We’re no strangers to Bluestone and over the years it has become a firm favourite as a family destination for us to make special memories.
Nestled within the beautiful countryside of Pembrokeshire, and a stone’s through away from ample stunning West Wales beaches and luscious valleys and mountains, it is a haven of peacefulness surrounded by a wealth of idyllic treats. But more than that, you don’t even have to leave the site to grasp onto the beauty.
We recently stayed for a short family break and were asked if we would like to extend our stay by a few days and try out one of their Pembroke Lodges. How could we refuse?
And we were impressed!
So let us take you through our weekend accommodation.
The lodge is split between two floors and boasts of six bedrooms – all with their own bathrooms!
The Pembroke Lodge is ideal for larger families, those wanting to take grandparents along for a family get together or for groups. We stayed as a larger family but have also stayed with friends before.
As the bedrooms are on both levels it means that it’s ideal to stay with friends or family members but still maintain a degree of privacy. And there’s a lovely feeling of community within the heart of the lodge.
The downstairs area was very spacious with plenty of room for the kids to run wild. There were four good-sized sofas (wipe clean, so no need to worry about mud or spills!) and a good-sized TV. There were sideboards and drawers aplenty so room to store your items away and still have a level of visual tidiness.
As you walk in you have a large porch area for discarded shoes, wellies, etc. and more than enough wall hooks put your coats (even if you have to nag the kids to use them).
We had a storage cupboard with two highchairs, a hoover, iron and ironing board, along with a broom, dustpan, etc.
With a gallery area and skylighted ceilings overlooking the main area, it felt spacious and airy.
The heart of the lodge had a huge table fit for fabulous evenings of family dining with loads of space. It became a great socialising space and was an awesome area for the kids to build some under-table dens.
The lodge is ideal for a family pizza night.
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At either end of the main living areas were twin bedrooms. Two had their own shower rooms with toilet facilities while two had a bathroom with a bath, shower and toilet. One was specifically designed for wheelchair access too.
There were plenty of towels and heated towel rails which were ideal to dry wet swimming togs on overnight. Nappy bins were provided in the bathrooms and a small but nice selection of wash products – enough to see you through your stay.
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With the open-plan nature of the Lodge you’d expect it to be a little chilly but it was fully central-heated and surprisingly toasty. There were plenty of lighting options to add to the homely feel too.
Alongside the main hub of the house were patio doors that opened onto a large paved area with picnic tables. Outside lighting meant that you could sit outside in the evenings.
The outside areas at Bluestone are rich in wildlife and ideal to sit and bird watch. You could take some birdseed with you to attract feathered friends or buy some in the reasonably-priced village shop. This is often a highlight activity for the kids!
The kitchen was a really good size with ample room for a few cooks at once. The cupboards were well stocked with everything you’d need for family self-catering.
The upstairs gallery area was a really special zone within the Lodge. The kids loved it, as did we. It was a great area to chill out but still feel involved in the Lodge.
The stair-gated stairs led to an upstairs space consisting of two functional areas. One had a sofa, TV and table and was an ideal spot to use as a movie night snug.
At the other end of the gallery was a large area with two huge bean bags, ideal for some quiet time. Both areas had skylight windows for natural lighting and indoor lighting for the evenings.
Both areas had plug sockets so were really good places to charge phones, plug in laptops to work on, etc.
But by far the best use of the area was to provide a safe viewing platform. No fighting over TV seating!
The gallery veranda had a reinforced safety glass wall that was of a perfect height to feel safe that the kids could play on their own.
Each bedroom came with lots of storage and hanging space, comfy beds with bedside tables and lamps, plug sockets and full-length mirrors. Travel cots were provided alongside extra pillows, a safe and a hairdryer. All rooms had a window with child locks and blackout curtains.
The bedrooms were spacious and warm and a great haven for the teenagers.
So what was our overall impression of the Pembroke Lodge?
Without a shadow of a doubt, we were impressed. We felt it to be a well thought out and good functioning space. It was ideal for our stay and really felt like a home away from home.
The cleanliness and appearance was spot on and everything that we needed to maintain a stay with our children (we took six ranging from babies and toddlers all the way through to teenagers) was well equipped for. The layout of the house made it a very practical and social living arrangement whilst still giving plenty of privacy, when needed.
It’s fair to say we loved every aspect of The Pembroke Lodge.
Would we stay again?…….ABSOLUTELY!
To find out more about Bluestone, the onsite facilities, deal and offers, please visit their website.
**We stay at Bluestone annually as paying guests because we enjoy it and it is suited to our needs. It has fast become like a comfy pair of slippers. On this occasion, we were invited to try out The Pembroke Lodge in exchange for an honest review of our experience. How could we refuse?
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