Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Bluestone Wales Review

The We are so excited to have been given the opportunity to stay at Bluestone Wales, we have many friends who have visited numerous times and always came back saying how amazing it was!

You can arrive at Bluestone from 11am and have full access to all the facilities from that time. You can access your accommodation from 4.30pm. 

Here is what we did on our stay;

DAY 1

We arrived at around 2.30pm and parked up our car, as Bluestone is a car free site. We decided to take a walk down to the village, it is quite a steep walk especially with a pram. 

The village has plenty of amenities all within walking distance of each other. You can stock up on supplies at Newton's store, there's also a toy and clothes store too. 


As for dining options you can buy your food from the store or eat out at The Farmhouse Grill, Carreg Las Retaurant, Knights Tafarn or pick up a treat at Miller's Bakery. 

Also in the village you can find a nature trail, The Granary; which we went to for kids hour one evening, and there is also the Treehouse and Treetots which is an outdoor wooden activity park with slides and swings, bridges and tunnels. 


We then found our way to the Adventure Centre, which in my opinion is the hub of things to do. 

There's many activitys to take part in such as mini golf, climbing wall, circus zone which is a soft play room, Lego area and more. The Adventure Centre is also home to most of the paid for activities which run all day every day and include baby and toddler sensory sessions, messy play sessions, puppet workshop, live music, rock climbing and more. You will also find The Wild Wood Cafe which hosts Woody Wild's Interactive Dinner Show, where you can enjoy some dinner and meet lots of fun characters including Shelby Snail and Hewie Hedgehog. At £12.95 per adult and £7.95 per child though it was a little out of our budget. 

The quality of the food was excellent and there is a really good variety available for little ones. 



We stayed in the Dinas lodge which has four bedrooms. It is a very spacious lodge with a beautiful fully equipped kitchen and lovely outdoor space with a picnic bench and plenty of room for us to play ball with our daughter. 








Each end of the lodge has a double and a twin room and a bathroom. One bathroom has a bath and the shower and the other has a walk in shower. 

After we had checked in we headed back up to the Adventure Centre for some food and afterwards we wore the kids out in the soft play!

DAY 2

After a great nights sleep we woke up and had breakfast enjoying the view from our lodge.

We decided to head up to the Adventure Centre and see what else was there to do. Then we'd take our children to one of the messy play sessions.

At the Adventure Centre there is so much for the children to do, they have a soft play and sensory room with lots of toys, giant blocks, tents and my daughters favourite a little car which you sit on and it goes whooshing down a ramp! From what I could tell by the queue im guessing this was most children's favourite activity!

There is also a lovely soft play climbing frame with slides and ball pit, as well as activities for older children, such as the lego stations and climbing wall.



We headed back to our lodge for some lunch and to let the kids nap. We had a lovely sausage roll and pasty followed by welsh cakes which we picked up at the village bakery.


We did attempt to join in with the messy play session, we arrived at the desk early but unfortunately we were turned away as we hadn't realised that the sessions had to be booked in advance either online or at the desk. Therefore we booked a messy play session for the following day.

We headed to the Knights Tafarn then for some food before we headed to The Granary for the free kids hour.

I found that the selection of food was really good especially for younger ones, as sometimes I find pubs can only offer non healthy food but there was a great choice here.


The kids hour is free to attend for children of all ages, and activities are then catered to the ages of the children who attend.


My daughter is nearly two and a half now and she is really into dancing and signing and that's exactly what they did afterwards they had a game of giant kerplunk followed by interactive story time, which she just loved!

DAY 3
(Our favourite day!)


Rise and shine nice and early, get out of the house not so early as it takes quite a bit of time to get a 
baby and a toddler fed and dressed, and ready for the day!

But today we went swimming!!! My husband in all honesty has been trying to put off going swimming as he is not keen on "swimming" and he cant swim, but after I said its not really swimming its more splashing around in the shallow end and going down the slides he seemed somewhat persuaded!

