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