We are in the Dordogne region of France and set in 80 acres of beautiful countryside.
The 3 bedroom gite has a swimming pool and the coarse fishing lake.
Jungle Lake has a caravan and a 1.5 acre carp lake.
Specimen Lake is a 7 acre carp lake
We are located in the Dordogne region of France and set in 80 acres of beautiful countryside.
The gite has 3 bedrooms (2 bedrooms have double beds and one bedroom has 2 single beds). The master bedroom is en-suite (toilet, basin, shower) and there is another separate bathroom with toilet, basin & shower.
The fully fitted kitchen is well stocked with everything you may need and overlooks the open-plan dining/sitting room which also benefits from the beautiful views down the field to the lake.
We are not exclusively aimed at fishing holidays, there are plenty of other things to do and see in this area of France. We are in the heart of the Perigord region which is renowned for its good food, wine and excellent French markets; surrounded by vineyards, châteaux and historical towns such as St Emilion, Bergerac, Perigueux, Bordeaux etc. On the other hand, you may want to come just to enjoy the lovely surroundings and take advantage of the peace and quiet in which to have a very secluded and relaxing holiday in the south west of France.
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We decided to move to France in the autumn of 2002 as Greg had always been a keen fisherman and dreamed of owning his own lake one day.
Although we loved where we lived in England we knew that as far as our two children were concerned, we should make the move sooner rather than later in order to give them the best chance of becoming integrated into the French educational system and picking up the language.
We spent a lot of time searching the internet looking at French properties and were lucky enough to find come across this house which was described as a 'Villa with three lakes, in need of renovation'. When we came out to view it in January 2003, the agent could only find two of the three lakes and the house hadn't been looked after for over 20 years. However, it had the right feeling about it, plus lots of potential, and a perfect setting. Our first offer was rejected, so we offered the asking price, which was accepted.
We came back in March to see the elusive third lake, now called Jungle Lake as it was so overgrown, and to sign the preliminary contracts. We finally moved here at the start of August 2003 and so started the process of starting the business and adapting to the new French way of life.
The first thing we needed to do was get the Specimen Carp Lake up and
running and ready for fishermen. We added to the existing stock with
Common carp, Mirror carp, Grass carp and three big catfish.
We restored the little chalet by the lake and kitted it out with cooking
facilities, running water, heater etc. then added a proper flushing loo
and solar shower.
The covered eating area to the side of the chalet was built a couple of years
later and makes a welcome addition.
Then we converted the out-building into the gite and got the Coarse Fishing
Lake ready for customers and well stocked with bream, smaller carp, roach, black bass etc.
The longest project has been Jungle Lake as the dam was in a very poor state of repair when we first saw it, but by the time we arrived, it had collapsed in the middle due to damage by coypu which had made burrows into the earth. The quote to repair it was in excess of €20 000 which was completely out of our budget so we bought an old JCB and a large tipping trailer to go behind the tractor and gradually, over the last few years, we have managed to re-build the dam. Jungle Lake is now destined to be a carp runs lake with some large carp for good measure, and will have a 6.6m delux caravan located at the top end of the lake, looking down to the dam, for accommodation.