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Birch Pool Retreat Bushy Boys did good


Not knowing exactly what to expect when you know 3 young lads are fishing your lake for the first time we were very pleasantly surprised.  Lewis, Sam and Luke were the perfect guests showing absolute respect to us, our fish and their surroundings, their parents should be very proud of themselve ....more

Birch Pool Retreat New lake record 51lb Mirror


It was with such delight that we received a phone call last night from Claire to say that Jamie had caught a really big fish. On arrival at the lake we were greeted by much excitement and when we saw the fish we could understand why, the question was would it make the magical 50lb mark ? Imagine ho ....more

Birch Pool Retreat Paul's Result


Paul and his son Adam left the lake this morning after being here for a week, his final tally was 10 Carp including 4 x 40's to 49lb 12oz, 4 x 30's to 39lb and 2 x 20's the smallest fish being 25lbs. Considering the weather changes, we were frozen over just 3 weeks ago, and yesterday's temperature ....more

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5th - 12th May NOW AVAILABLE...


 This PRIME week has now become available. Please call 01455 220390 NOW if this date interests you at one of our most sought after venues. Or CLICK HERE to book:   ....more

New Lake Record


60lbs 2oz Common.... Backed up with a 56lbs Common too, oh and the Grassie at 21lbs. Well done David — celebrating a New Lake Record   ....more

The home of Carp fishing dreams !!


Last week saw a return visit by Ian & Caroline, Ian has been fishing in France for a great number of years and was desperate to catch a 50lbs Common. Needless to say we didn't disapoint !! After a steady week of catching along came "Lumpy" the fish of his dreams at 57lbs 8ozs. Ian also ....more

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Situated in the beautiful South West area of Correze. Birch Pool is one of our more sotherly locations where it benefits from a fantastic climate throughout the season. Perfect for fly/drive or self drive anglers and their families, just ½ hour from Limoges airport with flights from Stansted, Southampton, East Midlands or Liverpool airports (Plus others).

Transfers are included in the fly/drive package to take the hassle out of getting to the venue. Many people still opt to drive, where you will find it is a comfortable 7 hour drive from Calais or 5 hours from Caen. 

  • Lake Size : 3 Acres
  • 2 Bedroom lake side lodge
  • Swims : N/A
  • Depth : 12ft at the deepest shallowing to 2 feet at the shallows.
  • Carp Stock : Commons and Mirrors ranging from upper double to over 50lbs
  • Other Fish : Specimen Pike, perch and roach and Cats over 50lbs
  • Lake Bed : Mainly firm with a little silt in the stream bed.
  • Features : One mature island accesible via a rustic bridge.
  • Access : Good access by foot.
  • Night Fishing : Yes
  • Row Boats Allowed : No
  • Bait Boats: Yes

Birch Pool Retreat is a beautiful 3 acre exclusive hire lake. Nestling in a valley, tree lined and totally secure and private it is ideal for families, couples and you can even bring your dog with you. In 2004 the lake was stocked with Carp between the weights of 7kgs and 18kgs with additional stockings taking place over the following couple of years. We can currently boast  15 different 50lb+ Carp and the expected growth rate continues to be very high, 6 of the 50+ are Commons and at least 9 Mirrors, our expectations are for the lake to produce it's first 60lbs Carp in the not too distant future, making for superb fishing! There is also specimen Perch and roach. The lake is fully accessible and has an island, over hanging trees and a few other interesting features. The depths range from 2ft to 12 ft and it has a firm sandy bottom

Bivvies, rods, bedchairs, scales, weighsling, landing nets, rodpods and unhooking mats are available at no extra cost. Bait can also be supplied at more than reasonable prices.

The lakeside lodge has a double bedroom and a bedroom with single bunkbeds and there is a double bed settee in the lounge area, the kitchen area is equipped with everything you need and there is a full size cooker and a fridge to keep your beers and wine cool. The bathroom is fitted with a toilet, shower and sink.

The fenced patio area has two tables and seating for upto 8 people and a large barbeque for cooking al fesco.

Many of our guests are lucky to see some spectacular wildlife at the lake including many species of Birds of Prey, Red Squirrels and Red & Roe Deer, some of our quieter guests have even spotted a wild boar!



Birch Pool Retreat offer a fly-drive option with airport pickup from Limoges Airport and supermarket trips included in the price. Home prepared meals, breakfast, lunch and evening meals are also available on demand should you wish to take a break from cooking.

Driving time from nearest port: 5 hours from Caen or Le Havre.

You will find a full set of tackle at no extra charge to include:

2 x Double Bivvys, 4 x Bed Chairs,  2 x Carp Cradles, 2 x Unhooking Mats, 2 x Landing Nets, 2 x Weighslings, 2 x Rod Pods, 1 x Scales, 6 x Rods.

After much research and many trails, we believe that we have found and developed the perfect boillie, both for the Carp and for the Angler. We have two mixes, the ever popular Nutmix, a top quality tiger nut meal mixed with human grade roasted peanut, bird food, milks and carbohydrates. The liquid attractor has two oils, three flavours and a sweetener which produces a sweet nutty creamy smell with hints of roasted nut.  We also have a Squid Crayfish flavour with Hydrolysed Marine Attractor, this bait has been designed to give you an all round summer and winter bait.
Both boillies are 18mm and are £8.50 per kilo  or £25 for 3kgs
Prepared Particles
Prepared quality maize                 £5.00 per 10 kilos
Prepared Hemp /Maize Mix          £10 per 5 kilos
Available by request.
Although bait is always available please pre-order if possible.


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Ray's 2nd trip but for the rest of us it was our 1st trip to France, we wanted to beat our UK pbs both Carp & Cats. Just like to thank you nikki & julian on a fantastic trip. Not only was the fishing absolutely awesome but to say you both go above and beyond the call of duty is an understatement. N ....more


This week has been what dreams are made of !! The weather has been amazing the fishing even better and Nik & Julian as always the most fab hosts ever. See you in 2012 , will miss the surroundings, the fish and last but not least Nik & Ju. ....more


Wonderfull venue with a wonderfull couple, Nikki and Julian, as owners.Loved the solitude and the many varieties of bird life. Only very slight downside was that the solar powered energy was not powerfull enough to recharge the bait boat batteries, but that was easily overcome as Nikki and Julian to ....more


Absolutely love it here!! Been twice now and have booked another 2 trips! Nik and Julian are great hosts and the scenery and peace and quiet are second to none! ....more

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France is by far the most popular destination for British motorists. Not only is it our closest and most convenient neighbour but it also holds the key to some of the most prolific and challenging Carp and Catfish fishing in Europe. Here's a few hints and tips on how to get there.....safely


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