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Carp Fishing in France with Luxury Accommodation

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Where Are We?


The property is located near a small village called Bessines-sur-Gartempe, which is in the region of Limousin in France and comes under the department of Haute-Vienne.  We are around 400 miles South of Calais.

Driving time from Calais is around 6.5 hours, depending on traffic and on how many times you stop!  You can also go to Le Havre or Caen which are both shorter driving times, around 4.5 hours, but the ferry journey is longer.  The drive from either Ferry Port, takes you through the many beautiful villages of France and you will see stunning scenery on the way.  You will also find the Motorway Services a joy, even the locals go to the Motorway Services for picnics!!

The drive is very easy being on motorway roads virtually all the way.  If you have not driven in France before don’t panic its easier and more pleasurable than the UK!  The roads are far less congested than in the UK and very easy to drive on.  However, we would suggest that you keep away from Paris in the rush hour, as this can get very busy.  Don’t like long drives?? Then why not fly into Limoges Airport and Hire a Car for the duration of your holiday.  Flights from the UK to Limoges Airport are very cheap and only a 30 minute drive to Wills Lake France.

Following your final payment, we will forward to you a full Holiday Pack, which will provide directions to Wills Lake France and the Local Supermarket (nothing worse than trying to find the local supermarket in a foreign country after a long journey).


Although the property is in an isolated setting, surrounded by trees, fields and hills you are still within easy reach of shops and the main roads.

If you feel you need to venture out, there are lots of things to do.  No doubt you will visit the local supermarket for your food and drink shop, but a little further you will find the local towns of Bessines-sur-Gartemp (5 minutes drive), La Souterraine (20 minutes drive) and Bellac (30 minutes drive).  Both Bessines and Bellac are beautiful unspoilt traditional French Villages, where you will find the mouth watering patisserie shops, chemists, tabacconist and cafes. La Souterraine being the larger of the three towns has all the amenities you require, which include cafes, restaurants, bars and larger shops for a little retail theraphy.

Why not take a trip to Limoges (30 minutes drive), it is a major city with lots of tourist spots to visit, things for the children to do and local food and drink markets/sellers.

Worth A Visit

Things to Do

  • Golf de Porcelaine

    Golf de la Porcelaine is an 18 hole golf course, providing plenty of challenges with a multitude of obstacles: woods, streams, water hazards. A superb practice area and putting green where you can work on your golf skills. When you have finished your round of golf, you can relax with a round of drinks in the Club Bar. ALL nestled in 75ha of splendid grounds. More here

  • Feeriland

    A wonderful visit for kids, Feerliand’s giant animated tableaux range from a Gaulois Village, Fortified and Renaissance Castles, to a Far West Town. More here.

  • The Lake of Saint Pardoux

    The Lake covers an area of over 1 square mile and is set in a landscape of great beauty. Around the lake you can do: windsurfing, sailing (with your own equipment), bathing on supervised beaches, hiking along footpaths, mountain biking, fishing for under 16 year olds are available. For a supplementary charge you can do: water-skiing, water-wing swimming, boat trips, archery, fishing (over 16s), water toboggan, pedalos, canoeing, pole climbing, sailing club, tennis, horse riding. Refreshment Bars are available on the beaches too. More here.

  • Futuroscope

    A virtual reality park, exploring state-of-the-art visual technology in a futuristic architectural environment. Attractions include a “magic carpet” cinema, with one of its two screens placed on the floor, creating the sensation of flying over land. The crystal like Kinemax has the biggest screen in Europe. More here.

  • Fishing Spots

    If you are wanting to fish on any of the public waters, you will need to obtain a fishing permit (carte de peche), these are on sale at specialist angling shops, campsites, tobacconists and some bars and cafes.  You DO NOT need a permit to fish at Wills Lake France.  There is a special holiday permit, which allows you to fish in all categories of lakes and rivers for a 15 day period.  The ‘timbre halieutique’ is a stamp authorising you to fish in all three departments of the Limousin.  Before you cast your line at your chosen spot, check the category (1st or 2nd) the river or lake is, which fish you are allowed to catch at that time of year and, obviously, that it isn’t reserved for private use.  Never fish on Public Waters if you do not have a permit – in France you will be confronted by the Police!!

  • The Reynou Zoo

    Everybody loves the Zoo! The Reynou Zoo Park is an extraordinary zoological park, nestled in a splendid landscaped park. One of the main features of the Reynou ZOO Park is a vast area of ​​freedom, within which several species come together, as well as in the natural environment. Created by porcelain artist Charles Edouard Haviland, the landscaped park houses an 18th century castle. The Park and Castle today form a splendid classified site. The tour includes 5 km of trails and 45 hectares. More than 130 species of animals and 120 plant species. More here.

  • Aquarium Limousin

    The Aquarium of Limoges is located in an architectural setting unique in France, an ancient reservoir of underground and vaulted water of the city of Limoges. It was built under Napoleon III in order to preserve the city of possible epidemics of cholera. You will be able to discover one of the biggest species presentations in France. More here.

  • Parc Bellevue

    Over 70 attractions and rides, aquarium, mini-farm and tourist train, set within 8 hectacres in the lovely surroundings of the Limousin Countryside. Near Limoges-Bellegarde Airport, approximately 35 minutes from Wills Lake France. More here.

  • Lake Vassiviere

    Lake Vassiviere is one of the largest areas of inland water in France. With a surface area of over 4 square miles, an island in the middle and undulating shore-line, the lake could almsot be a small land-locked sea. It is surround by an un-spoilt environment of heather-clad hills that change colour with every season, ideal for walkers and riders wishing to explore over 46 sign-posted walks (300km of foot-paths, bridleways and mountain bike trails). Six beaches provide facilities for children and bathers, whilst water-sport enthusiasts can indulge in sailing, windsurfing, motorboat racing and water-skiing. The waters are stocked with pike, zander, road, carp and tench which can be fished all year round. More here.

  • Trip Advisor

    Trip Advisor gives you 52 things to do in and around Limoges, from architecture, museums, food & drink and much much more for you to enjoy. Click here