Overview

Originally the seat of the Vaughan family, Golden Grove Estate was left by John Vaughan, in the absence of children of his own, to John Campbell in 1804.

Jeffry Wyattville was commissioned to design and oversee the building of an imposing new house with comprehensive service wing and superb stables. Work started in 1827 and was completed within 7 years. One of the longest houses in the UK it was also one of only 4 to have central heating. A very fine clock was also commissioned which ran 3 clock faces and several bells.

We have a lovely children's playground all made from wood and built within the shade of a huge lime tree. The cafe is family friendly. We have children's falconry experiences regularly.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Park and arboretum: year round, 9am to 6pm.

House: currently by appointment; see website for developments.

Opening
Opening

2020

Park and arboretum: year round, 9am to 6pm. House: currently by appointment; see website for developments.

Find Us
Find us

Just outside Ffairfach, Llandeilo, it can be accessed via the B4300 between Carmarthen and Llandeilo or from the A476 between Crosshands and Llandeilo.

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • £1.50 for 2 hours, £2.50 for 4 hours, £4.00 up to 12 hours

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

Facilities

  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Overnight guest accommodation
  • Accessible parking
  • Wedding planner

Accommodation

Period lodge house with a good sized garden and parking. Three bedrooms, one bath and shower room, separate downstairs loo. Large sitting room, large hallway/dining room which easily sits 8, good sized kitchen.

East Lodge, also know as Llettyglyd, sits at the bottom of the east drive and is the closest point of the estate to Llandeilo which is only a mile away. From the kitchen, as you stand at the sink you look across the valley and at an impressive view of Dinefwr Castle.

There is a small utility room with a washing machine. The kitchen is well-equipped, with large size cooker, dishwasher, microwave and a good selection of cooking implements and dishes. The front door opens into a large hallway from which the stairs lead up. There is a dining table and chairs in the centre, the table will seat 8 although the house only sleeps 6. It has a wood-burning stove.

We supply some wood and more can be purchased. The sitting room is very well lit with windows on three sides and French windows leading onto a terrace and the garden. It has a large HD television and fibre optic Wifi. There are two large double bedrooms upstairs, the main one looks over the garden, the second over the driveway, under the eaves on the other side of the corridor is a twin room. The bathroom has a standard wall mounted shower over the bath.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Park and arboretum: year round, 9am to 6pm.

House: currently by appointment; see website for developments.

Opening
Opening

2020

Park and arboretum: year round, 9am to 6pm. House: currently by appointment; see website for developments.

Find Us
Find us

Just outside Ffairfach, Llandeilo, it can be accessed via the B4300 between Carmarthen and Llandeilo or from the A476 between Crosshands and Llandeilo.

  • Offers bike storage
Parking

Car park on site

  • £1.50 for 2 hours, £2.50 for 4 hours, £4.00 up to 12 hours

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes

Other opening

£4 entry to the arboretum and Ladies Walk Carparking £1.50 2 hrs, £2.50 4hrs, £4 up to 12 hrs.


School Visits

Our groundsman does wildlife and nature trails with children. However, in general the Primary schools bring classes here to 'look for Autumn' or to search for various items.


Golden Grove's history and features

Built by the Cawdors in the 1820s, this extraordinary house built into the hillside surrounded by woods, parkland and garden is set beneath an unusually interesting arboretum, overlooking the glorious Tywi Valley. After many years of neglect the grounds and house are undergoing an extensive programme of restoration.

The views from the clock tower are exceptionally fine. Planning for the arboretum, which was surrounded by open parkland until the 1960s, began in 1863 and planting a year later. At the forefront and centre is an ancient oak. Spacious planting and the mild damp Welsh climate have allowed a shapely maturity, in some cases encouraged by the head gardener to provide entertainment and interest for the family.

The Great Western Red Cedar features in Ancient Trees by Beth Moon. Entry to the arboretum is via Gelli Aur Country Park. There is a charge for the car park but a hot drink can be claimed in exchange for your parking ticket at the cafe. The Gelli Aur Cafe is a glasshouse with panoramic views and a glass balustraded terrace leaning out over the deer park where the deer are often to be seen.

There is a wealth of wild life and flowers, a walk down through the meadow and the woods leads to the Quarry garden which comes into its own during and after wet weather as culverts were designed to take the water there cascading down the rock face into a stream and little pools. Golden Grove is dog friendly, they can run free in the park and are welcome in the cafe and arboretum on leads.


A word from the owner

There are supposed to be ghosts, a lady and her page. Several people have I either seen them or said they have been conscious of someone passing them on the stairs and turned but found no-one there.
Richard Salmon, Owner

Fun Facts

When the house was built it was one of only four in the country with central heating, a huge furnace sits in the cellars and hot air was wafted via vents around the main house.

The house featured on Fake or Fortune in 2017 when Bendor Grosvenor investigated whether a portrait of Richard Vaughan Earl of Carbery hanging in the house until recently but now in Carmarthen was possibly painted by Peter Lely. It was decided that Lely was the painter, and that Mary Beale had painted the portrait of the Countess.