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Customer name
Dion, Lisanne, Nikki and Diesel (our dog)
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
28/08/2016
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Despite the hot weather we had a good catch: Sunday: 20 lbs (my first fish- so happy) Lisanne. 36lb 6oz Dion Monday; 2 lb (my smallest fish ever!) Lisanne 26lb 5oz 24lb 29lb 5oz Tuesday: 10 lb 26 lb 23 lb 30lb 6oz Wednesday 12lb 5oz 13lb 5oz Thursday 13lb 5oz 26 lb 30 lb 35 lb Friday 17 lb 26 lb 27lb 5oz 40 lb 3oz 26lb 5oz
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Garlic Boilies and Tigernut hook bait over a bed of particles from Philip and beginners luck!
Were the facilities what you expected?
The weather was lovely, the facility was fully equipped (also doable with a child).
Were you happy with them?
Completely
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
We definitely recommend this to anyone. We had a top week!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Philip and Pat made us feel at home. They ensure that you lack nothing. Also nice that our dog Diesel could roam freely. He definitely miss Lucy,Philip and Pat! Many thanks for the great time!


Customer name
Rob, Sam, Lydia Harry & Tom
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
02/07/2016
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
Smallest Mirror was 17.8lbs and largest was 33lb (caught twice by Rob). Commons 2 x 9lb 1x 11lb . lots of mid twenties. Largest common 31.5lb (caught on luncheon meat. within 10 minutes of casting out)
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Single boilies (krill and fresh water shrimp). light running rig tactics. Rob lost a 'monster' to popup corn fished just under the island willows. Single baits with freebies catapulted into the area.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Our second visit and again we didn't want to leave.
Were you happy with them?
Yes. Keep it as it is you have a winning formula
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Would definitely recommend.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Pat & Phil are superb NOTHING is too much trouble. Phil spent a long time with Lydia trying to beat her personal best, unfortunately not successful, but she didn't care. She wants to come back next year too. Oh.......we all adore Lucy.


Customer name
Colin and Carl
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
07/05/2016
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
5lb & 10.5lb Catfish 2 x 10lb Common. 15lb 14.4lb 24.4lb Common and a 19lb Mirror. This is lower than average catch due to the fish spawning for a couple of days.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Standard Multiple flavour boilies Hair rigs and fake corn.
Were the facilities what you expected?
This is the second time of coming here so we already knew how well Pat & Philip looked after us. This time they exceeded our expectations and really went out of their way, Gite was clean and tidy as usual but we spent most nights in the bivvys on the bank.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
WE WOULD WITHOUT A DOUBT RECOMMEND STAYING HERE TO ALL FAMILY AND FRIENDS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
We opted for the food package. The meals and deserts were all home made and could not fault them in any way. The portions were enormous so hope you have a good appetite. Nothing was too much trouble for Pat & Philip.


Customer name
Harry & Dee
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
01/08/2015
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
20 carp in total 17 Commons from 11lb 11oz to 36lb 14 oz 3 Mirrors 18lb 04oz 21lb 08oz and 26lb 11 oz
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Krill bottom baits over a bed of pellets delivered with bait boat to the willow tree and far bank margins.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Gite as expected very clean and more than homely enough for our stay. Phil and Pat care for the gite and site to a very high standard.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes and have done!!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Phil and Pat make our trips to The Retreat more than just a fishing holiday. Welcoming us on Saturday with an immediate invite to Sunday dinner, which was 5* a brilliant start to our week. We have made 2 very good friends and we look forward to returning on many occasions.


Customer name
Kieran and Alastair Watson
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
20/06/2015
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
31 Carp commons from 5lb to 31lb. Mirrors from 7lb to 32lb. Both caught our PB'S.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fish caught from all areas of the lake, bottom baits, wafters, ,short popups and 15-18inch zigs. Nothing from surface. Krill boilies and popups and cell boilies over a bed of particle mix and pellets.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Excellent Clean accommodation - Great lake. No complaints.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Would thoroughly recommend to anyone, We will be back.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Excellent hosts - Pats cooking is great and homely. Listen to Phil, he knows the lake and is a very competent angler in his own right. Excellent hosts can't help enough.


Customer name
byron, graham, kurt, mike
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
11/07/2015
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
A total of 33 fish with nothing bigger than 18lb!!!!!!*
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Tried everything to tempt the bigger fish. Small and large baits, boilies(various),pellet, floaters, from early morning to late night.
Were the facilities what you expected?
One of the best gites we have stayed in over our last 17 french trips.
Were you happy with them?
Very
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
As a family venue
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Always do
A warm welcome from philip and pat , with a tour of the beautiful gite and superb looking lake.


Customer name
Sally, John, Lisa, Steve & Steve
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
30/05/2015
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
5 x small cats. 6 x 5lb - 10lb . 26 x 10lb - 20lb. 6 x 20lb - 30lb. 1 x 32lb and 1 x 37lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Used The Retreat Bait - far bank margins
Were the facilities what you expected?
Above expectations.
Were you happy with them?
Yes. Nothing to much trouble for Phil and Pat to accommodate.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes without a doubt
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Food package was homely - well worth buying. Four members of party had personal bests. Grounds were imaculate and the visit from lucy every morning was great.


Customer name
Colin.Brenda.Carl and Helen
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
06/06/2015
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
4 Mirror Carp and 11 Common Carp. 5 x 20lb - 26lb 9oz. 6 x 11lb 4oz - 18lb 3oz 4 x 4lb - 8lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
10kg Cell/Krill/Bloodworm Boilies Medium tub pellets and 3 tubs particle mix(from Phil) Krill popups. Fished mainly to the margins.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Everything was as expected,we looked at the pictures beforehand. Very comfortable, exceptionally clean and in a fabulous location overlooking the lake. We had everything we needed.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
We would absolutely recommend it.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
From the minute we arrived we were welcomed very warmly by Pat,Phil and Lucy.We were shown around the gite and we found out very quickly that nothing was too much trouble for Pat & Philip,they are the best hosts you could ask for. The wifi and sky tv stopped working,but they soon arranged for this to be sorted out.We would go back in a heartbeat especially knowing Pat & Phil would be there to greet us.


Customer name
Mike & Craig Shepherd
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
25/04/2015
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Lake record 41lb Common 26lb common, 12lb common, 17lb common, 31lb 8oz mirror, 18lb 8oz mirror, 26lb 8oz common, 36lb mirror, 29lb 8oz common and 19lb 8 oz mirror
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Almost all fish caught from margins on opposite side of lake using bait boat with high beds of bait. Hook link to boilie and popup imitation sweetcorn. Bait bed of pellet, sweetcorn and boilies.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Gite and lake as expected from online description can only be described as excellent. Fabulous hot shower.
Were you happy with them?
Excellent
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Will recommend to friends and family without hesitation
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Philand Pat were exceptional hosts and made our stay very comfortable and welcome.


