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!!


  1. Looks really cosy and fun:) Wales is a beautiful place and so glad that you all enjoyed the times away. It's great when these places have on site facilities and activities, especially with the kids! I also like that fact that you can have adjoining accommodation if there's a group. You still have privacy but still connected. Great post!

  2. It looks great, I love the welcome pack too, I always find I forget those items when going self catering. I will definitely look into Bluestone more, thank you for sharing x

  3. It sounds great fun and it looks so clean and well appointed. I've never heard of this place before. We've stayed a few times at Center Parcs and we all loved it, especially the kids. So much for them to do and being a 'no car' zone meant it couldn't be safer for the children. Tx

  4. Oo I didn't realise they were two separate lodges. What a great idea

  5. I've heard a few things about these guys and really want to head over there for a break, sounds great!

  6. I am so thoroughly jealous, but what a brilliant review! I especially appreciated the quality of the photos, it has really helped me get a feel for the lovely accomodation. I particularly like the open plan living area.


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