Bluestone Wales – the 5* National Park Resort

Nestled in the heart of Pembrokeshire National Park in south west Wales, Bluestone is Wales’ 5* National Park Resort, surrounded by lush green landscapes, beautiful beaches and fascinating rural wildlife. Its countryside setting makes it the perfect destination for a spot of ‘free-range’ fun with space to roam, delicious food, attentive care and quality accommodation. I was kindly invited to stay at Bluestone Wales with my family a couple of weeks ago and while the weather wasn’t fantastic throughout our trip, we certainly made the most of our stay.

Check-in

As we drove into Bluestone, we joined a queue of cars waiting to check-in, although as there were a number of check-in points open, the queue soon cleared and within no more than 10 minutes, we had collected our welcome pack and key cards and we were on our way to our lodge.

Our accommodation

Accommodation at Bluestone Wales consists of self-catering luxury cottages, studio apartments and lodges designed for different group sizes.

The exterior of a Tenby Lodge at Bluestone Wales

Our semi-detached Tenby lodge featured three bedrooms, each designed to sleep two people, and two bathrooms, so we had more than enough room for our four-person group. It felt more like a cosy home than a holiday lodge; in fact, we all agreed we could happily live here!

In the communal area on the ground floor, we had our own TV, coffee table, super comfy leather sofa, solid oak dining table and a fully-equipped kitchen – it even came with washing-up liquid and a dishwasher!

A kitchen with worktop space, cupboards, an oven and a hob at Bluestone Wales

The kitchen was also equipped with everything we needed to cater for ourselves, from pots and pans, to plates and cutlery – even wine glasses are included!

Eating dinner at our table in our lodge in Bluestone Wales

The second floor took the form of a mezzanine overlooking the lounge and kitchen, with a large landing area leading through to the master bedroom. The bedroom had a soft-as-a-cloud kingsize bed made up with crisp white linen, a wardrobe, shelving space and a safe.

Master bedroom at Bluestone Wale

The other two twin bedrooms were located on the ground floor.

A twin bed set-up at Bluestone Wales

Each floor was fitted with a bathroom – one with a shower, and one with a bath – both of which were decked out in a contemporary abstract design.

The upstairs bathroom in a Tenby lodge at Bluestone Wales, with a shower cubicle, sink and toilet

We loved the hand wash, which was made by Myddfai Trading Company, a social enterprise supporting adults with learning difficulties. It had an irrestible ‘sea breeze’ fragrance and a luxuriously soapy consistency.

Handwash standing next to a tap in the bathroom at Bluestone Wales

Getting around the resort

As Bluestone is an eco-friendly village, cars aren’t allowed on-site and must be left in the guest car park (although you can unload/load your car upon check-in and check-out), but as a member of our group was a blue badge holder, we were allowed to park outside our lodge. You can opt to hire a golf buggy or bikes to travel around the resort, although there is an additional fee for this. However, a free shuttle bus runs around the resort at regular intervals throughout the day and it’s easy enough to get around on foot, as long as you don’t mind the occasional stroll.

Things to do at Bluestone Wales

Like many UK family holiday resorts, Bluestone Wales is more like a small town than just a resort. With 500 acres of woodland complete with designated Nature Trails, an indoor water park, Adventure Centre and a pedestrianised village boasting restaurants, shops, play areas and a pub, there’ll never be a dull moment.

Bluestone Village

Bluestone Village was around a ten-minute walk away from our lodge, but if you want to stay closer to the Village, you can opt to stay in one of the cottages that surround it.

Cottages at Bluestone Wales

In the Village, you”ll find the booking office, the Village Green Play Area, Village Hall, Tree House, Nature Trail and several shops including Newton Village Stores, The Brook and Oak’s Trading.

Newton Village Stores at Bluestone Wales

I especially liked Newton Village Stores because they stocked a range of local produce, including a mouth-watering selection of wines, like honeysuckle and elderflower wine. The prices were a little steep, but no more than what you’d expect from a resort of this kind.

The Village was also home to five restaurants – the Farmhouse Grill, the Oak Tree, Knight’s Tafarn, Tŷ Coffi and The Chippy.

