Bluestone Adventures | Monday 23rd March


If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen a few snaps of our holiday at Bluestone, Wales. I do apologize for all of the picture spam, but it was such a lovely place, and it's very hard not to upload a million photographs. We were invited along as one of their #bluestonebloggers in exchange for our honest review. I know I won't be able to fit it into one blog post, as we had such a lovely time, and did so much. So I have broken it down into a daily diary.

The journey from home to wales took us about 5 hours. We set off at 10:30am and arrived about 4pm. We did stop off for some lunch which gave Emily a chance to get out of the car and have a stretch. I can't sing her praises enough, she was as good as gold on the journey to Wales. I have to admit I was dreading the drive with a baby because it was such a long way, but she pretty much slept the whole time. The check in time isn't until 4:30pm, however you are welcome to arrive from 11am and can make use of everything that Bluestone has to offer, including the use of the Blue Lagoon and adventure center. The drive to Wales was fairly easy and stress free for us, and luckily we didn't run into any traffic problems. I have to say I have never been to Wales before, and driving through to get to Bluestones it looked so beautiful. We went to the nearest Tesco to pick up a few bits before checking in. Bluestone is a self-catering establishment, although it does have places to eat on site and a takeaway service. We planned to eat out just once, and have lunch out once. We thought the drive through check in system was a good idea, however when we arrived at 4:30 everyone else seemed to be checking in too. There was a really long queue of traffic, and it would of been nice to have the option of pulling over somewhere there because Emily was getting very unsettled, which made the whole thing a little stressful. 


We were allocated a two bedroom lodge called Ramsey lodge, which was located on Bartholomew Rise, number 24 to be precise. The lady at the check in gave us a welcome pack, and told us how to get to our lodge. Inside the pack was a resort map, a village map, resort booklet and an activity timetable. I was impressed at how helpful the staff were at Bluestone. The lady who checked us in marked where our lodge was on our map, and told us how to get there which we did with ease. She then proceeded to tell us that we could take our car in to unload, but it had to be returned to the long stay car park before midnight. I actually loved the fact it was a car free site, as it was so much quieter. Sam said it was nice to have a couple days break from driving. If we wanted to go anywhere we could access the car, but we only ventured off site one day. If you however have a medical condition that means you need your car, or you're pregnant, the staff will allow you to have your car outside your lodge. You can also hire a buggy for £80 (for the week). We decided not to, but if you aren't a fan of walking or steep hills I would definitely recommend that you hire one. Obviously Emily isn't walking yet (would be a miracle if she was at this age) so we took her Oyster Max with us. I would definitely recommend taking a stroller with you if you have toddlers. Those steep hills are a little bit too much for little feet.

 Ramsey lodge has two bedrooms. A double bedroom with an en suite, which had a bath with an over head shower.  The second room was a twin bedroom with a wet room. All the lodges come with linen and towels. They also provided a travel cot, and a highchair for Emily. However you need to take along your own bed linen for the cot, and if you would like a mattress you should take one too. I used the spare duvet off the bed, and folded it up so it was comfortable for Emily, I then put her sheet over the top. She slept really well, so I presume it was comfortable enough for her.

My favourite thing about the lodge was the upside down living, The living area was upstairs to take advantage of the gorgeous views that Bluestone has to offer. The lodge was really clean, and it felt really cosy. They're was a large dining table and kitchen, which came with the standard appliances you would need, and even a dishwasher, which Sam was pretty happy about as we don't have one at home. We had planned to self cater while we were there, which we did do for three out of four nights. There was also stair gates on both the top and bottom of the stairs, which were really useful, and obviously if you have toddlers it is a really important. There is also a television and DVD player at the lodge, which came in useful for Emily's in the night garden DVD. If I was going to be make one change, I would put child locks on the cupboards, just because they are low to the ground, I could see Emily pulling everything out if she was bigger. How could I forget, there is also WiFi throughout the site, which you can connect to. The WiFi was actually pretty good, I managed to keep up to date with my social media platforms, and my blog. By the time we arrived, checked in and unpacked it was getting a little late, we decided to have a little look around, and then head back to the lodge for Emily's bath and then put her to bed. I felt like our first day was a little wasted just because we spent pretty much all day traveling. 


Tips
Don't forget to take a tea towel, and a hairdryer as these are not provided.
It is also recommended that you take your own towels to take to the Blue Lagoon.
Bluestone provide you with a starter kit which contained, 3 dishwasher tablets, a tiny bottle of washing up liquid, dish towel, dish cloth, scourer and one additional bin bag for each bin. I would definitely recommend taking extra washing up liquid as we felt that there wasn't enough for the length of our stay.

*We were provided with a 4-night stay free of charge in exchange for a honest and personal review, However all opinions are my own.*

2 comments

  1. Aww I uploaded my day 1 today too, makes me want to go back haha. I never knew you could keep your car if you're pregnant! Not that we would have used it though lol xx

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    1. Yeah a couple of people mentioned that you could keep it if you were pregnant. I don't think I would have used it if I was pregnant either! I read yours, can't believe you got left in farmhouse grill. We had a amazing experience in there, loved the atmosphere. Thank you for stopping by! x

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