We are happy to say that we will soon be receiving guests again! We want your trip to Puyravaud to be as safe as possible in the current climate and therefore we are publishing these guidelines to help. Although we pride ourselves on the cleanliness of both our guest properties, we will doing even more to ensure the properties are fully sanitised in between each set of guests. During 2020, we will adhere strictly to a 9.00am check out and 5.00pm check in times, to allow us maximum time to deep clean the properties. Please help us by leaving promptly and not arriving before the correct check in time.

What We Will Do For You

  1. Ensure your property has been deep cleaned to the latest guidelines published by the French Tourism Authority.
  2. We will provide initial supplies of hand wipes, disinfectant, paper towels, hand soap and anti-bacterial hand sanitiser in the property.
  3. De-clutter the property to minimise potential spread of bacteria.
  4. Provide a normal Puyravaud outside (if possible) welcome but at a distance of 1M+.
  5. Practice safe distancing in all contact with you during your stay.
  6. Ensure all outdoor furniture and sunbeds are sanitised at the end of each week.
  7. As usual, we supply all unhooking mats, weigh slings and landing nets.

What We Ask You To Do

  1. Agree to a non contact digital temperature test on arrival (in the unlikely event that any individual shows a red result, we ask that you visit the nearest doctor or hospital depending on the time of arrival). This is as per best practice advice from the French Government.
  2. Bring sufficient supply of face masks to be used when shopping or visiting sites away from Puyravaud. (The Charente is a green zone with very few cases of Covid 19, but it is considered best practice to wear a mask whilst shopping, entering and leaving restaurants and when it is difficult to practice safe distancing).
  3. Practice safe distancing during your stay at Puyravaud.
  4. Regularly clean high traffic areas in your gites during your stay.
  5. Wash your hands regularly.
  6. At the end of your stay, please strip all used beds and put linen into the bags provided.
  7. Clean all used kitchen utensils in the dishwasher during your stay.

Here’s to an enjoyable and safe stay at Puyravaud. We look forward to welcoming you!


So things are definitely looking more positive!

Fishing is definitely allowed in France as from May 11th and now restaurants and bars can open from June 2nd, provided strict social distancing measures are in place. Also we are hearing that the tourist industry is being allowed to open from June 22nd in France. So everything looks in place for the July/August holidays being open for customers this year after all. Good News!

All we need now is for Boris NOT to put an unworkable 14 day quarantine for everyone entering the UK and your holiday to Puyravaud should be back on. We will have to have certain social distancing measures in place, so it will not be completely normal, but at least the news looks positive at this stage. Remember, France is probably 3 weeks ahead of the UK with deaths consistently under 100 for some weeks now. Add to that the fact that we are in a green zone where there are very few cases and the picture is looking rosy compared to a few weeks ago.

Watch this space for more info as news develops on this over the next few days.



There have been various statements today that give hope for all of you who have Summer Holidays booked to Puyravaud. Here is a quote from a leading EU commissioner………

A gradual lifting of borders has been proposed by the EU’s executive in an attempt to kick-start a tourist industry hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Our message is we will have a tourist season this summer,” said economic affairs commissioner Paolo Gentiloni, “even if it’s with security measures and limitations.”

Borders closed across the EU, including the border-free Schengen zone.

But states are starting to reopen them.

Austria and Germany have become the latest EU countries to agree to remove travel restrictions.

From Friday there will be random checks at border crossings and then on 15 June free movement should resume. “We want to make people’s everyday lives easier and take another step towards more normality,” said Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

UK travellers have already been warned not to expect “lavish” international holidays, with plans for a 14-day quarantine on air arrivals. But travel without quarantine will be possible to France and Ireland.

Hope this helps everybody. More info to come.


As from May 11th 2020, The French Government has started easing the lock down that has been in place since mid March. The country has been split into green (with very few Covid cases) and red (significant numbers of cases) zones and the restrictions for each zone vary.

As we are in Aquitaine, we are a green zone and therefore more restrictions have been lifted. Officially, fishing is now allowed in these green zones, particularly on private waters like Puyravaud – social distancing measures still apply, but it means that we are able to open for business once again.

