Thursday, 23 March 2017

Bluestone Wales // Check-in, Buggy Hire and Accommodation Tour

Bluestone is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy. Nestled in the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, your arrival at Bluestone instantly transports you to a calmer way of living... a place where you can stop and be still and a place where the fun is free-range. It's a fantastic base for getting out there and exploring the surrounding area whilst still retaining that luxury holiday feel.

After a day of fun exploring everything that Bluestone has to offer, what's better than to return to a cosy warm lodge in the evening? 

Today I wanted to share a little tour of the lodge we stayed in on our recent trip to Bluestone. The range of accommodation available at the resort is impressive. There's everything from studio accommodation sleeping two people and cosy cottages to a wide range of lodges that sleep anywhere from four to fourteen people.

On this trip, we stayed in a Caldey Lodge which sleeps four people across two bedrooms. This is in fact the second time we have stayed in a Caldey Lodge and our return visit was just as good as the first. Everything was spot on and just right for us as a family.... the perfect place to relax, dine, wash and sleep!

Before I show you around our lodge though, I just wanted to quickly mention the check-in process when you arrive at Bluestone. It is all so easy and well thought out, arriving to our holiday destination couldn't have been more simple!

On the day of your arrival, you are welcome to use the facilities at Bluestone from as early as 11am and you can access your accommodation from 4:30pm. Perfect if you have travelled a long way as you don't have to worry about hanging around for check-in time. 

When you arrive at Bluestone, the road leads you to the 'welcome lodge' which is where you can check in. Yep, there's no having to park the car and find a reception.... the check-in is a drive through. This is so good when you have tired little people in the car! 

Once we arrived at the welcome lodge, we gave the member of staff our booking reference at the window and in return we were handed a super welcome pack which was complete with key cards for our lodge, swimming passes for the Blue Lagoon and an assortment of maps and details of all the activities that would be on during our stay. Basically everything you need to make the most out of your stay!

All checked in, we parked the car in the long stay car park and popped across the path to collect our golf buggy which we had pre-booked on the website. Bluestone prides itself on being a car free resort and we were keen to explore as much as possible so booking a buggy was the perfect solution. If I remember rightly it cost around £85 for five days and was worth every penny in my mind. We were keen to have a relaxing holiday, plus driving it around was so much fun! I really do recommend hiring one (or even a bike) if you want to take things a bit easier during your stay.

Once 4:30pm came, the barrier at the top of the car park lifted allowing us to take our car down to our lodge to unload our suitcases and food. Once unloaded it was time to take the car back to the long stay car park (which is free for the duration of your stay). 

And so, here is the Caldey Lodge we stayed at on this trip. 19 Augustus Way.   

Our lodge contained everything we needed for a wonderful stay. It was clean, modern, comfortable, warm and most importantly, safe and well equipped for children!  

Let me show you around! 

Our lodge had a nice little porch area which was the perfect place for removing muddy boots and wet coats. The porch led into a large open plan room which contained the living space, dining space and kitchen. I really grew to love the open plan way of life during our stay, it was lovely being able to cook and keep an eye on kiddo.... something that is much harder to do at home! 

The kitchen was well equipped and contained everything from fridge and mini freezer to a dishwasher. Everything was absolutely spotless and I had no problems finding anything when it came to making meals. 

The dining area by the french doors was such a lovely place to sit in the morning and enjoy a cup of tea. In fact, we all loved sitting around the table together planning the day ahead! We often spied bunnies, birds and all kinds of wildlife from the window which felt magical. Kiddo absolutely loved it!

In the kitchen, a starter pack had been left which included items such as bin liners, a small bottle of washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets and cleaning cloths. I thought that this was a nice touch and in fact, it kept us going all week (admittedly, we dined out a fair few times so there wasn't much washing up!).

Onto the bedrooms! Here is our double room which was super cosy. Not pictured is a large wardrobe containing a safe and a tall chest of drawers. We all slept amazingly well during our stay which was down to a combination of fresh air, long walks and those super comfy beds!

Also, I must point out that the blackout curtains were a m a z i n g. Such a great touch for families with children... kiddo actually slept in because the room was lovely and dark even though the sun was up! Hooray! 

The second bedroom was a twin and contained two single beds that had been pushed together. Again this room contained ample storage and those all important blackout curtains!  

We loved the decor in the bedrooms. Clean, contemporary and relaxing. We all slept so well during our stay, something that is really important to us on holiday! 

A travel cot is provided in every lodge if you have a baby with you, no mattress is provided for this though so you'll have to bring one along with you if you intend to use it! 

Before we move onto the final room of the lodge, I just wanted to quickly mention the TV in the living area. A DVD player is provided which we made use of on more than one occasion as the regular WiFi in the lodge was good but not good enough to stream movies/youtube at all on our iPads. I do believe you can upgrade your WiFi for a small price though this is an offer we didn't make use of as I feel that decent WiFi should come as standard as it does in other resorts! 

On the TV itself you'll find a special Bluestone channel which is the perfect place to find out more about the resort, whats on and much more information. A nice touch, once again!

Finally, on to the bathroom! A small but well equipped room containing all the essentials in a wet room setup. The shower worked perfectly, we loved the heated towel rail and also the illuminated mirror which was great for putting my makeup on in the morning! 

We have stayed at Bluestone twice now and have found that the quality of accommodation is consistently fantastic. Clean, comfortable, modern and well equipped.... what more could you want?! 

Have you stayed at Bluestone before? What do you think of the accommodation available at the resort? Let me know in a comment below! 

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