The name ‘Golden Farm’ was coined by sea captains in their ship’s logs because of the fields of corn nearby which were the only splash of yellow in an otherwise green countryside. The estate has been the property of the Delás family for more than 400 years and has been visited by such well known people as the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII and his wife Alexandra, Kaiser Wilhelm and Lord Nelson in the summer of 1800 (although without Lady Hamilton) who slept on his own cot in a small bedroom as respite from his ship, the Foudroyant which was anchored in Mahon harbour.
For the first time, you can not only learn more about the events which have shaped the chequered history of Menorca and of the famous people who have graced its rooms, but also soak up the atmosphere and see the collection of antiques, china and artefacts within its beautifully preserved rooms. The tour includes the reading room which houses an extensive collection of leather bound books and cupboards full of old documents which are currently being catalogued by the Island Council and digital copies made. There is also a facsimile of an unfinished letter from Nelson to Emma Hamilton written just before his last battle.
However, the amazing historical events that have unfolded over the last 700 years can only really be understood by a visit. Once again, this is now a reality with guided tours organised by the Menorca Britannia Association throughout the summer on selected days and times, English and Spanish spoken.
From May to October 2013, tours take place in the afternoons on Mondays and Fridays and are limited to 12 people per group. Bookings can only be made through the Menorca Britannia Association. Entrance fee: €10 per person, children must be over 12 years old. Click here for more infomation and timings or telephone Sheila Lyons on 971 366 206 (evenings only).
Stop Press: Summer Visits Start Again On Friday 3 May 2013