Customer name
Mike & Julie Williams
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
18/04/2015
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
No night fishing. Slow start, but managed 23 carp (3 mirrors and 20 commons). Mostly dobles but 6 twenties. Biggest 28lb. Quality fish in tip top condition and they ''don't arf hang on!''
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fished to margins with boilies (Tigga and pinapple butric). Also enjoyed stalking with float and sweetcorn. Used 1 sac pellets, 10kgs boilies and 2 tins sweetcorn!
Were the facilities what you expected?
Overall excellent. Facilities are good. Wonderful view of lake. Second time here and seems even better.
Were you happy with them?
Excellent
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes, more of a family venue with children. Not for the very serious carper.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Phil, Pat and the dog,Lucy are very helpful and made thge weeks stay even more enjoyable. They work very hard to ensure that your stay is a good as possible.Phil knows the ake inside out and you would be wise to follow his advice.


Customer name
harry,deirdre,will
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
13/09/2014
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
weather was very hot and humid which slowed the fishing down a lot, we still managed to bag 5 twenties and a stunning common of 38 pounds
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
near the aerator was a hot spot and all margins, mainline baits and plastic corn used throughout the week, bait boat under or against the trees seemed productive until the weather turned very hot
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes and then some
Were you happy with them?
very happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
gite was very clean and phil and pat were very helpful with everything you could ever need


Customer name
Mark, Elijah and Paul
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
27/09/2014
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Great sport with mirror and commons up to 31.5lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Mainline hybrid and sticky baits krill. Lke everyone before not forgetting the margins
Were the facilities what you expected?
Very lovely place for a family holiday.
Were you happy with them?
Pat kept the place spotless for our arrival and Phil was a star. All round nice guy.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
More than you would ever need when carp fishing. Already booked for August next year....say no more!


Customer name
ANDY AND SUE RUDDUCK.
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
04/10/2014
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
35 fish mainly commons. two thirties and ten twenties the rest mainly doubles.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Phil and Pat are always on call for help and any problems very nice people.
Were the facilities what you expected?
the gite was very clean and the best equipped gite we have been to and we have been to quite a few over 20yrs.
Were you happy with them?
More than happy and have already booked for next year.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes of course we would recommend to friends and family.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
All tactics work used mainline baits and dont forget the margins. More than you would need when carp fishing.


Customer name
Natalie
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
20/09/2014
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
68 fish in total fished no night only days. 29 doubles 16lb plus. 19 twenties between 20 and 29lb. 5 30s up to 36lb. Two cats.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Sticky vortex with chopped boillies and pellet fishing margins with bait boat.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Facilities were great,Gite very comfatable and homely. Very hot water and washing machine a godsend.
Were you happy with them?
big yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes have done.
Pat & Philip were great and very accomodating.Happy to help with anything. Fish are stunning and in very good condition.


Customer name
Matt
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
13/09/2014
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
21 Commons in total and three mirrors. Biggest common 35lb 10oz and 8x20lb+ fish plus 5x25lb+fish. Biggest Mirroe 26lb3oz and two smaller ones.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Homemade boillies and baited several spots at a time.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Gite was fantastic and had a look at the farmhouse for next year and that was stunning.
Were you happy with them?
Most definitely
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes have done
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Pat and Philip were amazing and very hospitable. Great tips on were to fish and walk our dogs. Thankyou very much for your help.


Customer name
John Meakin
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
12/07/2014
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
plenty of fish caught biggest mirror 30.5lb and common 31lb 13oz.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Were the facilities what you expected?
Gite in nice location with easy access to supermarkets.
Were you happy with them?
Yes did have trouble with WIFI.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes Pat and Philip are excellent hosts and did everything they could to make are stay even better.
Bait boat in margins or open water.


Customer name
John Green, Trevor Stimpson & Lewis
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
05/07/2014
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
68 carp in total 37 doubles and 20 twenties to all sizes and four thirties.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
pva bags and crushed boillies.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The facilities exceeded all expectations.
Were you happy with them?
very happy and pat and philip were friendly and laid back and were always helpful.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes have done. Over very good holiday and great fishing.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Dont ignore the margins with floater tactics,carp to 25lb off top.


Customer name
kevin,michele,toni
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
28/06/2014
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
21 double carp and 7 twenties to 29-10lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
boilles over pellet.
Were the facilities what you expected?
100% happy
Were you happy with them?
yes and booking for next year.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
only fished mornings and evenings. Fished cell boillies and lots of pellet with pva bags.


Customer name
Martin, colin & Ian
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
07/06/2014
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
20 x twenties all great condition and are superb looking fish. 2 x thirties.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
lots of pellet fished with boillies.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Great place 4th visit says it all.
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
always do.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Colin, best ever 1 day session 200lb of carp. Most scenic lake you could ask for totally relaxing.


Customer name
alan and karen
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
26/04/2014
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
75 RUNS LANDED 63 FISH 7X 30LB PLUS 15X 25LB PLUS 14X 20LB PLUS 20X DOUBLES 6X SMALL CARP 1X CATFISH BIGGEST COMMON 36.4 BIGGEST MIRROR 35.6
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
CELL BOILES FISHED OVER SMALL PELLETS
Were the facilities what you expected?
BETTER THAN WE EXPECTED.
Were you happy with them?
VERY HAPPY
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES HAVE ALREADY DONE IT.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
fantastic runs water, very clean fully equipped comfortable gite,
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Customer name
Martin Evans
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
07/09/2013
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
36 runs, 31 caught. 382lbs of fish weighed in total. 21 commons from 10lb to 30lb 14oz. ,9 mirrors from 10 to 33lb 3 oz. 1 fully scaled 13lb 8oz
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fished to identified clear spots and also chod rigs over salt. Boilie on boilie only with pop ups on chod. Fished 53 hours over 6 days usually between 7am and 9pm. No nights.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Gite well equipped with plenty of sundry items and towels. Clean and comfortable with plenty of space and outside equipment. Location is completely tranquil and yet handy for the town.
Were you happy with them?
Very happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Certainly and am considering returning in 2014. Will recommend to my carp syndicate lodge at home.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Craig & Caroline (and Betty, Caroline's mum) are lovely people, helpful, friendly and really laid back. Helps make the venue extra special.


Customer name
Rendle Family
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
31/08/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
3 carp 15lb & 18 lb mirrors and a stunning 25lb3oz common Roach, rudd and small catfish to float tactics
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Maggot,corn and bread on the float. Retreat boilies tipped with plastic corn and stick mix for carp. Only fished short periods during the day. Very hot conditions.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Very good
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Would recommend to friends who want a laid back holiday
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Beautiful surroundings with peace and quiet. Craig and Caroline are very welcoming, friendly and helpful. Many Thanks to you both.


