After a long five hour drive down from Manchester we arrived at Bluestone National Park Resort at bout 1:30pm, you can’t get into your accommodation but we thought we’d see if we could check in anyway & save time (queueing with al the other arrivals) later, and yay we could! We obviously couldn’t gain access to the lodge but we had all our paperwork & keys so parked up & went to explore the site. We took the beautiful walk around the forest and nature trail which took us through to the Village Centre. After a drink in the pub the next stop was the adventure centre, which both kids loved, before heading back to the car. There’ll be a separate post on all the activities as there’s just so much to do!
Because we had checked in early, as soon as it was 4:30pm the gates were lifted and we could drive straight round to our beautiful lodge. The cars that had arrived for 4:30 check in were queueing right the way down the entrance road so if you are planning on coming to Bluestone early to make use of the facilities then make sure you check in when you arrive.
The accommodation is so beautiful and really well thought out, they are positioned in little clusters so you get the stunning views and a little privacy too.
Originally there was meant to be seven of us coming to Bluestone however our friends & their little man had to cancel last minute due to him getting a new job. This meant that we had a four bedrooms & three bathrooms for the four of us as it was too late for any other family or friends to join us.
We stayed in the Grassholm Lodge which is a stunning two storey open plan lodge which is perfect for larger families. The double height ceiling in the living area makes it feel huge, plus the open staircase is such a gorgeous feature. The kids loved shouting up to anyone who was upstairs, it really added to the fun but there was no safety worries as there were safety gates top & bottom.
It feels so spacious with plenty of room for the kids to play without getting in the way, you can happily cook in the kitchen whilst keeping an eye on the kids which I love. It’s also well equipped with all the essentials and plenty of pans so you can actually cook a full meal for a large family.
This lodge has four bedrooms, the master with en suite and two twin rooms upstairs with a further twin downstairs. They are all really spacious & well presented with ample storage space. Plus all lodges come with a travel cot for the little ones, if you needed additional travel cots then these will need to be ordered prior to arrival. The downstairs bathroom also doubles as a wet room so would’ve been a great solution for our In Laws who have mobility problems.
Overall our first impressions were great, we all love it. In fact the hubby has even joked about selling the house and buying some land to build our own lodge. Well I hope he was joking!
Look out for the next instalment about what we got up to on our holiday 🙂