We went to Bluestone a couple of weeks ago on the 'under 5s inclusive' deal they were running. It was an absolute bargain - £99 for 4 nights midweek for 2 adults and a toddler (would have covered another child as well) including breakfast in the Yard for all and buffet meals for our daughter in the wild wood cafe (adventure centre) at lunch time and Yard in evening. Will definitely look out for a good deal like this next winter!
We stayed in a cottage in the village centre, which was a really high standard of accomodation, well equipped (stairgates, dish washer, some washing up liquid, cloths and dishwasher tablets provided, range of pots and pans, knives etc - but some obvious things missing, e.g. chopping board - seems strange to have a cafetiere and toast rack, but no chopping board!). it was more spacious that you might expect for a cottage and great for anyone who has breakfast included, as really close to restaurants. I wouldn't stay in a cottage in the summer though, as no outside space. Also, if we weren't on the inclusive deal, being in a lodge higher up, and therefore closer to the Blue Lagoon, adventure centre and car park would probably be better. No mobile reception at all, so warn people they won't be able to contact you!
The site is lovely - well presented, peaceful (but I suppose in January we saw it at its quietest) and lovely views. More limited range of things to do than centre Parcs, but also a lot smaller, and I think there would be more on in high season. Very hilly, which I think would put some off. We took bikes and hired a trailer for our daughter (which my husband kept having to mess with as did'lt fit very securely, but that might just be his bike - probably Ok if you using their bikes). I don't cycle often so found the hills hard but my husband was fine, and enjoyed a ride in the woods off site one morning as well. Took my daughter's pushchair to get her up to the adventure centre and blue lagoon when not using bikes, even though she rarely goes in it now she is 3, and glad we did. passed lots of people struggling with tired toddlers trying to walk up the hills. Would definitely recommend hiring a golf buggy or using the minbus if you are not very fit or want to get anywhere quickly!
There was lots for a 3 year old to do - variety in the adventure centre (my daughter isn't really one for the big play centres, but loved crazy golf and the lego room) and a great new under 5s playzone called the Circus room which was great - toys and soft play with some free play and some free organised activities by great friendly staff. I think I heard this was just a temporary thing though, which is a shame as lovely for the younger ones who can't do as much in the main adventure centre. The staff from this also did some low key entertainment in the wildwood cafe at lunch time and Yard at tea time.
The blue lagoon was great - lovely and warm, lazy river which takes you outside, range of slides, paddling pool with activities. My only complaint there is the small number of baby changing cubicles given it is a family place (people were queuing for them one day at their quietest time of year). Also, although it was not too busy when we went, I would worry that with the public using it as well as residents, it could get very busy indeed in high season, especially on a rainly day - it didn;t seem big enough for both! The main thing that was missing for children was outside play equipment - just one slide in the village centre. I would expect a nice play area in such an outdoorsy place. it would put me off going in the summer with small children.
We paid for one children's activity - the mini beast hunt, which was great - only 2 families booked on so with 2 members of staff for an hour and a craft activity at the end , it was good value for £4. I booked 2 hours in the thermal suite, whihc I thought was a bit over priced for what was there, but nice and relaxing.
The food was variable - we wouldn't have eaten out as much if we hadn't had the inclusive offer. We paid to eat with out daughter in the evenings twice and lunch time once. The Yard worked out Ok value for us as we like our food so make the most of a buffet, but a bit overpriced if you don't like to pig out as much, as the quality was average. As other reviewers have said, they don't seem to believe in vegetables much! And the children's food was very repetitive - same stuff in lunch time buffet as evening - good job they could also try the adult food in the evening or my daughter would have turned into a potato wedge! We also weren't warned that even though our daughter was all inclusive we should have booked for evening meals - they only just squeezed her in one night. Breakfast buffet was good, but the self serivce toaster barely warmed the bread and there was a large queue to use it every day. The wildwood cafe seemed overpriced for what it was the one time the adults ate there. If we hadn't had the inclusive offer, it looked like the bakery had nice things for lunches.
Overall, a lovely relaxing holiday with friendly staff and a beautiful place. We were gutted to have to go home a day early because we were worried about travellling in the snow forecast for the Friday (rightly so it turned out). I would recommend and go back, if I could get a good price again, but a few niggles stopped it being 5*.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Bluestone National Park ResortFree range holidays – Let’s play Bluestone National Park Resort is an all weather luxury short break destination like no other. Relax, unwind or play and have fun in over 500 acres of spectacular Pembrokeshire countryside - it’s all about free range holidays at Bluestone where you decide how to spend it.From generational family breaks, romantic short breaks, or celebrating an occasion with friends, guests can choose from a range of luxury lodges set around a private Welsh village with cottages and studio apartments, fine dining restaurants, shops, a pub and its very own holistic spa and thermal rooms.Choose from heart pumping activities in the Steep Ravine with its high ropes and zip wire around the old Camp Smokey; splashing fun in the Blue Lagoon waterpark and outdoor fun indoors at the Adventure Centre with its climbing walls, ball pits, Discovery Zone and Wild Wood Café.For those wanting to chill and unwind there’s The Well Spa with its holistic treatments and invigorating thermal rooms, restaurants, village pub, tranquil countryside walks and cycle routes and breath-taking scenery. Combine this with opportunities to visit the nearby coastal towns and countryside communities and you have a perfect short break destination, whatever the weather. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Bluestone Hotel Narberth
- Bluestone Resort Narberth