a free-range weekend at Bluestone

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There is nothing we love more than a weekend of outdoor adventuring, so when Bluestone invited us to Wales for a free-range break, we were all delighted. Bluestone is the perfect place for a family escape: it’s set in the stunning Pembrokeshire countryside, just a few miles away from a selection of particularly gorgeous beaches. We spent our days beside the sea at Tenby and the magical Barafundle Bay.

Each morning began with a swim in the Blue Lagoon. The four year old was thrilled to be tall enough (by a matter of millimetres) to ride the flumes, and would happily have spent all day whooshing down and around, shooting out into the open air to feel raindrops on his face before shooting back inside and emerging with an almighty splash. Tempting the kids out of the pool with the promise of Welsh cakes, we donned wellies and coats, setting off for the beach.

The boys were absolutely in their element, exploring the shore. They tiptoed into caves, fished in rock pools and leapt down sand dunes. The littlest helped his Dad to build  (and demolish) endless sandcastles, whilst the older boys and I combed the shore for sea glass and shells, gathering the most perfect specimens in our bucket to be taken home. The beaches were all but empty, but for the occasional dog walkers, and we revelled in the space, and the light, and the therapeutic rhythm of the crashing waves.

After each day on the shore, we returned to our Gateholm Lodge. The boys were charmed by its upside-down nature, whilst we relished the chance to eat supper with a view of the forests and distant hills, before resting our weary limbs between crisp cotton sheets.

With wind-tousled hair and pockets full of shells, we were sad when the time came to set off for home, but we took the opportunity to stop for a brief pilgrimage to Laugharne en-route. Back at home, the boys fell asleep smiling, mid-way through tales of their shoreline adventures, full to the brim with happy memories of a free-range weekend.


Disclosure: We were invited to stay for the weekend courtesy of Bluestone, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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