As I said yesterday, our lodge at Bluestone was worthy of a post all to itself. I was going to try and do a video tour, but I never got round to it before all our junk was unpacked, so you’ll have to have a photo tour.
We stayed in a beautiful Grassholme lodge, in the Presali View area of the park. This was a five minute walk from the long stay car park (Bluestone is a car free zone), and five minutes from the village, so a perfect position. We were quite high up so had beautiful views over the park, and we were tucked away in a little corner, so had extra privacy.
The lodge sleeps eight people, so is really spacious. There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms, including one en-suite. The living area, dining area and kitchen were all open plan, which is especially useful when you have three kids to watch, and it was equipped with everything you need for a self catering break.
The front door was operated by a wireless key card, which of course Harrison loved to open! It opened up into a very spacious porch area, which was perfect for the pushchair, scooters, coats and shoes. Just outside the front door is a bike rack – you can hire bikes and trailers for around £10 a day.
To the right of the porch area at the end of the corridor was the downstairs twin bedroom. Like all the bedrooms, it had more than enough storage space for clothes. We used this room to keep the kids toys in.
All bed linen and towels were included, although there is no bedding for the travel cot.
Next to the bedroom was the downstairs bathroom/wet room, which was huge. It was literally twice the size of our bathroom at home and was lovely.
Each of the bathrooms had soap, toilet rolls and heated towel rails, which were great for drying off our swimming costumes!
To the right of the porch was the large open plan living area. There were three squashy leather sofas, a coffee table and a large flatscreen TV with Freeview and a DVD player.
There was a large dining table that would comfortably sit 8, and a high chair was provided for babies.
The kitchen was large and modern, with everything you need – a large electric cooker, double sink, microwave, bread bin, cafetiere, 4 slice toaster, kettle, and all the plates, cups, saucepans and cutlery you would need. There is even a dishwasher! A small starter pack of three dishwasher tablets, mini washing up liquid, black bag and dish cloth was provided – we did have to go and buy some more washing up liquid from the shop.
The stairs were directly off the living room, and the upstairs landing overlooked the lounge, so it was great for keeping an eye on the kids. What makes Bluestone so fab is little touches such as stairgates at the top and bottom of the stairs to make it really family friendly.
The boys loved having a little window in their bedroom which overlooked the living area!
The first room upstairs was a twin bedroom, again with plenty of storage space.
Next to this was another bathroom, which I enjoyed my lovely deep bubble bath in. All the showers were really powerful – I could have spent hours in them!
Further along the corridor was the third twin room, which is where Harrison and Alex slept.
At the far end of the corridor was the double room, with huge ensuite. There was plenty of room for the travel cot which was provided. We also had balcony doors overlooking the park.
The absolute highlight of the lodge for me was the private patio area, which had beautiful views over the park, especially in the evening. The doors came off the living room, and the boys spent a lot of time with their diggers out there. We sat out there to eat most nights, and had a BBQ out there. It was lovely to sit and have a coffee in the morning out there, and blog out there on the evening (the park has free wifi everywhere – always a massive bonus!)
Come back tomorrow to see what we got up to on day two of our holiday at Bluestone!
*We were invited for a 4 night stay at Bluestone in return for an honest and unbiased review.