The Grassholm Lodge at Bluestone – A Lodge for 8

As you’ll know, we were kindly invited to have a mid-week stay at Bluestone and we stayed in a Grassholm Lodge. This lodge sleeps eight and is very comfortable. All lodges at Bluestone have the look of a log cabin and never fail to impress me. We’ve stayed in a variety of lodges but this was our first time staying in a Grassholm lodge at Bluestone.Grassholm lodge at bluestone

What’s in a Grassholm Lodge at Bluestone?

The Grassholm Lodge has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, an open-plan living room, diner and kitchen. It has everything a large family or group of friends might need for a home-away-from-home stay at Bluestone.

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Our buggy parked outside our Grassholm Lodge of 24 Knight’s Rest, Bluestone

As you enter the lodge, you enter into a large entrance hall which leads into a small hallway. Off this is a double or twin bedroom (whichever you need) and a large family wet room which has both a bath and shower in it. This short hallway then leads you to the open plan living room, dining room and kitchen. There were two two-seaters and one large three-seater leather sofas, a coffee table and TV unit with TV in the living room area. The dining area had a large wooden table with eight chairs, and a baby’s highchair as we had an infant with us.

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The living room of the Grassholm Lodge

The open plan kitchen aside the dining area is large, with plenty of space in it. There is everything you need for a comfortable stay in the kitchen from a kettle and toaster, to microwave, dishwasher and full cooking facilities. Included is  cutlery and crockery for eight and enough pots, pans and serving dishes to feed a large family or group of friends. There is also a fridge and freezer for those planning on bringing their own food to eat/cook.

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The dining area and kitchen of the Grassholm Lodge

Upstairs there are three additional large bedrooms, one double with an ensuite bathroom and two bedrooms which can either be twin or double bedrooms. There is also a family bathroom with bath and shower upstairs.

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The four bedrooms of the Grassholm Lodge
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The bathrooms of the Grassholm Lodge

Outside there is a patio area with picnic benches for times you might want to enjoy the fresh, Pembrokeshire air.

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The outside of a Grassholm Lodge at Bluestone

My thoughts on the Grassholm Lodge at Bluestone

This lodge is quite similar in layout to the St. David’s Lodge, which we’ve stayed in once before, minus the playroom. It is large and extremely comfortable. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay. To be perfectly honest, we didn’t miss the playroom as the living room is big enough for two boys to build a train track across. In the living room, the sofas are comfortable and the TV was used once to entertain the boys while us mums visited the spa.

Entertaining and eating-wise, the dining table has eight chairs and has plenty of room for eating at. The kitchen is well equipped and has everything you need for cooking and feeding a large group.

In the bedrooms, there is ample room with chest of drawers and wardrobes for clothes, and all had plenty of room for a travel cot. The beds are comfortable. Two single beds pushed together make a large double bed. I did this in the room BattleKid and I were sharing and we had loads of room to sleep on. That didn’t stop a stray arm or leg making its way across the divide though.

The bathrooms were large too and never felt cramped. My only gripe with the bathrooms is the wet room. I used the shower in it once and despite the underfloor heating being on, it was still soaked hours after I had finished my shower. This wasn’t ideal as the floor remained slippery. With two young boys, one of whom is newly toilet trained, this bathroom, located on the ground floor, is the easiest to access with two toddlers. Needless to say, it was the only shower taken in that bathroom. I contacted Bluestone about this and they have reassured me it is something they are aware of and will be addressing in such lodges before the end of the year.

Also, on our last morning we ran out of hot water. We did stagger our showers during our stay but on the last day, all four adults wanted a shower before travelling home, particularly BattleDad and I as we were travelling by car and plane.

