Friday, 30 January 2015

Bluestone Wales Review - our accommodation

If you follow my blog, and instagram you will know we went to Bluestone Wales last week for a mid week break. I took note of what we did each day here, and you can see what we chose to do.
As it was term time when we were invited Daddy stayed at home with J, whilst I took S and my parents with us. I was very impressed with the welcome, especially as we didn't have to get out the car. There was a little wait, as we did arrive just as the check in opened.
We were given a map on how to get to our lodge, and it came in handy. It was very busy weaving around the parked cars already, and I can understand why it is a car less site apart form check in and departure days. We had until midnight to park the car in the long stay car park, which was plenty of time.
We then arrived at our lodge. We were booked into the Caldey lodge, and my parents had the other Caldey lodge attached to us, which meant that we could pop in without using the front door, as it had its own internal door. Very handy for our situation. It is a ground floor bungalow. Which made it perfect for my dad who is registered disabled.
 On walking in, I was very impressed at how modern it looks. It is the M's family cup of tea... perfect. The living space is open plan, with a dining room area, lounge and kitchen in an L shape.

This is the internal door, linking the properties, IF booked together and requested
My parents lodge, was exactly the same, so their internal link door opened up into the dining room too. We each had our own kitchen, and lounge. Perfect for mixed ages, or different families coming together. At the other side of the lounge was the bedrooms. A double, and a twin.
The double had a bedside table and lamp each side, and a wardrobe, (with coat hangers, and a safe) and a dressing table and stool. We were also provided with towels per person.
The twin was very similar, but had two singles. No safe in the wardrobe, and had a chest of draws instead of a dresser. Plenty of storage. The pictures here, are actually two different rooms as had pushed S's beds together so she had a big one too, so snapped the twin set up from my parents lodge.
The bathroom was clean, and came with a heated towel rack, which came in handy drying swimming costumes! The only thing I would state about the bathroom though, is that it was hard to regulate the temperature of the shower, one minute it was perfect temp, the next scalding etc. Be careful with children... S had a bath and it was fine.
We also had our own picnic bench outside too.. perfect for warmer weather.

The kitchen was very well equipped.
The breadbin, butter dish and toast rack was a very nice touch, along with a cafetiere and milk jugs etc. It came with a toaster and electric kettle, microwave, and dishwasher. The cutlery draw was well stocked, and included a bottle opener... unfortunately im taking part in #DryJanuary, so it remained unused. Potato peeler, scissors, mashers, whisks, we also (I forgot to photo) had a knife block. Plenty of cups, glasses, saucepans, Pyrex dishes cheese graters, sieves, and large bowls. One of the best stocked holiday kitchens I have seen. (We do a lot of self catering breaks with the in-laws)
We were also given a welcome pack, which included a scouring pad, dish cloth, spare bin bags, dishwasher tablets, and washing up liquid. It was enough for our 3 day break, but if you were staying longer, maybe worth bringing more.
There was so much to do onsite, I don't think we even touched the sides. We walked everywhere, or caught the road train, which is very handy. My dad was aloud his car onsite, as he has a blue disabled badge, so if your disabled, and registered you are catered for here, with car access.
So would we stay again? Yes. We loved it, and I think J would get even more benefit from it, with the other activities suitable for her age. I will review the site in another post as this one is getting long!!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Our Bluestone Diary... day 3

Wednesday was our day 3, and our final day at Bluestone Wales. We were due to have a busy day, to fit in everything Bluestone had to offer. S had other ideas, the previous night, she was still buzzing around at 9pm, and then at 3 am she decided it was time to wake up. She did not want to leave the lodge. After some coaxing. we (plus Nana) were off to the blue lagoon for some swimming and splashing around. S was very excited.

The lagoon was very warm, S was nervous though, and the tiredness was kicking in. A few tantrums were had when the waves were switched on, and when it was time to leave.
After the swim on the way back to the lodge, we got the road train to the adventure centre.
S's face was a picture as we walked in... there was so much going on. Slot machines, crazy golf, soft play area, high ropes, climbing walls, bouncy castles. Lego walls... so much. Due to S's tiredness, we let her choose one thing before going back for dinner.

S chose crazy golf, this was free, and it was also empty, S attempted to hit the ball once, and then was more interested in looking around the course, and jumping over the rocks... until she fell over... it was then time to leave...

We headed to Saunderfoot with Grandad and Nana for some lunch, and it just had to be fish and chips. Then it was time to explore the beach, whilst they sampled the shops. I showed her that the end of the fishing net could be used like a pen... and she was off....

...then of course it was sand castle time....

