Three people arrested on suspicion of burglary after ‘urban explorers’ filmed inside mansion

Three people are arrested on suspicion of burglary after so-called ‘urban explorers’ filmed inside historic Grade II-listed country mansion and shared videos online

  • Two men aged 27 and one man aged 26, were arrested on suspicion of burglary
  • Patrols increased around the historic mansion, which is under renovation 
  • ‘Urban explorers’ allegedly entered into the house this month and videoed inside

Police have arrested three suspected burglars after so-called ‘urban explorers’ filmed inside an historic country mansion.

YouTubers entered into Grade II-listed Golden Grove House earlier this month and published a video showing themselves walking around the inside of the house near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.

Dyfed-Powys Police said three men, two aged 27 and one aged 26, were arrested at the property on suspicion of burglary. They have all been bailed pending further enquiries.

Police said patrols have been increased around the mansion, which is under renovation, after its owner claimed that people had entered the rural Welsh home and stolen property.

YouTubers calling themselves 'urban explorers' allegedly broke into Golden Grove House (pictured) this month and published a video online

YouTubers calling themselves ‘urban explorers’ allegedly broke into Golden Grove House (pictured) this month and published a video online

A member of staff working at the house said: ‘The filmers said on the film that they had done their homework and they knew the house was abandoned, which is a load of tosh.

‘You only have to look it up on the internet and you can see everything about the trust. They have actually used information from the website, which makes it completely obvious it’s not abandoned. The house is dilapidated so it has to be very controlled when people go in there.’

The house is not open to the public except by prior arrangement.

Det Sgt Owen Lock, of Dyfed Powys Police, said: ‘We are aware of online videos which have attracted some people to the house, however, despite what the videos may say, the property is not derelict.

‘The owner has reported the theft of goods from inside, which is currently being investigated. Entering properties such as these can be dangerous and you could end up with a conviction for burglary, please don’t do it.’

Three men, two aged 27 and one aged 26, were arrested at the property on suspicion of burglary

Three men, two aged 27 and one aged 26, were arrested at the property on suspicion of burglary

Plans were made to convert the building to a hotel, to flats, and to a convalescent home, but the building remained unused and deteriorating until 2011 when it was sold the house and park to the Golden Grove Trust, formed to make the house a destination for art and cultural activities and restore the park.

It received a grant of almost £1million from the Welsh Government in 2015 and is undergoing a gradual transformation after years of neglect.

The Golden Grove Trust wants to restore the house – and even turn a wing and stableyard into an institute for international artists. It is planned that the galleries will host their own major shows, and important travelling exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.

The 2017 BBC television series Decline and Fall, based on the Evelyn Waugh novel, was filmed at Golden Grove, and in 2018 the house and park were primary filming locations for the film Six Minutes to Midnight.

Golden Grove House

The house was designed by Sir Jeffry Wyatville for the wealthy land-owning Cawdor family has not been used as a home for decades.

It has a Tudor or Elizabethan architectural style, although it is a late Regency, Georgian house and not a Victorian house.

Golden Grove remained as a family house until 1935. 

During the Second World War, it was occupied by the United States Army Air Forces. 

Then Carmarthenshire County Council and as an agricultural college until 2003. 

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