Our Bluestone Adventure | Part 1 {The Lodge}

It’s always so exciting to go on holiday. Even more so when you arrive, to find that your accommodation is lovely!

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Front

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Back

We had no idea what to expect when we opened the door to our Caldey Lodge at  the Bluestone National Park Resort, in Pembrokeshire, but our anticipation was rewarded with the most brilliant little home from home!

The front door opened to reveal a little hall with a coat rack and space for shoes and wellies, then an internal door led into a fabulous open plan living space.

First off was the kitchen; a lovely modern L-shaped design — with cream gloss units — that wrapped around the wall of the lodge.  It was full to bursting with everything you could possibly need for a self-catering holiday. We had a kettle, toaster, a microwave, an oven and hob, dishwasher — literally everything — including the kitchen sink! ;)

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Kitchen

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Kitchen

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Kitchen

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Kitchen

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Kitchen

The kitchen opened out to a little dining area — complete with a table and 4 chairs plus two highchairs.

One highchair and one cot is available for free with each lodge but if you need any more — which we did of course — you have to pay a little extra. It was £12.50, for an extra cot and highchair, which we thought was really reasonable.

Next to the dining table was a seating area which housed two small sofas, a coffee table, plus a TV (with Freeview*) and DVD player.

*this was great news for The Twinkles, one rainy afternoon, as it meant they had CBeebies on tap!

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | Open Plan Living Space

Caldey Lodge Bluestone | Open Plan Living Space

Caldey Lodge Bluestone | Dining Area

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | Above The Table

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | Open Plan Living Space

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Seating Area

It was a great sized space for our little family of four.

The Twinkles loved the fact they had lots of room to play and the space was clean and bright. One word of warning though — the wooden floors can be pretty slippy for little people,  who are running around in socks! I’d recommend packing some slippers — or socks with grips on the soles — to avoid any potential accidents!

Anyway, on with our tour…

The bedrooms led off from the main living space.

We had a lovely double room, complete with a chunky oak wardrobe and a dressing table. A comfy bed with fresh, clean bedlinen and stacks of lovely fluffy towels.

The boys had a separate twin room, again with lovely wooden furniture and fresh towels.

We reconfigured the space and were able to fit the two hired travel cots, side by side, as they are in the twin’s own nursery.

Up until last week, when we’ve been away anywhere, they’ve always slept in their little pop-up tents from Koo-di, which have honestly been one of the best baby items we’ve bought. We’ve been using them since the boys were around 5 months old and it’s only now that they’re starting to get a little too big for them.

So without the safety net of our own, tried and trusted, travel cots I was a little worried, especially as there were no blinds at the windows — and the curtains seemed a bit thin — but they slept really well the whole time we were away. No early morning wake up calls and a peaceful night’s sleep was had by everyone!

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Main Bedroom

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | Fresh Towels in the Main Bedroom

Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Main Bedroom

Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Main Bedroom

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Twin Bedroom (after a little bit of rearranging!)

Last, but by no means least, was the smallest room in the house.

The bathroom.

The booking form had stated that the Caldely Lodges have a wet-room and initially I was a bit concerned about the lack of a bath but, as you can see from the photo, the lodge did have a bath and a very powerful shower too,  which was much appreciated — particularly by my aching limbs — after cycling around Bluestone each day!

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | The Bathroom

All in all, the accommodation at Bluestone was perfect for our little holiday in Wales. Clean and modern with more appliances than you can shake a stick at!

It was lovely to go somewhere that offered such comfortable living arrangements; the standard of cleanliness was really good and there was plenty of room for our little family.

If I was being super-picky, I would perhaps suggest blackout blinds for the bedroom windows — and my boy would have liked filled salt and pepper pots in the kitchen (as he cooked 2 out of the 4 nights we stayed and this is something that you just wouldn’t think to bring with you on holiday!) but that really is being picky.

Thanks Bluestone for the most perfect mid-week break. We will definitely be back!

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Caldey Lodge Bluestone | At Sunset

We were given a complimentary 4 night stay in return for an honest review — all photos, thoughts and words are my own.

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Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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38 Comments

  1. Lucy
    24th Mar 2015 / 12:10 pm

    Blimey – complimentary – you did well! We stayed in Feb half term, and, whilst we were also very very happy with the cottage ( we had a Gateholm lodge, just behind yours by the looks of it), staff, service, and all of the facilities and extra activities we booked were completely excellent and spot on…..it wasn’t that cheap….at all. Whilst it’s quite reasonable during term time, the difference in cost between term time and holiday time is in fact quite drastic.

    That said we still want to go back again this summer and would totally recommend to all families.

    Bluestone seem to have got it all very right.

    • 24th Mar 2015 / 1:09 pm

      We did — and it was amazing!!

      Good point about the difference in cost — re term-time v school holidays — it’s a shame isn’t it? Although I definitely thought it was much more reasonable than similar places we’ve stayed at. We’ll definitely go again! x

      • Jessica
        14th Jan 2016 / 11:07 am

        Do you remember which lodge number you stayed in? We are trying to book the caldey lodge and want one with a bathroom instead of a wet room but we’re told by the call centre that none of the caldey lodge has a bathroom.
        Thanks

        • 14th Jan 2016 / 7:47 pm

          Hello Jessica! I think it was number 15! As you can see from the photos, it definitely did have a bathroom — and not a wetroom. Unless they’ve updated them since last March?