As it was so cold, she gave up after making three, and wanted to fish in the pool of water. We didn't find anything but she had fun swishing it around.

 After fishing, it was time to collect shells.....

After the beach it was then time to head back to the site.... we just had to go in the tree house, and Nana even conquered her vertigo fears and passed over the creaky wobbly bridge..

S was having great fun exploring the other bridges... and of course I just had to have a go too...

We then headed to the lake, as we realised we hadn't seen it yet... and was hoping to watch the sun set, it was so calm and tranquil....

...but we had to head back to the lodge as the toilet was calling, but not before stopping at the wildlife habitat house...

After getting back to the lodge, the sun was starting to set, and I was able to catch the last glimpse of the sun on our last day... before starting to pack.

After packing, we were then able to see the sun and Venus overlooking the site too. A nice send off for a fab three days. Nana and Grandad stayed on until Day 5, and was woken to heavy frost. The photos looked great.
So as you can imagine, after a very filled fun packed day, S slept the whole way home.... 4 and a half hours.... meant I had a very peaceful drive back.
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Our Bluestone Diary... Day 2

Tuesday is our 2nd day on the holiday resort, our first morning. We all slept well, and the beds were really comfortable. We got up at our own pace, and had eggs for breakfast, and out the door to the adventure centre for 9am. Why so early, when we are o holiday? So I could get a few hours of relaxation. Little S was booked in for the crèche, a space themed, unaccompanied 3 hours of fun, and excitement, all for £24. The crèche we booked was for up to age 3. The room was very spacious, and lots of toys were still available that weren't space themed. S was straight in with Georgina, who made her feel very welcome, whilst Vicky dealt with the paper work.

The room was well equipped, and planned activities were set up, and ready. There was 4 children booked into her session, and they all had great fun.

For the younger crèche members, cots were available. Snacks were given too, which included celery, cucumber, and sandwiches.

As I left, S gave a tiny wave, and didn't look back... I had no worries....  Nana and I then headed for the Spa.
With living at opposite ends of the country, I don't usually have quality time with my mum, so I gave her, her mothers day gift from us early.... two hours in the thermal rooms in the spa. Pure relaxation. As we entered, we were given our own fluffy robe, flip flops. and towels.

The changing rooms were very nice looking too... deep pinks and greys. Looked perfect for adult time.

I didn't take my camera in to the thermal rooms, as I was there to spend time with my mum, and relax. There was two steam rooms, with ocean breeze infused into the room somehow.... my favourite room. Also a lemon grass (not100%) in the steam room. Two saunas, with one hotter then the other, a dry salt room, which the stone seats are super comfy, and I could of just fell asleep. And an ice room.... brrr..... They also had some fantastic showers, that I do want one day. Huge head and 6 jets at the sides. We also went into the hydro-pool. Very warm pool, in the rain, is a very strange feeling. We had various bubbles going on in the pool in a circuit. We came out feeling very relaxed, and just wanting a snooze. Instead we headed back to pick S up, eager to find out how she did. They did some cutting and sticking, and made a space picture. S also iced her own biscuit, and played with moon dust. She loved it. Her smile says it all....

So, the morning was a success.... both mummy, Nanna and S was happy and refreshed.... look at my skin.... WOW!!
After lunch we headed into Tenby. The rain has been falling all day, so we weren't hopeful for the beach. We stopped off to say we have seen it, and will hopefully return tomorrow, as the wind was bitter, and strong.
Instead we headed to town, and browsed the little shops, and of course a quid or two in the amusements. We love the 2p machines. Unfortunately, Bluestone only had the 10p slot machines, and they don't last as long, so not as much fun, but Tenby had plenty in the amusements.

After our afternoon out, it was back to the house for dinner, bath and bed...

Unfortunately S didn't get the memo for bed, and instead still running riot at almost 9pm and watching bridal programmes with Nanna, pussy cats with Grandad, and a dieting show with mummy....

Tomorrow is our last day here, as home calls for me to be there with J. We are hoping to return to the beach if its dry, as well as trying out the Blue Lagoon, and the indoor play area.... IF S gets some sleep.....

