Clawford Testimonials.

Nigel Lister & his son Steven have been holidaying at Clawford for over 17 years. Nigel has collected data over all these years by counting the numbers of fish per session and weighing each fish individually and logging his catches in his log book.

" We have been comming to Clawford for many years . This is the best fishery in the UK and the fishing has been getting better and better. This year has been amazing and has exceeded our expectations significantly.

My data on this visit to Clawford is as follows .

Sunday 4th. September fished Edwards Lake from peg 5.    Had 324 lbs. mixed bag.

Monday 5th. fished Edwards Lake from peg 15.            Had 198 lbs.

Tuesday 6th. fished JR's Lake on peg 5.                   Had 235 lbs.

Wednesday 7th. fished JR's Lake on peg6.                 Had 360 lbs.

Thursday 8th. Fished  Fletchers Lake peg 15.              Had 110 lbs.

Friday 9th. fished Fletchers Lake on peg 17.               Had 136 lbs.

Over a  6 day period i caught & weighed in One thousand three hundred & sixty three (1,363) lbs. of fish!!

The fishing is better then its ever been , in my opinion Clawford is the best fishery in the UK.

We will be back soon.

Steven & Nigel Lister, Worksop, Nottinghamshire.               September 10th. 2016.

Thank you for a fantastic relaxing holiday.

The lakes & views from the accommodation are amazing and are a credit to you .

Your team have worked hard over the past four years to attain a breathtaking, beautiful fishery. In our opinion your hard work around the lakes & facilities, has moved Clawford back into the number one position for a holiday & fishing venue.

The facilities, hospitality, restaurant & bar are second to none!

The fishing is better then it has ever been (over a six hour session, i had 72 nice Tench from Wandas Lake).

We will be back soon.

Dory & Jason Gregory. Leeds, Yorkshire.                      August 2016.

Just to let you know what a wonderful time we had at the festival, & how enjoyable it was.

We met some real characters, & had the biggest laugh with them at the bar in the evenings.

As always the accommodation was spot on, & the lakes & countryside at Clawford are outstanding.

All the fish I caught were in pristine condition & put up a great fight all the way to the net. 

I would like to say a big thank you to all who worked so hard to put this festival on, especially Mick Drage: what a great barman he will be with a bit more practice !

We will be back in Septembers o that I can target some of the big roach, bream and crucian carp that live in your lakes.

Cheers for now

Clive & Sue                            20th. August 2015.

Thank you for an amazing time at Clawford . As always. Wandaís breakfasts and meals are always top notch.  Please find attached some photos you may like.
Hope you all have a good summer and i hope to be back soon.


Jonathan Stamp                            2nd. August 2014.

Just a note to say how much we enjoyed staying at Clawford from 12 to 19th. July.

We always enjoy staying with you, the beauty & peace are wonderful and so relaxing.

All the Best.

Terry & Elaine Hague.                         24th. July 2014.

Just a quick message to say how much we enjoyed our visit week beginning the 21st June 2014. The company was a good laugh,the accommodation was first class, the countryside was just beautiful and so peaceful.

The fishing was superb, I caught every species and had one day on Wanda Ďs that for me was like a red letter day. I have been fishing all my life ,and have never had a days Tench fishing like it. I must have caught about 100 pounds of Tench and they all fought ever so hard and all your fish were in fantastic condition.

We feel so relaxed & refreshed after our visit, and your fishery and holiday complex is a jewel.  Needless to say we will be back for another week as soon as we can fit it in.'

 Clive & Sue Wadmore.                            2nd. July 2014. 

'Having been an angler for over 25 years, today (29th. June 2014) I have had the best days fishing ever.   

Catching quality fish, at almost a bite a cast. Stunning Common Carp and beautiful Roach at 2 lbs. plus.

For me, Fletchers Lake in its beautiful setting has provided the best days fishing ever.

Thank you John & Wanda for making a good day great with your hospitality at the bar & in the restaurant'.

 Keith West.                              30th. June 2014. 

'Just a brief word to pass on, thanks from Lesley & me for a great week, it was all over much faster than could be imagined, 

Everything about the holiday was first class, from the fishing, to the hospitality given by you and your lovely lady, once again, many thanks, see you next year'.

 Ian & Lesley Tomlinson.                       11th. August 2013. 

I am writing to show our appreciation for a lovely weekend at your fishery.

We have visited you a few times, sadly a few years have pasted before this visit, something I will not let happen again I can assure you.
If the fun fishing was not enough; little did i know you had a secret weapon in your B&B? 
It was the wonderful .

