Side Street Style: Connecting with Nature at Bluestone National Park Resort

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03/01/2017

Connecting with Nature at Bluestone National Park Resort


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When life starts to feel really manic, which is pretty easy in these modern times as with thousands of people chattering across social media in your pocket it can sometimes feel hard to find the quiet, to reconnect with nature and as a family. If your a regular reader to my blog you will know we love spending time outdoors but even so it can be limited to weekends when it's all four of us and so breaks away that allow you to just stop for a moment and step away from the chaos are what we all need from time to time and Bluestone in West Wales allows for just that. 

We recently visited Bluestone for the second time, although the first as a family of four and we had four gloriously dry days to explore, discover and soak in all the fresh air. As soon as we arrived at our Skomer lodge which was perfectly located near the village and lake with forest walks running behind it, we spotted some rabbits happily enjoying the sunshine around the lodge and knew it was just the right place to be.


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Forest adventures


There is so much on offer at Bluestone and they really encourage free-range fun for all the family. Of course you can take up one of many extra activities but with so much freely available you don't have to spend a fortune to have fun. We spent most of the time walking along the forest walks down to Camp Smokey in the heart of the forest and enjoyed relaxing by the warmth of the campfire while the kids roasted marshmallows and even though the temperatures were low at times if your dress right it's the best way to spend an afternoon. 

My eldest was also fascinated with all the bug hotels he came across and we spent an evening walking around the lake spotting wildlife. There is also the Treehouse outdoor play park with rope bridges and tunnels as well as an area for younger children and is a great spot for kids to run off some excess energy. 


Bluestone Wales

Swings

Bluestone Wales


The resort does have free wifi although it's very limited to what you can view, you can of course pay to upgrade and stream videos but we made a point of not doing this as we didn't want any extra distractions and most of the time we left our phones in the lodge as their was simply no need for them  and by doing that it meant we were far more mindful of our time together.

The resort is really great for bikes which you can either hire or bring your own although if like us your happy to walk and it's dry its lovely to wander around. We also hired a buggy for 24hrs as that in itself is a lot of fun and always a hit with the kids and also means you can explore the length and breath of Bluestone.

After long days we make ourselves home in the very comfortable 3 bed Skomer lodge which was very warm and toasty despite the temperature dropping at night. We ate lunch at Camp Smokey a few times and picked up a few snacks when out on our adventures but at night time we usually sat down and enjoyed a nice family meal before relaxing together and watching a film. When it comes to keeping things simple and family focused than Bluestone is a fantastic choice and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. You can decided just how much or how little you want to do and thats the great thing about it, the choice is yours when it comes to what you want your Bluestone holiday to look like.



Bluestone Wales

Welsh resort

Thanks to Bluestone for inviting us to review our mid week stay, we genuinely had a fantastic time 




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27 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great time. I've seen lots of reviews on Bluestone and everyone one has had something good to say about it. Never been there but i would definately consider it

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    1. It's great for a countryside break if you want some fresh air and want to slow things down a bit. They also have a spa and some really good places to eat

      Laura x

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  2. Wow, great pictures. It looks like you had a wonderful adventure.

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    1. Thanks so much Crystal - yes was a great adventure

      Laura x

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  3. What gorgeous photos! I haven't been to Bluestone for about five years, I would love to go back. It lsounds like you had a fantastic time.

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    1. Thanks :) You should go back - we have been twice now and love it

      Laura x

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  4. I loved Bluestone when we visited in 2014 - I want to go back to do the zipwires and explore south wales a bit more

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    1. You so should Kara!! Come and explore Wales

      Laura x

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  5. I have never been to Bluestone before but heard so many good things about it

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    1. It's really fantastic and if you get the chance you should go!

      Laura x

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  6. beautiful pictures. Bluestone is lovely isn't it?

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah - yes it's such a wonderful place

      Laura x

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  7. I've heard so much about the paid and indoor activities at Bluestone so it's lovely to see your wonderful pictures of your family enjoying the outdoor activities. What an idyllic spot for a short break! #countrykids

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    1. Thanks so much Claire - we hardly spent anything, my son did do one activity but there was so much free spaces to explore outside which was perfect for us

      Laura x

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  8. I keep reading some great things about this place and I know my kids would love the bug hotel, playgrounds and space to ride bikes. Lovely photos. #CountryKids

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    1. Thanks Emma - there are some great outdoor spaces and things to explore - perfect for those that like getting muddy

      Laura x

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  9. It sounds like a lovely chance for a little break amidst the chaos of family and festivities. I know how much you enjoy being outdoors as a family so I'm sure this was just what you all needed. A lovely chance to chill out together and soak up the country air. Gorgeous photos too.

    Happy New Year and thank you for linking up to the 1st #CountryKids of 2017

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  10. We've never visited Bluestone but would love to go and reconnect with nature too. It's all a bit hectic this time of year and it's nice to get away and take it slow x fab pictures #countrykids

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  11. I've read some fab things about this place; and your photos add to the hype! Great idea to keep your phones in the lodge and not pay for wifi. It is so nice to actually have time together as a family instead of half the world and your family.
    Visiting from #countrykids

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  12. Sounds like a lovely break away from the usual hustle and bustle, I think it's great that you actively chose to leave your phones behind and stay of social media for as much as possible! It really is a time thief, and when in such a serene location it would have been sad to see the phones taking over again plus it sounded like you had some lovely family time! Beautiful photos too! xx #countrykids

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  13. Beautiful photos! We headed to Bluestone at the beginning of December and it really is a lovely place, the perfect place to getaway. It looks like you had a great time #CountryKids

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  14. I love Bluestone! It really is just perfect for families isn't it? We've been twice and would love to return when Mabli is a bit older x

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  15. We loved Bluestone when we went - can you believe we totally missed the Camp Smokey area?! G was only 3 when we went though so more concerned with the indoor play area and pool!

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  16. Wow bluestones looks great, adding to my wish list. I'll have to go out and buy marshmallows now, got me peckish. Your photos really capture the woods well! Live them #countrykids

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  17. We went to Bluestone in 2015 for our first family holiday and we loved it - I bet it's lovely in the winter! #countrykids

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  18. I'm so interested in Bluestone and would love to go. The landscape looks so beautiful x

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  19. aww that looks like such a lovely place to visit!

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