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12 - 22 Sept 2015

Shane, Rula, Taylor & Buster

Thanks again for a great stay, we had the best weather yet.

Thanks for the recommendations of places to visit, we definitely saw more of this lovely area, had a great nights stay in Biarritz and visiting Bayonne was lovely.

Keith, Lewis & Tom enjoyed the fishing

Hope to see you all again soon.

Tracy, Keith, Tom & Lewis (Kent)



29 / 08 / 15  -  5 / 9 / 15

Had a lovely week, thanks to Shane & Rula for the taxi service.

House was perfect, fish up to mid twenties including a couple of personal best's.

Very impressed with the variety of kio !

Lovely grounds and surroundings, it was nice to have Buster coming to visit us every day.

Also a big thank you to Taylor for showing us around on arrival.

The six of us have all enjoyed our week here.

Thank you,

Fiona, Tony, Paula, Martin, Kev & Lesley from Bedfordshire. :-)



15th - 29th August 2015

We have had an amazing two weeks stay !

You have done a fantastic job with the lodge, the lakes & the surroundings.

We have had some lovely days out in Soustons, Salies, Peyreyhorade, Orthez, Capbreton beach & Biarritz. Also had a drive through the breathtaking Pyrenees mountains.

We have also had many hours of lovely peaceful fishing and all beat our personal best's. Jason 26lb, Damion 24lb 15oz, Mandy 16.5lb plus many many more.

C Bailey just enjoyed watching or playing in the pool.

We loved the regular visits from Buster.

We are all going home with lovely tans and some fantastic memories - thank you so much for everything.

Love Jason, Mandy, Damion & Bailey Wicks. xxx

Grimsby N.E Lincs

P.S. We'll be back !!!


Thank you Shane & Rula for a most enjoyable stay in you lovely Barn.

The fishing was excellent, many fish caught by all, mostly mid twenties, look forward to one day catching the big ones.

Visited many places & local markets were enjoyable especially Peyreyhorade.

As someone who has done a barn coversion, I must praise you both of a great job converting this one.

Great fishing, great tan, 38°C, cant be bad !!!

Look forward to seeing you and the fish again, not to mention Buster.

Mitch, Teresa, Ben & Jamie Wicks.




August 2015

So lovely to see you all again, as always we have had a wonderful, relaxing stay.

Em & Sam have loved playing with Taylor and spending time with you all.

You have such a beautiful lodge & chalet we really don't want to leave.

We will be back again soon, the men have yet to haul in the 50lb carp so they will keep trying.

A bientot

Sarah, Mathew, Emily, Sam, Sheelagh, Paul, Pete & Fran.



July 2015

Another fabulous week here

Fantastic weather (very hot :-))

Great fishing

Can't wait to come back next September

Dave & Cathy xx



6th - 14th June 2015

We have had a lovely relaxing week in lovely tranquil surroundings.

Buster, it's been a pleasure to meet you.

Some beautiful weather alongside thunderstorms we have never experienced before.

Shane & Rula, thank you for letting us stay in your lodge in such beautiful surroundings.

with love to you all,

Take care,

Tracy, Steve, Ellie & Annalise.



23rd - 30th May 2015

What can we say ? Another fantastic time at Smallwater !

some cracking fish caught this week.

See you all next year and thanks a million.

Mitchells & Corbetts xxx



2nd - 9th May 2015

Thank you Shane, Rula, Taylor & Buster for a wonderful holiday.

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, the fishing was fantastic, especially the last day with five doubles in 3 hours "14lb 10oz, 15lb, 18lb, 19lb & 24lb" the lakes are beautiful and a real credit to your workmanship.

The lodge is lovely with all the amenities we needed and we didn't want to leave.

We are definitely returning next year & look forward to seeing you all again.

Wendy, Jim, Becky & Ricky Miller.



 Sept - Oct 2014

Best time fishing ever, Had two forty pounders 40lb 2oz & 49lb 10oz new personal best.

Lots of other carp & even a few decent tench to 8lb, another pb.

Thanks again for such a wonderfull time with great weather too, will be back very soon.

Martin & Jane.




August 2014

Once again, a fantastic time was had by all! Shane, Rula, Taylor and Buster, were truly exceptional hosts, going that extra mile to make sure they addressed all our needs and to ensure our stay was an enjoyable one. Smallwater Lakes is a fantastic retreat for anyone wishing for peace, tranquillity and privacy, as well as fantastic ‘on the doorstep, fishing!’ Looking forward to many more visits. Thanks, once again for a memorable break. See you next year.

