Last week we enjoyed a lovely short winter break at Bluestone resort, in the beautiful county of Pembrokeshire, South Wales. We got a great deal at just £149 for four nights, self-catering in a two bedroomed lodge. When I booked our trip, I didn’t realise Bluestone was a four and a half hour drive from Manchester. Geography isn’t my strongest point but I know that North Wales is between one to two hours drive so I didn’t think Pembrokeshire would be too much further (I was wrong!).
After packing, securing our roof-top box and Steven trying to assemble the new bike-rack (unsuccessfully getting my bike on there), we were off. We arrived approximately five hours later after a stop off at Tesco Carmarthen to pick up our click and collect online shop and enjoy a cake pit stop. I was rather organised planning our meals ahead, we were doing this trip on a budget.
Our first impressions of the lodge were lovely. We didn’t arrive until tea time when it was dark so didn’t get to see much of the resort on arrival. The check-in process was very smooth and the staff seemed really friendly. Other than one lady who told us off for driving the wrong way around the one way system (it was a little confusing). The lodge was well equipped and spacious, we unpacked, rearranged some furniture (the furniture wasn’t secured to the wall in the second bedroom) and had some dinner and had a nice chilled eve.
The next morning we headed to The Blue Lagoon, the onsite water adventure park/ swimming pool. It was good fun with a main pool with waves at intermittent periods, a couple of large slides and a rapids tunnel which led outdoors. It also boasted a splash area and a separate toddler mini pool with novelty equipment, balls and bubbles. Tommy loved it.
Later that afternoon, we headed out onto the resort for an explore and discovered a small section of the forest which was decorated with fairy lights. Walking through the area we enjoyed novelty light structures such a large beetles, spiders and mushrooms. It was a really lovely touch. We trekked across a route which led us along the river to an area called ‘Steep Ravine’. This was an adrenaline fuelled activity area full of large zip wires and outdoor extreme events and activities; not for the faint-hearted!
Exploring the local area
The next day we decided to venture out to visit a beach as we were so close to the coast-line and it is a novelty we don’t enjoy at home. We headed to Broad Haven South Beach which was about a 30 minute drive away. The beach was absolutely stunning, rugged and unspoilt and just breath-taking. We were blessed with glorious weather and higher temperatures than usual for early February. We did some exploring and met some friendly locals, one who advised us to visit Barafundle Bay beach which was even nicer.
As we had such a lovely day, we decided to visit Barafundle Bay Beach the next day. Barafundle boasts some impressive reviews and titles; one being the best picnic spot in the UK. Unfortunately the weather was somewhat different, it was much colder with a bitter, relentless wind blowing. There is no road access to Barafundle Bay so we walked over a cliff path for around a mile and a half before we got there. We arrived feeling battered and freezing, fighting against the elements to get there, even though we were well wrapped up.
The bay was truly beautiful but it was rather deserted, certainly not beach weather. We managed to find a spot within the sand dunes to have our picnic, it didn’t give us much shelter from the wind though so we made it quick. When we saw Tommy’s cheeks turning purple, we decided it was time to head back! The views across the cliff were truly stunning and I’m sure on a mild and sunny day it would be a great day out, the weather just didn’t work in our favour that day. Some you win, some you lose!
On our final day we headed to the adventure centre before our long journey home. It was a huge indoor play area which was really well equipped, with soft play and larger climbing frames, a bouncy castle, mini-golf, diggers and arcades. There was a lovely café onsite too which served delicious muffins to enjoy with out tea and coffee. Tommy enjoyed a good run about for a couple of hours, to wear him out before our long stint in the car.
Would we recommend Bluestone?
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay at Bluestone. I think we will get more out of it when we have older children, maybe aged seven upwards. There are a number of activities and facilities for toddlers (most of the activities are chargeable, the swimming and adventure areas are included), but I think it is more geared up towards older children. With us driving so far to get there, we wanted to explore the local area and the coast, we would certainly return to the area but for at least seven days to make the most out of it. We also did the trip on a budget so took advantage of the facilities included and mainly cooked our own meals. You could certainly make it as cheap or as expensive and luxurious as you’d like.
Pembrokeshire is definitely a beautiful part of the UK and well worth a visit. It gave us many more lovely memories to add to our collection.