A giant wizard made out of wicker/straw, pointing in the direction of the Knight's Tafarn pub

Exterior of Knight's Tafarn pub at Bluestone Wales

The Knight’s Tafarn doubled up as the local pub, serving a selection of local drinks like Tomos Watkins Magic Lagyr and Welsh spirits such as Da Mhile seaweed gin, Barti Ddu seaweed rum, Brecon Gin and Penderyn Whiskey.

We went along to the weekly pub quiz at the Knight’s Tafarn one evening, and we had a great time. There was a picture round, a general knowledge round and a music round, with the winner bagging themselves some free drinks. Sadly we didn’t win, but we did come third, so all was not lost!

After a walk around the Village one morning, we popped in to Tŷ Coffi for some hot drinks and freshly baked Tan-y-Castell Welsh cakes. Again, it was lovely to see that the cafe served so much local produce, including one of my personal favourites, Swansea-born Joe’s Ice Cream.

The exterior of Ty Coffi cafe at Bluestone Wales, painted a baby pink in colour

Tan-y-Castell Welshcakes and a tray holding a pot of tea and several cups of coffee

During our stay, we also ate dinner at the Farmhouse Grill. As the name might suggest, this is a rustic country-style restaurant, complete with wagon wheels, gardening equipment, hanging plants and even what appeared to be a cauldron.

The interior of the Farmhouse Grill restaurant at Bluestone Wales

With a commitment to serving Pembrokeshire produce, the menu focuses on grilled meats, burgers and ‘farmhouse specialities’ like braised brisket of Landsker beef, pan-roasted salmon and lemongrass and ginger pork ribs.

A chicken burger topped with lamb and cheese in a brioche bun, with a gherkin on top. Served with golden fries and rocket

I tried the Pembrokeshire Shepherd – a chicken burger (you can have beef instead if you like) topped with local Caws Preseli (Preseli cheese) and pulled mint, rosemary and garlic lamb shoulder. It was a very tasty burger and the fries were deliciously light and fluffy, while the flat-iron steak sitting opposite me looked equally appealing – as did the enormous crispy onion rings!

The lake

Almost opposite Bluestone Village, there’s a large lake that’s home to broad range of wildlife, from insects and newts, to frogs and ducks. If you’re feeling particularly brave, try out kayaking or rafting, or sail away in a Welsh coracle.

A girl crossing a stream at Bluestone Wales

At the time of our stay, Bluestone were building a brand new Ranger HQ centre which will be used as an outdoor activity hub. It is now complete, so if you’re staying at Bluestone anytime soon, be sure to check this out.

In the summer months, the lake would make for a lovely picnic spot so be sure to bring a picnic blanket and some tasty snack foods if you’re going on a summer holiday to Bluestone, so you can dine al fresco in the Pembrokeshire sunshine.

The lake at Bluestone Wales

Well Spa Retreat

Just a stone’s throw away from the Village, you’ll find the Well Spa Retreat – your go-to place for a pampering when you need to get away from it all. Recently named Wales’ Spa of the Year, the spa offers a range of treatments and a tantalising range of luxury products, and also benefits from an in-house cafe, Caffi Môr.

The exterior of the spa at Bluestone Wales

Blue Lagoon Water Park

The Blue Lagoon Water Park is definitely one of Bluestone’s biggest selling points, complete with a wave machine, four flume slides, a lazy river leading into a heated outdoor pool, jacuzzis and childrens’ wet play areas. I loved unleashing my inner child on the rapid rivers ride!

The interior of Blue Lagoon Water Park at Bluestone Wales, with a swimming pool and water slides

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The great thing about the Blue Lagoon Water Park is that if you don’t want to get wet, you can simply sit back and relax in one of the beach loungers next to the pool.

If all that splashing around leaves you feeling famished, grab a bite to eat at the Fish Shack or the Blue Lagoon Cafe. We had a lovely lunch of paninis and local Tregroes toffee waffles washed down with hot milky lattes and cappuccinos in the Blue Lagoon Cafe after a morning of swimming.

A flatlay of paninis, hot drinks, Lotus biscuits and Tregroes toffee waffles at Blue Lagoon Cafe at Bluestone Wales

Adventure Centre

The Sky Trail in the Adventure Centre at Bluestone Wales

Credit: Bluestone Wales

Another great place to have fun if the sun goes into hiding is the Adventure Centre. From playing a game of crazy golf, to climbing The Wall and braving the Sky Trail, you’ll never be short of things to do here. There’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained too, including a soft play area, LEGO wall and bouncy castles.

