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Articles about BletiereA woman’s perspective!
Oct 2008 by Julie Slater
Having just returned from a second visit to La Bletiere, I felt I should put a few words together to describe this holiday venue from a non-anglers point of view.
Our first visit was in August this year, and having never been on a ‘fishing’ holiday before, I was a bit dubious about what to expect (I had visions of basic accommodation and wondered what I would do all day whilst my partner was fishing). All I can say is that I was in for a very pleasant surprise.
Immediately on arrival, we were made to feel welcome by the owners, John and Lesley and Whispa the Labrador. The accommodation is exceptional, a beautifully furnished gite with a spacious double bedroom and views overlooking the lake, a further large bedroom that sleeps three, large shower room and downstairs an open plan living/dining area with fully equipped kitchen, satellite TV, DVD and CD player.
As to what I would do during the day, where to start? The grounds are stunning, the lake and surroundings are beautifully maintained, with walks through the woods on the opposite side of the lake. Even as a non angler it was a joy to be able to relax at the side of the lake on a sun lounger with a book and a glass of wine watching the kingfishers, dragonflies, butterflies and various other wildlife.
We took the evening meal option, so apart from rustling up the occasional bacon sandwich for my fishing partner I had no cooking to do all week (much to my partner’s delight as well as mine!) The meals provided by Lesley were one of the highlights of the holiday and I would recommend taking this option.
This is an ideal venue for a family holiday. Fishing nets are provided for children to use in the stream, there is plenty of open space and places to visit nearby. A typical French village is only a few minutes drive away, with a bar where you can get the plat de jour for around €6 and a shop that sells most things you might need.
Approximately 15 minutes away is the picturesque town of La Ferté Bernard. Here you can visit the lake with a beach, hire a boat on the canal, catch the holiday road train, stroll round the weekly market or watch the world go by whilst having a coffee or beer outside a street café. I have to admit though, that it was always nice to get back to Bletiere and a bit more relaxing by the lake!
I can honestly say that this was the best week’s holiday I have ever had up until that point, and one of the first things we did on arrival back in the UK was book to go back to Bletiere again - 6 weeks later!
We both wondered whether we would enjoy this second week as much as the first, but in all honesty it surpassed the first visit. I had no worries about what to expect on arrival, my partner knew he would enjoy the fishing (a minor detail) and we were greeted warmly in the village bar and shop, and some of the locals when we returned.
Even the weather was kind to us and I managed to get in some sunbathing even though it was the middle of October. This time though, my partner’s enthusiasm for fishing was catching, and by the end of the week I decided that I would forego being chief gilly and photographer for the chance of catching a fish of my own.
I was rewarded with a 10lb and 11lb carp and I was as happy with these as my partner was with his 30lb plus. My only disappointment was that I hadn’t given it a go earlier in the week, but not to worry we are going back again in June and I definitely plan to fish again, as long as it doesn’t disturb my reading and sunbathing too much!