Yesterday I shared Check in and Day 1 at Bluestone Wales.
Today I’m sharing with you the rest of our week. starting with how well we slept in our Ramsey lodge and the bedrooms.
The Ramsey lodge has a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, both have ensuites. The twin room has a wet room while the double has a shower over the bath. Both bedrooms have lovely dark heavy wood furniture, you know the furniture that is built to last. In fact upstairs the dining table is the same and my toddler couldn’t move the chairs at all.
Bluestone supply a travel cot, hairdryer, luxury hand wash and lots of towels. The handwash comes in a refillable bottle which is great for saving on plastic.
I slept in the double bed with baby girl, my husband was relegated to the twin bedroom for the nights. We brought our own Chicco Lullago for baby dottie as that’s what she sleeps in at home.
The cotton duvet was very soft and snuggly and the mattress was just right. Not too hard or too soft. In fact we all slept much better while we were away than at home! Obviously it was all the Welsh fresh air!!
Day 2 – Tuesday
I cooked us egg and bacon sandwiches for breakfast before we made a start on our day. We were in no hurry to get anywhere as we were on holiday! The weather looked cloudy but was dry. We knew we were going to Camp Smokey for lunch so for the morning we went over to the Adventure Centre. One thing I will mention is that Bluestone’s free WiFi is amazing unlike other places. This gave me time to catch up on emails while baby girl was in the soft play area. I did pay for premium WiFi at our lodge for my laptop because although I’m on holiday, being self-employed means I still have to work.
The Adventure Centre was quiet when we first arrived, but by late morning it was very busy. There are lots of activities you can pre book online before you arrive, but we didn’t want to be tied to anything and just wanted to go with the flow. Because we went during The Bwbach Festival there were lots of harvest activities going on, like making baskets and corn dollies. Plus as you walk around the resort you will find lots of different scarecrows in various places! It was great fun finding them and taking selfies with them! To see the rest of my selfies with the scarecrows head over to my instagram page.
If we didn’t have the buggy I’m sure it would have taken us a while to get around and everything is quite spaced out around the resort. You do have to pre book your buggy’s early online as I’m sure I heard there is only 150 buggy’s to 300 lodges. You could hire bikes though if you wanted and there is a land train travelling around the resort.
We arrived at the top of the boardwalk to Camp Smokey about 20 minutes before our reservation time. I’m so glad we did as it took us a while to walk down into the Camp at the bottom of the forest floor. Plus having a look around!
Camp Smokey was an experience. it was fantastic to eat outdoors, but you are still under shelter. The food was basic but really good, it’s more of the experience eating off those tin enamel camping plates.
They have a campfire going so you can make your s’mores. I’d imagine it would be amazing at night! With a 5 month old who cluster feeds in the evenings we decided to eat in every night except the Wednesday night. She fussed all the way through that and my husband had to get up and walk around with her to try and pacify her.
In the afternoon we took a relaxing walk around the lake and around the resort. Stopping off for playtime at the village green play area.
Day 3 – Wednesday
Tuesday evening it was windy all through the night it rained heavily, but we were all snuggled up in the lodge. When we awoke it was windy but the rain had stopped for the moment. Today we decided it was swimming day at The Blue Lagoon.
Now I have a fear of water, so just going into the baby pool – Nipper’s Cove when the water just reached up to above my ankle was enough for me. Baby dottie loved it splashing around. It was in fact the first time both our girls went swimming. Mr B took baby girl down the lazy river about 7 times she loved it in her arm bands! After 20 minutes baby dottie had enough as she was getting cold. So we went and dried off while Mr B and baby girl went around a few more times!
When we left The Blue Lagoon it was raining, windy and cold. We jumped into the buggy and drove back to the lodge to have warm showers and some lunch. The wet room was fantastic as I held baby dottie while I washed her.
I had pre booked our evening meal at The Oak Tree online when I booked the buggy and Camp Smokey. It was great as I’d already paid a deposit towards our meal so half of the bill was paid. The Oak Tree is like a pizza and pasta restaurant. If you are looking for a grill then you can head on over to the Farmhouse Grill. Then you also have the Knights Tafarn for the pub atmosphere and pub food. All of these are in the village, at the centre of the resort.
In the evening we went to eat in The Oak Tree. We had a garlic bread style pizza to start, then Mr B had lasagne, I had a meaty pizza and Baby Girl had tomato spaghetti. The food was really good. I have to say a special mention to the hot skillet cookie with chocolate ice cream I had for dessert and shared with baby girl, mmm very moreish!!
When we came out it was raining. A good tip is to keep a towel in your buggy for wiping off the seats before you get on it!
The girls were tired when we got back so were early to bed that evening.
Day 4 – Thursday
Thursday morning was raining heavily and windy. I decided to stay in with baby dottie while Mr B took baby girl up to the Blue Lagoon for more swimming fun. By the afternoon the rain cleared away slightly, so we popped wellies on and went out for a walk. As it was our last full day it would be a shame to stay inside. We did mean to catch the historic walk in the village in the morning but the weather was too bad to go out with the baby. She already had a cold and had was teething. In fact only the day before she had cut her first tooth!
Due to the nature of the bad weather it was a shame the nature trails were closed while we were there on the Wednesday and Thursday, that was something we were looking forward to. So for the afternoon we walked around the village and bought some keepsakes in the Village Shop to remember our family holiday.
Had ice cream sundaes in Ty Coffi that were to die for and played in the Treetops toddler play area and the Treehouses. In fact the weather was that bad that we were the only ones out in the play area, but being a farmer’s daughter down in the Cornish weather, wind and rain doesn’t bother me! The resort seemed very quiet on the Thursday, I guess everyone was in or went off site. We found lots to do on the resort without heading off site for our break.
For our evening meal we treated ourselves to fish and chips from the on site chippy van. They were fantastic, much better and half the price than the ones we had down in St Ives the other day!
The one thing I regret we didn’t get to see was the Bwbach parade and festival in the village on our last night here. It didn’t start until 6pm and the baby was asleep by then, plus the weather being like it was it didn’t make sense to go out in it. I was gutted. Hopefully one day we can go back again and get to experience one of Bluestone’s parade’s. I did hear they were amazing!
Thursday night we packed everything up ready to leave in the morning and head home. The barrier opened at 5 am on Friday morning at the car park to enable you to go and get your car for packing up. As you can imagine Mr B was down there at that time dropping the buggy back and getting the car for our trip home.
I was sad to leave Bluestone, we have made some amazing family memories there and I would love to go back again one day. It’s an amazing place to stay and relax. So many fun things to do for everyone. When I get a spare second I will write you another post on things to do at Bluestone as there is so much more to cover than I have here.
Thanks for reading this very long post!
It’s been an absolute pleasure to write, sharing what we got up to.
*We were approached by Bluestone National Park Resort to come and stay with them in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own.