Welcome to Abbey Lakes France
The Dinner menu from the new Abbey food package. Available from 15.03.2013
All new Abbey food packages available from the 15th March 2013
Abbey are pleased to announce that just in the nick of time they will be offering a full-on food package for their Anglers for the 2013 season! There are 3 options available, A) (full English) Breakfasts only, B) Dinner/dessert only or C) the full monty which includes both A and B! All Breakfasts are to be eaten in our Clubhouse, while the evening meals will be delivered to you swim so that you don't have to reel in as the evenings draw in! For those that want, there are a number of options available to the evening menu should you not like what's available on that particular day. All evening meals also come complete with a canned drink of your choice or a bottle of water from the our fridge! For more details on how to book this fantastic package, please email email@example.com or contact the clubhouse direct on 00 33 344 380 866 to make sure you don't miss out on some top notch grub! We ask that you do pre-book this service in advance of your visit and therefore either pay at the time of booking or when you settle the balance 10 weeks prior to arrival. Prices are as follows :
A) Breakfast only €70 / approx. £56
B) Dinner/Dessert only €115 / approx. £93
C) Full package only €160 / approx. £129
Lizette Beunders, has just reclaimed the ladies World Record for carp by banking Shoulders at an all time high 38.250kg! Click here for full details.
Mainline bait at Abbey Lakes
Abbey Lakes is delighted to announce that as of the 15th march 2013, we will now be supplying a selected range of freezer baits from Mainline. These are available to pre-order as well so they will be boxed and ready for collection upon your arrival. This will include the all-conquering Cell, the legendary Activ-8 and also the New Grange, all 3 baits will be available in both 1kg and 10kg bags. We will also hold a stock of all the matching response pellets, pop ups, dips and glugs to compliment each flavour. Please see the price page further on in the website for more details on this fantastic new service
Harle d'Ophove family who had a unique aim in mind, to create Europe's first angling centre for both carp and catfish. The complex officially opened it's doors for business during March 2000, providing fishermen with a choice of 4 lakes.
Fox and Heron were the specimen carp waters, Kingfisher was marketed as a 'Predator' water with a huge head of massive catfish and pike stocked and Wild Boar was initially opened as a mixed fishery for both match and specimen fishing.
The following year, Abbey opened a 5th Lake, Attila, which was used as a stocking lake in line with their strict fishery management policy to grow on and produce only the finest Carp from an on-site facility.
During 2003, the family continued to raise the standard of the fishery and added a tackle shop within the clubhouse.
In 2006 Abbey formed an ongoing partnership with the famous English bait manufacturer, Mainline Baits who have been associated with the complex ever since.
During the same season, Abbey launched a food delivery service, offering anglers the chance to have their dinners served fresh each evening to the swim and also opened Attila and Frog, another previously unfishable water to the general public as 2 further specimen lakes!
In 2009 Abbey undertook a re-stocking program on Kingfisher Lake to add some Carp and selected some of their finest home grown stock ranging in weight from 26.04 - 52.08lb with a view to realising the fantastic potential of this water as a carp fishery in the future! Another first, was the launch of a Winter period 'VIP card' system, whereby any angler who had visited the complex during the previous season could now book and fish during the traditional close season, giving the opportunity of some fantastic sport! In 2011 there was an intensive maintenance and restoration project to
overhaul all the tracks around the lakes which is now ongoing through each year and the provision of a ladies only 'walk in' shower / toilet room within the shower block itself and for peace of mind, an electronic security barrier has been added at the entrance to the fishery!
During 2010 Frog lake reverted back to a match lake and Wild Boar was split into 2 distinct waters to supplement this, creating Wild Boar 2, a new specimen venue for the complex.
Abbey has been constantly involved in offering it's facilities to a number of high profile events and organisations over the years and can list amongst it's accolades, hosting the 2001 European Carp Masters event on Fox and Heron, the 2002 International Match Angling Championships on Wild Boar as well as 2 events that now run every year due to the popularity of the venue, the Forces Carp Classic (formerly the Tri Services Challenge) which pits teams from the Army, Navy and Air Force against each other every October since being founded in 2005. Plus the infamous Abbey Challenge, which began in 2007, an event originally created by Rob Hughes to thank all the helpers and Bailiffs from the BCAC and has blossomed into a healthy competition within it's own right!
In November 2011 Abbey was the platform for another event, this time hosting the Fox Carp Experience, an interactive weekend showcasing the Fox brand, it's products and staff, again another first for Abbey as nothing on this scale had been tried in France before!
Nowadays, the clubhouse itself is regarded as the finest of it's kind at any fishery within Europe and features SKY TV, a pool table, free WI-FI, secure charging points for your electrical devices, it also houses a fully fledged kitchen providing anglers with all manner of hot food and drink, ranging from full English breakfasts to draught beer and selected local wines! There is also an integral showerblock with English style toilets and both hot / cold drinking water available 24hrs a day, a totally revamped tackle store which now holds an array of stock from companies such as Fox International, Avid, JRC, Enterprise, BaitZone and Mainline Baits, and last but not least, some very comfortable leather sofas and chairs where you can sit and read a book from the 'exchange' library should you wish to have a breather from the incredible Fishing!
May 2012 saw the launch of a stunning on-site restaurant set overlooking the lake that borders the Harle d'Ophove's private residence, offering fantastic food in a wonderful location!
The fact that Abbey continues to grow and thrive during the modern climate shows many things, not least that the Family have achieved exactly what they set out to do, create a unique fishery in beautiful surroundings! Their vision and focus still remains as strong today and is being driven forward by their son, Sebastien, the story is far from finished...