We took our buggy right up to the swimming pool centre and at the time of our holiday there were ongoing works going ahead on the changing rooms so it was all communal but we didn't mind this anyway as we were able to share a family changing room.

This was actually the first time we had ever been swimming together and the first time we had ever taken the kids swimming so I was a little bit anxious about how they would find it.

The water wasn't particularly warm, but that might have been due to the fact that it was early morning and the centre hadn't long opened. The swimming pool is fantastic there is lots to do for babies right 
up to adults. There is a baby/toddler pool with a slide and rock pool. It isn't the biggest pool and at busy periods it cant get rather overcrowded.

There is a lazy river with a gentle current, although be warned this does take you outside and in January it is flipping freezing! But we didn't care as it was so fun and the kids loved it!


Now for mummy and daddy's favourite part! The big slides! There are 4 to choose from and one goes outside and drops
you into little pools as you go along. My husband even had a go and I can now say "Bluestone you made my husband love the swimming pool!" thank you!








After all that fun and excitement we headed back to our lodge for a bit of lunch.

After the kids had napped we headed up to the Adventure Centre for the messy play session, which I think I was looking forward to more than the kids!

Aprons are provided and by god do you need them! There are about five different tables and at each one there is a different messy fun thing to play with!

There was a jelly and custard table, an icing and sprinkles table, a cake table, a water table and a painting table. I took my daughter straight to the painting table while my little boy was enjoying the jelly and custard table. Im very glad he was first on and first off though, as I did kind of think there was something quite unhygienic for around 10 children to be basically eating food off of one plate all sticking their fingers and hands in, so we did avoid the food tables with my son as he is only a baby, my daughter did play with the food tables but we made sure she didn't eat any of it.

My daughter loved the painting table and made a mask which we were able to take away with us and my sons favourite was the water table, he enjoyed pouring the water from one cup into another and washing the plates with the sponges and playing with the little boats and toys.



We decided to go to the Knights Tafarn again as we really enjoyed the food. Although we would have liked a takeaway to our lodge but we couldn't figure out how to get one as we couldn't find a menu or phone number in our lodge information pack.

DAY 4

Swimming again! YES! Such fun! My daughter actually woke up and asked to go swimming she had thoroughly enjoyed it the day before.

We went to the village then to buy some little souvenirs from the shop and some welsh cakes to take back with us.

We spent the afternoon in the Adventure Centre soft play area and on the bouncy castle. Our children each chose a lovely soft toy each to spend their money on that their grandparents had given them, they both chose a lovely dog each.

We headed back to our lodge with our pizza from the shop and started to pack up our things, sad, very sad :(

I had discussed the possibility of selling our own house with my husband and asking Bluestone very nicely if we could buy our lodge and become permanent residents on site! We truly loved it. 



OVERVIEW

Bluestone is amazing! There is absolutely no doubt about that!

We loved every minute of our stay and couldn't find a fault.

There is just so much to do we could have stayed an extra week!

Our lodge was E-NOR-MOUS! It was spotlessly clean and beautiful, with fresh linen and a lovely little welcome pack.

The Adventure Centre had enough going on to keep the kids and adults entertained.

And we spent whole mornings in the swimming pool!

The village and Adventure Centre both have a good variety of food on offer.

So to sum up BLUESTONE WE LOVE YOU! CAN WE COME BACK?!







6 comments:

  1. It looks brilliant! We've been invited but can't go which I am gutted about!

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  2. Lovely post, making me even more excited for our trip in a few weeks! Messy play looks amazing! Xx

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  3. We love Bluestone - it was a bit of a trek to get there but worth it #BinkyLinky

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  4. Wow! Looks like you had a fab time!

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  5. I loved Bluestone. Really enjoyed it. There was so much to do and lots of things for all ages. I'd love to go again in the summer. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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  6. Thanks so much for this, was wondering what to expect facility wise and whether if it was worth the money to go early summer. It sounds like you all had a great time :)

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