It’s always a challenge to find a suitable venue for a mixed group to meet up and after a couple of unsuccessful venues for our annual ‘university friends’ gathering, we decided to book Bluestone in Wales.
From the first contact (complete with many queries, concerns and preferences!) the customer service was excellent, and Bluestone were very amenable to allowing a camp bed to be added in to one of the lodges for an extra charge rather than a larger lodge having to be booked.
The group was large and we were able to book 2 sets of 2 lodges that interconnected via internal lockable doors. This was a fantastic set up as it allowed each family group to have space and privacy, but also for the children to freely mix and find space to play during the day and at night for the children to go to bed while the adults sat and chatted within earshot.
Each individual lodge was spotlessly clean, well equipped and spacious. We were able to move furniture to allow us to eat together with ease which really made the weekend extra celebratory and enjoyable. Highchairs and cots were provided as standard and were also very clean and good quality.
We didn’t take advantage of the many additional activities that could be booked at extra cost, but we took full advantage of the free indoor play centre, complete with bouncy castle, soft play, mini golf and climbing frames.
Entry to the Blue Lagoon swimming complex is included for your stay and this was a fabulous place for the children. There were flumes, hot tubs, toddler splash area, a wave machine, lazy river ride and fountains. There is one flume you can travel on in pairs with outdoor pools you can ‘stop off’ in – one evening we were lucky enough to sit in one of these outdoor pools to watch the sunset over the welsh countryside which was beautiful.
We attended the evening ‘light show’ and fairy walk, which the younger children declared ‘the best walk ever’ and I was happily transported back to my Brambly Hedge reading days. little touches such as the fairy shopping trolley in the illuminated stream kept the teenagers amused and the fairy lights and willow figures created a really magical experience.
Located close to the Pembrokeshire Coast made a trip to Tenby a must. The huge expanse of sand allowed for great games of football before warming up with fish and chips for dinner.
We explored the site on foot and by the land train which tours the resort regularly. There is a lake and ruined church to explore as well as outdoor play areas and the central village that contains the reasonably priced shop and friendly pub, coffee shop and restaurants.
We had a brilliant stay, everyone in the group found loads to do and enjoy and a weekend felt far too short to take advantage of all the facilities on offer. we will definitely be returning!