So I’m back. I haven’t blogged for a while but I’m just back from holiday and I’m feeling all creative and reenergised (ha, I have kids, I haven’t felt reenergised since 2015) and I’m ready to write again.
Back at the start of May we went to Bluestone in Wales. We’d heard so much about the place and had seen lots of beautiful pictures online too so as it was my sister’s 30th birthday we decided to get a lodge. There were eight of us in total (my family, my sister and her daughter, and my parents) so we opted for the St David’s Lodge, which had four bedrooms including a master en-suite, two bathrooms, kitchen diner and living space, annnnnd the room that fills me with joy – a playroom.
We had such a lovely weekend and since I’ve recommended the resort to so many people, so I thought I’d share my tips to making sure you get the most out of Bluestone.
Plan, plan, plan.
From the moment you confirm your booking you have access to your own personal account where you can add on extras and book activities. This booking system is your friend.
Get the app.
I’ve got an iPhone but I’m sure you’d be able to download on Android too. Here you can manage your booking and add extras. It’s also super useful when you’re on-site as you can set your lodge as a home location and use the handy map and directions to get back if you get lost – the site is huge! – and it updates daily with opening times for the village and any activities.
Book that golf buggy.
I loved our golf buggy – it was one of my favourite things about the holiday – and it got us around everywhere. It can be quite a way to the car park from your lodge so it’s handy, especially if you have little ones. We booked ours in advance when we spotted there were only two available. It costs £90 but will be the best £90 you spend all weekend.
It’s all about the food.
For me everything is centred around eating, as long as I know when I’m eating next I’m happy. There are a couple of restaurants on-site (as well as a pub and fish & chip shop) that you can book ahead for. I’d definitely recommend doing this as we didn’t and couldn’t get a table until very late on our final night. We did drop lucky on our first day and managed to get in at The Farmhouse Grill and it was soooooo good.
Load that car to the max. There was a full kitchen with dishwasher in our lodge so we stopped off at a supermarket on the way to stock up on essentials and we’d brought things like washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets etc. with us.
Strong wifi game.
The wifi in our lodge was amazing and as part of our lodge package we were given two free passes. We took our Fire Stick with us and we were able to stream TV with no problems.
Highchairs and stair gates are a standard.
And that’s music to my ears. Having the stair gates at the top and bottom of the stairs made life a lot easier and took a lot of the stress out of the stay. There is also a highchair included in every lodge as well as a travel cot for any under two’s – you just need to take your own cot linen.
We didn’t really take advantage of the activities on-site other than swimming and the Sunday evening jousting show but next time we plan to do much more. Most of the activities have an extra cost but I think it’d be well worth it.
There’s a lot to explore outside of the site too.
Wales is so beautiful and it’d be criminal not to see any of it whilst you’re at Bluestone. We went to Tenby and Saundersfoot, which are both beautiful little seaside towns – Saundersfoot was definitely my fave and we had a lovely lunch here at the Beachside BBQ restaurant.
If you’ve got a trip booked or you’re planning on booking one, I’m SO jealous!
The Aspiring Yummy Mummy. x