest).
I had heard from Katy that a buggy was a must for the trip and she wasn’t wrong. As the resort is car free you must unload your bags and return your car to the car park for the remainder of your stay. We hired a buggy (£65/week), which is a golf caddy you use for the week. You charge it using the many charging outlets around the complex. I definitely recommend hiring a buggy, it was well worth the £65, in my opinion.
And finally the lodge. We stayed at the Grassholm lodge, which is a 4 bedroom (1 double, 3 twin) lodge with 3 bathrooms. The first thing you notice in the lodge is the cleanliness. Everything was spotless, even down to a sprakling toaster tray. There was no dirt or wear and tear anywhere in the lodge. It is among the best quality and cleanest places I’ve ever stayed.
Keep an eye out for the rest of my Bluestone posts, including, Messy play, Sensory play and Blue Lagoon.