I’ve just got back from the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside! I’ve spent the last 4 days at Bluestone Wales Resort. There were seven of us in total; all looking forward to spending a few days together for the first time in years! Now, I had recorded a video tour of the Grassholm Lodge but something happened to my SD card and the file is corrupted, so for now just check out the gorgeous scenery in the pics below.
The Grassholm is a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom self catering accommodation within the Bluestone Wales resort. There is lots of space for the whole family inside (up to 8 people). Large, child proofed rooms with high ceilings and lots of windows throughout providing a light and airy atmosphere.
Bluestone: Preseli View
We stayed at number 7 Preseli View. Number 7 boasts a stunning views of the Presili Hills. I’d imagine it only gets better during the when you can throw open the patio doors and take in the scenery from the comfort of one of the sofas. But as you can can in the pictures, the winter view is not to be scoffed at either.
All lodges are well spaced out allowing plenty of privacy from neighbouring properties. The whole building is nicely soundproofed and keeps the heat in. In fact, we had to open the window a few times because even though it was blowing a gale outside, inside was so warm!
Preseli View is very close to the village area and not too far from the car park. This is a great area to stay for those who don’t want to or can’t walk too far and can’t afford to hire a buggy. There are some steep paths on the way to the swimming pool and car park which we walked in gale force winds and rain. So if mobility is an issue be sure to take it slowly
Inside the Grassholm Lodge: Living Area
A massive bright and airy room, the living area is the hub of the lodge where we got together to chat and watch TV. A Samsung TV and DVD player are provided so be sure to bring a film or two along in case of a rainy day.
A large family needs plenty of places to sit. The Grassholm has 3 wide sofas with throws, 8 dining chairs plus a high chair for babies. The safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs will stop the little ones from crawling up the stairs unattended.
An odd but fun feature was a window the overlooks the living room from a bedroom, I assume to let as much light in to the bedroom as possible as that was one of the darker bedrooms, or maybe to keep an eye on the kids from above.
Inside the Grassholm Lodge: The Bedrooms
The Grassholm has 4 bedrooms. 3 twins and 1 double with en suite. Wayne and I took the double room which has a Juliette balcony. This was a perfect place for some romantic midnight stargazing.
Each room has plenty of storage, the master bedroom even has a desk/vanity table. Inside the wardrobes is a safe to store your valuables.
The bed I slept in was too firm for me, but he rest of the family slept like logs and even commented about how comfortable the beds were. Unfortunately I couldn’t get comfortable at all. Maybe it was the pillows; maybe it was the mattress; either way, this was a personal preference. The beds and bedding were immaculately clean and the surrounding area so peaceful.
Inside the Grassholm Lodge: The Kitchen
The kitchen and dining room are open plan and very spacious. As with the rest of the property, there are lots of windows plus an extractor fan and a cooker hood to prevent food smells building up. Ours was a modern fitted kitchen and had most appliances such as a 3 drawer freezer, a dishwasher and a cooker and microwave. There is no washing machine though so be sure to bring enough clothes with you.
Cupboards and drawers are filled with everything you will need from glasses to pans to cutlery. We even had a small welcome pack containing bin liners and dish cloths. Read “What to take” below to find out what else you will need.
Two bins are attached to the wall, one for general waste and one for recyclables.There are dumpsters on each row of lodges so you can easily throw away your waste. (Remember what I said about those pesky seagulls earlier? Don’t leave waste on the doorstep!)
Inside the Grassholm Lodge: The Bathrooms
With 3 bathrooms to choose from there were no queues on the landing. The downstairs bathroom has a large bath big enough for two, an open shower and underfloor heating. The upstairs bathroom has an over bath shower, and the en suite has a roomy shower that I could of spent all day in!
Inside the Grassholm Lodge: Amenities
The lodge has a large porch area as you enter the property with plenty of space to leave empty suitcases, muddy shoes, bikes etc. Although there is also a bike rack outside that you can lock your bike to for those.
Those who need Internet access will enjoy the resort wide WiFi access, although I was told by another holiday goer on Twitter that streaming wasn’t allowed. Social Media and emails loaded quickly though.
WHAT TO TAKE
Almost everything you need is here, but this is a self catering holiday so be sure to take the following:
- Tea towels/kitchen roll: There are no tea towels so make sure you pack some.
- Toiletries – Each bathroom has a small bar of soap so you’ll need to bring your own shampoos, gels, conditioners etc.
- Dishwasher tablets – You receive four tablets in your welcome pack.
- Loo roll – There is one roll provided in each room but this wont last long with a family of 8.
- Humidifier – I found the lodge to be very dry, especially in the bedroom. I would probably take a humidifier next time.
- Hairdryer – Not essential as these can be rented from Bluestone, but I find it nicer to have my own.
The whole family was very impressed with the Grassholm lodge. There is more than enough space here for 8 people to sleep, eat and have fun without getting in each others way. The lodges are so comfortable that they really are a home away from home. We are already talking about coming back when the weather is a bit nicer!
Where is your home away from home? What do you think of the Grassholm lodge at Bluestone? Let me know below!