Frequently Asked Questions
How much does an event cost?
Every event is unique. Do visit and discuss in detail your requirements.
How many guests can The Orangery accomodate?
The Orangery seats 60 guests at round tables, 60 in concert and conference layout and 90 for cocktails and finger buffet. The lovely Walled Garden, with seating, can be considered another large room in the summer!
What type of events can be hosted at The Orangery?
Family celebrations, receptions, art exhibitions, children's parties and corporate days.
What is the cost of hire?
The Orangery is available to hire throughout the year. We charge a low and high season hire fee.
The fee is dependent on your requirements. Please contact us.
Does The Orangery have recommended caterers?
Yes we offer a full catering service or you may bring in your own caterer, with the approrpriate public liability insurance.
How much parking is available?
There is enough parking for up to 100+ cars.
Is there wifi?
Yes - free.
Access for people with disabilities
The Orangery is accessible by car. There is no public transport. There is no allocated disabled parking but pre-arranged drop off directly outside the venue is available.
Parking is on 20mm gravel.
There are two access points for people with disabilities:
- From the car park - a short walk, about 30 paces, on pea shingle to the venue entrance. There is a step into the fernery entrance leading to The Orangery accessed by one other step.
- Alternatively there is level access from the pre-arranged drop off point, through the fernery, then a paved area and into The Orangery via wooden ramp.
The floor inside the venue is on one level. There is no disabled toilet. There is approx 5cm step into the toilet.
Lambs is one of the busiest times for a shepherd during a year. Sometimes we are lucky enough to see & if need be, help during the daytime. It is the unknown night time arrivals that concern us the most especially after the recent snow.
In 1982, Japan launched a national health programme called ‘forest bathing’ or ‘shinrin-yoku’ which means spending more time around trees. No jogging, no workouts just simply spending time amongst trees.
It is not just about the fresh air but also helps reduce our stress levels and our blood pressure as well as reducing depression.
Regular contact with nature really does improve our well being. So why not try a few of our recommended local countryside walks.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to make a reservation?
Yes. Reservations are a must. We are a small and popular site. We can not accept anyone who does not have a reservation.
Can I play music outside?
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.
Please do not play loud music, TV or radio at any time, especially during the summer months when windows are open.
Is Golden Grove dog-friendly?
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.
Where can I put dog waste?
Please always clean up after your dog. There is a dog waste bin in the rubbish collection area of the site.
How much do you charge for dogs?
Dogs are welcome at no additional cost.
Are children allowed?
Sorry, the caravan site is for adults only, no children are permitted.
What time should I arrive?
Please arrive after 12 noon and vacate your pitch by 12 noon unless previously arranged with the caravan park management.
Can I pitch anywhere?
Our pitches are large enough for bigger motorhomes and awnings. Please park and pitch within allocated pitch boundaries.
How much do you charge for awnings?
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.
How much do you charge for electricity?
Electricity is included in our per pitch fee.
Are there good places to walk?
The surrounding countryside hosts a network of public footpaths. You can find maps for these in the information hut in the caravan park, or you can download them from our 'Things To Do' section.
Can I explore the Saling Grove?
The surrounding gardens and parkland are strictly private and no entry is permitted.
Is the caravan park easy to access?
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!
Are there washing facilities available?
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.
Do you recycle on the site?
Yes, there are appropriate bins for all recycling and we ask that you separate your rubbish and use these as instructed.
Can I have an open fire or barbeque?
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.
Are there laundry facilities?
We have a small washing machine which is available for £3 per load. We do not, however, have a dryer.
We do not permit hanging out of washing or drying clothes.
There are several launderettes available in Braintree.
Can I feed the animals?
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.
If you have any other questions that are not covered here, please do not hesitate to contact Louise, here.
Golden Grove Guidelines
In order to ensure you have an enjoyable stay, we request that all guests abide by the caravan park rules and guidelines below.
It is in the interest of everyone that each and every guest is respectful of these rules and other's privacy.
Should the caravan park management believe that they are not being abided by, the guest/guests will be requested to leave with immediate effect.
Maintain peace and quiet
- Do not play loud music, TV or radio at any time, especially in the summer if windows are open.
- Keep all animals under control and refrain them from aggressive behaviour.
- The surrounding area is an important habitat for wildlife, please keep dogs on leads at all times.
- The caravan site is for adults only, no children are permitted.
- Please drive slowly when driving down to the site and when driving around the site passed other guests as gravel is noisy!
- Please arrive after 12 noon and vacate your pitch by 12 noon unless previously arranged with the caravan park management.
- Park and pitch up within allocated pitch boundaries.
- Please stay on the identified footpaths. The local footpath map can be found by the information board.
- The surrounding gardens and parkland are strictly private and no entry is permitted.
- When using the site washing and toilet facilities, please keep them clean and hygienic for other guests.
- Please recycle where possibly by placing rubbish in the appropriate bins.
- Especially in dry weather, no 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.
- No hanging out of washing or drying clothes.
- Please put any food for birds in the bird tables dotted around the site rather than on the ground which encourages vermin.
Thank you, your cooperation is much appreciated.
We hope you have good luck this month.
'Pinch, punch, first day of the month, White rabbits!' What is the origin of this old yet rather odd 'Good Luck' saying?
It dates back centuries, with the first known written mention in 1420. It is thought to have derived from farmers who carried a rabbit's foot as a lucky charm and so saying rabbits on the special day brings luck.
According to one article even 'President Roosevelt..has confessed.. that he says 'white rabbits' on the first of every month..and he would not think of omitting the utterance on any account.'
We have no idea were 'a pinch and a punch' comes from!
- Large free secured car park for up to 100+ cars
- Free Wifi
- Spacious rooms all with patio doors overlooking the terrace
- Black out blinds
- Flexible room layouts
- Additional space of the Walled Garden
- Choose in-house or outside catering services
As one of Britain’s best loved & colourful group of insects, ladybirds are currently hibernating.
Typically different species will usually hibernate in different places but unusually in this photo you can see they have all grouped together hibernating inside an old farm door.
In a more natural environment, they would sleep through to March or April. On the farm, they benefit the crop by controlling the aphids population.
Fascinated by variety within this small group of ladybirds, from the familiar red with symmetrical black spots to orange, yellow, black and even camouflaged brown ones with 2, 7, 14 spots.
However it is black or Harlequin ladybirds that gardeners and farmers are concerned about. These invasive incomers are gobbling up native species.
These ‘alien’ species were first spotted in the UK just over a decade ago. They come from Asia and America and their numbers have grown significantly. They pose a threat to native ladybirds, a little like red squirrels being overtaken by the more dominant grey squirrel.
2018 marks the national celebration of the life of Humphry Repton (1752-1818).
Known as the last great Georgian landscape designer & successor to 'Capability Brown', we will be celebrating his life with a talk on 20th May & a Summer exhibtion.