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Sweet Chestnut Lake Tel:  

Spring fed mature lake of just under 4 acres. We are a runs water with carp of all sizes & our lake record currently stands at An excellent apartment is available within the main house located on the lake side. A food package is also available if required. Carp fishing lakes in France really dont get much better that Sweet Chestnut Lake. Located in the centre of the Perigord Limousin Naturel Regional Park this area offers a greenery of verdant growth & valleys in a region crossed by a myriad of rivers, lakes & streams. Sweet chestnut carp fishery is positioned midway between the large towns of Limoges, Perigueux & Angouleme, approximately a 50 minute drive from each. We are just below the Limousin border in the very desirable department of the Dordogne. Our carp lake nestles in attractive woodland, 3 kms north of Saint Saud Lacoussiere a small & attractive village with a few shops a couple of bars & 2 character hotels. The towns of Nontron, Cussac, Chalus & Thiviers all have supermarkets & are each only a 15 minute drive THE LAKE, A beautiful stream & spring fed mature carp lake of just under 4 acres 200 metres long & 70 metres wide. Depths vary from 1 metre where the stream enters to up to 5 metres at the dam end. Sweet chestnut carp lake has a certificate of Private Status awarded by the Department of Agriculture & Forestry which we secured in 2007. This means anglers do not need to buy any form of licence, there are no seasonal restrictions & fishing is permissible 24 hours a day. Levels are always maintained in the lake by the incoming streams & also by springs that can be seen bubbling from the lake bed. In the severe drought in France in summer 2006 when many lakes actually dried up, sweet chestnut lake retained its full height. The lake bed has a combination of rock clay & silt there is no significant weed or snags. Half of the carp lake has lovely flat grassed banks, level with the waters edge. The remaining half is left more undisturbed as a wild life haven but we have created access points for anglers between the trees ideal for stalking. The lake is surrounded by native woodland with the predominant tree species being Sweet Chestnut & Oaks with Birch, Alder, Poplar & Willow also in abundance. Beneath the tree canopy is a profusion of other native vegetation, including Gorse & Broom, Alder Buckthorn & Bracken. Orchids have been seen growing in the shade of the trees. THE FISH, The lake contains at least 2 tonnes of carp which equates to over 200 fish. Half of this weight comprises carp of the fast growing Czechoslovakian Royale Strain, supplied by premier French fish dealer Simon Horton. These big framed fish mostly mirror carp are gorgeous specimens which have made huge weight gains since they were stocked in the winter of 2006 & 2007. We now have a good head of upper 30s to upper 40s with a lake record of 54lbs.4oz. DONT FORGET TO LET THEM KNOW WHERE YOU FOUND THEM
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