This is my second Bluestone blog; if your not up for a long detailed read and just want to know some basic quick info about our trip to Bluestone Wales take a look here. If not I hope you enjoy reading what we got up to in a bit more detail! This blog post will talk through our first couple of days as I have lots to say and lots of lovely photos to share with you the rest of the week will be in a separate post!
A quick note before I start so you know who I’m talking about; myself and Amelia went on holiday with our friends Sarah and Carl (hi guys) and their daughter Amber who is a similar age to Amelia which was so nice for the girls.
I was fairly organised and had everything packed and loaded into our friends car as we were all going together the night before so Monday first thing I was just getting last bit’s organised breakfast for Amelia and travel sickness tablets for me as I do not do well being a passenger for long car journeys, however, saying that I felt fine both journeys but better safe than sorry. We set off about 9:30am. We were aiming to get most of the journey done without a stop as we were stopping for lunch at Sarah’s Nan’s in Wales about an hour and fifteen from Bluestone. The car journey wasn’t that bad a few moans and cries from the girls every now and then but we made it to our stop and gave the girls well over an hours break to run around and have a little lunch. The Ipad’s were our saviour!
The last part of our journey the girls both fell asleep but Amelia woke up crying when we were queueing to check in, we obviously arrived at a popular time 3:15-3:30pm. The check in is a drive through process which was quick and easy and the member of staff was really nice. We were also told our lodge was ready and that we could head on down to Augustus Way!! This was great as we would have had about half hour to kill otherwise and we were keen to get unpacked and organised.
First impressions of the lodge were sustained throughout the trip as it was just lovely.We were staying in a Skomer lodge which had a really great porch area for dumping coats, shoes and leaving the buggies up. There was a bedroom and a huge wet room with a bath downstairs, then two bedrooms both with en-suites upstairs. Really spacious, modern and homely at the same time. A few minor issues in that there aren’t cupboard locks or plug socket covers but not the end of the world for us. When we checked in we asked for another cot and high chair which arrived within about half hour of us being at the lodge so it meant we could get both of the girls bed’s made up and sorted for the evening ahead.
I will include a few photo’s of our lodge but you can see what most lodges look like via the Bluestone website as they are all slightly different. I loved how our upstairs overlooked to the downstairs it just made the entire lodge seem so open and airy.
We went out for dinner about 6pm at the Knights Tafarn which was a tad late for the girls but they were both really happy colouring waiting for their dinner. I had the thai green curry off the special and Amelia and Amber shared the cheese and tomato pasta which Amelia couldn’t get enough of; it was really good food and really reasonably priced. It has a varied menu with lots of options but they also have a specials board so again more things to choose from. I loved the friendly vibe in this pub was perfect after a long day travelling with potentially temperamental toddlers!
By the time we got the girls bathed and in bed and had showers we decided to get in an early night as our next day was looking really busy and we wanted to make the most of it.
We treated ourselves to croissants and pain au chocolat from the village bakery. They were delicious and still warm; however this started Amelia off for demanding croissants every morning for breakfast but hey we were on holiday!! Amelia and Amber were hyped up from the minute they saw one another in the morning but it was so nice for them to have one another’s company the entire trip.
We managed to get the girls booked onto the Space themed Messy Play session at 10am last minute to quickly got ready for that. The walk from our lodge up to the Adventure Centre was actually quite hard work. We later found out you could go a longer route round the lodges which wasn’t as steep but the quicker journey right up the middle was really steep and we ended up doing shifts pushing the buggies. We would have been completely lost without the prams for the girls. Amelia doesn’t use hers that much at home but it was definitely needed. There is a mini bus that runs but I’m unsure on how reliable the times are.
We stripped the girls down into vests for the messy play as we just wanted them to enjoy it. There was six different stations of things to do. It wasn’t too busy so there was plenty of room for each child to get stuck in with enough space. Amelia loved the cocoa powder, water and glitter she loved using the cups and stacking them in the water. The session is an hour but really laid back leaving you to be able to leave when you’ve had enough. Think the girls did about 45minutes before they started getting tired/bored. It was really good for them to do a slightly structured activity whilst being away and I would definitely recommend that session.