Mitchells & Corbetts xx




Very pleasant stay in this lovely part of France.

House is fantastic, you have done a tremendous job with the renovation.

Enjoyed Busters company,

Au revoir,

Richard & Sue Moriarty + family.




1st July 2014

Had a great week fishing, back next year for more.

Great place,




August 2013

Many thanks for such a great place.

Julia & mike



August 2013

Thanks for the best fishing holiday ever. There really are some monster fish in that lake. We are all leaving with new personal bests.

48lb common

37lb mirror

44lb mirror

and the best one of the lot, a huge 55lb 8oz common carp : )

Nigel, Bev & family.

P.S. Thank you Buster for your company and see you all again very soon.



July 2013

Shane & Rula

Thank's for a great week at your beautiful place, we have all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, chilling in the pool & cathing some fish. We look forward to coming back in the future and catching some of the bigger boys and staying in your beautiful house again.

Thank's again,

Chris, Jen, Matt, Kirsty, lewis & Lauren.



July 2013

Thank you all for a great holiday. Waether very hot, pool great, place fantastic. Terry loved the fishing and our dog loved the freedom, it was also nice to have Buster from time to time. You have worked very hard and have something here that is very special to show for it.

Thank you for everything

Terry, Chris, Annie & Chad.



July 2013

Shane, Rula & Taylor

Thank you all for another fantastic holiday & a brilliant birthday. Fishing has been good with carp up to 35lb, not the 50 pounder yet but I am sure he will grace my net soon. The weather has been amasing, we are both going home with a great tan. Hope to be back around Octrober/November.

Take care

Alan & Tia.



25th May - 1st June 2013

Thank you for a great holiday.

Even though the weather was rubish throughout the week, we have caught loads of fish.

Our new personal bests are -

Liam = 43lb common

Mike = 4Olb mirror

Kev  = 30lb leather

Steve = 30lb common

The lodge was beautiful and had everything you could think of in it.

We will all be back again for round two & hopefully catch Mambo.

Once again, thank you for a great holiday.

The Corbetts and the Mitchells xxx



11th - 25th April 2013


Field testing King Carp Baits new K9 Rubignoles & T1 Transformers.

Shane Rula & Taylor,

It's been another very enjoyable & memorable holiday with fantastic company, lovely hot weather & probably the best fishing in the south west of France. Some more fantastic carp in excess of 40lb and a truely stunning & amazing zander wieghing 26lb !! "WOW" considering the British record is only 19lb I feel very privileged but not surprised that your lake has produced this outstanding fish, it's testement to the time, effort & nurturing that you both put in to make this venue by far the best place in South West France & will be a place that we will be looking forward to returning many times in the future.

A total of 421 lb, 30 carp, 8 koi, 1 x 26lb Zander.

Alan & Tia.



10th April 2013

Dear Shane, Rula & Taylor.

2nd visit for the middlewood / Robinson family. La Grange was lovely accommodation and we all felt very homely - which was a godsend considering a few of us felt poorly.

We had a great holiday which would have been perfect if we had been blessed with a little more sunshine !!

Shane & Rula were lovely as always and could not do enough for us.

Next time just me and hubby to tour the area.

Lot's of love

Tracy xx



October 2012

Well we are back again, and once again thank you for another woderfull time. Had some more carp on the new T1 boilies lots of 30s and didn't even spend much time fishing, too busy going out sightseeing and spending time with Shane, Rula & Taylor.

See you all at Christmas, "can't wait"

Alan, Tia, Chris, Ed & Declan .



23rd Sept 2012

Shane, Rula, Taylor & Buster,

Thank you for another fantastic holiday. We came here for our honymoon in June 2011 and enjoyed it that much that this is know our sixth visit. Had lots of big carp up to 46 lb including too many 30 pounders to count. Your company is second to none and your property is stunning. A million thanks again, looking forward to the next time.

Alan & Tia.



September 2012

Well Dave didn't beat his previous pb carp from here (43 lb) only managed a very nice 37 lb carp, but we both had a new pb for enjoyment. Thank you both for a truely brilliant time ! Another two weeks thoroughly enjoyed and hope to see you again next year.

Lot's of love (especially to Taylor !)

Dave & Jo xx



21/7/2012 - 4/8/2012

Had a wonderfull time once again. Discovered Cap breton & Hossegor, both great surf beaches, good grub too. It has been realy nice to come back and chill out round the lake of an evening, catching loads of fish. Bill was over the moon with his new PB of 37 lb.