However, after one member of our party had a very long shower, there was no hot water left for the rest of us. BattleDad had a lukewarm shower, while myself and another member of the party had to have cold showers. I mentioned this to Bluestone and they have let me know that the immersion heater holds 200 litres of hot water and if it runs out, it shouldn’t take longer than one hour to regain a hot temperature. I didn’t realise 200 litres of water could be used in 40 minutes, but you learn something new every day. So just be aware that if there are many adults wanting showers one after the other, you need to have quick showers.

One thing we spotted that wasn’t in any of the lodges previously, was a new eco-thermostat for the heating. This clever technology keeps the lodge at your desired temperature, meaning you don’t need to adjust the setting on any of the radiators. You can turn them off if you desire, but it is recommended you don’t. It also detects when there is no one in the lodge and turns the heating off in order to conserve energy. How clever is that!

The Grassholm lodge at Bluestone is the perfect place for a large family or group of friends to enjoy a stay in this brilliant resort. While it has enough beds for up to eight people, there is room in each of the rooms to hold a travel cot. So, if a large group of friends with babies wanted to share a lodge, the Grassholm has enough room for eight adults and four babies! It is large, comfortable and has everything you need. We had plenty of towels for everyone and didn’t want for anything. Well, apart from more blue skies but you can’t do anything about the weather.Grassholm lodge at bluestone

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the Grassholm Lodge and will definitely look into booking it for future breaks at Bluestone with friends or family. Unfortunately it was late when we arrived, so all my pictures are from that evening before our full party descended on the lodge. If you’d like to see inside in greater detail, hit play on the video below!

Have you stayed at Bluestone before? If so, what lodge style was your accommodation?

Cath x

*We received a complimentary mid-week stay in a Grassholm Lodge at Bluestone in return for this review. However, as always, these are my own honest opinions and thoughts about the lodge.

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Grassholm lodge at bluestone

Worst Holiday with Kids – Bloggers Tell Us Where and Why

Does going on holidays with your children fill you with excitement or dread? Excitement for the possibilities that lie ahead, or dread of it turning out to be the worst holiday with kids. Yes, sometimes disaster can strike, and there is nothing you can do about it, but often it’s not something we can foresee. For instance, our worst holiday with BattleKid to date is a tossup between our first holiday to Lanzarote with him, and our second. Continue reading “Worst Holiday with Kids – Bloggers Tell Us Where and Why”

Best Holiday with Kids – Bloggers Tell Us Where and Why

Holidaying with kids can be a daunting affair for some, and something to relish with others. I’ve heard some parents say they dread holidays with their kids. I know others who wouldn’t dream of not going on holiday with their kids. The best holiday with kids can be surprising ones and the worst can come out of something beyond your control. For us, holidays and BattleKid go hand in hand these days and although we’ve had both good and bad, we wouldn’t change them for the world. Continue reading “Best Holiday with Kids – Bloggers Tell Us Where and Why”

Best and Worst Holiday As A Couple (Guest Post ft. Me, Him, The Dog and a Baby)

In the next of my guest posts from fellow bloggers, I am handing the reins over to Lyndsey of Me, Him, The Dog and a Baby. As her daughter is still quite young, they haven’t been on a best or worst holiday with her yet. So, Lyndsey instead offered to share with us their best and worst holiday as a couple. So, I’ll let Lyndsey do the introductions this time, while we continue our road trip.

Best and worst holiday as a couple

I’m Lyndsey and I blog at Me, him, the dog and a baby! I live in Middle of Nowhere, Norfolk with my husband John and nearly 2 year old daughter Erin.

Worst Holiday as a Couple

I met my now husband in 2011 and in 2012 we went on our first holiday together. I had just finished my second year at university and was getting ready to live with John for the summer. A holiday to Rome was supposed to be the perfect way to end the uni year and to celebrate our summer together. Unfortunately, I HATED it.

When we got to Rome I was less than impressed. We got off the bus from the airport at a small sort of strip mall that stank of wee. It was a dump. First impressions definitely count and mine was not good! We visited at the end of June so it was ridiculously hot and by the time we walked to our accommodation, we were both a bit of a mess.

