Spring Valley pool at Boyce Caravan ParkMalvern View Holiday Park and Cottages

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Set in 100 acres of stunning countryside on the Worcestershire/Herefordshire border, Boyce Holiday Park and Cottages provides everything for a short or long stay holiday with facilities which range from tastefully appointed self-catering holiday cottages to a campsite for visitors with tents.

One of the holiday cottages at Boyce Holiday Park and CottagesTo be found just a short drive from the quaint historic market town of Bromyard, Boyce Holiday Park and Cottages also has three well stocked and superbly maintained lakes which are reserved for the exclusive use of visitors plus a children's play area and dedicated field for ball games.

For those who like the comforts of home the five well presented self-catering holiday cottages accommodate between four and six guests and have been sympathetically converted from 16th Century farm buildings to provide all modern comforts whilst retaining their original character.

The new lodge at Boyce Holiday Park and CottagesThe cottages have all been awarded Four Star grading by Visit England and are set in their own landscaped gardens with a sheltered south-facing patio area. They are available year round for short breaks and weekly stays.

An alternative to the cottages is a new Scandinavian-style luxury lodge which is situated in its own development with a private deck which looks out onto one of the park's fishing pools and has views of the Malvern Hills in the distance.

Comprising two bedrooms, one with a double bed with an en-suite toilet/shower room and the second with two single beds, the lodge has a separate bathroom with over-bath shower. The lodge has no internal steps, but has five steps in front of the grassed area onto the deck at the entrance door. It has an open plan living room and kitchen/dining area and a separate sun room.

The touring caravan park at Boyce Holiday Park and CottagesIn addition to the equipment/facilities provided in the cottages, the lodge also has a large flat-screen wall mounted TV with Free-Sat; an integrated combined washer/dryer; integrated fridge, full-sized freezer and dishwasher; iron and ironing board; private balcony and parking immediately adjacent to entrance door.

The touring caravans and camping pitches are located on a mown grassed area, each with its own electric hook-up. The use of awnings and gazebos is permitted, subject to weather conditions whilst Butane and propane gas are both available from the Reception lodge.

Static holiday homes at Boyce Holiday Park and CottagesShort stay campers and caravaners can use the excellent Facility Block which provides toilets, showers, hairdryers, shaving points, a dishwashing area, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, iron with ironing board, book and magazine 'Swap Area' as well as chemical disposal area, refuse disposal point and a public telephone.

The static holiday homes can be used for 11 months of the year and have fully serviced pitches with mains gas, water and drainage and up to 32 amp electricity supply. Each home has its own individual lawned area and is situated on part of the park which is well lit at night for the safety of guests.

Woodland Pool at Boyce Holiday Park and CottagesOwners of the static caravans can use all the facilities which are available to shorter stay visitors and can purchase a season ticket or day tickets to fish the park's three lakes.

Woodland Pool (left) is the original farm pool at Boyce Holiday Park and Cottages and has neatly mown grass banks with plenty of bankside vegetation and shrubs. Stocked with common and mirror carp, tench, roach and rudd it is a delightful natural looking water which will appeal to those who want a change from the standard commercial coarse fishery. As with all the Boyce Holiday Park waters, because matches are not allowed the fish are in pristine condition and never put under pressure.

Spring Valley at Boyce Holiday Park and CottagesFurther down the track from the centre of the park are the two Spring Valley pools.

As with Woodland Pool these again have carefully mown grass banks and plenty of bankside vegetation providing anglers with two most attractive waters which again are well stocked with common and mirror carp, tench, roach and rudd. Families are requested to note that children under 16 must be accompanied when fishing the Boyce Holiday Park lakes.

However, visitors to The Boyce are also ideally placed to enjoy other superb fishing with the River Teme just three miles away and the rivers Severn, Wye, Lugg and Arrow within easy driving distance. It is also conveniently placed for many of the fisheries in Herefordshire and Worcestershire which are listed on

Staying at Boyce Holiday Park

Larchbed CottagePear Tree Cottage at Boyce Holiday ParkCaravan pitches at Boyce Holiday Park and Cottages
In addition to its static holiday home site and accepting touring caravans and tents, Boyce Holiday Park has five well presented self-catering holiday cottages and a new luxury lodge which are available for guests. The holiday cottages have been awarded a four-star rating by Visit Britain. Anglers who stay in the cottages, holiday homes or caravan and camping park enjoy exclusive fishing on any of the site's three lakes.

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Woodland Pool at Boyce Holiday ParkWoodland Pool

Woodland Pool is the first water you come to when driving down the track to the lakes. To be found on the right hand side, it is about a third of an acre in size and oblong in shape. Because of its size no more than six anglers are allowed to fish it at any one time.

Holding a good head of carp to double figures with the majority in the 7lbs to 9lbs range, Woodland Pool is also stocked with some lovely roach to at least 1lb with some running to 2lbs, chub over 3lbs and a good head of perch to about 12oz. Woodland Pool also holds good quality rudd to 2lb as well as some golden orfe.

Woodland Pool at Boyce Holiday ParkBecause the water is quite heavily stocked it is a great place for anglers who want to catch decent bags of fish rather than going for size as the bigger carp are in the other two Boyce waters.

When fishing Woodland Pool the most popular baits tend to be luncheon meat, sweetcorn, soft hooker pellets, paste and sinking bread for the carp with sweetcorn, pellets, paste, casters and maggots for the silvers.

Woodland Pool at Boyce Holiday ParkOne of the features of Woodland Pool is a central channel which runs down the spine of the lake where between eight and nine feet of water can be found. The pool has a metre wide shelf which runs out from the bank and which varies in depth from about a metre at the woodland end to two metres in other parts of the pool.

