Whether you are a keen fisherman or just want to try it out,
we have some great suggestions for a fishing holiday, you can also find great places to stay in our holiday cottages with fishing


A stunning view across the Hampshire Avon River
The River Avon on a sunny day

Pike over 20lbs caught on the Hampshire Avon 2019

Wonderful Pike over 20lbs caught on the River Avon in the New Forest

Private and exclusive fishing on the Hampshire Avon

When you stay in one of our Fordingbridge properties, ie. Criddlestyle Cottage, Mews Hill or the Riverside Lodge you have the option of fishing on 80 yards of exclusive fishing. This is only 100 yards away from the properties! There are 4 good swims that are great for speciman course fishing. The fishing is only available if you stay in one of these properties and if you stay at the Riverside Lodge you have fishing included in the rental. This is one swim and fishing in the small lake it sits upon and you can even fish from the verandah!

  • £75 per person for a weeks fishing
  • £35 per person for a short break

Read all about us! A guest who stayed at the Lodge has written a comprehensive article in regard to our stretch of the Hamsphire Avon so click on the link below to read all about it! Fishing on the Hampshire Avon by Sean Simms

For more information please contact us and if you would like to keep up to speed with recent catchs please visit us on our facebook fishing page or like us here to be kept updated.

Hire the Ocean Runner for some Fantastic Sea Fishing

Check out the Sea Fishing Trips from Poole with the Ocean Runner for an experience to remember. Ryan Jones the Skipper of Poole’s Ocean Runner, a 40ft purpose-built fishing catamaran operating from Poole Harbour. Boat charters from Poole range from short 2-hour fishing trips near Poole & Bournemouth to longer 12-hour mid channel wreck fishing trips from Poole Port. We are pleased to report that Short Stay Homes have negotiated a 10% discount for guests who stay in one of their properties.

ample of fishing opportunities whilst staying in riverside lodge in the new forest


Perfect for our guests staying in our New Forest and Dorset properties

Steve offers guided Barbel and Chub fishing days on the River Kennet, Hampshire Avon, Dorset Stour and Middle Severn. Individual and group sessions available. Steve Ward is a L1ACAQ Qualified Angling Coach. The 10% discounts for our guests applies when you pre-book and quote Short Stay Homes.

Contact Steve direct through his website below or on his mobile 07889185518.

Steve ward fishing

Sandy Balls Holiday Centre, Godshill, Hampshire Avon

Right next to the exclusive private stretch of river is a 1/2 mile of a single bank stretch. This is within the Sandy Balls Holiday Centre and cost £10.00 per person per day.  There are a number of excellent swims and timber platforms have been created. The tickets are available at the cycle centre at Sandy Balls, Tel: 01425 657707 which is open daily from 9am – 5pm. You are allowed to fish from one hour before sunrise until 10pm

Map and information for fishing at Sandy Balls
Sunny view of the River Avon at Sandy Balls
Lake with shadows from the trees
Lake at Fordingbridge at sunset with pink sky

Fordingbridge Recreation Ground, Hampshire Avon

Fordingbridge Recreation Ground is opposite the George Inn and it is common to see fly fishermen wading midstream taking advantage of this 500 yard stretch of the Hampshire Avon when you cross the bridge. Tickets are £5 per day and are available at Fordingbridge Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01425 654560 or at the Riverside Kiosk.

Perfect for our guests staying at Criddlestyle Cottage, Mews Hill or the Fishing Lodge.

View of Fordingbridge village from the recreation ground

Rockbourne Trout Fishery, Near Fordingbridge

10% discount for our guests.

Located in the New Forest near Rockbourne, this great fishery has six lakes which are spread over 55 acres of unspoilt woodland. The 10% discounts for our guests applies when you pre-book and quote Short Stay Homes.

This is a great opportunity for our guests staying in our New Forest properties.

For more information on the fishery  visit


River and grasslands at Rockbourne Fishery
Information and map advertising Witherington Farm Fishery

Witherington Farm Fishery

Day Tickets available all year round

Perfect for our guests staying in our New Forest properties.

Witherington Farm Fishery has four disabled friendly well stocked lakes and good facilities on hand with a cafe and tackle shop. Day tickets are available at Reids Tackle  Tel:(01722) 711616 and is open 7 days a week.

A young lad holds up his catch of the day

Clay Pool, Christchurch Harbour

Just on the doorstep of our Christchurch properties fishing charters are available on Christchurch Quay for fishing in the harbour or out to sea. This is part of the Christchurch Angling Club so if you take up their membership you can enjoy this great fishing spot.

Enjoy the stunning setting and the sport within a short stroll from home.

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Lake on a cloudy day with Christchurch Angling Club logo

Christchurch Angling Club

Day Tickets or Holiday Membership available.

Perfect for our guests staying in our Christchurch properties.

Why not take advantage of a day ticket or holiday membership at the Christchurch Angling Club as being a member gives you access to some excellent local fishing waters. For details Tel: 01202 480009 12.00 – 16.00 and Thursday and 8.00 – 12.00 Tuesday and Wednesday. Closed Friday and Sunday.

Throop Fishery, Bournemouth

Great for those staying in Christchurch

Throop Fishery is excellent and a most scenic place to fish. It has 3 Beats and regularly appears in angling publications recording huge barbel and chub. See if you can get yourselves published with a nice big catch.

For tickets please contact Davis Tackle Tel: 01202 485169 For more information visit

Signs and surrounding area of the local fishery

Royalty Fishery

Perfect for our guests staying in our Christchurch properties.

The Royalty Fishery is the UK’s premier fishery and is open to day ticket anglers during the course fishing season and to a lesser extent the salmon fishing season.

For tickets please contact Davis Tackle Tel: 01202 485169 .

South Farm Cottages and Fisheries. Fishing Holidays for all the family

South Farm is owned by Short Stay Homes and it’s fishing lakes are naturally spring fed and stock hard fighting Carp in excess of 20 lbs, Chub in excess of 6 lbs plus specimen Roach, Tench, Silver Bream, Crucian Carp and Perch all in prime condition. The setting is tranquil within beautiful surroundings and all of the self catering cottages are close to Home lake, Lake cottage 30m, Carp Lodge 50m, Oaktree 70m, Coshes garden 80m, Cinders cottage 90m, Stables cottage 95m and the Farm house is 50 meters add about 250 meters to get to Lower Ram lake. Dogs are welcome and fishing is free to all South Farm guests.

For more information vist


Perfect shot of a single kingfisher on a fishing rod