Besides the Adventure Centre, Bluestone also has its own tournament fields for activities like archery, cross bay and laser clay shooting.

Steep Ravine 

We didn’t get to explore Bluestone’s woodland activity area, the Steep Ravine, during our trip, which is a real shame because I loved the sound of the Camp Smokey restaurant. What could possibly be more enjoyable than sitting in a wooden shack in the forest, roasting marshmallows over an open fire and munching on barbecued meats, watching thrill-seekers soar above your head on a zip wire?

If you’re a bit of a daredevil yourself, you might want to have a go at tackling the high ropes or climbing a tree, but if you’d rather play-it-safe, you can always go panning for gold or take a stroll along a Nature Trail.

Winter Lights Parade and Enchanted Walk

Our stay at Bluestone Wales coincided with the Winter Lights Parade and Enchanted Walk, held from 8th January to 22nd March 2018.

'What Will You See?' projected onto a wall at Bluestone Wales

The Nature Trail was transformed into a magical forest complete with a fairy tale village, a super-sized snake with luminous red eyes, glowing giant insects, talking trees and fluorescent flowers.

The Fairytale Village in the Winter Lights Parade and Enchanted Walk at Bluestone Wales

Even as a grown adult, I was fascinated by this, so I can only imagine how amazing the experience would be for kids!

Fluoroescent flowers at the Winter Lights Parade at Bluestone Wales

Exploring the area around Bluestone Wales

With so much to do and see on-site at Bluestone, there really is no need to leave the resort unless you particularly want to. However, if you’re travelling with kids, you might want to pay a visit to Oakwood theme park, which is just a stone’s throw away from Bluestone, and if, like us, you simply cannot resist the temptation of the beautiful south-west Wales countryside, you’ll be pleased to discover the resort is conveniently located for travelling to many of the seaside towns that line the Pembrokeshire coastline, as well as Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

Tenby

During our stay, we made the 25-minute drive to the little seaside town of Tenby and took a walk along South Beach seafront. No matter how many times I find myself in this spot, I’m always just as amazed as ever by St. Catherine’s Fort. Apparently it opened to the public a few years ago but ended up closing again after only a year or so due to safety concerns, which is a real shame as I’ve often longed to visit the Fort for myself.

A girl pictured looking across to St. Catherine's Fort, Tenby

I also wanted to take a boat to Caldey Island to see the Cistercian monks and visit the island’s chocolate factory, but the island is only open to visitors from April until October. So, for now at least, I had to make do with peering at the Island through a telescope, although I am determined to return to Tenby later this year so I can finally visit Caldey.

Peering through a telescope on Tenby South Beach

After our beach walk, we spent an hour or so browsing the boutique gift shops and my mum insisted upon hunting for bargains in every single charity shop we came across.

View from Tenby South Beach

When the sea air had our tummies rumbling, we stopped off for some fish and chips in my favourite chippy ever, Park Road Fish and Chip Shop. There was a choice of cod, pollock, haddock or hake and for just £5.25 each, we tucked into a fairly well-sized ‘small’ cod in golden bubbly batter, with a mound of homemade chunky chips.

Battered cod and chunky homemade chips

Haverfordwest

We also found time to pay a visit to Haverfordwest, the county town of Pembrokeshire, located around a 20-minute drive away from Bluestone. We visited Haverfordwest a few years ago on a family holiday and I can still vaguely remember standing on the stone bridge over the Western Clyddau in the town centre.

The view from the bridge over the Western Clyddau river that runs through Haverfordwest town centre

Again, my mum made a beeline for the charity shops, while I wandered off to find Haverfordwest castle. Built in around 1110, this magnificent castle was once home to the County Gaol and today, the town museum can be found inside the old prison governor’s house.

Haverfordwest Castle

Both on-site and off the resort, we had a great stay at Bluestone Wales and we would definitely consider returning again in the future. I think it would be a lovely place to stay during the summer months, when you could really make the most of the picnic benches outside your lodge with an impromptu BBQ, or find a sunny spot next to the lake to tuck into a picnic.

