20 November 2017

A review of a Grassholm lodge at Bluestone Wales

So I recently wrote about our Autumn break at Bluestone Wales and the great time we had having fun as a family and relaxing after a hectic term at school, I mentioned the lodge we had been staying in, a 4 bed, 3 bathroom Grassholm lodge and so here I am to tell you all about it.



Just driving up to the lodges you get a feeling that there might be something special inside, big double doors and a wooden clad exterior each with its own path, bike racks outside and a picnic table on the patio, that had it been warmer we would have sat at often.

On entering the lodge you come into a room that I suppose you might call the porch but it is so much more than that, a large carpeted area for putting all the outdoor things. There was room for all our trainers and wellies lined up on the floor (that was about 15 pairs of shoes), coat hooks for all our coats and the Little Ones waterproofs, plenty of room to leave the buggy without having to fold it and room for four scooters and helmets too. Yet there was still room for us to comfortably put on coats and shoes without knocking each other over like a bunch of skittles. It was super handy when we all came back from a muddy puddle stomp, we stripped off the children in there and pointed them straight at the family bathroom opposite.


ground floor- family bathroom

It was huge! (You are going to read that word a lot in this post, sorry) with a proper wet room shower, underfloor heating, a bath, toilet, sink and heated towel rail, it had everything we needed and with toilet roll, mini soap and towels supplied too that bathroom alone would have been perfectly adequate for keeping us lot clean- but there were two more bathrooms upstairs!

To the right of the bathroom was the first bedroom, a downstairs twin. Each bedroom had solid wooden furniture, bedside tables and lamps, a dressing table and stool, a full length mirror and being on the ground floor this room had a great blind so that you could open the curtains and get dressed by daylight but without being seen by the neighbours!


ground floor- twin bedroom

It was then that the lodge opened out into a large kitchen a dining area complete with a table seating 8 and a highchair too, which was handy for Little 3. The kitchen was large and airy with plenty of room for us all to manoeuvre and it had everything we needed to cook a couple of quick meals during our stay. There was a microwave, dishwasher, toaster and kettle as well as a welcome cleaning pack including a couple of dishwasher tablets, sponge, tea towel and washing up liquid so next time we go we know we do not need to pack these bits. I was also impressed by the recycling facilities, a double bin with cans/plastic/paper waste one side and general waste the other, there was also a blue bin for glass. 


kitchen

Then there was the living room, this had a lovely view from the large floor to ceiling windows and the double doors of the other lodges and glimpses of the lake through the trees. The doors opened up onto a patio and a picnic table which if we had gone in summer we would have made a lot of use of while the children played on the grass outside. 


living area

There were three double sofas in there so plenty of space for everyone to sit and a table and tv/dvd player too. The lodge had a light and airy feel and was open looking right up to the sloped wooden roof and a staircase to the rest of the bedrooms but the soft lighting and central heating made the lodge feel really cosy.


looking down from the stairs
As a parent to a toddler, I was pleased to see stair gates at the bottom and top of the stairs which is standard at Bluestone. At the top of the stairs was the second twin bedroom where the girls slept, again there was lots of space in the room and a large wardrobe and bedside tables meant there was more than enough room for their things. It was great to find black out blinds or curtains in each bedroom, as a parent to children this is really appreciated and prevents early wake ups on holiday.

upstairs -twin bedroom one
Next along the landing was another bathroom with a bath and overhead shower, the same size as our upstairs bathroom at home. Perfect for after our muddy walk, we had two in the bath downstairs and one in here enjoying her space!

The children's bathroom
At the end of the landing was the double bedroom with a huge window, all the rooms were very spacious and airy and nicely decorated in pale colours. The bed was warm and comfortable, we all slept well on the firm mattresses, Little 2 even commented that her bed was sooo comfy that she wanted me to ask where they got the mattress from so we could buy her one for home! There was a safe in the wardrobe in this room and a travel cot with a cleanliness seal too if you needed it.

Double bedroom
The double room had an ensuite too with a large double shower, so with three toilets, two baths and two showers in the lodge there was plenty of bathroom space for everyone. Each bathroom had a toilet roll and mini soap as well as towels provided and a large heated towel rail too (these were great for drying all our swimming kit on each day!).

ensuite
Last but not by any means least was the third twin room, it was enormous and had room for at least one more bed in there! This room had a fun feature, an inside window over looking the lounge below, the Little Ones thought this was great! 


upstairs- twin bedroom two
The Grassholm lodge at Bluestone was massive and had everything we needed for our stay, the included toiletries and kitchen bits as well as all towels (you need to take your own for the swimming pool) and bedding were included and meant we could pack much lighter. 

looking out the indoor window!
The only thing the lodge doesn't have is a washing machine and there isn't a laundrette on site either which isn't too much of a bad thing, who wants to do the laundry on holiday. But with a recently potty trained toddler who seemed to drink half the swimming pool each morning leading to an accident and a pile of muddy socks and soggy trouser bottoms from our puddle stomp, the ability to do a quick wash mid week would have been useful for me. Bluestone does have a laundry service you can use if you were really desperate though, they will wash a bag of washing in 24 hours for £15.

We loved our spacious lodge and really enjoyed our Autumn break at Bluestone Wales, we would love to see what Bluestone has to offer in the summer months when we could get out more and explore as the rain kept us in a lot this time, the Little Ones have already been asking when we can go back.

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