Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Bluestone Wales - Day Two

Miss E has this thing of whenever we go away, she just won't sleep on the first night. It's probably a combination of new surroundings, new bed and a long journey but it meant that during our night at Premier Inn, we managed about 3 hours sleep in total. Hideous!
An amazing cooked breakfast and endless cups of coffee soon sorted out our tired heads though and after checking out of our hotel, we headed off out for the day.

On this day it rained. Good lord, it rained so hard!

Guests at Bluestone are welcome to use all of their facilities (many of them indoor!) from 11am on their check in day but for some reason I didn't see that part of the booking email until we got home. So instead, we decided to shelter from the rain by spending the morning tagging onto a regular toddler group at a soft play centre in Heatherton before stocking up on a bit of fresh food from the large Morrisons in Haverfordwest (about 15 minutes drive away from Bluestone). It's worth pointing out that there is a small grocery store in the village at Bluestone but we wanted to get everything we needed before we checked in. 

We arrived at Bluestone at 4pm. The drive up was beautiful and at the entrance to the resort is a wonderful drive-through style check in where staff greet you, get you sorted with car hangers/key cards and give you a comprehensive information pack with resort maps and details of all the activities on offer that week. 

Guests can check into their accommodation at 4:30pm and after navigating our car round the one way system, we arrived at our beautiful Caldey Lodge - a luxury lodge complete with two bedrooms, open plan lounge/kitchen space, bathroom (with bath!) and an outdoor patio dining area.
We were very appreciative of the baby friendly equipment provided such as the little baby bath, travel cots, easy to use microwave and high chair. What would have been a nice touch would be some plastic cutlery and plates but this wasn't a problem for us as we always bring our own.

After spending a few nights there, we loved how quiet the lodge was and how comfy the beds were. The lodge was warm and very spacious, Miss E loved running round the wooden floor in the open plan living space!

Bluestone prides itself on providing "free range fun" and therefore the resort is completely car free. Once you've checked in and unloaded your car at your lodge, you need to return it to the long stay car park just outside of the resort. 

We did plan on walking everywhere during our stay but once we spied the golf buggy hire at the entrance to the resort we immediately booked one out for five days. They looked like super fun and I am so glad that we hired one. I like our holidays to be pretty relaxed and with the weather being bad, I didn't fancy walking around in the rain!

Picture above taken on the one sunny day we had!

The hire cost for five days was £80.00 but I think very much worth it if you don't want to be walking everywhere or if the weather is bad! If you want to book one out yourself, you need to be able to drive and you need to bring your full driving license with you
There are plenty of parking spots and places to charge your buggy and you can drive them right up to each of the various facilities. We loved being able to park right outside the Adventure Centre and we were there from our lodge in just a few minutes. 

Our evening was spent devouring a yummy chicken salad, welsh beer and crusty bead before getting acquainted with our accommodation for the next four nights!


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