Dear mummy, we were lucky enough to be invited to Bluestone Wales a couple of weeks ago for a mid-week stay. Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire is beautiful. The grounds are stunning and brilliantly maintained. It is a car free site and very quiet and peaceful. We stayed in a fantastic lodge in Forest View called a Skomer Lodge, view our tour below to get a feel for the layout and style of our accommodation.
As we were joined by my Grandparents we needed sightly larger accommodation in order to fit us all in and this lodge give us all the space we needed. We were impressed as soon as we saw the lodge which blended into its surrounding and was sympathetic to the woodland that lay behind it. Unlike the bungalows it spread upwards as a double story and looked like a wood cabin.
The grass verges and firs that had been planted at the front of the property were established and offered great privacy from the site lane. There was loads of room to pull in and unload our cars and park our golf buggy at night. We got to check in early at 3pm and those extra couple of hours were fantastic to get a lay of the land and go for an early dinner out. Check in was a swift 10 minutes and we drove to a booth window without even getting out of the car. We were handed an information pack, our key cars and tokens for the swimming pool.
Forest View is a couple of minutes walk from the main hub which is the village and at the far bottom of the hill. In our opinion it was the ideal location on site. The Village Shop was close and had everything we needed, including aftersun! There were big brands in the shop but when it came to fresh produce it was all locally produced and sourced which was a nice touch. There was a small off licence with a good selection of drinks and a toy shop, clothes shop and arcade games room. Also in the village were two restaurants (which we sadly didn’t get to try with our jam-packed visit) The Oakhouse Restaurant and The Knights Tavern. There was also a lovely cafe/coffee shop with fresh bread, cakes and pastries which we did visit a couple of times for ice cream.
There is so much opportunity to play in the woods and beyond at Bluestone, but we loved the natural play area in the Treehouse Park just off the Village. It was conveniently located next to the cafe (Ty Coffi) meaning daddy could watch me and enjoy his morning coffee fix!
As we were furthest away from the main car park and checking in area and we’d recommend hiring out a golf buggy to get you around the site especially to the Blue Lagoon swimming pool and Adventure Centre as that’s quite a walk with little legs. It was the best money we spent all holiday and we often felt sorry watching families carry all their gear up the hill to the swimming pool, especially in the rain. As my mummy was still unwell, having left hospital a week earlier it was a lifesaver for her.
The Skomer lodge sleeps 6 people and has 3 bedrooms. It has one twin bedroom downstairs and then another twin and a double room upstairs. Both of the upstairs bedrooms have en suites with showers. Whereas the twin bedroom downstairs is next to the family bathroom. This main bathroom has a huge bath and open shower. There was a travel cot (in each room) and a high chair provided and there were fitted stair gates at the top and the bottom of the large stair case which was reassuring for my mummy. When we arrived there were fresh towels on all the beds and a supply of extra blankets and pillows. My mummy, who needs to be propped up to sleep, asked housekeeping for an extra couple of pillows and within 20 minutes a lovely lady called Hedi, arrived with some which was great customer service!
My parents bedroom had a large window that opened onto a Juliet balcony and the views were lovely. To the back of our lodge was dense woodland and occasionally we would hear families laughing and roaming out of sight.
My folks were really impressed with the kitchen and it had all the pots, pans, cutlery and crockery we needed in order to cook family meals around the large dinning table. The Skomer Lodge is furnished really nicely and was perfectly clean and well maintained when we stayed. There was also a microwave, a kettle, a fridge freezer, a toaster, an oven, an hob and a dishwasher which we didn’t expect. Bluestone also provided a small cleaning pack which has some washing up liquid, 2 dishwasher tablets, a cloth and some bin bags which is great meaning you don’t have to cart cleaning stuff with you. The living room, dining room and kitchen are open plan so in the mornings I could watch telly and have my breakfast at the table. I enjoyed watching people from the balcony too which overlooked the downstairs. In the Living room there was a DVD player and a TV. Upstairs there is another little TV area which is like a snug area for kids.
The best part for me was seeing neighbours of the furry kind! Double doors in the Living Room lead outside into a small patio and picnic area where we would often see squirrels, rabbits and birds staring in through the window. This was really nice and Bluestone brought nature right up close to us! Overall we were really impressed with the Skomer Lodge and couldn’t fault it!
Read our other reviews of the The Secret Village at Bluestone and the infamous Smokey Joe Shindig at Camp Smokey (coming soon).
Love Bella x
Disclaimer: We were offered free accommodation at Bluestone Wales in order to write our review.