Thursday, 19 June 2014

Bluestone


Last week we were lucky enough to be invited to stay at Bluestone in Pembrokshire.

I haven't visited Pembrokeshire (or Wales)  in so long even though I spent most of my childhood just down the road (in Aberystwyth) so I was really excited to visit such a lovely part of the country again.

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^^ holy cute! I just can't get over this picture ^^

After our previous week in Paris (I know, I know) eating cheese and macarons a holiday doing a bit more exercise was just what we needed. We arrived at Narberth station and took a quick taxi ride (two miles) to the resort.

We stayed in the Cadley luxury lodge which had a double room and a twin room as well as a wet room (with bath) and a really large living space and kitchen. It was perfect for our family and would have been just as perfect for a family with two kids. We also had a little garden with a picnic table out the front of our lodge which was brilliant for eating al fresco with the lovely weather.

We decided to book a bike and trailer in advance of our stay which was a really good idea as when we arrived lots were booked up. Most people hired buggies but we were thankful of a little exercise and I had forgotten how much I enjoy cycling! Tom and I are excited to get bikes now and start cycling back at home.

Our favourite part of Bluestone was the woodland, there is something so magical about being in a forest with a child, wowed by the tall trees and nature around them. Although Bristol is a very green city it's still a city with roads and pollution and dog mess and all the rest of it. I don't think you realise what a difference being in the countryside makes until you can just happily let your children run free without think about all these things!

Tom and Wilf would probably say that the swimming pool came a close second. We went there every day (although I let them go by themselves and watched poolside with a latte on our last day). The pool was brilliantly set up for young children with a baby pool, a fun spray type pool with pirate ship theme and a family pool which extended to outside.


Wilf is wearing the cutest swimsuit c/o Sunuva

As we hired the bikes before our trip we got half back in vouchers to spend in the restaurants. We chose to spend them at lunch at the Knights Tafarn after a particularly tiring morning and it was really delicious. We chose to self cater for the rest of our trip apart from a drinks here and there and pastries at the bakery. We did have a hot chocolate in the Wildwood Cafe after playing at the activity centre, if you book ahead you can secure a space at some of their 'once upon a time' themed shows whilst you dine. We didn't make it this time but have friends who loved it.

There are lots of activities throughout each day you can book on although I would say there is plenty to do without booking them. We chose to go on the 'bug hunt' for under 4's and Wilf loved it, we found lots of teeny tiny baby frogs!

The only regret I have is not visiting the spa, I think if we were to visit again I'd certainly book ahead for one of the treatments. All that walking was a shock to my legs (I'm so unfit!) so I good massage would have been ideal. I'd love to take another trip with a friends family and go visit with a girlfriend, the champagne deal did look very tempting!

p.s a little video!





Thanks for having us Bluestone, until the next time!

We were guests at Bluestone but all thoughts are my own

28 comments:

Jess@AlongCameCherry said...

It's looks amazing, I'm so gutted we couldn't make it. We would be there now, rubbish! That photo of Wilf is his bathing suit is the cutest thing ever! xx

fritha strickland said...

aww I know, such bad luck Jess! At least we have been having nice weather here and you can relax a bit in your garden..also France soon! xx

Holly said...

Looks so lovely. Love the video, do you do that on your phone or a camcorder? X

Jen Stanbrook said...

Gorgeous pics, Wilf is the cutest in that swimsuit! We're off to Pembrokeshire for our summer hols again in August, we love it!

Keri-Anne said...

Oh my gosh! I would love to go there but it is so difficult for us to holiday in resorts like this now that Elle is at school. It will just be too packed! I love the little video and W looks SO SO cute in that swim suit. x

Jess Lewis said...

ah ha My Sil's parents have a caravan near here it looks lovely !! Wilf's cossie is outstandingly cute and those jelly shoes look great on you !!

Bek B said...

It looks like a great place to visit! I love Wilf's swimsuit, he looks very cute :-)

Foz said...

Looks like a lovely place to stay with lots of places to explore!

Helen said...

We have just come back from Bluestone and had a lovely time. Our only problem was that there were no bikes or caddys to hire however it is a beautiful place! Love the photos you managed to capture.

Jenny Kearney said...

Looks lovely, bet it gets busy during the school holidays!

You Baby Me Mummy said...

Oh this looks like a great break, we would love to go. Wilf looks amazing! Lovely pictures as always hun xx

laura redburn said...

my sister used to work a bluestone when it first opened! i don't think she liked it very much, work-wise. it looks so lovely though!

AnnieMammasaurus said...

It looks fab Fritha! And Wilfs swimsuit is just the sweetest thing! Loving the bug spying in the video too :)

Happy Homebird said...

I have never heard of Bluestone and wow! looks amazing! We just got back from exploring SW Wales so I was very excited to read this post! Love Wales so much now, so beautiful.

Polly Davies said...

looks amazing! makes me even more desperate for our holiday to centre parcs in september!

Helen said...

I love Barcelona - one of my favourite cities. We got engaged there on our second trip - in fact, in the very hotel rooftop pool that's the second photo in your post!

Globalmouse said...

It looks so lovely. There definitely is something so nice about being in the woods...especially woods with a big swimming pool!

Michelle Ashmore said...

I haven't been to Wales since I was a child. We're hoping to go next year :) I love Wilf's swimsuit. I first saw thse 20 years ago when I went to stay in America for a month with my aunt who was a nanny to three children. I thought the swimsuits were brilliant and hadn't seen anything like them back here!

Laura Rocksteady said...

Oh wow I love your little video - it really makes me want to go there - so many fun things to do and how cool is that bicycle trailer!


Laura x

The Style Box said...

This looks amazing! x

Katherine said...

A friend told me about Bluestone a while back and it looks wonderful, I wish there was somewhere similar nearer us (we once did Edinburgh to Llanelli by train and that was a real slog, adding a toddler would make it more, er, interesting I suspect). Maybe we could go when Bagl's older. I would love to explore south Wales more.

Rachel Cooper said...

Looks amazing - relaxing but active at the same time!

fritha strickland said...

OK I really really want to go visit now!! these suggestions are amazing! I'd led you know if we do, I'd love to meet up! xx

fritha strickland said...

I saw some of your posts it looked like you were having a great time! defo going to head back for tips if we make the trip! x

fritha strickland said...

thanks Sophie! I will defo check those out! xx

fritha strickland said...

no way!! looks like an amazing hotel! xx

postcardsfrombarcelona.net said...

Love that you are inspired by Barcelona! Come visit soon, although wait until August is over if you don't want to dye from sweating haha!

postcardsfrombarcelona.net said...

die haha!

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