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09th April  2016

Charlie & Kim

“Thank You so much for your hospitality, you have made our first French fishing experience one will will never, ever forget. The food was amazing and so was the fishing.  Personal Best Common and Mirror after only one week. You can guarantee we will def’ be back.
Once again, “
Thank you so Much.


09th April  2016

Charlie & Kim

“Thank You so much for the best fishing trip I have ever been a part of.  I broke my PB on the first day at 55.5lb (Fran)’ the best fight I have had with a fish.   Also a massive Thank You for making us feel welcome and the food was just amazing!!  We will be back next year.  There were 5 of us fishing and had a total of 38 fish with an average of over 30lb.”

Thank You So Much. 

Dan (Bizzle) Peg 2


09th April  2016

Charlie & Kim

An absolutely amazing week.
Thank You so much.
Could not have asked for any more from our holiday.
Two of nicest people I have ever met, fantastic fishing, fantastic food.
See you next April.

Shaun and Liam Foley.

09th April  2016

Start of the week, great with 2 x PB ‘s in the first 24hrs.
Fishing then got harder as the weather went downhill.
Lovely, secluded spot to unwind and enjoy Kim and Charlie’s top class hospitality.
All the best for the future.

The Yorkshire Lads.

Pete 1, Pete 2, Tim and Les.

16th –  23rd  April  2016

Charlie and Kim,

Thanks for a great week.
What can I say?
You are both lovely people.
The fishing was in just a couple of hours each day and no nights, excellent!
From fish of 2kilo to fish up to 20 kilo 😁, 2 forties including a Mirror and Common.  In total 17 runs and 13 Fish, all Carp!

Considering to come back for sure!

Best regards from the Dutchies Felix and Anne.

23rd April  2016

“Many thanks for a fantastic week. So many PB fish, smiles and laughs, wonderful food and a simply stunning lake full of dreams. Thanks again for the privilege of sharing this little piece of Heaven and being the perfect hosts.”

Peter, Mark, Gary and Paul.

07th May 2016

“Thanks for a great week of fishing with 2x50lbs, 5x40lbs and lots more stunning fish, food was also superb!”

Nico, Kevin and Lee

07th May 2016

“Kim and Charlie”

Thank you for an amazing week and letting us into your home.
You know win a beautiful place with the fish being absolutely pristine.
We managed 33 fish in total for 1,023.5lbs and we didn’t fish for 2 nights.
Louis, aged 14 broke his Common PB and his Mirror PB several times, topping it off with Fran at 55lbs.
Dave had a great week finishing it off with a PB 71lb Catfish.
I had a 51lb Mirror, 4 40’s and 8 other fish.
71lb Catfish, 55lb Mirror, 51lb Mirror, 6 40’s and 8 30’s
Once again, thank you so much.”

MIckey, Dave (aka Badger) and Louis

Great, such a good week with these guys!

                    An Ode Bears Lake

Dave and M.C, and a boy called Louis
Set off one fine day, in the warm month of May
To St-Saud in France, to Bears Lake by chance
What a vista to see, owned by Kim and Charlie!

The trip started slow, with no fish to show,
Feeling grey and forlorn, the Badger was born.
Fish started to flow, landing nets on the go
But the weather had turned, record rainfall we learned.

The Badger, The Bear, the Man with no hair
Stood on the bank and watched Louis blank!
Louis’ failure to catch, a plan he did hatch
Luncheon meat as the bait, he started to wait.

In next to no time, a big fish on the line
Fran was landed you see, by the boy called Louise!
This story is true, it could happen to you
So go on! Take a chance, go to Bears Lake in France.

Author: Badger

11thJune  2016

Kim and Charlie

Thank you for taking us on at such short notice.
Despite the quite biblical weather we have all had a great time.
Fishing wasn’t the greatest but that’s to be expected.
Kim, thanks for the superb Spag’ Bol’ and for inviting James and I to the Bar for dinner on our last night.
Hope to see you both soon.”

James, Mark and Nick

2nd July  2016


Kim & Charlie


“We would like to thank you for a fantastic week of fishing, great food, great service and being more than helpful all week.
Thank you for inviting us into your home and being more than accommodating and friendly.
Doogie and Jessie…well! What can I say! We will definitely miss those two fur Babies!
All in all, we are gutted to have to leave this place but looking forward to coming back next year.
Keep in touch.”

“48 fish totalling 1159lb Absolutely awesome!”..

Love from.

Joyce, Paul, Garry & Linsey

9th July  2016

Kim & Charlie

“Thank you for a great week.
You looked after us amazingly.
Great hosts and food was great, although the fishing was hard at times, we ended up with a 30lb PB for Tracey, 34lb Grass Carp for Warren (Wozza) and the icing on the Cake for Kev was a lake record Catfish for Kev of 105lb!
Total of 34 fish, 10 lost with an average weight of 27.3lb.
Just like to add, we have been to France a few times fishing, but this time we couldn’t have picked a more beautiful location and brilliant people.”