We popped up to the Circus room soft play which is upstairs in the Adventure Centre and is aimed for younger children/toddlers/babies instead of the main area which we actually didn’t get a chance to properly explore. The room is so bright and colourful, I think it is quite new from the look of it but it would be amazing to keep it looking like this as its such a great space. This room is perfect; one side is soft play and sofas and the other side has tents, a push along ride, trike’s, ball pool, building blocks and benches. All the soft play was accessible for the girls they could climb and do everything without assistance which is great for the independent little ladies we have and then we could join in when they needed us over the other side of the room. I’ve never seen anything like the little push along roller-coaster but it was fab! We headed back to the lodge for an early lunch and to put the girls down for a sleep.
We were booked onto Toddler Sensory at 1:30pm and had a mad rush trying to run up the hill to the Adventure Centre as we were running late. The Sensory session was in the same room as the circus play room I described above. They were allowed 20minutes to do whatever then we came together for some interacting and songs. This just didn’t work for Amelia she was uninterested in what the lady was doing as she just wanted to play on the soft play. We’ve done lots of sensory sessions etc back home and this just wasn’t as good it didn’t keep Amelia’s attention and a few of the other toddlers ran off too. I think it would work much much better if they didn’t have it in the same room as the soft play as it’s just to much to compete with. Both this session and the messy play were £7 and at no point did anyone check we had paid for the session, check a list or anything which we thought was a bit strange. The sensory didn’t feel worth it for £7 but that could just be Amelia’s nature as she just wanted to play. However, I did get to meet lots of blogger friends who we knew that were also staying in Bluestone which was really nice.
A further five minutes from the Adventure Centre is the Blue Lagoon Waterpark. We headed straight there after the sensory session and got the girls ready for a swim. We were so so happy with the pool. There were lots of changing rooms and lockers that were nice and clean, I hate nothing more than a dirty swimming changing room (GAG!) When you head into the waterpark there is the main pool area in front of you, lots of deck chair seating and to the left is the Nippers Cove that has lots of fun stuff for little ones. Amelia and Amber loved it in here; there is a rock pool area to climb and sit in, a ships wheel to steer and lots of levers to pull that squirt out water. The main pool has a wave machine which Amelia loved to sit in the shallows and feel the waves crash into her and Amber’s favourite was the lazy river; this goes from the main pool in a little loop outside and back in. It’s just a really fun addition. There are also some slides and flumes for older children/adults. The Blue Lagoon really has something for everyone and we didn’t want to leave and made sure to squeeze it in a few more times throughout our stay.
From swimming we headed straight back to the Bluestone Village, a walk down the hill! We decided to eat at the Farmhouse Grill. Not as much choice on this menu and prices were higher than the pub. I had a burger and Amelia and Amber shared had the spaghetti bolognese. We asked for the girls food to be brought out as soon as possible as they were both starving from a busy afternoon and it was out so quick which made our dining experience much more peaceful. The children’s portion size was really generous like the pub and was enough for them to share. The burger tasted really great and we treated the girls to some ice-cream as they both ate so well and had been really well behaved. As you can see from the photos this meal was another big hit! Again this restaurant had a nice vibe, perfect for toddlers who are unpredictable. I wouldn’t have felt conscious if Amelia had screamed or cried as tables are nice and spaced out which also leaves plenty of room for prams and high-chairs!
We ate dinner at a more suited time for the girls allowing them to have a little play at the lodge before bath and bedtime! They were both out like a light after a truly mad busy day. It was such a brilliant day, loads to do and keep us all busy and still feel like we were on holiday. We loved our first full day experiencing Bluestone! We treated ourselves to snacks and drinks while the girls were sleeping in our cosy lodge.
The next few days will continue in another post so I don’t bore you to much with length so please pop back for a read.
Thanks for reading!xx