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Enjoy Fishing on a Farm Stay Holiday

Want to indulge in a spot of fishing on your holiday?

If your idea of a perfect holiday is indulging in a spot of fishing in the glorious UK countryside, then you’ll be delighted to know that there’s a choice of Farm Stay accommodation that can offer fishing either on-site or nearby. You simply have to look for the fishing symbol on the property details on the website or within the glossy new brochure.

Depending on which area you’re looking to spend your holidays in, you may be able to try fly fishing for salmon and trout, course fishing for perch or even set out on a sea fishing trip! And whether your choice is farmhouse bed & breakfast, a self-catering cottage or a fabulous glamping site, there will be fishing opportunities to suit your interest.

Fishing in the UK has never been as popular as it is now and the last year has seen more families taking up the hobby and fishing together. If a member of your family is already a keen angler, perhaps this summer’s Farm Stay holiday could be a chance for you all to get involved too?

The pastime ticks many important boxes, from offering the opportunity to relax and de-stress, to appreciating the scenery, and having a sociable time. It is one of a number of outdoor activities that have been found to ease depression and anxiety and has even proven its worth in helping servicemen and women suffering from PTSD. For children, it can be an introduction to respecting nature and the wider environment.

Here are just a handful of examples of Farm Stay properties with fishing…

Rural Roosts at Manor Farm at Stainfield in Lincolnshire offers self-catering holiday accommodation in luxury pine lodges surrounding a fishing lake stocked with a variety of coarse fish. Offering breaks all year-round in a fantastic woodland location, it’s ideal for action-packed short breaks or relaxing holidays with family and friends who enjoy fishing as there’s also a second on-site lake with specimen carp. What’s more, the nearest tackle shop is just a mile away (ideal for picking up your bait) and fishing instruction is available via from a local qualified fishing coach who will provide any equipment needed and will teach anyone from the age of seven up. Each lodge has its own private shed, for storing fishing equipment as well as bicycles, and some properties even have private hot-tubs – perfect to look forward to after a day’s fishing!

Prices from £250 to £1,100 per week.

Tosson Tower Farm Cottages at Morpeth, Northumberland offers three comfortable country cottages, each sleeping up to six, on a working sheep farm all with the most amazing countryside views which include the National Trust’s Cragside.

Fishing is available free for guests on Tosson Tower Farm’s 3/4 mile stretch of the River Coquet – about a 10 minute walk away ­– where you can fish for sea trout and salmon.

Prices range from £350 to £850 per week.

Kings Manor Farm, between Freshwater and Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, has four spacious self-catering holiday cottages located within a rural setting situated on the beautiful Yar Estuary, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Take a boat out and you can fish to your heart’s content.

Prices range from £350 – £2,700 per week.

Bush Farm, a smallholding near Craven Arms, in Shropshire has a peaceful and idyllic location in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The river Clun meanders past the garden and on through Bush Farm’s fields, home to sheep, goats, horses and donkeys. Guests are welcome to fish the river which has plenty of trout and grayling as well as spawning salmon at various times of the year. It is also home to Otters, which, if you are lucky, you may spot at dusk.

Bush Farm offers B&B at £50-£80 a night.