After this the sides shelve steeply down to a fairly flat and even bottom which for the most part is between six and seven feet deep.

Woodland Pool at Boyce Holiday ParkAs with the other Boyce Holiday Park waters anglers should fish fairly light unless going for the carp when they are recommended to scale up their tackle to prevent fish being lost as these are fairly wild fish which give a good account of themselves once hooked.

Anglers should note that hemp, birdseed, nuts, pulses and very high protein baits are not allowed and neither is fishing floating baits such as bread or dog biscuits on any of the Boyce Holiday Park waters.

Looking down on Spring Valley Middle Pool from the entranceSpring Valley - Middle Pool

The first of the two waters at the end of the track to the fishery after passing Woodland Pool, Spring Valley Middle Pool is about an acre and a half in size and, like the other two Boyce waters, is a very pretty water with grass banks, no formal pegs, willow trees dipping into the water and beds of water lilies where the fish love to hang out.

The end near the entrance steps is narrow but further along the pool opens out giving plenty of open water. It is a good pool for fishing either pole, waggler, swimfeeder or traditional and modern carping techniques.

Looking across Spring Valley Middle Pool at Boyce Holiday ParkMiddle Pool has reed lines banks which is where many of the fish tend to hold up making fishing the margins a popular technique. Known to hold common and mirror carp to between 14lbs and 16lbs which are regularly caught this pool is also reputed to hold fish to the mid 20s although few anglers tend to fish for them.

With a decent head of pristine roach which have been caught to over 2lb 8oz as well as some very pretty rudd to 12oz, perch to 1lb and golden orfe, the pool is also said to hold some tench although these have rarely been seen. Unlike most waters these days there are no bream.

Another shot of Spring Valley Middle Pool at Boyce Holiday ParkAlthough Middle Pool is quite shallow around the edges with depths along the right hand bank as you approach the water ranging from two and three feet to just four feet, it is deeper off the left hand side where six feet of water can be found just a rod's length out.

It is deepest in the centre of the lake at the far end where between 12 and 14 feet of water can be found, making this an ideal spot for fishing the swimfeeder or lead in winter and colder weather.

Spring Valley Middle Pool at Boyce Holiday ParkAll of the permitted baits work well on Middle Pool. Anglers fishing maggots, casters or sweetcorn on light tackle will find the roach and rudd easy to catch at any depth as long as they feed samples of hook bait little and often.

When going for the carp slightly heavier tackle will be required with a minimum 6lb line recommended and size 10, 12 or 14 hook. The carp respond well to fishing soft hooker pellets, luncheon meat, sweetcorn, bread flake, worm, casters and maggots but be warned - once hooked the fish fight like wild carp and are lightningly quick. Unwary anglers who do not respond quickly to bites will be in the lily pads before they know what is happening!

Spring Valley Bottom PoolSpring Valley - Bottom Pool

Spring Valley Bottom Pool at Boyce Holiday Park can be found at the far end of Middle Pool and is another stunningly attractive water with plenty of bankside features although not as many beds of lilies as Middle Pool.

Between three and four feet deep immediately out from the left and right hand banks, the lake is about nine feet deep in the middle with six feet of water being found straight off the bank between Bottom Pool and Middle Pool and eight feet off the far end bank.

Looking across Spring Valley Bottom Pool at Boyce Holiday ParkBottom Pool is known to hold the biggest of the Boyce Holiday Park fish with some decent sized mirror and common carp running to at least 23lbs. There are a lot of fish around the 15lb mark which are regularly caught.

Perhaps the nicest quarry are the roach which anglers have caught to over 3lbs and are in superb condition. Roach between 1lb and 2lbs are said to be caught on a regular basis. In addition there are good heads of rudd and perch whilst in the far left hand corner by the lily pads some good sized gudgeon can be caught.

Another shot of Spring Valley Bottom Pool at Boyce Holiday ParkAgain suitable for pole, waggler, feeder or carping techniques, the roach and rudd in Bottom Pool respond well to casters and maggots although they can readily be taken on any small baits and will even have a go at bigger offerings.

When fishing for the carp it again pays to scale up your tackle with soft hooker pellets, luncheon meat, sweetcorn, bread flake and worm all being effective, particularly when fished over a bed of feeder pellets.

Spring Valley Bottom Pool at Boyce Holiday ParkBecause Bottom Pool is not over fished all species, irrespective of size, fight alarmingly well and bolt for the nearest cover once hooked. Even the roach shoot off so quickly and strongly that anglers can be forgiven for initially thinking they have hooked into a carp.

As a result, anglers should respond quickly to bites and immediately turn the fish away from any snags and into open water where they can be played safely before being brought into the net.

Visit Boyce Holiday Park on the Net

Boyce Holiday Park's websiteBoyce Holiday Park has a comprehensive website with information and photographs on all aspects of the holiday park and the holiday cottages.

The impressive and well designed site also gives full details about static caravan purchase, prices for casual and seasonal tourers, information on the local area and the facility to request holiday brochures. The site can be found at

How to get there...

Click on the map for more detailIf traveling from the east, take the M5 motorway and leave at Junction 7 and follow the signs for Hereford on the A4440. At the roundabout where the A4410 meets the A4103 continue to the next exit and follow the sign for Bromyard along the A44. After going through Crown East, Cotheridge, Broadwas you will drive over the River Teme and start going uphill and over Bringsty Common. As you descend from Bringsty Common look out for a right turn to Malvern (B4220) and take this road. From here follow the brown tourist signs for Boyce Caravan Park and the caravan emblem until you come to the Hereford Arms pub, which is painted pink. Turn left here (ignoring the road straight ahead) and the entrance to Boyce Holiday Park and Cottages is a little way down here on the right.

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