Piccotts Lane, Great Saling, Braintree, Essex CM7 5DW

Enjoy peace in rural Essex

We are a small but spacious family run site for adults only located in rural Essex.

The site is south facing, mainly grass meadow surrounded by parkland trees. Dogs are very welcome. Booking is essential. Golden Grove is located on the edge of a small picturesque village of Great Saling.

Golden Grove is located within the private parkland of Saling Grove. Saling Grove was built in 1754 by John and Elizabeth Yeldham. John Yeldham was involved in Guys Hospital, London. 

His son, also called John commissioned Humphry Repton (1752-1818); the famous Georgian landscape designer to lay out the parkland. Famous for ‘borrowing’ vistas, the country roads were moved and views were ‘framed’ with trees and plantations. Repton was innovative in using ‘before’ and ‘after’ images of his landscaped visions within his famous ‘Red Books’.

The estate and subsequently most of the village, was purchased in 1795 by Bartlett Goodrich, whose father, a Virginian loyalist, had settled in England 1785 following the American Revolution.

During WW2, parkland trees aswell as surrounding woods were reduced to accommodate the approach and the creation of Andrews Airfield. This was the first American built airbase named after General Frank M. Andrews, a well-respected American general.

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Caravan & Motorhome Park of the Year 2022

We were delighted to be awarded the ‘Best Caravan and Motorhome Park of the Year’ by LUX Life magazine for 2022.

Essex Life 2023

We were selected to be one of four hotel and camping places to stay for visitors with dogs in Essex Life Magazine (July 2023)

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Reservations are a must. We are a small and popular site. We can not accept anyone who does not have a reservation.

Do not play loud music, TV or radio at any time, especially in the summer if windows are open. One of the reasons Golden Grove is so popular is because it is quiet and peaceful. We ask all guests to respect this and maintain that atmosphere.

Yes – it's a fantastic place for dogs.
We have plenty of space on site and several recommended walks in the surrounding areas for you to try.
It is essential however, that you keep your dog on a lead and under control at all times.
Please be mindful that the surrounding area is an important habitat for wildlife which your dog will disturb if left to roam freely.
Also, do not let your dog disturb other guests and refrain them from aggressive behaviour towards other guests and dogs.

Please always clean up after your dog. There is a dog waste bin in the rubbish collection area of the site.

Dogs are welcome at no additional cost.

Sorry, the caravan site is for adults only, no children are permitted.

Please arrive after 12 noon and vacate your pitch by 12 noon unless previously arranged with the caravan park management.

Our pitches are large enough for bigger motorhomes and awnings. Please park and pitch within allocated pitch boundaries.

Our fee is a flat-rate. There is no additional charge for awnings. As long as everything is kept within the boundaries of your pitch.

Electricity is included in our per pitch fee.

The surrounding countryside hosts a network of public footpaths. You can find maps for these in the information hut in the caravan park.

The surrounding gardens and parkland are strictly private and no entry is permitted.

Yes. Access to the park is down a gravel track. We do ask that you drive slowly on the access road to avoid the creation of potholes. Also please drive slowly around the site, passed other guests, as gravel is noisy!
There is an area for washing up, and a toilet. We do not have a shower at this point. Please keep these facilities clean and hygienic for other guests.

Yes, there are appropriate bins for all recycling and we ask that you separate your rubbish and use these as instructed.

Barbeques are permitted. But, open fires are not.
Especially in dry weather we ask that you do not light or maintain a fire.
Any cigarette butts must be firmly put out.
Fire extinguishers are available on site and if in danger please take the appropriate action to put out fire.

There is a washing machine and tumble dryer available for use starting from £1 per load. We allow portable caravan rotary dryers at the back of your caravans but please dismantle when not in use, no stakes in ground or washing lines.

We often have sheep grazing on site and we kindly request not to give the sheep any human food such as bread as it is bad for them. The occasional carrot or apple is welcome though.
Any food left outside is susceptible to attracting vermin, so if you want to leave some spare food for the birds, please use the bird feeders or ask the team on site.

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Local walks

Walk to Rayne

A varied 40 minute walk across farmland to the nearby village of Rayne.

In Rayne, there is a Post Office, local convenience shops, pubs (The Swan & The Welsh Princess) and two restaurants, No 47, and a little further down on the same side of the street, a great Indian called Voujon.

There is also the Railway Cafe which is a converted station and waiting room located along the old railway line between Braintree and Dunmow.

The old railway line now forms part of the popular Fitch Way for runners and walkers alike.

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Walk to Andrewsfield

It’s just an easy 50 minute walk or 10 minute drive, from Golden Grove to Andrews Airfield.

And it’s a great place to relax, enjoy a coffee or a beer and watch the light aircraft take off and land on the grass runway.

Built by the Americans during WW2, named after the American General.

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The park consistently receives high ratings and rave reviews from visitors, many of whom return on a regular basis.