Obviously, as most of our customers are from the UK we need things to get better over there so you can travel safely through France, but at least there is a ray of hope that not all the season will be cancelled.

We will keep you informed on other developments as they happen.

We hope all of our customers are adjusting to the changes this week in the UK (or is it just England) and that you are, most importantly, staying safe!


Heron Lake

Regular Pete Allen arrived for a 4 day stay that got extended to a 7 day stay courtesy of a Ryanair cancellation…………….!!!!!!!! 18.0C, 42.0C, 32.0M, 34.0M, 28.5M, 15.0C, 47.0C, 52.2M, 41.0C, 41.0M, 53.8M, 27.2M, 42.8M, 43.0M, 40.8M, 40.0M, 41.0M, 40.0M, 55.0M.

Total Weight – 738.3lbs, Average Weight – 38.9lbs

Wow……what a week for Pete. 19 fish, an overall PB, a PB common and an average weight of nearly 39lbs.

Not a bad way to sign off as we close to await the Coronavirus outcome.

Stay safe everybody and we will see you on the other side……….we hope!


As from the 22nd March 2020, Puyravaud will remain closed due to the coronavirus and the approach taken by both the French and UK Governments. This has been forced on us by the cancelling of all flights and ferries from the UK in the short-term and the announcement of a lock down situation in the UK by Boris Johnson on March 23rd.

In the meantime, all customers will be offered alternative dates either in 2020 if possible, 2021 or 2022.  If customers wish to cancel they should claim on their travel insurance. We are doing everything we can to accommodate our customers and there is still much uncertainty. We ask that our customers understand that compromises will have to be made together to get through this unprecedented situation.

The most important thing right now is to STAY SAFE and we will see you all again at Puyravaud as soon as possible.

Thanks Marion and Peter


Our first catch report of the 2020 season! Regulars Kevin, Chris, Chris and Charlie kicked us off this time round.

Heron Lake

62.0M (Equals lake record), 32.5C, 50.0M, 31.0C, 42.0M, 28.0M, 42.0M, 26.0C, 31.0M, 43.0M, 35.0M, 43.0M.

Kingfisher Lake

37.5M, 46.0M

Bit slow on Kingfisher which will need time to settle down after the works and a year of grass. Great news for Kevin who had never had a 50 at Puyravaud despite a double figure number of trips. Now he jumps straight into the 60’s club and gets his first 50 as well. Well done that man!!!!!!!!



It seems like its been a very long time, but we have finally completed the refurbishment and stocking of Kingfisher Lake. Its been almost one year since we began the project to strengthen the dam wall and build a new monk.

A couple of weeks ago, we drained Heron Lake, sorted the fish and re-stocked some back into Kingfisher. Very pleased with the results of the netting – all fish in good health and weights were higher than expected. Biggest fish is 65lb, found some lovely high 50’s which should make 60 this year, but probably the best news is the stock of 40’s we have (39), many of which will soon add to the good number of 50’s we already

Netting Heron 2020
Ian with a nice 50 for Kingfisher

have in both lakes.

The day was long, but productive and I must thank Gary and Ian who flew out from the UK specially to run the nets as well as David and Claude – good friends who are always around when there is hard work to be done.

It finally feels like we are getting Puyravaud back to normal and ready for the 2020 season.

PS we do have one week in May and one in September free after a couple of date moves, so if anyone is interested its an unexpected opportunity to catch some Puyravaud carp in 2020. Get in touch.



Due to a couple of booking changes, we now have some availability in May and September 2020. The dates are

9 – 16th May (Heron Lake with Barn)

9 – 16th May (Kingfisher Lake with Cottage)

12 – 19th September (Heron Lake with Barn)

12 – 19th September Kingfisher Lake with Cottage)

If anyone is interested please get in touch by emailing mpjackson08@btinternet.com or ringing us on 0033545672170.


Heron Lake

Jamie and Chris here for a very quick weekender for Chris’s 40th birthday – 28.11M, 32.3M, 49.7M, 39.5M, 34.2M, 35.2M

6 fish, Total Weight – 219.6lbs, Average Weight – 36.6lbs

Literally a two day trip, but both guys went away with big PB’s.

Kingfisher Lake

Closed all season