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We purchased Smithy's Lake in 2017 and have worked hard to create a relaxing and peaceful environment for the perfect carp fishing holiday.
We have two 3 acre lakes, One lake named 'Jimmy's Lake' and one named 'Al's Lake'.
These are both stream fed with a silt over clay bottom and a depth of up to 12ft.

The lakes have not been used for Carp Fishing before we took ownership. In November 2018 we have stocked each of the lakes with over 2000lb of Common and Mirror Carp consisting of upper 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's.

Since purchasing the lakes, works have been carried out on Jimmy's lake to construct 2 single swims and 1 double swim with a maximum of 3 anglers at any one time. On Al's Lake there are 2 double swim and 1 swim with a maximum 4 anglers. This will leave plenty of space for large bivvies on each lake.
Both lakes are situated in natural surroundings with overhanging trees and bushes all around. This makes for a very relaxing holiday.

Facilities on-site include Toilet/Shower and use of a Kitchen for charging phones, bait boats etc.

Our season starts from the 1st March through to the 30th November 2020. Please see availability and prices.

There is a secure parking area fo your vehicle, which is situated close to both lakes. We can transport your tackle to the swim if help is required.

Season Prices


Hope everyone is keeping well.

Due to the current situation we have moved confirmed bookings to later dates in 2020 and also going into 2021 – this will open up the following dates for this year.

*No deposits required at present time*

Any payments will be sorted closer to the time once all travel restrictions have been lifted.

Any questions, please message me directly using the Contact Form.

Jimmy’s Lake:

– 19th September 2020 (3 swims available)
– 10th October 2020 (3 swims available)
– 17th October 2020 (3 swims available)

Al’s Lake:

– 10th October 2020 (4 swims available)
– 17th October 2020 (4 swims available)
– 24th October 2020 (4 swims)

2020 / 2021 Prices 

Per Angler: £250 (Saturday – Saturday) (£150 deposit – £100 payable 12 weeks before arrival)

Lake Exclusives Saturday – Saturday
Jimmy’s Lake: £650 (£400 deposit – £150 payable 12 weeks before arrival) 

(Maximum of 3 Fishermen)

Al’s Lake: £850 (£500 deposit – £350 payable 12 weeks before arrival) 
(Maximum of 4 Fishermen)

Both Lakes: £1400 (£700 deposit – £700 payable 12 weeks before arrival)
(Maximum of 7 Fishermen)

Non Anglers: €80 per week (Payable on Arrival)

**Please note that all deposits are NON REFUNDABLE**

All bookings need to be made with the availability calendar below. 

All confirmed bookings will be highlighted below 

Bookings will be held after deposit has been paid by Bank Transfer – all required details will be forwarded to you by email


Bookings are only to be made Saturday to Saturday only. 

Please use our form below to enquire about Availability

We aim to respond within 24 hours


Above is an image of our lakes. Click to enlarge

For your comfort whilst fishing, there are facilities for showering as well as a four toilets and wash basins. 

Outside is a decking area, Sheltered area for relaxing and an enclosed kitchen which has fridges and freezers for food and drink only, Our Kitchen has a sink with hot and cold water and a cooker.  

All cooking utensils, such as pots, pans, mugs, plates, knives, forks etc. are available

Power points for charging bait boat batteries, laptops and mobile phones are available for 24hr use.

Freezer is available for storage of bait

Satellite TV available in seating area


The rules are sensible and kept to a minimum as your enjoyment of the venue and the protection of the fish are our primary goals,

We would rather rely on the common sense of the anglers visiting our lake.

If any person is caught breaking these rules they will be asked to leave the lake with NO REFUND.

Time of Arrival: 12:00 (Noon), Please contact us if you are arriving later.

Time of Departure: 08:00 – 10:00




No sacking of Fish

Reels to hold a minimum of 220 meters of Line

Minimum main line breaking strain of 15lb.
Barbless or micro barb hooks and safety rings only to be used.   
Line tubing no less than 24″ long must be used on main line above safety rig.

Children under 14 years of age are permitted to fish on the lake when supervised by an adult

Maximum of three rods per angler.
No Mainline braid or leadcore to be used at all.
No fires.
No swimming.
No Stalking
No rods to be left unattended.
Safe zone leaders can be used.    
Please bring carp care with you and these will be checked upon arrival



No other particles or pellets to be used on the lake unless they are bought from us. 

You may bring your own bollies but they must be frozen (No shelf bollies)

This rule has been made because when it comes to baits our only concern are our fish.

Photos are to be taken quickly as possible in a kneeling position with an unhooking mat underneath.

(No photos are to be taken in a standing up position holding fish)

Landing Nets, Unhooking Matts, Weighing Sling, Cradles and Tripods will all be supplied by us upon arrival all anglers will need to bring is their own weighing scales.


We do not allow any other particles to be used on the lake and anybody found breaking this rule will be asked to leave.

Could you please pre-order any baits that you require so that we can have them ready at the lake for when you arrive. (Minimum: 3 weeks notice)

We keep all baits in stock so you can order more during the week if required.


All bait is payable on arrival in Euros (Any bait ordered over €100 requires a 30% deposit)

Bait supplied by NUTS TAC


Bollies, Spod Mix and Pellets

Red Salty Tuna 20mm
Yellow Coconut Maple 20mm
Pink Raspberry Pepper 20mm
Brown Spicy Krill 20mm

1kg for 9

High Protein Carp Pellets

5kg €25

10kg €45

25kg €65


Drilled Halibut Pellets Size 25

1kg 9

3kg 23

5kg 39

Spod Mix

5kg €11

10kg €19

15kg €26

20kg €30

25kg €36



A deposit equivalent to the hire price will be required. This can either be paid in Pounds or Euros and will be returned at the end of your holiday when all hired items have been checked.

***If you choose to fly and use one of our hire packages we will provide transport for you too and from Limoges Airport***


Package 1
Chub 1 man bivvy, bedchair and chair  – 75 per week

Package 2
3 Sonic SK4 Carp rods 12ft- 3lb, Wychwood Big Pit Reel (65). Delkim EV Plus bite alarm set (3) – 100 per week.


Chub 1 man bivvy – 60

Bed Chair – 20

Fishing Chair – 15

3 Sonic SK4 Carp rods 12ft- 3lb – 40

Wychwood Big Pit Reel (65) – 25

Delkim EV Plus Bite Alarm – 20

Weighing Scales (240lb) – 10



Lunch Meal Deal – Baguette, Drink & Snack – €5

Saturday to Saturday – €130

Breakfast Includes: Baguettes with Sausage, Bacon and Egg

 A selection of Cereals 

Served with Tea/Coffee/Fruit Juice

Dinner menu available on arrival (Vegetarian Menu available on request)


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Our lakes are situated approximately 30 minutes from Limoges Airport and 6 hrs 30 from Calais.

From St-Malo to our lake is 5 hr 15 mins.

From Le Havre to our lake is 5hr 40 mins.

From Limoges Airport we are only 30 minutes away.

Links listed below for transport from the UK to France



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