Last weekend we decided to try camping for the first time ever.
View of the site from our tent
As it was our first time (and also camping with a dog), we decided to choose a camp site close to home which would be quiet and offer the perfect opportunity to test out all of our shiny new kit and see if our 4 legged little one would enjoy it.
Overall we enjoyed our 1 night stay very much and would love to return again when we next need some peace and tranquillity.
We’ve written an article about our experience here.
Location and cost
View of the field at the rear of the tent
Address – Golden Grove, Piccotts Lane, Gt Saling, Braintree, Essex CM7 5DW.
£10 per night for tents. (if electricity required then £2 extra).
£15 per night for caravans.
The toilet and wash room. Lilly didn’t want to be left out.
There’s not much in the way of facilities on-site but that is most certainly by design and exactly why we chose to stay here. We wanted a small, quiet campsite to test out our equipment which was dog friendly and that’s exactly what we got.
Gate leading into the sheep field
There’s no shower facilities here but there is a clean toilet and washroom which includes a washing machine and sink with hot water.
A map of the Golden Grove Caravan Park
The tent area looks small but it can comfortably fit about 5 or 6 decent sized tents.
Other facilities include:
- Adults only
- Hard-standing and grass pitches
- Electricity hookups available
- Several drinking water taps
- Single toilet
- Washing up/washing machine/local info room
- Chemical disposal point
- Common seating/BBQ area
- Dogs welcome
How long did we stay
1 night. This was basically a test-out-the-equipment-and-see-how-the-dog-gets-on stay.
Checking in/first day
The caravan and tent area. Quite an intimate but well laid out site
We pre-booked via email and so already knew to rock up and set ourselves up next to Pitch 9 which is next to the tent area. As there’s no reception, we turned up and got ourselves settled in and was advised by a very friendly Louise that someone would be along that afternoon to make sure we were settled OK and to collect payment (cash only as no card facilities on-site).
First impression was positive and the weather was pretty damn perfect, if not a little too hot especially for England!
The tent area is pretty small but will comfortably fit 5 or 6 decent sized tents.
The site was clean and well kept with the tent area being well mowed and clear of debris.
We had plenty of room to park the car, pitch the 4 person tent, set up a couple of chairs and a table for cooking on without getting too close to any other tents.
Out and about/local area
The local public footpath
If you’re around for more than one night or would like a couple of things to do in the local area then check these places out:
Gallery in the Garden
A hat tip goes out to the owners of the camp site who also own Gallery in the Garden.
Located right next to the site, these well kept historic gardens feature tea rooms, art exhibits, talks, concerts, tours and venue hire. They’re open from Wednesday to Sunday 2-5pm from 23rd April and well worth a visit if you’re staying during those times.
There’s plenty of walking available in this area with footpaths going on for miles.
Click the link above and search for East Lodge Great Saling for the paths around the site. These walks treat you to super quiet and wonderful views of farmers field and good Essex countryside.
Just a few minutes away there’s a perfect opportunity to go plane spotting with a spot of lunch and a drink.
The local airfield is hugely popular and planes fly low over the camp site all day. It may sound annoying but it’s actually really fun to watch.
The airfield has a bar and restaurant which is open to the public so you can watch the planes taking off and landing whilst enjoying a cheeky shandy or two.
You will need to drive a few minutes from the site to get here but it’s definitely worth it. They have a bunch of activities available for adults and children including, but not limited to:
- Restaurant and tea room
- Take away fish and chips
- A bunch of shops
- A maize maze
- Minigolf and playgound
- Hot air balloon rides
- Many other seasonal events
Would we go back?
View of the local farmers fields
The Golden Grove Caravan Park is run and visited by friendly people and offers a perfectly intimate site for new and seasoned campers alike.
Have you visited here before? Got any recommendations for other camp sites? Let us know in the comments.