Customer name
Jon & Joanne Bentley and Irene Jackson
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
17/08/2013
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Cracking first 24 hours with carp up to 28lbs. slowed down when weather got hotter, but still managed a few more.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Single hook baits topped with fake corn snowman rig
Were the facilities what you expected?
Very well equipped, in a wonderful setting
Were you happy with them?
Beauty treatments a must if you have time. Can recommend the pedicure and massage. Caroline is the perfect therapist and really takes care of you.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes, definately
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Very,very relaxing amazing time enjoyed by us all even our dog Sandy.


Customer name
Family Konigs
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
10/08/2013
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
The fish are great and of a good average size for a family venue and the boys loved it with approx 30 fish. Common: 8, 16, 16, 17, 19, 20, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26, 26, 27, 28, 28, 36 lbs Mirror: 16, 19, 20, 28, 30, 35, 36 Fully scaled: 8, 9 , 20
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Simple bottom bait rig with boilie crumb, used curry boilies from www.goeroefishing.nl worked on the river and on the lake, size 8 barbless hooks.
Were the facilities what you expected?
As this was focussed on a fishing week with the family it was as expected.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Nice family fishing lake where a family can fish for nice carp and enjoy wonderful surroundings. The Gite is focussed on the fisherman and is of a good standard.
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Customer name
Phil & Adele Farley
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
27/07/2013
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
6x30's Biggest 33lb2ozs 15x20's 12xdoubles Most fishing was 4 or 5 hours during the day
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Most spots produced fish. Overhanging willows most productive. Best method was boilie over boilie. Pop ups/ bottom baits both produced results.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Everything was above our expectations and we had 2 weeks of very good weather. Gite was comfortable and a great space - very homely.
Were you happy with them?
Thankyou very much Caroline & Craig - you were great hosts and made our stay perfect!
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Definately recommend, but more importantly, would come back ourselves. Met all of our needs perfectly and our hosts couldn't have been more helpful and friendly.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
We've had a fantastic holiday which served as a great compromise for fishing/non fishing. Very quiet and very relaxing - the name 'THE RETREAT' fits very well.


Customer name
Terry & Sonia Crane
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
20/07/2013
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Commons- 31lb10, 27lb, 26lb13, 25lb7, 21lb10, 21lb11, 19lb Mirrors - 28lb12, 22lb6, 17lb13
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All fish were caught daytime on method with cell boilie tipped with pop-up corn
Were the facilities what you expected?
Superb lake and fish Fantastic as normal, second year running Caroline & Craig are fantastic hosts
Were you happy with them?
Food was very good and Caroline's Beauty treatments were lush!
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have, they are coming with us next year!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
N/A
Great place to relax and unwind for a honeymoon


Customer name
M.Harrison
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
13/07/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Fish to 32.2lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Mornings and evenings best because of hot weather.Found solid bags to margins worked best.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Gite very very good.Owners very helpful and friendly.Very peaceful and would recommend.
Were you happy with them?
Yes, Very happy.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Really nice place,The pictures don't do it justice.Fishing was hard because of the hot weather.Disapointed that bait boat was broken on arrival.


Customer name
David Robinson
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
06/07/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
28 carp to 32lb and 12 cats
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
double cell boilie with small pva bags of pellets
Were the facilities what you expected?
exceeded all expextations
Were you happy with them?
more than happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
100% yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
What a week we have just returned from. the Gite is a home from home in beautiful surroundings, I can see where the name comes from as it is tucked away in lovely countryside. and is a real retreat. the fishing was hard as temperatures hit 35 and we only fished a few hours a day and never at night but with 28 carp and 12 cats between us we wasnt going to complain. the hosts Craig and Caroline are a lovely couple who are there when you need them but not in your face all the time like some lake owners. My other half can highly recommend the beauty treatments that are available from Caroline. we would like to thank you both for a fabulous holiday especially the last night which really finished our holiday nicely. cant wait to return
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Customer name
Brian, Julia, Kim & Bernie
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
22/06/2013
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
53 Fish caught, 787LB in total 10 Fish between 20LB & 30LB, 30 Fish between 10LB & 20LB & 13 at the 10LB mark. Brian - 20 fish 15 x commons up to 28.8LB, 5 x mirrors up to 26LB Bernie - 19 fish 12 x commons up to 22LB, 7 x mirrors up to 26.4LB Julia - 16 fish 14 x commons up to 23LB, 1 x mirror & 1 x kitten
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Cell boilies or white chocolate boilies over particles, presented as a bottom bait or snowman to the far margins.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes,the gite was lovely, very clean & comfortable & had everything you would want if you are going self catering.
Were you happy with them?
Yes, we had a wonderful week, the gite was lovely, the fishing was good & the weather was nice, what more can you ask for.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
We all caught well, catching mostly commons, with a few mirrors and a kitten. The fish spawned mid week and lasted just over a day which slowed down the catches for that period but we still caught and it soon picked up again so not really a problem. Caroline & Craig are a very friendly couple, very welcoming & helpful, without being intrusive. We ordered in one meal from the Retreats menu as it was my husband Brians birthday, it was a lovely touch & the meal was very nice. I do feel The Retreats website should be updated, we took food for certain meals we were going to cook & found the picture & desciption of the kitchen had changed, there was no range cooker so we had no grill.


Customer name
BRIAN,JULIA,KIM,BERNIE
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
22/06/2013
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
53 FISH IN TOTAL 10 FISH BETWEEN 20LB AND 30LB 30 FISH DOUBLES TO TWENTIES. 13 SMALLER FISH.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
CELL BOILLIES OVER PARTICLE BUT MOST THINGS WORKED.
Were the facilities what you expected?
LOVELY GITE VERY CLEAN WITH EVERYTHING YOU WOULD NEED FOR SELF CATERING.
Were you happy with them?
HAD A GOOD WEEKS FISHING CAROLINE AND CRAIG LOVELY PEOPLE VERY HELPFULL AND FRIENDLY. WOULD COME BACK. HAD ONE MEAL FROM THE RETREAT MENU FOR BERNIE BIRTHDAY AND WAS VERY NICE.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
ALL CAUGHT VERY WELL MOSTLY COMMONS, SOME MIRRORS. FISH SPAWNED MID WEEK SO STILL FISHED GOOD.


