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Golden Oak
5h 43m Caen

Articles about Golden Oak

A trip to Golden Oak
Aug 2010 by Paul Cooper

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View down the lake

Golden Oak Lake is situated deep in rural France, just South of Limoges. The 5 acre lake is owned by Jo and Dick Muntimer, and it sits on their 38 acre estate. They purchased the estate around 5 years ago from a local farmer and have worked continually to present the ideal fishing holiday destination, the biggest project being the conversion of an old barn.

The Gite

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Front view of the gite
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View of gite from the lake

The gite is part of the barn conversion and has been built and furnished to a very high standard. It consists of a ground floor and first floor.

The ground floor has an open plan design, living, dining and kitchen area. The kitchen is fully equipped with an electric oven, ceramic hob, a microwave oven, all the pots, pans, dishes and cutlery that you require to prepare any meal, along with a large refrigerator.

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Fully fitted kitchen
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Comfort of a wood burner

There is a television with a satellite connection providing most of the free view English channels, 2 settees, dining table and a wood burner, making this a warm and comfortable place to relax in the evenings.

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One of the 3 spacious bedrooms
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View over the lake

There are 3 bedrooms, one on the ground floor and the other two on the first floor, all with en-suite facilities consisting of a toilet, wash-hand basin, heated towel rail and a large shower. Two of the bedrooms have a double bed and the third has 3 single beds.

The double patio doors open out onto a patio leading to a lawn which overlooks the lake. There are a table and chairs on the patio and only a few yards away is a splash pool, for those hot balmy days.

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Splash pool
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One of the many residents

There is a large freezer in one of the outbuildings to accommodate an ample supply of boilies for your visit.

The Lake


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View of bottom end of lake
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View from the dam
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Swim in front of gite

The lake is around 5 acres in size, with wide grassed banked access around it. Some of the banks are shared with the owner's sheep, goats, geese and horses, but none interfere with the anglers and the lake can be comfortably fished by up to 4 anglers from the nearside bank.

The banks are sectioned off by gates to keep the owners animals secure and apart. The lawn leading down to the lake is fenced off from the lake and access is gained via a gate that can be secured to keep children away from the water.

At the far end of the lake a stream enters the lake where the water is around 18inches deep. This drops after about 60 yards to around 4 feet slowly deepening down to 9 feet by the dam, making over 4 acres of the lake 4 feet or deeper. The far margins across from the Gite are bordered by overhanging bushes with deep water only a rod length out. The lake bottom is firm hard clay for about 20 yards out into the lake then as it deepens it becomes slightly silty and very uneven.

Tackle Shop

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In one of the outbuildings Dick has his own tackle store. He can cater for up to four anglers with most carp equipment.

The following is available for the anglers to hire;

  • 5 bed chairs
  • 4 rod pods
  • 16 Fox Micron bite indicators
  • 14 Fox 2 ½ or 3 lb test rods
  • 14 bait runner reels filled with 12 lb line
  • 4 JRC 2 man bivvies
  • 4 unhooking mats
  • 4 landing nets and handles
  • 4 weigh slings
  • 2 digital weighing scales
  • There are also 3 ounce leads and an assortment of end tackle for sale with sacks of carp pellet and crushed maize.

Having made 3 previous crossings to France with fishing colleagues already this year, I decided that I should take my wife Diane along on the next trip. Long gone are the days that she would sleep in a bivvy or in "make do" accommodation, so when I was asked by asked by Angling Lines to try out a new lake for them with excellent accommodation, I willingly accepted. I first checked out the web site of Golden Oak Lake and confirmed that it was perfect for a family fishing holiday.

The drive from Calais to Golden Oak Lake took around 7 hours, nearly all motorway driving, with only the last 40 minutes drive being on ordinary main roads. The total toll fees each way amount to 37 euro.

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Jo and Dick are sitting in the middle

We were welcomed by Jo and Dick and shown around the gite and lake. Di settled herself into the gite whilst I had a good look at the lake. Now the temperature 2 days prior to our arrival had been into the upper twenties and on our arrival at Golden Oak Lake, it was a mere 9.5C. The lake appeared very still with no signs of roving or feeding fish... the cold spell had certainly put everything down!

