I’ve just returned from a much-needed, lazy 4 day stay in the Pembrokeshire countryside! Anyone who’s spent any time in West Wales can attest to it’s natural beauty. Rolling mountains, clean blue beaches, stunning wildlife (including puffins, seals and even dolphins!) and miles of walking trails to fill your lungs. Our accommodation for the mid-week break was at the Bluestone Wales Resort. A modern national holiday resort park just a stone’s throw from Oakwood Theme Park.
We stayed in one of the resort’s largest accommodation options, the Grassholm Lodge. A 4 bedroom (2 twin and 2 double rooms), 3 bathroom (2 en suites and a downstairs bathroom with a large cosy bath), self catering lodge with a huge kitchen complete with tons of cupboard space and seating, and a big living room .
The whole lodge is child proofed and there’s plenty of space for the kids to run around and tall ceilings with lots of windows provide a light and airy atmosphere.
Bluestone Preseli View
We pulled up to our lodge at 7 Preseli View, aptly named after the Preseli mountains in the distance there, and stepped out on to the road. (Cars are only allowed on in to the resort when checking in and out. Otherwise, the only engines you’ll hear are that of the park rangers and the rentable golf buggies)
The first thing that struck me was how peaceful the resort is. Although the site was full of guests, but the lodges are so well sound proofed that I couldn’t hear anything other than the birds singing.
Wales is well known for it’s astounding valleys and mountain peaks, and Bluestone Resort doesn’t disappoint. I’d quite happily give up city life and live in one of the Preseli View Grassholm Lodges.
We travelled during the winter, so I’d imagine it looks even more impressive during the summer months when you can throw open the patio doors and take in the scenery from the comfort of the sofas. Although, as you can see from my photos, the winter view isn’t half bad either.
Bluestone Lodges are nicely spaced out allowing plenty of privacy from neighboring properties. And as mentioned earlier, they’re well soundproofed and insulated for the winter months.
Preseli View is situated near the resort village are where you’ll find handy shops, pubs with entertainment for adults and kids, a coffee shop and a spa that offers massage, manicures and other beauty treatments.
The lodge isn’t too far from the car park wither. This makes Preseli View a great area to stay for those who maybe can’t walk too far and don’t want to hire a buggy.
I almost forgot to mention Bluestone Resort’s waterpark! The highlight of my break. It’s just a 5-10 minute walk from the lodge, but be careful. 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 slow.
Inside the Grassholm Lodge: Living Area
The Grassholm has a massive bright and airy living area which acts as the hub of the lodge where we spent plenty of time together hiding from the winter weather and chit-chatting while watching 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 them from crawling up the stairs unattended.
Inside the Grassholm Lodge: The Bedrooms
As mentioned above, the Grassholm Lodge has 4 bedrooms. 3 twins and 1 double with en suite. Mr Cosmic Kick and I took the upstairs double room that features a Juliette balcony and was perfect for some romantic midnight stargazing.
Each room has loads of storage too. The master bedroom even has a desk/vanity table. Handy for anyone who needs to work while on holiday. Each wardrobe has a safe for storing valuable items.
Every inch of the lodge was spotless, especially the beds which were immaculately clean. Beds are on the firmer side so if you like a soft bed, maybe request or bring along a mattress topper. My whole family slept like logs.
Inside the Grassholm Lodge: The Kitchen
Cooking in the Grassholm is a joy! It’s kitchen and dining room are open plan and spacious. As with the rest of the property, there are lots of windows as well as an extractor fan and a cooker hood to prevent food smells and condensation from building up.
The kitchen is fitted and has most appliances such as a 3 drawer freezer, a dishwasher, a cooker and microwave. There is no washing machine so be sure to bring enough clothes with you.
Cupboards and drawers are filled with everything you’ll 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 for more.
Two bins are provided. One for general waste and one for recyclables.There are dumpsters on each row of lodges so sorting waste is easy.
Inside the Grassholm Lodge: The Bathrooms
With 3 bathrooms to choose from there were no queues on the landing in the morning. 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 have spent all day in!
Inside the Grassholm Lodge: Amenities
On entering the Grassholm Lodge, you’ll find a large porch area with plenty of space to leave empty suitcases, muddy shoes, bikes etc. There’s also a bike rack outside the property.
i can’t survive without internet access, so was grateful for the resort-wide WiFi access.
What to Take
Almost everything I needed was waiting at the lodge for me, but as this is a self catering holiday, 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 just 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’s one roll provided in each room but this wont last long with a family of 8.
- Hairdryer – Not essential as these can be rented from Bluestone, but I do like to have my own.
We loved our time at Bluestone Resort Wales and my whole family was impressed with the Grassholm lodge. There’s more than enough space here for 8 adults to sleep, eat and have fun without getting in each other’s way. The lodges are so cozy. They really are a home away from home. We’re already talking about coming back in the summer!
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