Customer name
Nathan Buckley
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
15/06/2013
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
30LB FISH, GOOD TWENTIES AND DOUBLES FISH STARTING TO SPAWN. ALL FISH IN GREAT CONDITION.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
CELL POP UPS AND THE RETREAT BAIT.
Were the facilities what you expected?
THE FACILITIES WERE EXCELLENT LOOKFORWARD TO COMING BACK AND CATCH SOME OF THESE BIG COMMONS.
Were you happy with them?
YES GREAT.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND TO FRIENDS.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES.
Had a cracking week. Fishing good, Facilities were excellent. Craig,Caroline were great hosts. Had a good lunch out with Craig.


Customer name
Peter brewer
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
23/03/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Although the wether was terrible and freezing conditions allowed only two full nights we still had thirty one fish between us. I broke two pb's with my first thirty (30.2 common) and my biggest mirror (29.5). The fish are in excellent condition and most of the twenties caught would definitely be thirties in the summer.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
I used 16mm homemade black snailz boilies drilled with 5mm cork to a bolt rig. Dad used a single 20mm boilie fished blow back style. We both used PVA bags of pellet and crushed boilies. I caught the best fish with short sessions I between putting bait in the same spots at the same times of the day.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The facilities were superb and we are already planning a return next year.
Were you happy with them?
Very happy indeed.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
The Retreat exceeded all expectations both on the fishing front and facilities. Craig and Caroline are superb hosts and are always there for help and advice but do not get in the way at all.
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Customer name
Peter & John Brewer
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
23/03/2013
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Peter 21 fish commons 30.2/28.15/25.6/27.7/22.8/29.3/27.12 mirrors 25.9/29.3 +12 under 20lbs John 10 fish commons 30.2/27.7/28.5/29.7/29.15 mirrors 29.5/28.3 +3 under 20 lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Peter - black snailz(homemade) boilies drilled with 5mmcork to bolt rig Bags of 3mm snailz pellets John- particle boilies,cell boilies + ghost boilies over bags of pellets
Were the facilities what you expected?
Exceeded all expectations.
Were you happy with them?
1st Class! The misses thought her pampering beauty treatment days were very special and highly recommended for Anglers who want to keep the ladies happy!
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Want to keep it secret as worried they will be flocking from Jersy and UK!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
2 PB's including first 30lb + biggest mirror. Excellent condition fish. Cold weather (below zero) limited fishing to 2.5 nights.


Customer name
Rose and Joe
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
22/09/2012
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
x3 Doubles, x4 20's, x3 30's But only fished 1 night and 2 days.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Cell boilies in the margins
Were the facilities what you expected?
Excellent place to stay. Beautiful views. Home comforts.
Were you happy with them?
Cooking facilities and equipment brilliant
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Definately
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Craig and Caroline made our trip to The Retreat wonderful. Always on hand. Best hosts ever!


Customer name
Mr Hopeley
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
02/07/2012
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
37lb, 33lb,32lb, 32lb, 31lb, 2x25lb, 23lb, 22lb, 17lb, 14lb. All commons except 25lb mirror. Lost a few as well.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Snowman rigs fished over pellet.
Were the facilities what you expected?
everything was 5 star plus.
Were you happy with them?
Great.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Had a great time even with poor. weather lovely hosts great quality fish. Great all round family holiday.


Customer name
Lynes Family
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
26/05/2012
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Fished 3 nights, 2 evenings and a couple of stalking sessions. 11 fish - 10 commons, 1 mirror, 6 were 10 - 20lb range, plus 22lb, 23lbs, 29lb,32lb,38lb commons. Absolutely stunning fish.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Mainline cell boilies. Double cell boilies pulled the bigger fish out.Best area was the far margin by the sunken tree.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Exceeded expectations, perfect for family.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Great location,relaxing and had fantastic weather


Customer name
Len Rogers
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
21/04/2012
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Weather all over the place but caught around 15 with eight thirties of 35lb 8oz and 30lb 5oz and 34lb 5oz all in superb condition and stunningly good looking
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
loose feed and pva bags delivered wth the retreat bait boat.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The accommodation is rather more luxurious than i am used to when fishing so it makes a nice change. Everything catered for even a welcome pack of goodies when you arrive.
Were you happy with them?
Everything you could wish for and more.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
What a place returning in september making it a third trip, in a year.


Customer name
Darren John Jordan Daniel
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
07/04/2012
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
65 fish caught Biggest fish was caught by Jordan 36.10lb Lovely looking fish We all really enjoyed it Many Thanks!!!!!
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
MAINLINE CELL ONLY STICK MIX D.A. BAIT Tried particle no joy
Were the facilities what you expected?
Better than expected!!!!
Were you happy with them?
Very Pleased!!!!!
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Absolutely!!!
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Absolutely!!!
Lovely place Craig and Caroline were very nice people and helpful
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Customer name
Adam Smart & Family
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
31/03/2012
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Fishing Days only 19 fish were Caught 6 upper doubles, 5 mid twenties, 4 upper tewnties and 4 30s. Biggest was 35.8 Common and 33.8 Mirror all fish caught were in very good condition.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All fish caught using a bait under test brought from the uk, I was using 18mm baits topped with plastic corn. particle mix and pellet was used as free offerings.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The facilities far exceeded our expectations as said previously the gite really is a fantastic building to call home for the duration of your stay. I had my 4 year old daughter with me and see also loved it making use of sky tv and also the toys and childrens books that are available.
Were you happy with them?
as above not a single negative to report
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
without a doubt
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Carolines cooking is fantastic and well worth the small cost they ask.
Arriving on the saturday morning to be met by craig & Caroline who showed us around the complex. The gite was stunning and far exceeded our expectations as did the surroundings, they really are stunning and the wildlife on view is beautiful. Red squirals, Deer, Hares, and some amazing looking birds.
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Customer name
Hope Family
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
22/10/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
18 Carp up to 32lb (16 commons and 2 mirrors) and loads of silver fish on float tackle, exceptional for this time of year and weather.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fished 2 rods over a bed of cell boilies and fished 2 rods on 10mm popups with pva sticks, both tactics caught well.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes the facilities were exactly as shown on website.
Were you happy with them?
Very happy with everything at The Retreat.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Would recommend a friend to go as we all enjoyed ourselves.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes we would recommend your services to family and friends.
One fishing with 3 helpers (Wife & 2 sons 9 & 3) We had a great time at The Retreat, very relaxing.
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Customer name
rob farley
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
27/08/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
commons - caught 13 fish from 6lb up to 30lb 4oz mirrors - caught 3 fish from 16lb 7oz up to 29lb 2oz
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
2 fish caught on 2 x 16mm hallibutt pelletts and all other fish caught on 18mm cell boilie with either tutti fruiti pop up or pinapple pop up snowman rig over a bed of partical mix and pelletts - tight to the willow trees using a bait boat, in the corner where the pump is and the opening of the small bay to the far end - only 3 fish caught during the day all others at night due to the weather
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes and more than expected - couldn't have asked for anything else
Were you happy with them?
very very happy with them
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes - most definatley will be recommending to friends/family and also any fishing colleagues on the bank side
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
most definately would and will be doing so - i will also be using the service very soon to book next years trip
Great 1st france fishing trip and great experiance - only want more and will be returning next year - craig and caroline made the whole family very welcome and were always to hand if required at any point. great atmosphere
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Customer name
The Crockett Family
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
06/08/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
9 fish in total, Mirrors 36lb 12oz (PB), 21lb, 19.5lb & 16lb, Commons 29lb 13oz, 22lb, 21lb, 15lb & 9lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
7 of 9 fish came at night. Caught from all areas of the lake ( Margins, Willows, Island and open water ). Corn was lethal accounting for 5 fish others to various bolilie combinations of snow man rigs, pop ups and bottom baits. Nothing on Pallatrax boilies, Nash baits worked well..
Were the facilities what you expected?
We were blown away by the Gite, it was way more than we expected.
Were you happy with them?
Very Happy indeed, perfect for the children ( 4 and 2 years ).
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes definitley
The best fishing holiday we have ever been on! Beautifull fish, lake and surroundings. Fishing was great as was the whole package. We will be checking next years availability straight away.
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Customer name
Sonia Wells & Terry
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
09/07/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
PB of 35lb7ozs, 29lb 12ozs, 21lb10ozs, 17lb 12ozs,10lbs All Commons
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Night fishing proved better than daytime. Method feeder proved best, with maize and single popped up boilie
Were the facilities what you expected?
Lived up to expectations and more. Came here to relax and catch fish and achieved both. Gite lovely and relaxing. Great facilities for all ages.
Were you happy with them?
Definately. Please do not leave as it would not be the same without you two. Amazing Beauty Treatments. Well chilled for the rest of the week.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Definately would recommend. Amazing location.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Good place to relax and sunbathe. Craig and Caroline were fantastic hosts and made the whole experience very enjoyable. Fantastic home from home food.