I first set up my marker rod and began to plumb and lead the lake to find the lakes feature. This took around 2 hours as I made a mental note of the lake bottom and depths.

Off to the supermarket to get some provisions and then back to the gite for an evening meal. The kitchen facilities are excellent and it was not long before we were tucking into an evening meal in front of the wood burner, warm and comfortable & I spent the first night in the gite.


I started my fishing campaign on the Sunday morning, setting up one of the bivvies supplied by Dick, in a swim towards the middle section of the nearside bank. I put two rods out towards the far margins and two on a selected hard gravel patch about 40 yards out into the lake. Quest Chilli/Chocolate was my choice of bait in sizes of 10, 15, and 20mil frozen boilies. This was backed up with well prepared seed mix, hemp and trout pellet. The end rig that I chose was a short hook link made up of 15lb Merlin braid, a size 4 Smart Point C310 hook with a line aligner and a long hair. The hook bait was to be a 10mil Chilli/choc bottom bait topped with a 10mil chilli/choc pop up.

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First fish of the session

I picked up a 24lb 12oz mirror and a 17lb mirror carp from this swim, but following an overnight frost, and fish crashing over night to my right, I decided to move closer to the dam and fish the deeper water. Fortunately this put me directly in front of the gite making it a more of a social swim, keeping me in touch with Di when the weather wasn't too good.


I leaded around to ensure that I could present my bait on a good firm area. Having found a firm clear area at about 50 yards out into the lake I prepared the swim by introducing boilies, hemp, seed mix and trout pellet in a tight area. I marked 3 rods up to the marker rod, and the forth rod I was going to use as a roaming rod.

This turned out to be a well chosen move as at around 6pm I had a take off the baited area and after a long hard fight landed a 39b 9oz mirror.

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39lb 9oz on Chilli/chocolate


 Another cold night with no fish until 8am the following day when I had a low double Common. I had a further 3 fish that day but drew my rods in at dusk so that I could spend a night in the gite.


Wednesday afternoon Martin arrived to do a bit of videoing for the Angling Lines DVD and web site. I had a couple of small fish prior to his arrival and 2 twenties and an upper double during the hours of darkness, nothing for the video. The pressure was on to get a fish on film.


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39lb 10oz captured on film

I caught 3 fish during the hours of darkness but by Thursday morning the lake once again appeared dead, with no fish movement anywhere on the lake. It was mid afternoon when I was deep in conversation with Martin when a rod that I had cast towards the far margins roared off. I was onto the rod and Martin onto his camera. The whole fight was captured on film and I landed a 39lb 10oz mirror. Martin left later that afternoon with a job well done, the pressure was now off. We spent the next day taking a leisurely drive out, visiting some local towns and villages.

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The chateau of Jumilhac Le Grande
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Medieval town of St Yrieix-La-Perche

The rest of the week saw more fish on the bank with my total being 23 carp, of which there were the 2 thirties, 9 twenties, 6 doubles, and 5 singles(commons). 

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Typical twenty


Golden Oak Lake is aimed at the holiday angler, who wants top class accommodation, for himself and immediate family or friends, with the chance of possibly putting a personal best carp on the bank. The gite is only 40yards from the gated off area leading to the lake.

The owners are keen animal lovers and on site there are sheep, goats, geese, horses, a donkey and of course their 2 dogs.

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There is the option of a meal package which can be arranged prior to your arrival. We sampled some of Jo's cooking, and it was excellent.

The lake does not carry a large head of big fish, but with an average size in the low twenties, with a few thirties and forties, this should keep the interest of most anglers happy. Jo and Dick are planning to net out the smaller fish and replace them with some bigger specimens & this should take place very shortly.

All in all, if you want to take your wife, girlfriend, or family for a peaceful, tranquil break, this could be the one for you.

Paul Cooper

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Registered at Companies House, Cardiff. Company Number 4122063

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