17 December 2017

A Pre-Christmas Getaway at Bluestone National Park Resort | Lippy In The City

Set within 500 acres of Pembrokeshire woodland, Britain’s only Coastal National Park, Bluestone is the perfect spot to get away with friends and family this festive season.

When I got offered the chance to experience Bluestone for myself, I jumped at the opportunity to take some much-needed time out to recharge my batteries and unwind. I invited my Mum and Auntie to come along with me as I thought a girly break away was just what we all needed.

The drive to Bluestone from Cardiff takes around an hour and forty five minutes, but with clear skies and snow-free roads the drive flew by, and we were arriving before we knew it! As you can’t check in until 4:30pm and we arrived around 2 we decided to park up and walk into Bluestone Village for a nose around and to get our bearings.

Our first stop was Tŷ Coffi, Bluestone’s resident coffee house, it’s just the cutest and a bloggers paradise! With so many hot drinks, pastries, sandwiches and ice creams to choose from I eventually settled for one of their Winter Warmers which was a very indulgent hot chocolate topped with whipped cream, caramel sauce and crumbled hazelnuts, it was heavenly...

As we were staying in December, we were delighted to find Bluestone had well and truly gotten into the festive spirit, there were Christmas trees and fairy lights everywhere, it looked beautiful.

After we’d finished our drinks we took the rather long walk back up to the long stay car park. Bluestone is a car free zone, except during specific check in and check out times which is great as it means you can walk around freely without the worry of any traffic. Keep an eye out though for the ultra-whizzy golf buggies that you can hire for the duration of your stay though, they’re everywhere!

Bluestone operates a 'Drive Thru' style check in process which was quick and efficient. You follow the one-way system on your personal map to your lodge and can leave your car for up to 3 hours on site whilst you unpack, you must then take it back up to the long stay car park until you check out.

We were staying in a Caldey Lodge that sleeps up to 4 people. Our lodge was number 34, Bartholomew Rise which is located around the Lake, and about a 10-minute walk from the village. These semi-detached single-floor lodges are perfect for couples or smaller families. They feature a double bedroom, twin bedroom, open plan kitchen, lounge, and dining room as well as a wet room. The lodges come complete with bedding, towels and as many kitchen utensils as you could possible need! Our lodge was spotlessly clean, warm and welcoming when we arrived, it was just perfect.

After getting unpacked we headed back out to the village and popped into The Knights Tafarn for a cheeky glass of rose in front of their roaring log fire, we could have happily stayed there all night to be honest! The Knights Tafarn holds quiz nights throughout the week too if you’re feeling competitive.

On our first night we decided to leave the washing up to someone else and we booked into the Farmhouse Grill. The menu was made up of a variety of farmhouse specials, steaks and burgers. I had grilled chicken with garlic mash and seasonal vegetables, it was the perfect comfort food for a winters evening. A massive thank you to Carol who served us at the Grill, she was bubbly, friendly and a fantastic host who made us feel extremely welcome, she really made our evening. 

The next day we woke up really early as we had a date with the Bluestone Well Spa... (blog post coming soon)

The morning sunrise showed us the most gorgeous pinks and oranges and it was a joy to watch the colours change as we sat and ate breakfast in our lodge. If it had been warmer we would have sat outside as our road was so peaceful, but with temperatures touching freezing, we thought better of it!

On our second night we decided to try out the Oak Tree restaurant which, like the Farmhouse Grill is also located in Bluestone Village. Because the weather was so bad we were going to order from their take-away menu (genius idea), but once we arrived, it was so welcoming we decided to ask for a table and eat in. Again, the staff were absolutely fabulous and they truly made our evening. I went for one of their hand-stretched stone baked pizzas with Peppers, Olives, Aubergines, Onions and Pesto. I can honestly say it was the best pizza I’ve ever had! 

My Mum went for the same but had a gluten-free base as she’s Coeliac. We were so impressed with the gluten-free options available at Bluestone, everyone really made an effort to offer as many options as possible, my Mum was loving it.

If you book your luxury Bluestone escape between the 6th November and 7th January you will be greeted by the glittering festive extravaganza that is Christmasland. If you have children, they will relish at the Christmas activities on offer from visiting Santa in his grotto, to making your own chocolate lodge, it’s truly magical!

Sadly, we had to check out on our third day, but our stay had been out of this world. All the staff that we met during our trip were super friendly and helpful. Bluestone itself was spotless clean and the facilities were second to none. We’ll definitely be back in the New Year… xoxo

Thank you so much to Bluestone National Park Resort for giving me the opportunity to experience Bluestone for myself. My accommodation was complimentary and for review purposes, all opinions as always, are my own.

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