Summary

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Brief description of site

Golden Grove is a late-19th- and early-20th-century terraced garden with yew topiary, blending well with the 16th-century house. Lady Aberconway, the daughter of Henry Pochin of Bodnant, designed the terraces, which lead from the forecourt down to the remains of a 17th-century walled garden. A walk through woodland leads to a mound. Golden Grove currently (2011) offers luxury bed and breakfast.

Location information:

Address: Golden Grove, Llanasa, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 9NA

Locality: Prestatyn

Local Authorities:

Flintshire; Llanasa

Historical County: Flintshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 116 Grid Ref: SJ 088815
Latitude: 53.3225 Longitude: -3.37064

Key information:

Form of site: terraced garden

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Main period of development: Late 19th century

Survival: Extant

Description

Site designation(s)

CADW Register of Landscapes Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales Grade II Reference PGW(C)31

Principal building:

manor house Created After 1578

Designation status: CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales Grade I Reference Golden Grove

External web site link: www.golden-grove-estate.co.uk/

History

Site timeline

1877: Henry Pochin buys Golden Grove three years after buying Bodnant. His daughter, Lady Aberconway, designs the garden terraces in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

People associated with this site

Designer: Lady Laura Elizabeth McLaren, Baroness Aberconway (born 14/05/1854 died 04/01/1933)

Owner: Henry Davis Pochin (born 1824 died 1895)

Features

artificial mound

The mound, known as St Elmo's Summerhouse, is on the site of a bronze age barrow. It used to have a summerhouse on the top.

garden wall

Feature created: 1600 to 1699

There is a 17th-century walled garden.

garden terrace

References

Organisations associated with this site

Welsh Historic Gardens Trust

Cadw Role: Designating Authority

Sources of information

Coflein website

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, 'Golden Grove Garden, Llanasa', <http://www.coflein.gov.uk/pls/portal/coflein.w_details?inumlink=6013395> [accessed 1 October 2007]

Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales: Clwyd

Cadw and ICOMOS UK, 'Golden Grove' in Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales: Clwyd (Cardiff: Cadw, 1995), pp. 92-4

Images

  • Golden Grove, Llanasa

    Golden Grove, Llanasa

  • Llanasa, Old Hall and gate

    Llanasa, Old Hall and gate