Our winter family holiday to Bluestone Wales National Park review

A winter family holiday is just what was needed to warm us up and recharge our batteries. With cold nights and frosty mornings, a short break in a luxurious lodge is the perfect way to snuggle up with your loved ones to relax and also adventure out and enjoy the crisp wintery welsh air. 

Last week we were given an amazing opportunity for a 4 night stay at Bluestone Resort Wales Pembrokshire. We stayed in the Caldey Lodge which is named after Caldey Island (one of the holy islands of Britain inhabited by Cistercian monks.

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Renowned for its legendary coastal scenery, protected by Britain's only and most beautiful coastal national park, Pembrokeshire is a perfect place to have a family holiday, not only does it showcase golden sands with towering cliffs it offers castles and rich heritage to explore. 

Bluestone is a luxury holiday resort nestled within Pembrokeshire a place very close to our hearts as my husband is from there. We were relying on his expertise local knowledge to guide us around some less travelled or discovered places during our stay.

caldey lodge bluestone wales

The semi-detached Caldey lodge has 2 bedrooms, 1 double and 1 twin, and a wetroom all set on a single floor. The lodge has a large open plan lounge room, a fully fitted modern kitchen with all the mod-cons included. 

We made a short video showcasing the lodge and the grounds to give you more idea of the peaceful and scenic setting we were in. Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to see our family and home ed adventures.

Bluestone Wales Resort offers many activities inside and out so an ideal family holiday whatever the weather! From adventure playgrounds, nature walks, bookable activities and a large waterpark there is something for everyone and will suit a range of ages.

bluestone scenery

We especially enjoyed the hidden fairy village which was part of the the nature trail and the illuminated light walk at night which was aptly called 'The light thingy'

We have created a gallery of our Bluestone Break: (click images to enlarge) see below

If you have watched our VLOG CHANNEL then you would have already seen what amazing places we visited for the duration of our stay. Here is our weekly vlog if you missed it:

We visited St David's Cathedral which in my opinion an often overlooked corner of wales, yet enriched with great history of celtic past. The building embodies three centuries of great craftsmanship. Gazing upwards to the splendor of the detailed carved and highly decorated ceilings you just wander round in awe. The grandeur of the building leaves strong lasting impressions. 

We planned a trip to Manor Wildlife Park on the sunniest day as the majority of it is outdoors (although there is an indoor play barn and indoor softplay) it boasts about wandering through with the wallabies, bravely venturing the walk through with five species of lemurs alongside many other animal interactions. It didn't disappoint. When you arrive to the wildlife park you get the sense of freedom for yourselves to roam but also for the animals, with large spacious enclosures and land. It was one of our most memorable days, It gave Chloe close encounters with amazing animals, seeing her smile from ear to ear all day and skip merrily around the park was such a joy! Meeting the wallabies up close and personal was a particular favourite of ours.

meeting the wallabies at manor park

Another great day out was spent at Freshwater West which holds dear childhood memories for mr Wild as he spent long days amongst the grassy sand dunes playing hide and seek and imaginative epic battle scenes with his friends, his eyes widened with delight whilst he regressed and re-told his stories of him growing up. This is one of Chloe's fondest memories so far and keeps talking about me falling everywhere!

sandy dunes at freshwater bay

Freshwater West has a wide vast sandy shoreline nestled by a complicated array of grassy sand dunes. Chloe (well, me also) was extremely excited by the fact that it was part of the set for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film, to be walking the same footsteps as Harry, Ron and Hermione and not to forget Dobby was thrilling!

We loved our stay at Bluestone Wales Resort we would love to return again! There is so much to do for children age 8 plus. As our lodge was so close to the swimming pool and adventure area and carpark we didn't really need to Hire a buggy during our stay, but if your accomadation is further away and you have young children traveling with you I personally would advice the investment especially if you are intending spending most of your duration in the park resort.

Some areas were a little dark and not very well lit, so quite nervy walking in the early evenings, I would suggest bringing a torch which will also be beneficial for the light display walk (as it activates some things) Another tip, bring some DVDs if you are planning on having some evenings in as the rooms have a DVD player something we wished we did, though the local village shop does have some for sale.

For a kids perspective why not visit my daughter's website for her top 10 things to do at Bluestone Wales for kids HERE!

* Please note we were given a 4 night stay at Bluestone resort for the purpose of this review all that is shared here are our own personal opinions and reccomendations.