Common questions and answers:
1 – How many persons does the villa sleep?
The villa sleeps up-to seven people with three double bedrooms. Two of the rooms have double beds whilst the third has three single beds. The villa has two shower rooms and bathrooms, one on each level of the villa.
Strictly no more than seven people to stay at the villa.
2 – How close is the nearest airport?
Nearest airport is Bergerac Airport being only 35 miles away. Bordeaux airport and Toulouse Airports are the next closest. Ryanair & Jet2 both do cheap flights to Bergerac from a number of airports.
3 – How do I get from the airport to the villa?
You can hire a car. I’ve used Europcar and Avis and both relatively cheap for car rental.
A pick-up service can be provided by a local English lady living close by. Pick up from Bergerac airport only..€70 each way.
4 – Distance from ferry’s and Channel Tunnel?
Calais – 570 mile
Caen – 403 mile
St.Malo – 400 mile
5 – How many can fish from the garden?
There are two main fishing swims kept as natural as possible separated by the tree lined margin so ideally suited to two anglers. The swims are large so you can easily double up on each swim if needed to.
6 - Can you night fish?
Yes, night fishing is allowed and its an excellent time to fish for the carp. If night fishing you must bivvy up & sleep by your rods and not in the house.
7 – Is tackle hire available?
Yes, there are two complete sets(three rod) of quality carp tackle which can be rented.
Armalite or Daiwa infinity rods, bedchair, sleeping bag, bivvy, carp cradle, Fox euro pods, landing net, unhooking mats.
Everything is here at the villa, just need to bring your own reels, buzzers, indicators and end tackle which can normally be carried as hand luggage. Tackle hire is €100 per week per set of tackle.
8 – Is fishing bait available?
Yes, fishing bait is available from the villa and must be ordered at least two weeks before arrival. Quality Nash Scopex Squid boilies & fresh particle soaked and boiled ready on arrival. Also 20kg sacks of giant 28mm halibuts for the catfish.
Nash 20mm Scopex Squid boilies 5kg - €50
Nash 20mm Tuna or Monster Crab boilies 5kg - €40
Tub 20mm Scopex Squid pop ups - €7
10kg prepared Tiger Nuts - €40
25kg prepared maize - €30
25kg prepared parti-blend €30
9 - Do I need a fishing licence?
The river is a public water and requires a licence to fish.These are cheap €32 for a one week holiday permit or €70 for a full year. Permits can be purchased on-line:
select region 47110 SAINTE-LIVRADE-SUR-LOT for permit. le département 47 – Lot-et-Garonne.
Can also be purchased at the nearby tackle shop.
10 - How to fish the river?
Lewis Porter of Fox International stayed at the villa with his partner & friends and did an excellent article on how to approach & fish the river. Link to the article can be found here: https://www.foxint.com/home/articles/a-week-in-paradise/
Steve Briggs did a wonderful winter video whilst staying at the villa with his lovely partner Joan over the Christmas period..well worth a watch: https://youtu.be/zwl63OP36PA
Two youtube videos filmed by myself from the garden showing tactics and some great carp caught:
11 – Closest Supermarket?
Local shops: Boulangerie & Patisserie, mini supermarket are all walking distance.
Large supermarket 1.5 mile away.
Local Street Market every Friday – walking distance.