Wanda, her smile & helpfulness was a delight.

Breakfast was just the best. Her evening meals were delicious.

Always at hand should we need anything.

At the bar she was there again, serving drinks and entertaining us with her great knowledge of the lakes & her fish.
Your Fishery is a home from home, just as I remember it.
My son and i are very happy to recommend Clawford to anyone who wants good fishing hand in hand with great Hospitality.

thank you Wanda :) happy

Mr. Terry Foley.                       22nd. August 2012.

Thank you for a lovely week in 'Wesley''

It's a beautiful setting, plenty of fish & super food in your restaurant and fantastic views across the lakes & Countryside.

Irene & Pe ter Preston.                  8th. September 2011.

Thank you for another great week at Clawford and my scrambled egg this morning was the best.

Once again thanks. Clawford is the most relaxing place I have been lucky to visit.

Elaine Davis. Kent.                                  2nd. July 2011.

Thanks for another great week., we had a great time.

Your hospitality & the service in the restaurant are beyond compare.

The fishing & accommodation certainly live up to the highest standards.

Once again many thanks.

Hagar, Hobbo, Bones, Ray and Trev.

(The lads from Eastbourne)                     20th. June 2011.

Many thanks for allowing both of us into your paradise.

The untouched beauty of nature .

The tranquility & serenity of peace.

The Magnificent, picturesque landscape .

Steve & Kerry Pearly. Essex.                   1st. May 2011.

Many thanks for a great week, the fishing, hospitality & facilities are first class.

We are already planning next years visit.

Nigel Hagger (& the one clock club),  Essex.             21st. June 2010.

Wow, what a fantastic week we had at Clawford.

Breath taking, it really blew me away.

I had a cracking week, I bagged 51 fish on Edwards Lake, in total was 224 lb.

Unfortunately, a week wasn't enough., we will make it 2 weeks next year.

Memories of Clawford will stay with me for a long time.

Nikki and Terry Meekings, Wakefield, West Yorkshire.         7th. June 2010.

Thank you for the best fishing that we have had in years.

Your complex is a very special place & we cannot wait to return.

We will be back!!!!!!

Alan Sparrow & Barry Waters, Worcester Park, Surrey.      23rd. March 2010.

I have been to your beautiful Clawford twice now &every time it just

blows me away, and has given me so much inner peace.

Me & my wife are wishing to return this year in the new super duplex units.

Terry & Nikki Duckham, Pontefract, West Yorkshire.         6th. February 2010.

Just wanted to say thanks again for a fabulous week.

We have been to a few fisheries in Devon over the last few years

and in comparison your fishery puts all the others to shame

You can really tell how well it is looked after & we will be recommending it to everyone .

Finally we have found our perfect fishing holiday & no longer need to try different places!!!

Lynne Dunkerley, Oldham, Yorkshire.                       17th. August 2009.

Thank you for the superb hospitality & my best & most relaxing holiday ever.

I was made to feel at home by all from day one to the end.

Glenn Battams, Parklands,  Northampton.                     10th. July 2009.

We had a fantastic time last week &  thanks for making our stay so enjoyable and  for creating such a wonderful place.

Alan & Pam Roberts, Burscough,Lancashire.                   24th. June 2009.

Just arrived back from one of the most enjoyable & relaxing holidays we have ever had. 

Accommodation superb & really looking forward to coming back in September

-just hope the weather is as good as this week, if not quite as hot.

David & Christine Maskell, Essex.                             6th. June 2009.

Just a short note to say a big thank-you from myself and Roy.

The fishing at Clawford is truly remarkable.

We fished Wanda's Lake & caught "dozens" of bream , Tench (biggest 5lb 14oz),

plenty of Roach & Crucian carp.

Clawford lake provided us with about 400lbs of carp on 10th May.

J.R.s fished superbly, our best days catch was a weight of 600lbs .

Once again thank-you.

Malcolm Gittus & Roy Pearson, Rubery, Birmingham            19th. May 2009.

Many thanks again for a great break.  As usual the Food & Beer was fantastic, as was the Fishing.

Even the weather didn't put me off.  A very relaxing short break, just what I needed.

looking forward to seeing you both in September.................or maybe earlier.

Mike Smith, Mansfield. Nottinghamshire.               18th. May 2009.

'Thanks for a great Easter!

I had great fishing again with two rare carp on Fletchers Lake to end my trip.

You still have what I think is the greatest fishery in Britain.

Shame more owners don't care for the fish and anglers like you do.