Our Bluestone Diary...Day 1

So... yesterday, we made the journey to Bluestone, in Wales. When i say we, I mean half of the M family. Little S and I. Daddy and J stayed at home as J had school. The journey was supposed to have taken just over 4 hours. However the car sat nav, had other ideas. It took me well over an hour, to do a journey that usually takes 40 minutes, and through horrendous country roads, which meant a lot of reversing... WHY??? I must admit, I didn't even check the sat nav, and just followed it.
It took me through the south of the Snowdonia park, STUNNING views.... just a shame I was driving, as I couldn't take any pictures. The pot holes were ridiculous though, and there was one in particular that I had to pull over on a grass verge for just to check the car.... Eek!!
As it took us through these country roads, there were no services. Two hours into the journey I really needed the loo. Thankfully S is just potty trained, so there was a potty in the car.... and yep... I did use it on the side of the road.... it was that quiet, only the sheep got a peek!
S slept about an hour of the journey, but when she was awake, she was good as gold with her dinosaur, and Rudolf teddy. Phew!!
We emerged at the west cost of Wales, and it was a welcoming site.
It was about another two hour drive to Bluestone, and was well signposted for the last 2 miles or so. Check in is from 4.30, and we arrived on site around 4.20... perfect timing. We followed the signs to check in, and joined the queue in the car....
It was well set up, and I appreciated that I didn't have to get a giddy S out the car... just yet.
We got checked in, and given a map to our lodge. We chose a bungalow style, as I've bought my parents and one of their clients (carers, for disabled adults), and the WOW factor certainly hit us as we walked in. We have two front doors, and two separate lodges, but its joined by adjoining doors in the middle, so we can be sociable, and mingle without going in and out of the front doors, or we can close them, which was perfect for trying to get S to sleep.
I will do a different blog for the review of the lodge, as it deserves it in its own right. We unpacked whilst my parents were still en-route. Once arrived, we found our way t the "village" and got some last minute bits, ie eggs for dippy eggs this morning. And grabbed a takeaway dinner. Look at the size of the fish fingers.... these are children's meal portions. I'm glad I only chose a child's meal, as this was still plenty for me.

Todays plan is the spa, and S is booked in to the crèche, she keeps pestering to go to nursery, so this is the next best thing, and give myself and my mum some quality relaxation time. This afternoon, hopefully the beach, to collect some shells for J.

Friday, 16 January 2015

A weekend of fresh air...

After J was becoming more obsessed over the Wii U last week, and lots of tantrums when we said no, we allowed her to have an hour on it with Daddy after a party and her swimming lessons, under the pre-tense we WILL be going for a family walk in the afternoon.  When it was time to go, I asked her if she wanted to go on her bike, shes not ridden it since Autumn, and even then, it was hardly used. I blame myself as I cant cope on a day out with J, who is not confident nor fast on her bike, but is slowly gaining it. (We have raised her stabilisers a bit, so she still has to try and balance it a bit!) and S who doesn't stop running when you tell her too. I physically can not go into two, so the bike only comes out when we are out as a family, which hasn't been much recently for bike friendly walks.
We decided to go to Dunham Massey, to make the most of our national trust membership. The wind was horrendous, but we wrapped up warm, and J was eager to jump on the bike.

To get to the main walking area, we had to go past the duck pond, the girls were upset I didn't bring any bread, so next time, I must remember the bread!

The dark clouds were heading our way, but after driving the 40 minutes, we decided to risk it.

S was soon running off in front, and Daddy helped reassure the nervous J.

The scenery is lovely, no cars around, and so it was safe just to let S run free an burn off her excess energy.

She didn't like having to stop when the hail started, and we decided to start heading back to the car... no one likes hail stone with bitter cold wind...

J was happy to be outside and on her bike, with no arguments from her, which is a relief!

On the way back, with the wind in her face, she wanted to walk the bike back, which she did for a little bit, she then realised it was easier just riding it.

She then managed to fall of her bike, when it was stationary... and with stabilisers... how she managed that, im clueless, and I was there... she then refused to get back on it...

After  I mentioned to Daddy that she had to get back on it before the car, otherwise she will be hesitant to get back on it again another day, we agreed for her to ride it back through the car park. Into the sunset...

I was then pleasantly surprised, when on Sunday, our lazy pyjama day, that J asked to go back out on  a walk with her bike. As the wind was still strong and cold, we decided for a park, that's got good pavements, a big pond and a good park. I also remembered the bread this time...

J was very cautious of the slopping path, but managed to ride her bike all the way around.

We then made it to the park.... S made a beeline for the in built trampolines.... she refused the slides and swings, but loved the trampolines, and the play house underneath the slide. It is such a shame that it was covered in abusive language and graffiti. I'm also extremely relived that J didn't attempt to read it. Why is it that all the "poorer" areas, have really nice parks, and still get ruined, where as more affluent areas, don't really have play parks?  

J really wanted to go on the "big girls" swings, so I watched her and Daddy from the smaller "little girls" park.

It was a lovely family weekend, which didn't cost a penny, but we gained plenty of fresh air.

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