See you all again next year.

Dave, polly and the gang.



To Shane Rula Taylor & Buster,

Thank's for a lovely holiday, many fish caught, the biggest by Lee (32 lb) We all had such a great time.

Sarah, Phil, Lee, Sue & Brian.



6th April 2012

The fishing was very good, we had many carp over 20 lb up to 41 lb 3 oz. I tried to float fish for tench and had very good results with several fish 2lb upwards to 3lb 8oz. Good perch too. The day I baited a spot next to the airator "ask Shane for his ground bait of mixed nuts and seeds" I covered this with maggots worms and sweetcorn, then left it overnight. The following day, first cast with float, fished worm, I caught a carp of 41 lb 3 oz. After a fight of 2 hours on 8lb line and a 12 hook. The next fish was a carp of 35 lb 9 oz and then a 2lb tench. The water is a credit to Shane & Rula and the lake house is very comfortable and clean. We enjoyed our holiday very much indeed and will be back very soon.

Brian, Carol, Paul, Beverley and William.

Many Thanks.



3rd April 2012

Thank you Shane and Rula, we all had a lovely four days (not long enough).

Hope to see you next year.

The lodge was so lovely and big.

Tess x, Dour x, Liviu x, Mirabela x, Alex x.



5th - 11th November 2011

Once again had a very enjoyable & relaxing week in your beautiful well equiped lodge with it's lovely log burning fire.

Thanks for your hospitality and company over the last week and for the little extra trips, looking forward to 2012 and being back here.

Have a wonderful festive season,

Alan & Tia xx



24th Sept - 8th Oct

Thanks again for a top holiday Shane & Rula. Lots of carp over 30 lb topped off by a stunning common carp weighing 46 lb.

See you all very soon,

Alan, Tia, Ed, Chris & Suvi. x



27th Aug - 10th Sept 2011

We had a great two weeks. The house has all and more than you could want. The location made it great for exploring the countryside even as far as Pampalona in Spain.

Thank you so much for your wonderful hospitality,

Vincent, Joan, Pat, Trish, Gaile & Ben.

Dublin, Ireland.



13th - 26th August 2011

Have had a wonderful fortnight. Meant to go to so many places, sight seeing but went to very few as we were so enjoying the wonderful ambiance of the lodge and the lakes.

The pool was a godsend on the hot days and Spencer and I had great fun splashing about like a pair of kids !

The lodge was very clean and provided for all our needs, the welcoming cold beers and other things provided were truly appreciated.

We both caught our pb carp during the fortnight. Tinas 24 lb 4oz and Spencers 32 lb 2oz, we are both very happy.

Now we are packing up to go home and will be sad to leave but only another 51 weeks until next years holiday in the lodge.

Thank you both for all your help and taking Spencers humour in your stride !

Will look forward to seeing a walking talking Taylor next year.

Once again, thank you so much.

Au revoir,

Tina & Spence




Samedi 13 Aout 2011

C'est avec un réel plaisir , que nous avons retrouvé la famille Kelway , avec un beau bébé en plus.

Nous avons passé 15 jours ici , mais la region est tellement grande à visiter. Il n'est pas impossible qu'il y ait un triosième sejour...

En tout merci pour votre accueil et nous vous disons à tres bientot.

Christine et Denis Gay.



28th July 2011

Daves new pb carp 43 lb common.

Dave and I have had THE best time here ! The gite and it's facilities were beyond all expectations, the surrounding area is so beautiful too.

Shane and Rula have obviously worked very hard to reach such high standards and we congratulate them on doing so.

Do hope to see you next year, Taylor will be running around by then !

Thank you again.

Kindest regards,

Dave & Jo Bush,

Boston, Lincs, UK.



Another great holiday, was good to be in the pool when its so hot.

Billy got to fish a lot and had a new pb carp weighing 35 lb 15oz.

Jake & Rio got to go to the skateboarding in Dax and play with Buster the dog on the little bike.

We also had some great days out, Biarritz, water park, Spain and shoping in Dax etc.

Was good to meet your little man Taylor, he is a great lad, full of smiles and always happy. You are a very nice family :)

Thanks for all that you do and for making our stay so pleasant, see you next year when we hope to bring more of our family.

Love & best wishes,

Polly, Dave, Billy, Jake, Rio & Joan.



7th - 21st May 2011

What a fantastic place, it was realy great to be the first to fish the new lake with all those big carp. Unbelievable weather, did not expect to be going in the pool at this time of year, coming this far south was definately worth the drive. We will recomend you to all our friends.


