I was very fortunate to be offered a mid-week stay at Bluestone holiday park last month. My first thought was to invite Emma and Adam to join us as we had talked about a holiday before the boy’s started school and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. I’ve toyed with the idea of a holiday in Wales since having G but as a single parent to a child with additional needs I am nervous about taking him away. I was reassured by the secure and family friendly nature of the holiday park which has everything a family could need on site.
It was a pretty long drive for us, but an enjoyable one and we arrived a little later than planned, meaning we missed the mad rush for check-in. We were allocated a Ramsey lodge, or as Adam called it, the stick house. It was a very spacious open-plan lodge with the bedrooms located downstairs, both bedrooms were en-suite and the living / dining / kitchen was upstairs. Bluestone refer to this as upside down living. It was rather nice to have such a great view looking over the park in the evenings with a glass of prosecco!
The lodge has a fully fitted and equipped modern kitchen with everything you could possibly need. The kitchen was of great use to us as neither of the boys cope well eating out. The lodge also came with a garden area including picnic bench for our own personal use and everything from the fixtures, furniture and furnishings were to a high standard of quality throughout the lodge.
The holiday park
On arrival and when leaving guests are allowed to bring their cars into the park to their lodge for unloading and loading. In-between these times the cars are parked away in a secure area which means the roads throughout the park are safe for children. For those who don’t enjoy walking around too much it is possible to hire bikes and golf buggy’s during the stay. We opted to walk as this was easier for us with the boys having their bikes and scooters with them.
We were located in Pentre Ifan which was perfect as it was nearest to the Blue Lagoon water park for the boys. Also a short walk from the village where we could access the outdoor play areas for the boys and the shops, café’s, pubs, etc. Our time in the village was spent in the play area which is a gigantic tree house. I even found myself having a climb through it myself, purely for the purposes of locating G of course…
On site activities
We all thoroughly enjoyed the Blue Lagoon, spacious and clean, accommodating anything a family could need, just like the rest of the park. The boys especially loved the baby pool which was filled with a wide range of water toys to play with. Adam especially loved the lazy river which lead outside to the warm bubbly outdoor pool and the wave machine which was switched on regularly throughout the day.
The indoor adventure centre was a huge hit with the boys again, especially as our first full day was a rainy one. Again the activity centre was set up to cater for children and teenagers of all ages and interests. Adam took a particular liking to the miniature golf section while G just loved climbing as high as he could, climbing seems to be his favourite past-time at the moment!
It is difficult to choose a part of the park as a favourite but for me it had to be Camp Smokey, we called in for a cup of tea and some s’mores while the boys toasted marshmallows. We could have spent all day there, the food that was cooking smelt amazing and the attention to detail around Camp Smokey was second to none. The boys were too young to really enjoy the activities at the Steep Ravine, but I could just see my nephew and nieces having a ball there.
The great thing about Bluestone holiday park is that the holiday park caters for every age group, families as a whole can enjoy a stay here and never feel bored for one minute. We did take two days out which took us away from the resort, which we didn’t need to as we struggled to fit in everything around the park. But if you are going to travel all that away you can’t not visit one of the stunning award winning beaches.
Out and about
We spent a morning at Tenby North beach, a truly stunning beach that shows you that you don’t need to hop on a plane to find such beauty. G was rather fascinated with the washed up jelly fish that were huge! I attempted a sandcastle but Adam wasn’t overly impressed with the quality, I think his Dad-Dad keeps the title of sandcastle king there! We also spent a day at Folly Farm thanks to Emma arranging tickets and I have included some photos in the slideshow below.
Somehow four nights doesn’t seem long enough, there is so much to do and to enjoy at Bluestone holiday park that it is worth staying for longer if you can. Especially if you are travelling quite far as we had from Yorkshire and Norfolk. All in all, we would happily recommend Bluestone holidays to everyone. The Bluestone holiday park is set in a stunning location, bringing you back to nature with everything a family could ask for from a holiday all on one place.
Disclaimer: We were given this four-night break for the purposes of this review, however all opinions and thoughts are my own and those of the guests who were with me.