Customer name
John Grimes
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
25/06/2011
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
Mirrors 36lbs & 27lbs Commons 2x 27 lbs 25,24,20 and two smaller
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Pallatrax boilies fished to island and margins. Single boilie and 'snowman' rigs used both tipped with sweetcorn. imitation pellet and plastic sweetcorn combo.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The plan was for myself and my sons to spend a quiet week in peaceful surroundings enjoying good food and fishing. Everything achieved.
Were you happy with them?
Yes. Absolutely brilliant .
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Highly recommended to anyone who wants peace and quiet and the chance to catch some stunning carp.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
We felt more like house guests than paying guests. Craig and Caroline are superb hosts.


Customer name
Lee,Sam,Wendy,Roy
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
28/05/2011
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
35lb mirror 321b common, 2x27lb 24lb 20lb and many more low to high doubles and a few stockies which were put in the stock pond. A lazy week tbh only fished daytime and im sure night time would have produced plenty more fish but soft beds and beer put pay to that.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
cell 18mm choppies and pellet shape boiles over cell response pellets and fished tight to willows and over hanging bushes/tree's
Were the facilities what you expected?
superb couldnt have asked for more.
Were you happy with them?
Yes very the cool gite was nice to come home to after hot days outside.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Already have and will keep recommending to all i speak too.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes.
Craig and caroline were great hosts to hand if you needed them popping by the lake to see how things were going but never intrusive in any way, but always willing for a natter when about.


Customer name
Shaun Campbell and Barry Godwin
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
07/05/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
3x 30's 8x 20's 10x doubles to 161/2 lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Mainly single pallatrax boilies tipped off with fake corn cast into open water, not much under trees.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Well pleased
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Deffo
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
We both really enjoyed the week, looking at going back again.Craig and Caroline are most helpful when is needed. Thanks to you both and see you soon.


Customer name
Dan & Dave
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
30/04/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
47 fish between us. 14x 20's 1x30 and many more big fish lost at net. Very good head of fish.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies mainly blow back rig works really well.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes everything was great u got everything u need and was good as the first time we went.
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes already have and will prob come back out again next year
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Thanks Craig and Caroline for a lovely week. You are very kind and welcoming.Would recommend to anyone who is thinking of going.


Customer name
Peter & Annette 'The Net'
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
23/04/2011
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
First 2 days blank, then thunderstorm, then 6x20s best 26 9x mid to high doubles 1x bleak(foul hooked but still a fis!) All commons bar two mirrors
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Retreat specials, Trigga Ice and Tiger Nut boilies of various sizes all produced results. Pop ups, snowman rigs and method feeder used but single boilies with loose fed pellet (bait boated) were best.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Although the gite was mainly used for sleeping (I did not fish at night) it is clear that this is a superb family venue with all age groups catered for.
Were you happy with them?
Most certainly
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Definitely so for those taking the family. The 24/7 dedicated bivvy carper would be paying for facilities not required
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Beautiful location. The lake and its surroundings are meticulously and thoughtfully maintained. Hosts are helpful but not intrusive. Disappointing not to have got amongst the lake's larger residents but that's carping for you. Hot weather and clear blue skies meant most fish caught early and late on in the day. Nicely tanned Annette 'The Net' not complaing though


Customer name
Peter & Annette
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
23/04/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Fish spawned last week. First 2 days blank, then thunderstorm, then:- 6x20s - best 26lbs 9x mid to high 'doubles' 1x bleak (foul hooked but still a fish!) All commons bar two mirrors.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Retreat specials, Trigga Ice and Tiger Nut boilies of various sizes all produced results. Pop ups, snowman rigs and method feeder used but single boilies with loose fed pellet (bait boated to otherwise inaccessible spots) were best.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Well described on this site.
Were you happy with them?
Yes.Although the gite was used mainly for sleeping (I did not fish at night) it is clear that this is a superb family venue with all age groups catered for.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes. Definitely so for those taking the family. The 24/7 dedicated bivvy carper would be paying for facilities not required.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Good service from carp-france.com.
Beautiful location. The lake and its surroundings are meticulously and thoughtfully maintained. Hosts helpful but not intrusive. Disappointing not to have got amongst the lake's larger residents but that's carping for you. Hot weather and clear blue skies meant most fish caught early and late on in the day. Nicely tanned Annette 'The Net' not complaining though.
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Customer name
kristian singfield
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
12/03/2011
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
9 carp in total. 3 upper doubles. 21lb. 3 just under 30lb. 31lb and 33lb. Fishing days only and for only around 6 hours a day.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Retreat supplied bait using small PVA bags and a light scattering of freebies cast to showing fish.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Better than expected. Everything we needed were provided.
Were you happy with them?
Very happy.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes and already have to several friends.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Definitely and already have.
An excellent holiday at a beautiful and well managed lake. Very friendly and helpful hosts that made us feel extremely welcome.
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Customer name
MIKE& JULIE
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
25/08/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
CAUGHT 27 CARP DAYS ONLY 3 LOVELY MIRRORS AND 24 COMMONS.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
THE FISH WERE CAUGHT ON TRIGGA ICE BOILLIES.I FISHED TO THE ISLAND.
Were the facilities what you expected?
GREAT
Were you happy with them?
YES
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
SMASHING ACCOMMODATION, LOVED THE WELCOMING GOODIES AND THE BATH. WE ALSO LIKED THE WOOD BURNER. HAD A RELAXING FACIAL WITH CAROLINE.