Darrl, Lucy, Ethan, Stuart & Pam.

Somerset, UK.



28th August 2010

Shane & Rula,

We have enjoyed a super week in a comfortable and brilliantly equiped Gite. We have been doing Gite holidays for the last decade and La Grange is one of the nicest yet.

You have thought of everything to make visitors stay here a joy, and we wish you every success for the future.

The pool is super and the region is just wonderful. We hope to be back to sample the coast, mountains and historic towns again very soon.

All the best wishes to you both, to buster & your new arrival !

David, Nelly, Emilie & Nicolas Fyfe  ( Versailles, 78000 )



7th - 21st Aug 2010

We have had the most brilliant holiday !  Everything has been simply amazing, the lodge,  Shane & Rula our hosts, the facilities & all of the places to visit !  We have enjoyed long days on the beaches at Cap Bretton and Biarritz - brilliant fun for the children who learned to body board & skim board. Fab Restaurants and bars at both places where we have enjoyed lovely meals.

The grounds & the lake are beautiful, very peaceful with lots of room for the children to play. We had lots of fun fishing and have enjoyed camping out a few times to fish over night. Buster has been great company too .

This has been our favourite place we have stayed - we hope to return again. I can't recommend your hospitality and facilities enough.

Thank you so much !  Good luck with the baby & we hope to see you again soon.

The Brookes family, Sarah, Mathew, Emily & Sam.

Nottingham, UK.



24th - 7th 2010

Shane & Rula,

Thank you to both of you for a wonderful holiday. The week has gone so quickly. Your facilities are fabulous and it makes the whole experiance one we shall never forget. The children have had the best time ever, and will be telling their friends back home about all the fun they have had. We did manage to catch one fish in the lake & took a photo of the fish, our son was so pleased ! The lake & the grounds are really stunning, our memories of the holiday will stay with us forever.

We also found the beach, which was very easy to find. Again the children had the best time ever !

Good luck & best wishes for the future.

Lloyd, Debbie, Ben, Matt, Reece, Josh & Paisley ( Lincolnshire, Grantham )

P.S  Miss you Buster, you really are a lovely dog.



18th - 24th July 2010

We have really enjoyed our stay in the house, it really exceeded our expectations ! The house is perfect in every way.

The grounds and the lake are beautiful and it is a pity our stay was so short.

Best wishes,

Allen & July (Wigan Lancashire)



9th July 2010 , Jersy, Channel Islands.

Shane & Rula,

Thank you to the both of you for another fantastic holiday ! We cannot believe how quickly the two weeks have gone. Next year we will have to make it three weeks ! You are both wonderful people and we would like to congratulate you on all the hard work you have put into La Grange, your facilities are fabulous and it makes the whole experiance one we will never forget. We both love your company (& busters !) and always enjoy our wine evenings (even if Darren is drunk for 24hrs) Can't wait to come back again next year, we look forward to meeting the "nipper Kelway" once he arrives ! (how exciting)

We both wish you a "tres sunny" (Ha Ha) Summer and Chilli, Darren and I look forward to seeing you both again in 2011 (hopefully you will have a mini girlfriend for Chilli !)

Take care & good luck with everything for the rest of 2010, The Gite is fantastic & we will recommend your facilities & hospitality to everybody.

With lots of love, the McCue family xxx



10th - 19th April 2009

We have all had a really great holiday. Kids have enjoyed themselves and had lots of fun. Loved staying in the Lodge (La Grange) you catered for all our needs. Look forward to seeing you next year and "Buster".

Best wishes & good luck.

Have a good wedding.

Dave, Polly, Jaon, Billy, Jake & Rio.

P.S Im Going to catch a carp next year (not your dog !!) Billy.



8/8/2009 - 22/8/2009

Thank you for such a wonderful holiday, we have had a great two weeks. The chalet & La Grange were great for all our needs, and the surroundings are perfect, the two of you have worked very hard.

We have all enjoyed a spot of fishing, topped at 19lb, but by switching activities we all had something to keep us amused (Only leaving for trips to the local supermarket & for four of the party to go canoeing)

The straw bales for the archery were perfect, a prime example of the dedication you have both put in, and continue to do.

Good luck & Best Wishes for the future.

Keep up the hard work - it pays off !!

From Diane Solly + (co).

Peter, Wendy, Hazel, Adrian, Rob, Tina, Craig, Dan, Lauren, Alf & Bet !!

(Ashford, Kent, UK)



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