  2. Morna
    24th Mar 2015 / 12:51 pm

    It looks fab! I want to go now! I agree with you about the blinds. I wish more places had them. Until recently we carted around sheets of blackout material and masking tape with us!

    • 24th Mar 2015 / 1:06 pm

      It was BRILLIANT Morna — I really can’t recommend it enough! Totally with you re the blackout material! I’ve been thinking of getting some portable ones from the the Gro Company! ;)

  3. 24th Mar 2015 / 9:10 pm

    Caro your lodge looks lovely and your photos are fantastic, it seems so modern and spacious x

    • 25th Mar 2015 / 11:37 am

      It was perfect for our little family Sarah! It was a great size and had everything we needed! (apart from salt and pepper!! :) X

  4. 25th Mar 2015 / 8:31 am

    Wow this is a fab post and very informative! Can’t wait to go in June!! So excited. I think our twins are going to love it too :) Great post. Jess xxxx

    • 25th Mar 2015 / 11:32 am

      It was SO good Jess! We had a ball! Harry and Lottie will really love it — there is so much for littlies to do x

  5. 26th Mar 2015 / 11:23 am

    Fabulous photos of a lovely holiday. Every time I read a post I know we just have to go!! Soon!

    • 26th Mar 2015 / 3:05 pm

      Thanks lovely! It was really fab — your girls would love it! X

  6. 26th Mar 2015 / 6:40 pm

    Great review lovely and very informative. It’s always nice to feel that little more prepared when traveling and now after reading tis I will know what to expect (especially from a twin mum point of view) we can’t wait to stay, so very excited. I am so glad you had fun and a well deserved break. xxxx

    • 27th Mar 2015 / 10:28 am

      Thanks darling! You’ll absolutely love it! Just remember to ask for an extra cot and high chair! ;) x

    • 28th Mar 2015 / 2:25 pm

      Thanks so much Gemma! It was really relaxing… apart from cycling up the hills ;)

  7. 30th Mar 2015 / 9:06 am

    The lodges look like they are kitted out beautifully. I would definitely like to pay them a visit one day :) Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

    • 30th Mar 2015 / 2:36 pm

      Thanks so much! They really were (apart from salt and pepper!) we didn’t want for anything at all! ;)

  8. Michelle Murray
    31st Mar 2015 / 8:15 am

    aww I love Bluestone. We last visited in 2009 and I would love to return again #TwinklyTuesday

    • 31st Mar 2015 / 3:43 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle — me too! I was so impressed with the set up there — I can’t wait to go back either! :)

  9. Mackenzie Glanville (reflectionsfromme.com)
    31st Mar 2015 / 9:54 am

    wow so lucky it looks lovely Twinkly Tuesday

    • 31st Mar 2015 / 3:42 pm

      Thanks Mac — it was excellent. And just what we needed too! :)

    • 31st Mar 2015 / 3:42 pm

      It really was fab! I can’t wait to go back again! Makes a change to go somewhere that’s 100% geared up for little ones.

  10. 31st Mar 2015 / 1:27 pm

    It is always a little scarey not knowing what to expect from a vacation place. But this is adorable! What gorgeous photos, I hope you had a lovely, relaxing time!

    • 31st Mar 2015 / 3:31 pm

      It was SO fabulous Christina! And yes — considering we have twin toddlers — it was really relaxing! :)

  11. 31st Mar 2015 / 2:30 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing! Cosy yet modern, perfect mix!

    Stevie x #TwinklyTuesday

    • 31st Mar 2015 / 3:07 pm

      Aaah thank you so much! Looking forward to seeing how it turns out!

  12. 31st Mar 2015 / 7:14 pm

    This looks absolutely gorgeous! Everything you need and so beautifully presented. Beautiful photos :) Thanks for linking another fab post up with our fab #twinklytuesday!

  13. 31st Mar 2015 / 9:42 pm

    It really does look fantastic. We haven’t been to Bluestone yet but it’s definitely on the list for the future.

    • 1st Apr 2015 / 8:32 am

      It’s a great place to have a little holiday. Absolutely perfect for families with children — just so well organised — we loved it!

  14. 1st Apr 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Lovely looking lodges and I do love a nice bathroom and kitchen ( which these have). Looks very well appointed and I’m sure a visit is on lots of bloggers hit lists!

    • 1st Apr 2015 / 1:37 pm

      It was really fabulous!! Made me laugh, just reading your holiday post!! All I was thinking, as I read it, was ‘I wonder if she went to Bluestone?’!! x

      • 1st Apr 2015 / 6:17 pm

        Haha…we didn’t go to Bluestone, but Bluestones main rival… Bluestone may be my next stop though.

  15. 3rd Apr 2015 / 7:28 am

    I have seen SO many Bluestone bloggers lately and I really enjoy flicking through their times there, their photos etc. It really looks like a lovely place to enjoy a family holiday! x

    • 3rd Apr 2015 / 12:11 pm

      It is a really fab place Debs — we had such a lovely time! Would highly recommend it! :)

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