We take a look at a new and exciting venue in France, where the emphasis is on great fishing in stunning surroundings.....
Every now and then a venue comes to my attention that makes me stop and take note for future reference. La Frotiere in South West France is a stunning 4 acre lake with luxury accommodation that ticks all the boxes. The anglers will just love the fishing on offer at La Frotiere, there are carp to over 47lb and stacks of 30lb plus specimens to target, enough to keep any angler busy.
La Frotiere is owned and run by Heath and Lisa who have invested heavily to make the venue appealing to both families, couples and groups alike. Kids will love the swimming pool that overlooks the lake and the luxury accommodation is up there with the very best I have ever seen. There is plenty to do locally with theme parks only 60 mins away and closer by you will find beautiful, old historic french towns with cobbled streets ancient buildings and plenty of good restaurants, museums and walks along meandering rivers.
For those willing to travel slightly further you have the incredible seaside town of La Rochelle, famous for it's amazing seafood and clean, white, sandy beaches!
Despite only opening it's doors in 2019, La Frotiere has been part of the French countryside for many years and the fishing is not too shabby either. Set in a valley in 8 acres of French countryside and surrounded by fields and pasture, La Frotiere is about as well established as any lake I have seen in France.
There are 4 swims spread around the 4 acre lake, one of which is a decent sized double, all gravel lined so even in the wet weather you will be comfortable and dry underfoot. The lake itself has numerous features and Heath and Lisa will ensure you have all the information you need to tempt a few of it's residents into the bottom of your net. The fishing can only be described as easy to moderate with plenty of big fish to go at, but as with any venue a little thought and effort will go a long way. Bait boats are permitted if used sensibly and they are perfect for getting a rig under the tree canopy.
Sensible rules are in place for the protection of the fish and the anglers and it was refreshing to see a lake offering good quality particles baits brewed freshly on site, along with two boilie mixes that are well worth a look if you are unsure what to take with you.
The Gite is truly exceptional and sleeps up to six comfortably, with two en suite bedrooms and a double sofa bed also. There is a luxury kitchen for preparing your meals and a charming outside space with BBQ that is perfect for a late supper and a glass of the excellent local wine. To take the edge off there is a log burner in the lounge, perfect for those early and late season breaks. Talking of which, bookings are un surprisingly coming in thick and fast, with the summer of 2021 already filling nicely so get in quick if you want prime time school holiday availability.
Many anglers associate carp fishing in France with living in a bivvy for a week with their pals, chasing 60lb fish BUT La Frotiere is one of a few venues that is aimed at the complete family holiday. Having said that, a group of anglers may well like a touch of luxury and a few home comforts, not to mention La Frotiere being a lovely break for a couple who want seclusion and privacy. All boxes well and truly ticked!
Another notable extra that is on offer is the fantastic food package, consisting of a full english or continental style breakfast and a 2 course evening meal with a dessert or selection of cheese. Starting at just £75 for the week, it is a great option for those who want to take the food hassle out of their holiday and be well and truly looked after!
The fish are growing at a ferocious rate and I feel it won't be long before La Frotiere's first 50lb carp rolls into one very lucky anglers net.
Lisa had this to say about her own slice of heaven......
'We cater for both anglers and their families, offering carp fishing holidays in the beautiful French countryside of the Deux-Sevres. We are a tranquil French holiday location set in 8 acres of land with the lake being just under 4 acres in size. You can fish and relax amongst the lilly pads, willow trees with nothing but dragonflies and deer for company. Our beautiful, well equipped Gite has a lovely swimming pool overlooking the lake and sleeps 6 in sumptuous comfort!'
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