If I was a kid, I would be ecstatic if I was told I was off to Bluestone. From the Blue Lagoon water park and the Adventure Centre, to organised entertainment and events like the Winter Lights parade, it seems virtually impossible for children to be bored while staying here. It can be just as fun for adults too, although if I was to go back again, I think it would be great to go with a group of friends so we could all get together and have a laugh by trying out activities like zip-wiring through the steep ravine, or relaxing in the spa.

Our mid-week stay at Bluestone Wales was valued at £329 for four nights, inclusive of access to Blue Lagoon Water Park, the Adventure Centre, Wi-Fi and Nature Trails.

Have you ever stayed at Bluestone Wales? What do you think you’d enjoy the most about being here?

Bluestone Wales: a 5* National Park Resort in Narberth, Pembrokeshire. ideal for summer holidays.

Bluestone Wales: a 5* National Park Resort in Narberth, Pembrokeshire. ideal for summer holidays.
Bluestone Wales: a 5* National Park Resort in Narberth, Pembrokeshire, ideal for summer holidays.
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I received a complimentary four-night stay at Bluestone Wales, but I covered my own expenses during my stay.

24 Comments

  1. Bethany
    March 30, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Your photos are amazing, it sounds like a really nice and quiet place to be. Not to mention that food looks sooo tasty ?

    • March 30, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      Aww thank you, that’s really lovely to hear as I’ve been working hard to improve them recently.

  2. March 30, 2018 / 7:22 pm

    I’ve had my eye on Bluestone for a long time, I agree it’d be lovely in the Summer months!!

    • March 31, 2018 / 9:44 am

      I think it’s a great place to stay, especially if you have kids, as there is so much there to keep them entertained!

  3. Dannii
    March 30, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    We are going at the end of September and your review has made me even more excited. Looks like there is so much to see and do there.

    • March 31, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Aww, I’m sure you are going to have an amazing experience and September seems like a great place to go too.

  4. March 31, 2018 / 8:20 am

    What a fab place to stay! Everything looks amazing, the location, the rooms, the food! I want to go too!

    • March 31, 2018 / 9:43 am

      It is a really nice place for a family getaway in the Welsh countryside 🙂

  5. March 31, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    What an incredible place to spend time with the family, I do love the lodge how space and gorgeous the entire decor is.

    • April 2, 2018 / 11:55 am

      I loved the lodges, they were so cosy and we had everything we needed 😀

  6. March 31, 2018 / 2:00 pm

    This would suit my family really well, we’re planning a three-generation long weekend somewhere with self-catering, good accommodation, activities for kids and adults, and decent food on site. Bluestone definitely fits the bill!

    • April 2, 2018 / 11:55 am

      Aww, you would love this place. The lodges come in lots of different sizes too, so I am sure they could accommodate a big group. There are lots of activities to do on-site for both adults and kids alike, and the local area is well worth exploring too 🙂

  7. March 31, 2018 / 2:11 pm

    Sounds like you had a great time. I really do need to check it out sometime! The blue lagoon water park looks so much fun!

    • April 2, 2018 / 11:54 am

      You would love the water park, there were lots of different slides and the Lazy River was amazing!

  8. Jenni
    April 1, 2018 / 1:41 am

    I’ve read a few reviews of bluestone now and it looks like such an incredbike place to visit. I’m sure my little man would adore it

    • April 2, 2018 / 11:53 am

      If you have kids, I can’t think of a better place to stay 🙂

    • April 2, 2018 / 11:53 am

      I hope to go back in the summer sometime 🙂

  9. April 1, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    Bluestone looks and sounds a great place for a holiday. The lodges look gorgeous and have everything you could need whilst you’re there. I really love the look of the enchanted walk, me and my daughter would love to do that.

    • April 2, 2018 / 11:50 am

      I loved the Winter Lights Parade and Enchanted Walk – it was probably the highlight of our stay!

  10. April 1, 2018 / 9:07 pm

    The little coloured cottages are too cute I thought I had holidays in Wales under my belt how have I missed this

    • April 2, 2018 / 11:49 am

      Hehe 🙂 Bluestone is a popular holiday destination if you want to visit Wales.

  11. April 1, 2018 / 10:00 pm

    I know loads of people who’ve been to Bluestone and they’ve all said it was amazing, I really must go there myself one day!

    • April 2, 2018 / 11:49 am

      We had a lovely stay. If you have kids, it’s the perfect place to go.

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