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Talltrees Fishery, Salford Road, Aspley Guise, MK17

Sold STC £275,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Secluded and well established carp fishery
  • Mature, picturesque lake extending to 1.4 acres (0.6ha)
  • Planning permission for 5 bedroom holiday lodge
  • Facilities building
  • Site extending to approximately 2.4 acres (1.0ha)

Full description

Set in tranquil Bedfordshire countryside, Talltrees is a beautiful and mature, willow lined fishery extending to approximately 2.4 Acres (1.0 ha). Created in around 1880, this intimate lake offers the carp angler the chance to pit their wits in a paradise of nature.

Talltrees is situated on the edge of Aspley Guise village, approximately 7 miles south east of Milton Keynes and 12 miles south west of Bedford. The fishery is located within easy access of the M1 (Junction 13 - 2 miles distant).

The Fishery
Originally three separate ponds excavated for clay to be used for brick production, the ponds were amalgamated into a single lake in around 1957.

The spring fed lake extends to approximately 1.4 acres (0.6 ha) with a total of 14 swims and depths of up to 9ft at the southern end. The tree lined lake is divided by a central island and is characterised by a large coverage of lily pads and overhanging trees.

The fishery came to prominence in the 1960's and 70's, with the late Richard Walker fishing for the many large perch for which Tall Trees had become well known. Carp were initially introduced during this period, with later introductions made by Kevin Maddocks and Heather Fisheries. Some of the original fish remain.

Fish Stocks
The lake was drained in 2010 and the silver fish removed. The stock comprises 115 carp between 10-40lbs, as well as tench and catfish to 60lbs.

Subsequent stockings took place in 2010 and 2011 to supplement the existing stock, with fish supplied by Heather Fisheries. Further information and a comprehensive stock list is available on the Talltrees website.

Facilities Building
There is a single storey, timber facilities building at the northern end of the site, used as a tackle shop. It also provides kitchen, reception and toilet facilities for the member's use.

The Business
The business is derived from a mixture of private hire income, syndicate income and tackle shop sales. The turnover for the year ending August 2016 was 22,000.

Current syndicate prices are 160 p.a. fishing Sunday evening until Thursday evening. Weekend bookings for the whole lake are 280 for a maximum of six persons.

Ref: CB/12/00302/FULL Planning permission was granted on 21.06.12 for the erection of a single storey, 5 bedroom fishing lodge. The permission contains the following condition:
"The building hereby permitted shall not be occupied at any time other than as a tourist and leisure facility in associated with the adjoining fishing lake and not for permanent use as a dwelling or dwellings. The fishing lodge will be removed upon the cessation of the use of the fishing lake for leisure purposes."


The fishery has he benefit of mains water and electricity. The facilities building is connected to a septic tank.

Agents' Notes

Tenure & Possession
The property is offered for sale freehold as a whole with vacant possession on completion.

Fixtures, Fittings & Stock
The sale includes fixtures and fittings and fish stocks within the lakes. Fenn Wright are not liable in any way for the quality or quantity of the fish stocks, nor any death or disease that may affect such stocks. Purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the quality and quantity of the fish stocks prior to purchase.

Rights of Way & Easements
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing Rights of Way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplied in other rights obligations, easements, quasi-easements and restrictive covenants or all existing proposed wayleaves for masts, staves, cables, drains, water and gas and other pipes, whether referred to in these particulars or not.

Consumer Protection Regulations
Under the regulations, what we say or publish about a property must not be false or misleading and we must provide certain material information to enable a potential viewer or purchaser to take an informed transactional decision.

Any areas, measurements or distances referred to as approximate are given as a guide and are not precise. If such details are fundamental to a purchase, purchasers must rely on their own enquiries.

Important Notice
Fenn Wright for themselves and the Vendor of this property whose Agents they are, give notice that: The particulars are intended to give a fair and substantially correct overall description for the guidance of intending purchasers and do not constitute part of an offer or contract. Prospective purchaser/s and lessees should seek their own professional advice. All descriptions, dimensions, areas, reference to condition and if necessary permissions for use and occupation and their details are given in good faith and believed to be correct. Any intending purchaser/s should not rely on them as statements or representations of fact but must satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to the correctness of each of them.

No person in the employment of Fenn Wright has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty, whether in relation to this property or these particulars, nor to enter into any contract relating to the property on behalf of the Vendors. No responsibility can be accepted for any expenses incurred by any intending purchaser/s in inspecting properties that have been sold, let or withdrawn.

Local Authority
Central Bedfordshire Council
Priory House
Monks Walk
SG17 5TQ
Tel: 0300 300 8307

Photographs taken: August 2016
Particulars prepared: October 2016

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