In 2013 Richard got to play digger driver and created the fishing pond in the field behind the cottages. When he started, the wet patch (the reason for digging the pond originally) was very wet and the hole kept filling with water! By the time he finished digging and landscaping around the pond we had had no rain for six weeks, and the pond was nearly dry.
We then made the decision to fill the pond by pumping water from the drainage ditch between the two fields. After two weeks the pond was full. Then it rained non-stop, the pond flooded, overflowed, and stayed so wet over the winter we couldn't do anything until the following spring.
That was when we finally landscaped it, stocked it with carp, bream, and tench and built and installed the fishing hut. Since then, it has become quite established, the fish breed and so we do have lots of fry that feed the kingfisher and heron.
The pond is naturally filled by run-off land drains and culverts. At its deepest point, it is over six feet, but around the island it is three to four feet, depending on water level. We are not fishermen, so we can give no guide with regard to fishing. However, we do feed them and they have significantly grown since they were released into the pond in 2014. Many guests say they have enjoyed their days fishing, and indeed some catch tens of fish a day.
What a great place to stay, Peter has been fishing and I have been painting. Superb hospitality, thank you.
Amazing views, do walk to the fishing pond and just sit - it's therapeutic
Gorgeous setting, we saw deer on the first day. The fishing is good says Dave.