We look forward to coming back and having drinks and chin wag at swim 3 of an evening.
Cheers……. Guy, Kev, Tracy, Warren and Simone.

P.s would love to thank Kimbers for taking me swimming and sight seeing, had a fantastic time! You are amazing…

16th July 2016

Kim and Charlie

Tom and I had a fantastic week, no better way for a Dad and Son to bond…catching…
Food was outstanding, hospitality first class and the accommodation perfect.
What a beautiful setting and location. Wildlife abundant, Snakes, Frogs, Water Voles, beautiful Blue, Blue Kingfisher and Old Spike the Hedgehod for his evening tit-bit after the Ducks had had their fill.
All just so relaxing.

Fishing was tough, plenty of Fish but we lost 3, still that’s fishing.
Just such a professional set up.
Charlie, thank you so much for tying the rigs, it was just fantastic for you to do that.
Kim, thanks for everything, you have been wonderful.
All the best, see you next year.

Ray and Tom Third.

30th July 2016

Fabulous weather.
Well looked after.
Brilliant food.
Excellent fishing, not so good catching.
But, as always, we enjoyed our week and have already started planning the next.
Chris even enjoyed his dip in the lake!
All the best ’til next year.

Andy, Chris and Stevie

6th August 2016

We had a nice week, the weather was great, the fishing started difficult but later in the week it went better.
We caught 2 Catfish, the first was 31kilo, the second was 0.5kilo.
Overall we had 12 carp and 1 duck!
We started with the Duck on our first day.
The biggest Carp was 20.2kilo, the smallest was 6kg.
We had a great time, the lake is great.
The hospitality was very, very good.

All the best wishes

Marcel, Yvonne, Alex and Vera

13th August 2016

Kim and Charlie

“First of all we just want to say how beautiful the lake is and what a lovely place to come on Holiday to. You both went out of your way to make our surprise happen and we can’t thank you enough for this. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay and couldn’t have asked for better people to have looking after us. Unfortunately the Carp didn’t like the men very much but the 71lb Catfish did show an appearance. Many thanks to you both and keep up the good work!”

Love the Peperells and Cridlands.

27th August 2016 

Two Week Stay

“Well, it’s our third visit so you’ll know that we love it here with a passion!
Jim has had a fantastic record breaking catch which was amazing and I have had a wonderful, relaxing time.
I really enjoyed my nature, dog walking each morning with Charlie and I hope to remember the names of all the fabulous things I saw and was taught the names of.
We also loved your company so much our dear friends and are so very fond of your good friends too.
We wish you every success for another year and will see you all next September.”

Fondest Love Gill and Jim.

10th September 2016 

Two Week Stay

“Well! What can we say! Kim and Charlie, who own the lake are fantastic hosts we had some great nights with them. The lake is awesome, the apartment is great and the food is excellent (Charlie, you should go on Master Chef). The fishing is not easy, but if you follow Charlie’s advice and have good rigs and bait the fish will come. Took me, Ged, until Weds’ night to catch but by Sat’ I had 5 fish, 2 20 lbs, 1 45lbs and a small Catfish. Lee has had 6 Carp, 5 20lb+ Mirrors and 1 small Common. 2 Catfish 69lb and 16lb. Kim and Charlie you have been great, can’t wait to return in 2017.

Thanks again,

Dan & Lee

17th October  2015

Kimbers and Bear (Charlie) + Doogie

“Well I don’t know where to start, thank you so much for a gorgeous week. It has been beautiful and very relaxing. You two are such incredible people, the most kind, caring and attentive people we’ve met.  Thank you so much for such excellent food – I think Bear is secretly a chef! We have eaten like kings and queens. The lake is beautiful although we have really struggled to catch fish. You have both been trying to do everything to help us including putting up a bivvy outside your house. Such incredible people who always go the extra mile for their customers. We will be back in May.” Thank you.


Ash and Harley

3rdOctober  2015

“We have had the most wonderful two week holiday and it’s our second time back here this year. Jimhas done amazingly well with his fishing. Using the pop-up sweetcorn method he has caught 19 fish weighing in at 615lbs. All carp and many personal bests. There is something very magical and special about being here will all the beautiful nature and warm hospitality. We both feel so calm and refreshed. You have a very special piece of heaven here and we hope to visit it again very soon, in fact we have already promised 2 weeks from the end of next August. We leave with sadness today but happy in the knowledge that we are soon to return to this fishing utopia.”

Thank you guys for all your help, hospitality and advice.

Fondest love

Gill and Jim Lacey

19th September  2015

Charlie & Kim “Many thanks for a great week and for your very warm hospitality. Despite the slow fishing we managed to put some very nice fish on the bank – even Neil caught something!”

Long may you continue to enjoy your beautiful lake.  We hope to return soon.

All the very best.

Andy, Geoff, Mark & Neil

29th August 2015

Charlie and Kim

“We would like to thank you for a great week’s fishing, much fun had by all. Special thanks for the fantastic food. Although a hard week’s fishing we all caught something memorable. Definitely look forward to booking again to see if we can tame the lake next time.”