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Rome was disappointing

Rome was not what I was expecting. I was so disappointed with the amount of chain restaurants, cafes and coffee shops right across from places like the Colosseum. The modern buildings being right on top of the magnificent, historic buildings was just horrible for me.

I also got REALLY sick of being with John so much. This was the first time that we had been together 24 hours a day for this length of time and I missed my peace and quiet and privacy. I actually sent John out one evening so I could have a couple of hours in the B&B on my own. Luckily, I got over that quickly which is a good job really.

Best Holiday as a couple

In 2013 John and I headed off on our second holiday together, to Orlando, Florida. This was to celebrate me finishing university and John’s 30th birthday. Oh yeah, we were also getting married!

Our wedding was the most perfect day. We didn’t actually invite anyone as we wanted our day to be about us. We got married at the most beautiful estate house and everything really was perfect for us. Afterwards, John locked us out of our hotel room so I was stood in the scorching heat in a massive wedding dress until security let us back in! We went for a meal afterwards at a local restaurant which was lovely!

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Getting married in Orlando

John and I both fell in love with Orlando as soon as we landed pretty much. We loved our hotel, the amazing food and Disney was pretty good as well! We had made sure that we didn’t need to be careful with money while we were on our honeymoon so we ate where we wanted, bought what we wanted and did what we wanted for a whole two weeks. It was absolute bliss.

We’re now hoping to go back for our 10th wedding anniversary in 2023!

Thanks so much to Lyndsey for sharing their best and worst holiday as a couple. It is a shame Rome was such a disappointment, but to get married in Orlando must have been like a fairy tale. I really hope you manage to make it back for your 10th anniversary. 

If you’d like to read more from Lyndsey, please visit her blog. You can also find Lyndsey on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

If anyone would like to contribute a guest post about their best and/or worst holidays with or without their kids to date, please send me an email to bm@battlemum.com.

 

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Portugal Days 5 and 6: 16+17/04/2017

We had an earlier start to the day and had a lovely light breakfast on my parents’ deck of sausage, bacon, eggs and toast. My mum went to Mass for 10am and while she was gone I got stuck into cleaning for her. I thought it only fair since she and my Dad were letting us stay, not only for Easter, but also when we were arriving in May until our own place was ready. While I did that, BattleKid was checking for hares with his Lolo’s binoculars.portugal diaries day 5 portugal diaries day 5

Once my mum was back, we all got dressed nicely and headed to see BattleDad’s aunt, who had invited us for Easter Sunday dinner. I hadn’t met her before and she and her family couldn’t have been more welcoming. She has been lucky enough to be living near Tavira for 5 years now, having retired down there from Ireland. I met her husband, her two daughters and one of her grandsons. They were all lovely and also very welcoming to my parents who came along for lunch too.

We had a lovely Sunday roast with them and spent a lovely few hours in their company and we all looked forward to seeing each other again once we moved down.

We left their house just after 4pm, and as I thought, BattleKid fell asleep in the car on the way back. Once we got back BattleDad and I started to pack our stuff up. That said, we were leaving behind two bags of clothes to cover us for the few weeks we’d be staying with my folks when we moved down. I was grateful we had the option to do so as the car would be rammed with the dog as well.

None of us were particularly hungry so we had a snack and put BattleKid to bed at 8pm. I had an awful night’s sleep with BattleDad’s snoring which is never ideal the night before travelling.

We were up at 6.15am and had some tea and toast before loading up the car and saying Ate Breve to my parents (which means See you soon in Portuguese). We dropped the car back and were at the airport for 8.15am. Check in was easy, the same cannot be said of passport control in Faro Airport.

Faro Airport is having a makeover, which means departures is crazy at the moment. We spent over an hour queuing to get through security, and had to go straight to our gate as they had called for boarding by the time we got through. We left Portugal in high spirits, knowing that when we returned in 6 weeks time, it would be for good.

Cath x