Customer name
ian,visula,eileen,roisi
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
04/09/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
24 FISH 3X30, 1 X 27, 1X26 AND SOME SMALLER TWENTIES AND DOULBLES.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
I USED THE RETREAT BAIT AND FISHED TO THE TREES.
Were the facilities what you expected?
VERY GOOD CAN'T WAIT TO COME BACK.vERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.MY WIFE HAD THE TREATMENTS ALSO VERYT GOOD.
Were you happy with them?
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
Craig & Caroline couldn't be nicer, really went out of their way to help.


Customer name
John & barb
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
28/08/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
17 fish in total no nights and went out for a couple of days.The biggest was 37lb and the rest in the twenties.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Early mornings and evenings was best. Fishing tight to the trees was best.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
This was our first visit to the Retreat but the 6th to france.The gite is everything you could ask for and is a match for anything we have experienced. Craig & Caroline are on hand and nothing is to much trouble.


Customer name
Jerry & Julie
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
31/07/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
I had twenty fish in all fishing days only.The days were very hot so nights might have been more productive.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
pva bags over hanging trees.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Fourth viist say no more.
Were you happy with them?
great.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
This is are 4th visit and having fished many places in france this is the most tranquil and picturesque.


Customer name
31st july / 2010
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
30/07/2010
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
We had 65 fish including 9 thirties and 15 twenties. The biggest being 39lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
The method we used was particle and pellet over pallatrax boillies.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes the Gite was great.
Were you happy with them?
Yes we enjoyed a relaxing break.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
We thoroughly enjoyed are stay at the retreat.We had the experiance we caught 45 fish.


Customer name
John Mutton
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
21/08/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
11 carp. 5 x 20Lbs plus\r\n1 double\r\n5 x less than 10Lbs (disappointing)
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies as close as possible to overhanging trees.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes, the gite was superb, no complaints on that score.
Were you happy with them?
Yes, everything that was needed was availlable.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
The facilities were great but the fishing was not so good due to the weather.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Craig and Caroline very welcoming.Lots of wildlife to see including Buzzards and red squirrels


Customer name
Steve & Sue Blackwell
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
10/04/2010
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
37Lb common\r\n37Lb mirror\r\n6x high 20's\r\n2xdoubles
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
fished days only caught mainly on trigger ice boilies from under the willow trees
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
We had a very enjoyable time. Craig and Caroline are readily availible to help and ensure you have a good time without imposing on you. Sorry I didn't try your cooking but there is only so much sitting you can do in idilic surroundings without feeling lazy. The weather was dry but quite windy with some warm sunshine. Good fishing!! We would consider returning again.
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Customer name
Paul steele & family
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
03/04/2010
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Mirror Carp 20lb\r\nCommon Carp 18lb,23lb,25lb,25lb,26lb,33lb\r\nNumerous silver fish to coarse tactics.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Mainline Fusion & Richworth Tutti boilies seemed to do the trick. Fished tight to the Willow Trees using a baitboat. Only one person really carp fishing and only days (10am-7pm). Happy with catches for the week but someone fishing nights would have done much better, during day fish happy to hide away under cover.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Superb! For a family holiday, this place has everything you could ask for. English satellite TV, huge living room, conservatory with Pool Table/Table Football, outdoor playground for kids. Excellent.
Were you happy with them?
We've been coming away on family fishing holidays for 5 years now and The Retreat accomodation is hard to beat.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes - definitely.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes.
Craig & Caroline are excellent hosts in a lovely rural setting. The fishing is not difficult, and although Craig is loathe to advertise it I imagine it would be difficult not to catch at his venue... (spawning week aside!). We had a great time, I caught 7 sizeable Carp in the first week of April, Dad coarse fished the week and had a netfull each day to float tactics, Mum & Beverley insist that Caroline's pamper treatments are a MUST for the ladies and William now wants a play area just like 'the one in France'. Just the job, we'll be back.


Customer name
PETE & PAM
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
12/09/2008
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
fISH TO 31LB .TOTAL WEIGHT 217LB
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
BAIT BOAT
Were the facilities what you expected?
EVERYTHING IS FIVE STAR. WE HAD THE FOOD PACKAGE AND I HAD SOME TREATMENTS 1ST CLASS.
Were you happy with them?
EXCELLENT.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
GREAT PLACE LOVLEY LAKE.


Customer name
LEE,MICHELLE,JACK,ELISHA
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
29/08/2008
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
THIRTY FISH IN ALL 5 LOST TOTAL WEIGHT 471 LB
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
PVA BAGS SEEMED TO WORK BEST.
Were the facilities what you expected?
THE GITE WAS WONDERFULL WITH EVERYTHING YOU COULD NEED.
Were you happy with them?
A FANTASTIC FISHING HOLIDAY AND THE PERFECT DESTINATION .
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
A RELAXING BUT BUSY HOLIDAY .


Customer name
Sanders
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
15/08/2009
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
14 Fish in Total inclding 21lbs, 18lbs, 10lbs, 23lbs, 19lbs, 17lbs, 24lbs, 23lbs and 27lbs caught twice. and 4 under 10lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
using bait boat with paticle and pellets under overhanging trees and having about 5kg of bait in the middle of the lake which worked best.
Were the facilities what you expected?
More than expected
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes


Customer name
Sanders
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
15/08/2009
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
14 Fish in Total inclding 21lbs, 18lbs, 10lbs, 23lbs, 19lbs, 17lbs, 24lbs, 23lbs and 27lbs caught twice. and 4 under 10lbs
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
using bait boat with paticle and pellets under overhanging trees and having about 5kg of bait in the middle of the lake which worked best.
Were the facilities what you expected?
More than expected
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes


Customer name
PAUL,RACHEL,CHARLOTTE
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
27/06/2009
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
TOTAL 30 FISH IN ALL AND THE BIGGEST BEING 38.8OZ COMMON.\r\nI ONLY FISHED NIGHTS.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
I fished pva bags to the middle.
Were the facilities what you expected?
YES AND MORE.
Were you happy with them?
WHAT CAN YOU SAY EXCELLENT WE WILL BE BACK SOON.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
I HAVE BEEN FISHING IN FRANCE LOTS AND THIS PLACE TAKES SOME BEATING.MY WIFE HAD SOME TREAMENTS FROM CAROLINE AND THEY WERE GREAT AS WELL.