Many thanks

Mark, Jack and James

22nd August 2015

“Great hospitality, great nature, great fishing” – 27 fish, Carp up to 20.1kg, Catfish up to 31.7kg.

Rob, Nick, Deon and Leon

1st August 2015

“Great week, hard fishing due to the very hot weather bit still had some PB’s and quality fish. Very well looked after by Bear and Kimbers! Great food as always. Another fantastic week.”

Cheers and see you next time.

Andy, Stevie, Harley, Harry and Ben

30th July 2015

Dear Kim and Charlie

“Thank you so much for your hospitality this week. We enjoyed every day of it. It was perfect for us to combine relaxation with fishing and we would recommend this place to every fishing couple. We will definitely come back and we are wishing you all the luck in the world.”


Quint and Pebbles form Amsterdam

4th July 2015

Kim and Charlie

“Thank you for a lovely week at your outstanding lake. Your hospitality was second to none. Food was lovely, lake info and fishing great considering the high temperatures.”

4 fish all on zigs – 28lb 8oz Common, 17lb Mirror, 24lb Mirror (pb Mirror) and 29lb 8oz Common (pb).

Will definitely be returning for the bigger fish.

All the best

Mark and Sally

4th July 2015

“We have had a lovely weeks holiday staying here – weather been fantastic for the girls – still I caught my personal best with an 89lbs Catfish. Unfortunately I lost another Catfish and five Carp (on zigs) but I will be back for a 50lber.

Charlie and Kim have been great and very helpful. The camp site up the hill is very friendly with lovely food as was the breakfast we had here every day. All in all a lovely holiday.”

Edwin and Joanne XXXX

27th June 2015

Dear Kimbers and Bear

“This was a legendary week. Not just because of the fish (catching 16 in 7 days in average temperatures of 35 degrees) but also the laughs, Doogie, ducklings, bears stories, food, sun, beer, dragon fires etc. we absolutely loved your company and accommodation.

Meeting you (plus the other lovely people we met during our nightly beer rounds) was an absolute pleasure and we can’t wait till our next booking.”

We wish you all the best and let’s keep in touch. See you in a few months.


Victor and Desiree

5th June 2015

Kim and Charlie

“Great food and great hospitality. Nothing was too much trouble. Thanks from Phil for a special  60th birthday away from home – champagne and cake and BBQ!”

Martin – Mirror 49lb 8oz personal best
Phil – Common 40lb personal best
Gary – Mirror 44lb 4oz

Total fish – 15 including 7 above 30lbs. Hard fishing at times but quality superb!

All going home happy.

Thank you and Good Luck

Phil, Martin & Gary

16th May  2015

“We had the most wonderful, fabulous, 10 days. Wow, wow, wow! You are the most fantastic hosts and you made us feel so welcome.  The fishing was incredible. Jim caught his pb at the eleventh hour followed by a second wonderful fish only twenty minutes later.
It goes without saying that we have already re-booked and are returning in less than five months. We wish you both every success in you new business but secretly we know that once everyone finds out your secret you will be inundated.”

Thank you guys for making our holiday so memorable for all the right reasons.

Fondest love

Gill and Jim Lacey


18th April 2015

Kim and Charlie

“Thanks for yet again a brilliant stay at Bears Lake. Food and hospitality have been outstanding! Fishing great as always. See you next year.” Can’t wait to come back later this year and fair better on the fishing and enjoy the food once more.” Speak soon…. Steve, Dan and Ray (Bowler)

9th April 2015

“Despite the difficult fishing conditions (and mediocre angling!) it was a fantastic week with you. The food was absolutely unparalleled and your hospitality likewise. Nothing at all was too much trouble, even rowing me out to land a big cat, as well as wading in waist deep to untangle ‘Alfie’ the big common from the tree in the shallows..

Can’t wait to come back later this year and fair better on the fishing and enjoy the food once more.”

Speak soon….

Andy and Stuart

18th October 2014

“After 10 visits this is still our favourite lake and we are pleased to say the new owners have gone out of their way to keep it that way, we had 18 fish in changeable October weather with three 30s included. The food was fantastic and our only disappointment was having to leave after only 7 days. :-)… Best wishes to you both for the future, see you next year”

Thanks again, will keep in touch…. Andy L

27th September 2014

Dear Kim and Charlie

“Though you arrive only two days before us, you’ve made us so welcome in your new home! Thank you.
Out of our six days fishing we had two quiet days, but caught nine good fish including one of the biggest in the lake at 51.5lbs!! Good luck and best wishes for this new adventure in your lives. We wish tight lines and happy visitors!”

Gelly and Chris Sandford.


20th September 2014


Tim & Charlie would like to thank you so much for making our first family holiday so special.  Andrew was thrilled with the fish he caught’ the carp were “huge”.  The food was amazing, the location so beautiful, so much to see and do. We will be booking up again very soon!  good luck in your new adventure.

Tim & Charlie