So, you’re planning your Bluestone Wales stay and you’re wondering “How the heck are we going to keep the family busy for a whole week?”. No fear! Let me help you plan your trip.
For starters, you wont get bored at Bluestone. There’s heaps of activities to keep you busy on site. Want to spend an hour or two being pampered? Book an appointment at the Well Spa Retreat. Fancy something more exhilarating? There’s the Blue Lagoon pool with rapid rivers, slides and more. Or hire a bike for the day and check out the bike trails.
But, if you’re anything like me you’ll be itching to explore the surrounding area, and so you should. It’s Pembrokeshire: Home to heaps of award winning beaches (52 awards might I add), a national park and some surprising wildlife. It would be a crime to miss out on all of that!
Find out what the stunning Bluestone Grassholm Lodge accommodation is like. Click here for an in-depth review of the huge Grassholm Lodge.
Bluestone Resort Wales is an award winning luxury destination in the heart of Pembrokshire National Park, West Wales. It’s situated next door to Oakwood Theme Park and within short driving distance to many of Pembrokeshire’s picturesque towns.
I arrived at Bluestone during some of the worst weather I’ve ever seen. Of course, as soon as we drove out of the resort 4 days later, the sun re-emerged. During my time there it snowed, rained, stormed, and blew a gale. There were even reports of a mini tornado a few miles away! Throughout the whole stay, our Grassholm lodge remained warm and cosy throughout.
All of that bad weather meant we couldn’t do most of what we’d planned, like cycling – oh, there were still some crazies biking down the muddy trails. My other half included -, long walks through the local woodlands and so on. Fortunately for little holiday makers staying at that time, the children’s activities carried on throughout the bad weather.
So what are 7 grown ups supposed to do when faced with 4 days of grey clouds? Well read on and find out!
Of course it would snow while I was there! 😮
Narberth town centre was our first stop. You’ll probably visit at least once when you stay as it’s so close. A small village with an great mix of gift shops, chic fashion boutique’s, craft shops, bakeries and cafes. Make sure to try out the locally made jams *drool* which are on sale from most convenience stores. The lemon curd I had was so good on toast!
A log fire is the best remedy to bad-weather-blues. The Knights Tafarn is located in the village at Bluestone and has just that, along with a traditional, warm atmosphere. A homely pub with a large log fire that serves up delicious meals and snacks, including the tasty sandwiches and home made crisps pictured above.
Make sure you spend at least one afternoon at the Blue Lagoon water park. There’s water slides, a wave machine and a lazy river that runs along an outer edge of the pool and outside area. In a moment of madness – the kind that usually only happens when sisters get together – we ran through the storm to an outdoor jacuzzi and ended up chilling (quite literally) next to a palm tree, while the icy rain battered down on us.
The slides are a lot of fun. Kids would love this place.
You have to visit Tenby, no matter what the weather. The town comes alive in the sunshine with it’s brightly painted sea front buildings and markets.
After a chilly walk along the beach we were ready for grub so stopped off the Lifeboat Tavern for a curry. The food here was delicious and plentiful. Great atmosphere with live music and a beer garden. I could go for another right about now actually.
Visit Saundersfoot Harbour
A few miles away from Bluestone Resort lies the Saundersfoot Harbour. Home of the Mermaid Restaurant. It’s the panoramic sea view that makes this restaurant realy special (and the coffee). I was lucky enough to eat there during a thunder storm: As the evening drew to a close, Mother Nature treated us to an astounding lightening show over the sea. I wont forget that any time soon.
Just off the harbour is a place I didn’t get to visit, but would be great for those with kids: The Reptile Experience in Saundersfoot houses chamelions, lizards toads and more. It has lots of happy customers too and is rated 5/5 on TripAdvisor.
As you can see, the bad weather certainly didn’t stop us from having fun at Bluestone. There’s loads to do in Pembrokeshire and plenty of entertainment fro adults and kids alike. I’ll be returning as soon as possible!
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