Customer name
Sue & Andy
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
09/05/2009
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
16 fish in total the biggest being 28lb total weight 26lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
pva bags.
Were the facilities what you expected?
lovely place had a enjoyable week and a great time around the lake.
Were you happy with them?
yes lovely location
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
we had plenty of bread and cheese and wine by the lake . superb.


Customer name
darren
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
25/04/2009
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
7 x 2olb upto 29l and 5 over 25lb total weight 270lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
I hired the bait boat and fished over the pelet.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Had aholiday to remember.Carolines cooking put my strict diet out of the window.
Were you happy with them?
superb
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
great place and lake stunning.


Customer name
kevin and dave
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
04/06/2009
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
The weather was up and down but we did manage 5 fish over twenty and two at 19lb and 11 fish btween 5lb and 17lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
fished boillies over pellet and particle.
Were the facilities what you expected?
we agree with eveyone else the place is perfect.
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Great place


Customer name
phliip and pat.
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
28/03/2009
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
9fish in total the biggest 33lb and 30 and two good upper twenties and doubles.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
frost most nights so fished pva bags.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes they were great.
Were you happy with them?
yes and we had the food package plus my wife had the pampering treaments .
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
great place be back soon.


Customer name
Rosa & Andy
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
11/04/2009
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
4lb, 7lb, 17lbs, 24lbs, 27 1/2 lbs and 32lbs so 3 personal bests for Andy
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Used the Retreat boilie package worked well. Caught 32lb on a single boilie
Were the facilities what you expected?
Facilities were more than we expected the pictures do not do the Gite justice. It is a beautiful place.
Were you happy with them?
Yes very happy loved it all.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes definately
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes definately
Overall brilliant holiday. Craig and Caroline lovely. Caroline great cook and ladies i would recommend you be pampered by Caroline. Fishing was hard at times but worth the wait for what we caught.


Customer name
colin ,gordon ,graham
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
23/08/2008
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
54 carp landed including 13 x 20s to 28lb and 2 x 30s of 31lb08oz and 35lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
boilies tipped with fake corn and lots of partical
Were the facilities what you expected?
better
Were you happy with them?
more than happy
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
A great holiday!
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Customer name
Bob and Vikki gardiner
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
07/06/2008
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Commons:2x 18 lb,2x20lb, 22.8lb,25.3lb,28.00lb PB Common\r\nMirrors23lb,24lb,26lb\r\nPlus 28 mid doubles\r\n\r\n\r\n
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
In line leads,snowman rigs on a bed of Pellet and Particle. Bait boat used to get under Willows and Island Bridge. Spawing bay also a good area.Used Retreat package and Just Baits Marine Halibut +GLM.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes. The Gite was spacious and well equipped and the lake and grounds were outstanding
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Craig and Caroline are excellent hosts and the Retreat is an idylic escape from working life.The food package is good value and Carolines cooking is superb.
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Customer name
Jason Craig
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
24/05/2008
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
6 hour night session 5-20s, 1-30\r\n11 hour night session 1-20, 3 upper doubles\r\n9 hour night session 2-20s, 2 upper doubles\r\n8 hour session 36.10 mirror\r\n\r\nTotal catch 380lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Snowman rig CC Moore Meteor/cream topper
Were the facilities what you expected?
The facilities were fantastic. Far more than we expected
Were you happy with them?
over the moon
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Craig & Caroline were fantastic hosts and really looked after us
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Customer name
V HILLSON
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
10/05/2008
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
First day 20+ and a 30+ and some more twenties to follow.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilles and method.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The gite is absolutely great with evertything you could possibly need.
Were you happy with them?
yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
The bbq was put to good use.
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Customer name
S BARTLETT
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
03/05/2008
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
WE HAD TWO THIRTIES 36LB AND 34LB AND 6 TWENTIES BIGGEST BEING 27LB AND 6 DOUBLES
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
WE USED THE RETREAT PACKAGE AND FISHED TOWARDS THE ISLAND
Were the facilities what you expected?
FANTASTIC LOCATION AND SUPERB GITE WITH EVERYTHING YOU NEED
Were you happy with them?
SUPERB
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
CRAIG & CAROLINE & KIDS MADE US VERY WELCOME.
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Customer name
ian
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
05/04/2008
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
33lb 8oz mirror,25lb,23lb,22lb.\r\n24lb common & 22lb.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
I used the retreat boillies and single glug bait on the hook.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The place is great it has everything and more.
Were you happy with them?
superb.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
The weather was cold so it was nice to have a warm shower and watch tv in comfort.
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Customer name
MR PYKE
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
19/10/2007
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
2 fish at 30+\r\n3 fish around 27lb\r\n1 fish 25lb\r\n1 fish 10lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Well all we can say is change your baits and try everthing.
Were the facilities what you expected?
yes we all agree it was the best few days fishing and eating.(food was perfect).would love to stay longer.
Were you happy with them?
What can we say best fishing holiday ever.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
with out a doubt.
All craig and carolines family are lovely people.They are top hosts.


Customer name
MARK BARR
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
01/01/2008
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
two fish of 22lb and a 29lb only fished a few hours every other day so well pleased.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Single boillies and PVA bags.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Great place and superb grounds
Were you happy with them?
First class
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes and have done they should be booking soon.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
without a doubt.
What can i say, it has everything
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Customer name
terry gould
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
06/10/2007
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
27lb common 25.12mirror 24ib common 22.08 common 20.12 common 20.04 common and lots of mid to high teens some singles
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
bait boat fishing under the willows and in the channel particle mix and boilies bought at venue
Were the facilities what you expected?
above and beyond our expectaions, first class
Were you happy with them?
delighted with everything
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
with out a moments hessertation
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
most defenetly
Craig and Caroline were everything you could hope for in a host. Cooking was first class and Craigs help and advice was superb. They made us feel welcome from the off and nothing was too much trouble. They went that extra mile to make this holiday perfect


Customer name
NEIL,REBECCA,JAMES,HARRY
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
15/09/2007
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
I had three good twenties and five doubles.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
fishing with retreat bait package and fishing where you see fish moving.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The place had everything even our little boy James had toys and harry had swings.
Were you happy with them?
beautifully prepared grounds were perfect for relaxing. Yes very much so.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
GREAT FUN AND GOOD FOOD,LOOKING FOEWARD TO COMING BACK SOON.


