We have just come back from a wonderful reviewing break in Bluestone. It is my second visit and if anything it has grown on me even more. I have had an opportunity to see more of what the site has to offer this time and I must admit I was very impressed. We did cram it in but I wanted to make the most of our stay including exploring the wider area. Bluestone makes an excellent base for adventures in Pembrokeshire, we went to Tenby and Folly Farm and thoroughly enjoyed both days out.
The accommodation was lovely. Very comfortable and plenty of space to spread out.
We were in one of the Grassholm Lodges. This is a impressive detached lodge with four bedrooms and three bathrooms.
It was the ideal size to bring along the boys grandparents and let them have precious time together. I liked that they already had stair gates installed. Even though my boys are older it shows that Bluestone take the safety of their (little) guests very seriously. The lodge was very reasonably priced if you can holiday in term time, especially given it was very well maintained and modern.
We booked two activities this time round and I would definitely recommend both that we chose. Tawny Tales was a 45-minute puppet show it was magical and entertaining in equal measure. Well worth the £7 per child (adults can join the fun for free!). It’s very interactive. Children are encouraged to get involved looking for clues and singing songs.
My two loved the effects, snow machine, bubbles and wind it made it for a very immersive experience. Also like I have seen before during the Kingdom of the Elves event Bluestone excels at story telling and capturing the imagination of children. The thought put into costumes and props is quite something and I liked the little details like a spot of glitter (fairy magic) for everyone on arrival at the show.
The second activity was the 4 x 4 Safari (£19 a child); my two were in their element driving around the custom built courses. They had a welcoming tutor who gave them advice and attempted to develop their driving skills in a very patient and accepting way!!! The courses have lots of exciting challenges like rickety bridges, narrow roads and a seesaw to manoeuvre round.
Of course you can head to Bluestone without booking any additional activities and still have a fantastic time. I would recommend the nature walk to burn off some energy; it’s a beautiful route through a woodland area.
The swimming pool Blue Lagoon with waves, flumes and the lazy river was a pleasant place to pass a few hours. We arrived at 9am to take advantage of the guest only use of the pool. It certainly seemed to get busier as the day progressed.
The Adventure Centre is ideal for children to let off steam whatever the weather. The wood play area is vast with lots to explore. There is a bouncy castle and free crazy golf too. With so much included you can really keep the cost down of holidaying. You can stick to a budget (eating in the lodge and using the complimentary activities) or be more extravagant (my mum booked the spa experience!) the choice is yours.
We ate out a couple of times. We enjoyed our experience at Camp Smokey most of all. It was a novelty for the boys toasting marshmallows on the campfire and I really liked the food in this rustic diner. The cook clangs a bell and calls your name when your order is ready and I quite liked eating off tin plates. It had a great atmosphere there and so pleased I had a chance to visit, when we came for the Kingdom of Elves Camp Smokey was closed (it closes Nov – Feb).
I am sure we will become regular visitors to Bluestone.