Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Our Bluestone Wales Review diary- Days 3, 4 & 5

Wednesday 17th June 2015

We knew that today was going to be the most miserable day weather-wise but we weren't going to let that spoil our fun.

Nath and I woke around 8am but Ava amazed us both by sleeping until 9.45! She has never done that before, it must be the Welsh air. Whilst she was snoozing I took a stroll to the bakery. After the amazing aroma coming from there yesterday morning I just had to pay it a visit. They have a wide selection of freshly baked breads, pastries and muffins aswell as cooked hash browns, bacon, sausages, cakes and ice cream.

I grabbed a cooked breakfast for Nath and some pastries and went back to wait for Sleeping Beauty to wake. The pastries didn't disappoint, they were perfectly flaky and golden, and tasted delicious. Definitely recommended.

We'd decided to hire bikes today, I would definitely recommend pre-booking these, we were told not to but luckily managed to nab the last trailer, we would have had a very disappointed toddler on our hands otherwise, she was so excited and it meant we could zip around with ease.

Our first stop was the Blue Lagoon waterpark. Ava enjoyed the lazy river and the wave machine but although there were areas for smaller children, there were no slides suitable for little ones. Despite the park having three slides for adults we thought that it could do with one for toddlers.

I'd booked Ava into messy play at the Adventure Centre early in the afternoon. She was slightly unsure at first. Apart from painting we don't really do any form of messy play at home. She soon got stuck in and I'm definitely going to recreate one of them at home. She also had her face painted which she loved.

Blurry one of us but I love it all the same.

The Adventure Centre was amazing! A huge wooden play area, soft play, bouncy castle, mini golf... we were spoilt for choice.

Ava had a quick play before we hopped back onto the bikes for lunch at Camp Smokey. Camp Smokey was amazing, after walking down the steep boardwalk you end up in the middle of the forest in a fab wooden hut. Ava had her first hotdog which she quickly gobbled up, she said it was the best thing about the day. My chilli dog was huge, but so good! We then roasted marshmallows over the open pit fire which was great, something I've always wanted to do.

Then it was back to the Adventure Centre to try and tire Ava out! As we'd had lunch out we decided to eat in. We grabbed some supplies from the village store and I made some burgers topped with cheese, Safe to say the diet has completely gone out of the window whilst we've been here.

We all watched The Lion King together and Ava was fast asleep by 7.30pm. We have another busy day tomorrow as we've decided to go to Tenby beach! I can't wait to have a Mr Whippy on the beach.

Thursday 18th June 2015

We'd settled on today as our day at Tenby beach and luckily the weather was in cooperation. Tenby is about half an hour away from Bluestone and is definitely worth a visit. I've never seen such a gorgeous beach in the UK.

The golden sand stretched on for miles and Ava couldn't wait to get onto the beach. Being a week day during term time the beach wasn't too busy which was perfect for us as it was a glorious day. Nath actually got sunburn on his back! Luckily we'd packed Ava's suncream and slathered it on her as soon as we got there.

It was wonderful just lying in the sand with my eyes closed, just listening to the waves and the seagulls. It was so relaxing and I actually managed to start my new book, which I'm really into. I want to get back into reading as it's always been one of my favourite hobbies.

We dug around in the sand, built sandcastles and buried each others toes until our bellies started to rumble. Right on south Tenby beach is a lovely restaurant called South Beach Bar & Grill which I highly recommend. Their Celtic pride burger with the promise of a brioche bun, Stilton and apricot chutney won me over. I'm a sucker for stinky cheese. It was amazing! In an effort to be healthy I opted for the salad rather than the chips but I think the cheese on my burger tipped the scales.

We then had a wander around Tenby. I was surprised at how lovely it was. Not like the tired looking seaside towns closer to home which I'm used to. Tenby had some gorgeous shops and I fell in love with Jago, a shop that stocked all of my favourite contemporary homeware designers. They need to expand to Shropshire! We bought some fab cannisters for tea & sugar (neither of us drink coffee) which we'd been wanting for ages but couldn't find any we liked. There were far too many mugs that I wanted in there. I have a mug fetish.

We had the obligatory Mr Whippy on the beach and headed back to Bluestone, sun-kissed and very happy.

We had our last meal (sob!) at The Knights Tafarn. Some of the decor inside the pub is a little worn and tired looking and if I'm honest I wasn't looking forward to our meal all that much. The menu impressed me, they serve light bites until 5pm but we were too late for that so I ordered the mussels from the specials menu, Nath had the Hunters chicken and Ava had sausage and mash.

My portion of mussels was huge! It was so delicious, the sauce was perfectly garlicky and creamy and my crusty bread was perfect, Nath really enjoyed his chicken and Ava's sausage and mash was a good size. It came with two good quality cumberlands. Proof that you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover! I gave myself a slap on the wrist after that meal for being such a snob!

We returned to the lodge full and completely knackered after our busy day!

Friday 19th June 2015

I can't believe our time at Bluestone has come to an end! You have to check out at 10.00am but as usual we were late! Nath walked up to the carpark to drive our car down to the lodge and picked some pastries up from the bakery en route. After checking out you can use the facilities until 3pm, we were going to go swimming but decided against it after realising what a faff it would be. We opted for the Adventure Centre once again.

We had a quick peek into the circus room which was a little too young for Ava and is more aimed at babies a lovely room all the same.

Ava had a hours' run around in the Adventure Centre in the hope of tiring her out for the journey.

We then got ready for the long drive home. I so wasn't ready to leave! Both Nath and I said that our time at Bluestone flew by and we had no down time as we were on the go constantly but we LOVED it. We've made such happy memories at Bluestone and I couldn't recommend it highly enough. Nath overheard an old lady make a good point though, she said that 4 days in the Winter would be perfect but you need 5 days in the Summer to really make the most of what Bluestone and the surrounding area has to offer.

I was feeling a bit low before our visit and I think that some time away has done me the world of good. It's reconnected us as a family and it's giving me a bit of a kick up the butt blog wise. I felt so content during our little trip and it's a feeling that I really want to cling onto. I'm so lucky to have my two loves, even though they can both drive me round the bend at times.

Bluestone is a beautiful place, it's a must visit of you are looking to have a fun holiday with your family close to nature.

You can visit the Bluestone website here for more information.

*We were invited to Bluestone Wales for a 4 night self-catering break free of charge in exchange for a review. Thoughts are 100% my own.

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