Redmire on the verge of being sold - fishing rights in doubt

Redmire on the verge of being sold - fishing rights in doubt

Redmire Pool is up for sale again – and this time it looks like it will be snapped up, leaving the fishing rights in doubt.

The whole of the Bernithan Court estate, on which the famous carp lake sits, has been put on the market with a guide price of £3.25m.

Mark Walsingham, who only recently completed restoration work on Redmire, told Carpfeed this morning: “The future, from a fishing point of view, is obviously very uncertain.”

Interest in the property, near Ross-on-Wye on the Welsh border, has been strong and the managing agents believe it will sell.

The property particulars state fishing earns the estate around £40,000 a year.

The listing as it appears on rightmove.co.uk

The listing as it appears on rightmove.co.uk

The venue is fully booked to anglers for 2019, but it is not known whether those slots will be honoured by any new owners.

When contacted by Carpfeed about the future fishing rights, Les Bamford, who controls angling at Redmire, replied: “I don’t know.”

Bernithan Court was previously put up for sale in 2017 by the owners, the Richardson family, but withdrawn from the market ahead of a big overhaul of the land.

Extensive de-silting and stock management of the pool was carried out by Mark Walsingham and only completed in January after years of work.

In all, more than 5,000 tonnes of silt was dredged from the lake and all ghost carp were removed.

Speaking to Carpfeed this morning, Mark said: “I’ve known about it for a considerable while. From my point of view I’ve got a lot of respect for the family for still going ahead with the restoration, which shows a lot of respect for Redmire.

“All I can hope is that someone who buys the estate does respect the lake.

“The work essentially returned the lake to the quality it should be and has safeguarded its future, whether those carp are fished for is a matter for the new owners.

Redmire has only recently been restored to its former glory

Redmire has only recently been restored to its former glory

“You can imagine with an estate like that, the eventual purchaser may not know about Redmire or its history.

“The future of fishing there depends entirely on the new owners. The bookings [for 2019] went ahead in good faith.”

Will icon shots like this ever happen again?

Will icon shots like this ever happen again?

Mark, who hopes his own booking at Redmire in summer goes ahead, added: “It’s a glorious piece of countryside with a beautiful house, and it will sell.

“Whoever buys it will buy it because they love the look of that piece of landscape, they won’t buy it because of the revenue brought in by fishing.”

Nell Watts of estate agent Strutt & Parker told Carpfeed: “The whole estate is up for sale. It’s only just been launched a week ago on Monday, but there’s been a lot of interest.

“We’ve got 15 viewings already confirmed and second viewings this weekend.”

Asked whether the sale included any agreements about the future of fishing on Redmire Pool, she added: “As far as I know it’s completely up to the new owner. We haven’t been told about any covenant to keep it running as it is, though I think obviously the current owners would hopefully like to see fishing continue.”

You can view the estate listing here on RightMove.