Customer name
Matt & Sarah
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
08/09/2007
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
we had three twenties and lots of doubles and lost two big fish.But we both had PB,s.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fishing towards the island and margins.
Were the facilities what you expected?
This was our honey moon and it was the best holiday weve had by far.
Were you happy with them?
Just great and the food.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
Craig and Caroline made us very welcome and we can't wait to visit again.
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Customer name
JEFF & DENNICE
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
01/09/2007
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
DENNICE WHO IS 86YRS AND MY SELF HAD THREE TWENTIES AND TWO DOUBLES AND SINGLES.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
wE USED RETREAT BOILLIES AND OUR OWN BAIT.
Were the facilities what you expected?
THIS WAS OUR SECOND TRIP AND THE PLACE STILL LOOKED WONDERFUL.
Were you happy with them?
YES THEY ARE FIRST CLASS AND WE CAN TAKE OUR DOG.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
YES
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
YES
GREAT PLACE .


Customer name
Mr Mackenzie
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
21/07/2007
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
Carp: 23lb 9oz, 18lb
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
-
Were the facilities what you expected?
Yes
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
The owners were very friendly and helpful. The weather was not very good - rain, wind but two fine days.


Customer name
Jason,kate,mark,emma
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
25/08/2007
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
I had a PB of 24lbcommon and many more fish caught in the early 20s.Lost good fish.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Mainline baits and bait boat.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Great well equipped accomodation and excellent surrroundings and brill fishing.
Were you happy with them?
very much
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
What a wonderful place.Great weather and a fridge full of wine and beer .Who needs more.


Customer name
Kim &Fiona Todd
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
18/08/2007
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
The biggest was 27lb 12oz with other fish.We did loose 3 other big ones.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Fishing towards the island.And fishing the sillt patches.
Were the facilities what you expected?
This are second time and the facilities are great.
Were you happy with them?
There is everything you need plus more.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
This was are second visit and recieved a warm welcome from Craig& Caroline.We had a terrific week totally chilled out.
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Customer name
John mcveigh
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
28/07/2007
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
33 fish with 9 twenties to 26ib. 3x25lb and topped of with 2x thirties.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
we used the retreat boillies as we did the year before. over hanging trees worked best.
Were the facilities what you expected?
As good as you can have.Its are second trip and that says it all. Perfect.
Were you happy with them?
The best weve been to.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes anytime.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
anytime
This was are second time and Craig&Caroline treated us like old friends.


Customer name
Mr N Athorn
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
30/06/2007
Number of anglers
4
Brief details of your catches
Weather was irratic.\r\nBest out was 24lb 10oz. \r\nWould benefit from being netted.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Main line maples. Bait bought from Craig
Were the facilities what you expected?
Excellent gite. Owners very helpful
Were you happy with them?
Yes
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
Hosts were fantastic. Beutiful lake, great location. Will be even better when the stocking increases.


Customer name
Chamberlain
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
05/08/2006
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
Not the biggest of catches maybe - but we didn't fish every day. The fishing was very enjoyable with Carp at 12, 13 and 21 lbs. Other smaller fish. No photo of the 21 pounder unfortunately!!!
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Boilies over particle and pellet ground bait. The method feeder worked well.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The facilities were much better than anyone could have expected - lake and gite.
Were you happy with them?
Very - the gite was incredibly well equipped and the lake was beautiful.Caroline and Craig are excellent hosts. We were also able to get out sightseeing and the area itself is typically French with several lovely towns within travelling distance
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes - we are already reecommending The Retreat to other fishermen.
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes. David at CCFH was extremely helpful in organising the whole holiday.
Fantastic - for the angler and the non angler both. Highly recommended.We didn't have children with us but the facilities for children were wonderful. Top quality toys and equipment for them and even DVD and video players to keep teenagers happy! Everyone catered for.
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Customer name
John & Joe (London)
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
01/07/2006
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
41 fish of all sizes. 8 fish over 20lbs - Best fish 29lb common and a pb common at 32lbs.
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
All caught on Retreat boilies.
Were the facilities what you expected?
Fantastic food and great banter.
Were you happy with them?
Brilliant
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Yes
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
We hope their business goes from strength to strength. Will be back next year. Once again, thanks for everything


Customer name
Andy & Alan
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
17/06/2006
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
48 Fish caught including some nice doubles, 20's and 3 PB's
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Groundbaiting and prebaiting proved wise tactics with pellet working especially well as a hook bait. The method feeder also proved it's worth.
Were the facilities what you expected?
The venue from the outset looked and felt superb, we were not to be dissappointed. The hosts were fantastic!
Were you happy with them?
Could not have asked for more
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Absolutely
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Yes
I wish the holiday could go on, however, as with all good things it must come to an end and a finer end could not be sought with a bagful of happy memories.
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Customer name
jason bodill
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
27/05/2006
Number of anglers
1
Brief details of your catches
46 carp including ten twenties,up to 28.08
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
pop ups blow back style
Were the facilities what you expected?
the grounds and gite were better than expected
Were you happy with them?
very.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
i would recommend the retreat without question
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
a venue for a great family holiday
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Customer name
aaron cornish
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
20/05/2006
Number of anglers
2
Brief details of your catches
25 1/2lbs, 20lbs, 19lbs, 18x2\r\nand many other mid/high doubles . (10 in total)
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
their baits and maize.
Were the facilities what you expected?
better than we expected!!!
Were you happy with them?
yes, very much
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
yes and have recommended it to 3 other people and are very much instested
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
yes
over all a beautiful lake, with perfect facillites.
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Customer name
Colin French
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
07/05/2006
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
21lb and 20lb Common plus 2 other doubles
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Simple rigs worked well caught on their bait
Were the facilities what you expected?
the facilities were well beyond my hopes
Were you happy with them?
Caroline and craig were excellent .Carolines cooking is fantastic and Craigs knowledge and help invaluable
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
This venue is set in beautiful countryside and is great for a bit of relaxation apart from the odd fish or two
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Comes highly recommended
This was my first fishing trip to France and I hope to be back at The Retreat as the coutresy shown by our hosts was excellent
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Customer name
MARTIN BROWN
Venue
The Retreat
Date of holiday
07/05/2006
Number of anglers
3
Brief details of your catches
27lb 9 oz Common\r\n21lb 11oz Common\r\n20lb + Common\r\n3 x 15lb + Commons
What did you find were the best tactics/baits?
Simple rigs! Blow-Back rigs accounted for the two biggest fish
Were the facilities what you expected?
Excellent facilities. First trip abroad and was an absolute pleasure
Were you happy with them?
Could not have asked from more from Craig and Caroline. Brilliant food, helpful advise and always looking to help us in any way possible.
Would you recommend the venue to a friend?
Without a doubt !
Would you recommend our services to a friend?
Certainly would, helpful and informative
Great venue;beautiful setting;extremely helpful hosts; fish in great condition..well worth the money..can't wait to return
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