We ended our Easter holidays on a massive high with an invitation from the glorious Bluestone Wales to come and stay at their amazing holiday village in Narberth, Pembrokeshire for the week, we already had lots of plans but they said we could come for the last weekend and we thought it would be the ultimate end to an already brilliant couple of weeks.
We weren’t wrong, it really was the most fantastic place to go for a little break! We managed to get away early on the Friday and arrived at the resort around 3pm. There was a bit of a queue to get in but we were soon being checked in at the wooden porta cabins by some very helpful and friendly staff who told us where to go to find our chalet. We were staying in the Ramsey chalet, billed as luxury upside down living, we were so impressed. A very large wood building with two ensuite bedrooms downstairs and then a spacious open plan kitchen, dining room and seating area with all the amenities you could need is upstairs. There is a proper tour on my video below.
Bluestone is a car free zone and so once you have dropped off your luggage and settled in a bit, you take the car back to the main carpark and leave it there until you are ready to pack up. Nothing is too far away in distance but there is a pretty steep hill in between the village where the restaurants and the lake are and the swimming pool complex and the activity centre are. Luckily for us, we had brought our bikes and are well used to Welsh mountains, and if you aren’t feeling as fit, there are golf buggies to hire.
The first thing we did was head off to explore, we soon found the adventure centre and the kids threw themselves into climbing, sliding, mini golfing and generally running round in joy! It was so amazing for them and so well thought out to make it look like the best adventure playground this side of the real Wild West!
We went down to the village area for dinner which is right by the lake and has a selection of cottages, shops and restaurants around a pub garden and outdoor adventure playground. We ate at the Oak Tree restaurant, we hadn’t booked but they had a table and so we sat and had pizzas and pasta. It was nice food but not the cheapest and so if we were staying longer, we’d probably have done a big shop before and just had a meal out on the last night as a treat.
The next day was Saturday and we’d arranged for the children to do the Treehouse Troop club in the afternoon. It was £25 a child but we’d recently got a reward for very patiently catching a lost cat, (another blog post maybe?!) and so decided to treat ourselves to a little break from them, especially important for me as we were about to start home schooling our daughter and so I knew I wouldn’t get much of a break!
We slept really well and the children woke up desperate to check out the pool complex so after a quick breakfast we cycled up and had a few hours whizzing down the flumes, floating round the lazy river, (which goes outside and was quite a chilly experience which was very fun!) and jumping the waves. There are also some brilliant play areas for little ones but they were more interested in the more adventurous stuff. We were the first in and had a good couple of hours before it started to get a bit too busy for comfort, although the different areas meant that it really did take a lot of people to make it feel like that.
We then went for a play in the nearby adventure play barn, followed by lunch and then back on the bikes down to the lake and the rangers’ hut to drop the children off. We went off for a long walk in the huge grounds. There were so many lovely things to see like fairy villages, tree houses and troll bridges. I was actually really sad they missed out as it was just so magical! We had a great break and they had a wonderful time, returning singing, faces streaked with mud from their ‘camo’ war paint and incredibly excited. A trip to the outdoor play area with ice creams and fish and chips from the van finished the day off perfectly.
Sunday was more swimming and playing, lunch and then we packed up and went to arrange to bring the van on site to pack up and leave. We were very sad to go but it was some really wonderful down time in beautiful surroundings and just up our street, we love being outdoors and Bluestone ticks all our boxes. A lot of the activities are extra cost, but I feel that you can really have a fabulous time without doing them, I also don’t think that the pool or the adventure centre alone is enough to keep our kids occupied but put all together, it is brilliant place to go and stay for a lovely outdoorsy break.
**Disclaimer: We stayed at Bluestone Wales free of charge but paid for our travel, food and extra activities ourselves. We weren’t asked for this review but really enjoyed ourselves and wanted to say thank you!**