I will be back for my tenth year next year and cant wait'.

Paul Clarke, Sutton, Surrey.                          18th. April 2009.

'I would just like to say Thank you for a great fishing holiday.

It's the best holiday I have ever had.

There is not a bad point I can say about this place'.

10/10 for everything, thank you so much'.

Mike Hill. Gwent, South Wales.                         13th. October 2008.

'Iím well and truly hooked on Clawford, the fishing and its fabulous facilities. 

I just keep coming back. 

After 18 consecutive years fishing there I canít congratulate you both enough

on the ongoing improvements to this exclusive venue. 

I donít need to fish anywhere else.  Clawford has it all.

The Pom from Oz'

Richard Pearson, Cairns, Australia.                  14th. September 2008.

"Thank you for another great weeks holiday!!

We both enjoyed our selves immensely and caught plenty of fish.

A great relaxing week with good company around us.

Once again thanks for a great time and we will see you again soon."

Lorraine and Martin Jayne, Bristol, Avon.                  6th. July 2008.

"Thanks for a fantastic holiday last week.

This was our second visit and again, the accommodation was excellent

and the fishing exceeded expectations.

Look forward to visiting again." 

Richard Price, Newton Abbot, Devon,                      8th. May 2008.

"I would like to thank you all for a very good weekend.

The comments made by my party were of excellent Hospitality, Superb Food,

very comfortable & clean rooms and excellent fishing.

We all enjoyed our stay so much that we would like to book again for next year"  

A. Roseboom, Northwood, Middlesex                      11th. April 2008.

"Thanks for a great break. I had a PB of a 30lb Common on Tanners.

What you have , is a holiday complex that can never be matched.

The fish are in perfect condition and you spoil the anglers

by not making it commercial which I take my hat off to you!

John & Wanda, keep it like this forever and I will see you later in the year!"

Paul Clarke,  Sutton, Surrey.                         25th. March 2008.

"Thanks for a great four day break.

Tench to well over 6 lb, , Perch to over 3 lb. Ghost Carp to upper doubles,

Carp, Crucian Carp, Roach and Rudd.

Certainly the best winter fishing we have ever had.

The way the fish were taking off the surface, they don't realise it's winter!"

Bill & Virginia Rushmer.    Anglers Mail.               19th. November 2007.

"My 5th. visit to you in less than two years & my 4th. Personnel Best!

All I can say is thank you both very much for another wonderful time.

Can't fault anything. Your hospitality is wonderful"

Harvey Rhodes, Chorley, Lancashire.                      4th. October 2007.

"Thanks John, Wanda and all the staff for a fantastic week.

The fishing, accommodation and service are excellent.

For a peaceful, relaxing holiday we fully recommend Clawford".

Sarah, Pete, John and Denise Williams, East Midlands.      3rd. October 2007.

"Many thanks for an excellent week.

Obviously, my favourite lake is Tanners Lake where I upped my personal best

from a pre-Clawford 27 lb 3 oz mirror to a Clawford 31 lb 8 oz. leather.

Having fished in France, we have decided England is best!."

Chris and James Ranstead, Sheffield.                    21st. September 2007.

"Many thanks for a fantastic two weeks holiday.

The fishing and accommodation are second to none."

Dave & Alison McDonnell, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.      1st. September 2007.

"Thanks for a great holiday. Everything was absolutely top grade as usual.

The fishing was superb, we look forward to our next visit"

Geoff and Chris Brooker, Kent                         12th. August 2007.

"We would like to thank you for a wonderful time at Clawford.

The fishing was the best I have ever had,

the people you had there were very nice people,

food was very good and the atmosphere was very friendly.

This was my third visit and I cant wait to come back "

Michael Wallin & Julie Findlay, Dunstable.            9th. July 2007.

"The fishing was absolutely Fabulous........

Clawford is Premier League fishing, no doubt"

Lewis West, Sheffield.                                16th. June 2007.

"You have the best Fishery and the best holiday apartments in Britain!"

Garry & Karen Taylor, Nuneaton.

"A great Holiday destination, food and service is first rate"

John May, Yeovil, Somerset.

"Best place in the UK, the fishing is amazing"

Norman Holden & Simon Smith, Salford, Manchester.

"We were not prepared for the variety of fish and the beauty of the place"

Darren & Crissie Bast, Herts.

"My 14th. Annual visit to Clawford was absolutely magic"

Richard Pearson, Cairns, Australia.

"A great holiday destination, not spoilt and not over crowded"

Howard Chalk, Cardiff, Wales.