It’s always so exciting to go on holiday. Even more so when you arrive, to find that your accommodation is lovely!
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! ;)
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!
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!
Last, but by no means least, was the smallest room in the house.
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!
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!
We were given a complimentary 4 night stay in return for an honest review — all photos, thoughts and words are my own.