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Lana Del Ray blasts out, but the forest is peaceful and I eat a delicious swordfish steak and feel holiday-ish. From time to time, great shrieks burst from overhead and people whizz by on the zipwire that runs from the top of the ravine and through the trees. It looks like brilliant fun and I wish we’d booked in for a go ourselves.

After a cross-country run in the afternoon, Sam and I meet local guide, Terry John, for a historical tour of the site. Again, I’m sceptical, finding it improbable that holiday parks and history coexist.

And, again, I’m proved wrong. It turns out Bluestone was built over a spring that bubbles from the ground and was once a sacred spot, worshipped by the Pagans.

Later, Christians, too, laid claim to the place, making pilgrimages to a holy well built over the spring. In a grassy field nearby, a large rock is really the witch Tanglwst, turned to stone as a punishment for making people dance on a Sunday, according to local legend.

The next day we’re feeling the effects of overindulging in Bluestone’s Carreg Las restaurant (we had to, the food and wine were that good). But no matter, we’re off to the spa to cleanse ourselves of all wrong-doing.

I spend the morning wandering between the eucalyptus-scented steam room, the salt room and the Celtic sauna.

I drift in and out of conversation with a group of Welsh women who are here on a girlie weekend.

They’ve been to the spa before and are big fans. After my afternoon treatment, which involves being wrapped, (nearly) naked, in melted chocolate and essential oils, I’m in absolute agreement with them.

Who knew holiday parks could be this fun?


Bluestone offers a four-night midweek (Monday-Friday) or three-night weekend (Friday-Monday) break from £249 for a two-bedrom lodge, sleeping up to four people, or from £99 for a studio, based on two people sharing.

How to get to Wales from London

Take a First Great Western train from London to Swansea. Weekend return tickets cost from £40 ( From Swansea, take an Arriva train to Narberth. Return tickets from £26 (

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Holiday in Wales: Who knew holiday parks could be such fun?
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