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View of the farmhouse from the Pridewood Hops lakePridewood Hops

Pridewood Farm
Ashperton
near Ledbury
Herefordshire
HR8 2SF

Tel: 01531 670416
E-mail: julia@pridewoodbandb.co.uk



Relaxing at Pridewood hopsThe day ticket fishing lake and Three Star 'Enjoy England' B&B accommodation at Pridewood Farm are part of a 500-acre arable, hop and cider apple farm in the heart of beautiful Herefordshire countryside just five miles from the ancient market town of Ledbury and 12 miles from Hereford.

The history of the lake and house is unknown but both are shown on an 1846 map of the area. Whilst the exterior suggests Georgian origins, some of the interior is of half timbered black and white construction which indicates that parts of the farmhouse are of a much earlier date.

Part of the Pridewood Hops lakeThe original half-moon shaped lake was extended to its current size about 20 years ago and today offers day ticket fishing from well maintained grass banks.

Visiting anglers can park their vehicles either in the farm yard or at the end of the track which leads to the lake. The flat and even grass banks around the lake also makes Pridewood Hops suitable for disabled anglers, who are allowed to park their vehicles behind their pegs when the weather and ground conditions permit.

The 28lb pike which was caught at Pridewood Hops lakeAlthough the lake at Pridewood Hops is popular with locals it can rarely be described as busy - despite the fact that it is known to hold common and mirror carp to just under 30lbs.

The lake is also home to a good number of crucian carp, good sized roach which are regularly caught to 2lbs with one angler even reported to have captured one over 3lbs, some bream and tench and even a pike (pictured left) which was weighed at 28lbs when last caught.

The dining room at Pridewood FarmAn ideal base for anglers to explore some of the fantastic fishing which can be had not only in Pridewood Hops' own lake but also the many lakes, pools and rivers nearby, the B&B offers clean and comfortable accommodation in two rooms - a spacious double room with en-suite walk-in shower and a similar sized twin room with en-suite bathroom. The double room has views across the grassed lawn area and field down to the willow-clad lake.

Both rooms have a television with Freeview and tea and coffee making facilities whilst the farm is just a short drive from a variety of delightful pubs, restaurants and cafes.

Part of the walled garden at Pridewood HopsOutside there is a large walled garden (right) where guests can relax whilst in summer the farmhouse even has its own grassed tennis court which can be set up for guests. Alternatively, for those who enjoy something a bit more relaxing, guests can relax with a drink and play snooker or billiards on the full-sized snooker table.

Accommodation prices range from £40.00 per person per night for two people sharing, although the daily rate reduces according to the length of stay coming down to £35.00 per person per night for stays of three nights or more. Prices include a hearty full English farmhouse breakfast which is made from as much local produce as possible and is served at a convenient time for guests.

The Bed and Breakfast accommodation at Pridewood Farm

The double room at Pridewood HopsThe twin room at Pridewood HopsThe double room's en-suite

In addition to the angling, Pridewood Farm offers bed and breakfast accommodation in two rooms in the main farmhouse. The accommodation has been awarded a three-star rating by Enjoy England. Anglers who stay in the accommodation enjoy free fishing on Pridewood's attractive and well-stocked lake.
For further details of the accommodation at Pridewood Farm please click here.

2017 day ticket costs and opening times

Adults
Juniors under 16
£6.00 (one rod) or £7.00 (two rods)
£3.00 (one rod) or £4.00 (two rods)

Fishing at Pridewood Hops is from dawn until dusk. Anglers should start fishing - day ticket fees will be collected on the bank. Juniors under 16 must be accompanied.


Fishing towards the main island at Pridewood HopsPridewood Hops Lake

Described by locals who fish it as a typical Herefordshire pool because, despite being about three-quarters of an acre in size, it is only three to four feet deep, Pridewood Hops is an out-and-out pleaure venue which does not cater for matches.

The fact that there are no bait bans and the only rules being that landing nets must be clean and dry before use, that keepnets are not allowed and that unhooking mats should be used when handling larger fish go to make Pridewood Hops an informal fishery where anglers can relax and enjoy a session either on their own or with family.

A typical Pridewood Hops common Because there are no designated pegs anglers can fish from wherever they want on the bank. All that is asked is that they leave their pegs clean and tidy and that they take their litter home with them.

The lake has well maintained grass banks and two islands, one of which is capped by a large attractive weeping willow tree. There is also dense thicket of shrubs at the entrance end. This, together with the islands, all make great features to fish near - although anglers are warned that if they fish too close to them hooked fish will bolt for the roots making it vital that they are turned towards open water as soon as they strike.

Looking along the lake from the entrance at Pridewood Hops LakeBeing fed by an underground stream means that water levels in the lake remain fairly consistent throughout the year. The constant supply of fresh water and the fact that the lake is not over fished ensures that the fish remain in tip-top condition and are a delight to catch whilst the steady flow of water helps reduce freezing in colder winter weather.

One of the main attractions of the lake at Pridewood Hops are the common and mirror carp, the largest of which was weighed and witnessed at 28lbs when it was caught in 2014. Although there are obviously smaller fish in the lake, the average size of the carp is around the 10lb to 12lb mark with a good smattering of bigger fish.

Part of the Pridewood Hops lakeAnglers targeting the carp can use a wide variety of methods from traditional to modern carping techniques with popular baits being boilies or 10mm to 16mm marine halibut pellets hair-rigged on Size 8 or 10 hooks to at least a 10lb line. These are best fished over a bed of feeder pellets or in a pva bag stuffed with loose offerings.

Bread is also a good bait fished either on the surface or on the bottom whilst dog biscuits are another popular floating bait.

Looking towards the entrance end of Pridewood Hops lakeAlthough sweetcorn is a favoured bait for carp on many waters, at Pridewood Hops it tends to attract the roach making it a good bait for those after the silver fish. Also popular baits for general fishing are bread, paste, pieces of luncheon meat and casters, although fishing with maggots can attract nuisance fish.

Whilst pole and waggler both work well, anglers can't reach the larger of the two islands with the pole. This, however, is not a problem as fish can be attracted into a swim anywhere in the lake. When the lake is quiet many big fish are also taken by anglers fishing close in to the margins.

A nice 22lb carp caught in the lake at Pridewood HopsFish can be taken from anywhere in the lake whilst popular pegs tend to be those which give access to the two islands, the shrubs which run into the water at the entrance end and fishing towards or by the outlet at the far end of the lake from the entrance.

However, wherever you chose to fish Pridewood Hops tends to be one of those waters where anything goes - so if you are not catching don't be afraid to experiment with different baits or techniques.

Pridewood Hops' website
Visit Pridewood Hops on the Net

Pridewood Hops has a website with information and photographs on different aspects of the venue including the B&B facilities, the fishing and attractions worth visiting in the area.

The site can be found at www.pridewoodbandb.co.uk.


How to get there...

Click on the map for more detailPridewood Farm is about three miles from Ledbury and 12 from Hereford and can be found off the A417 just south of the village of Ashperton. Entering the postcode HR8 2SF on Google Maps or SatNavs will take you straight to the fishery. On turning into the entrance continue up the long drive towards the farmhouse and you will see signs directing you to the lake, which can be found at the end of the track which runs around the main farm buildings. Click on the map for more detail.

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