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