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Golden Grove (also known as Gelli Aur)


Golden Grove park and gardens contain many ancient trees. There are good quality formal terraces and an outstanding arboretum associated with the Victorian house.

The walled garden is of great interest in being associated with an earlier house. There is also a lake and canal which were probably in existence in the mid-17th century. The house was used by Carmarthen College of Technology and Art (2003), whilst much of the grounds is a country park. The house has been sold (2007) to a private developer and is not accessible.

Visitor Access, Directions & Contacts


01443 336000

Access contact details

Much of the grounds are open to the public as the Gelli Aur Country Park. The park is open daily from 10.30, closing at 5pm during the summer and at 4pm between October and March.


Gelli Aur Country Park is located near to Llandeilo. Follow the brown and white signs from the A40 the A476, A483 or the B4300.


Carmarthenshire Council

Associated People
Features & Designations


  • CADW Register of Landscapes Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales

  • Reference: PGW(Dy)10(CAM)
  • Grade: II*
  • CADW Register of Listed Buildings in Wales

  • Reference: house and stable block
  • Grade: II


  • Mansion House (featured building)
  • Description: The house is in Tudor Gothic style.
  • Earliest Date:
  • Latest Date:
  • Terrace
  • Description: There are good quality formal terraces.
  • Tree Feature
  • Description: Arboretum.
  • Earliest Date:
  • Planting
  • Description: Walled garden.
  • Lake
  • Description: The lake probably dates to the mid-17th century.
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  • Canal
  • Description: The canal probably dates to the mid-17th century.
Key Information


Country Estate


Country Park

Principal Building

Parks, Gardens And Urban Spaces


Part: standing remains



Open to the public


Civil Parish

Llanfihangel Aberbythych



  • CADW, {Register of Landscapes, Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in Wales: Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire} (Cardiff: CADW, 2002) 26
  • Williams, M., {A perspective view of Golden Grove in Carmarthenshire, the seat of Richard Vaughan Esq} (1773)
  • Whittle, E., {The Historic Gardens of Wales} (Cardiff: CADW, 1992) 25, 42, 44, 64, 65