Established by the current owners in 1981, Croxley Hall Fisheries has been developed into an outstanding, predominantly carp fishery situated inside the M25.
The property is situated near Croxley Green approximately 1 mile from Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire and 3 miles from Junction 18 of the M25.
The fishery is set in a beautiful rural environment approximately 20 miles from Central London adjacent to open countryside.
Croxley Hall Fisheries is widely regarded as probably one of the top carp fisheries in the country. The business comprises of two carp syndicates, a trout syndicate and a lake let to Watford Piscators Angling Society.
There is further potential for the business to be developed to suit a new owner’s objectives.
Croxley Hall Carp Syndicate
The syndicate has exclusive rights to fish Croxley Lake extending to approximately 7.3 acres (3 ha). The syndicate currently comprises 60 members for the 2018/19 season. The lake is extremely well stocked including an English common carp caught at 58lbs 4oz (2017 season). This fish has grown on in Croxley Lake since it was stocked at 2-3lbs in 1998. It is potentially one of the largest English bred common carp in the country.
Most of the carp are just over 20 years old or around half of the life expectancy of the average carp. A good number have achieved weights of between 40lbs and 50lbs with further carp growing on. Over 64% of the carp caught during 2017 weighed over 30lbs and 46% of the carp caught during 2017 weighed over 35lbs.
Cressacres Carp Syndicate
The syndicate has exclusive access to Cressacres Lake extending to approximately 6.1 acres (2.5 ha), Longwater 1.4 acres (0.6 ha) and Kingfisher Pool 1.4 acres (0.6 ha). The syndicate comprises of 80 members for the 2018/19 season. In 2008 Cressacres Lake, Longwater and Kingfisher Pool were stocked with carp at a much higher density than Croxley Lake.
The three lakes which form Cressacres Carp Syndicate now regularly produce carp of over 30lbs with the best carp caught weighing just over 36lbs. 84% of the carp caught in 2017 weighed over 15lbs and 43% of the carp weighed over 20lbs. Within 10 years it is anticipated that Cressacres Carp Syndicate will produce carp equal in weight to those carp currently being caught in Croxley Lake.
The syndicate has the exclusive rights to fish Lodge and Willow Lakes extending to approximately 1.4 acres (0.6 ha). Croxley Hall Trout Syndicate comprises of 45 members. The syndicate is self-managing and is responsible for stocking.
Broadacres Lake extends to approximately 3.6 acres (1.5ha). Watford Piscators Angling Society rent the fishing rights (together with a separate stretch of the River Gade) on a 10 year lease, which expires on the 31st March 2021.
The Watford Piscators Angling Society access Broadacres Lake from their own property to the east of Croxley Hall Fisheries.
A purpose built two storey fishery lodge, which is available for use by all annual carp and trout syndicate members. The lodge has a kitchen with cooking facilities and lounge area with log fire. On the first floor there is a meeting room.
The lodge also provides a reception area with computerised log-in facilities, together with male and female toilets situated outside the building. A Pre-Application has been submitted to Three Rivers District Council for the potential change of use to manager’s accommodation tied to the fishery.
All existing carp and trout syndicate members are entitled to use the secure parking facilities provided on site which can accommodate up to 40 cars. All areas of the fishery and the car park are excluded from public access and there are perimeter fences to protect the boundaries of the property.
Fish Stocks and Bio-Security
Croxley Hall Fisheries differs from many other carp fisheries around the country which often contain carp that are very mature in age. Most of the carp in the lakes at Croxley Hall Fisheries are relatively young and still have years to grow on to reach their full potential weights.
This makes it one of the most exciting carp fisheries around with a known history of pedigree carp and it is probably the reason why it currently has over 1300 anglers on its waiting list to joining. Bio-security has always been taken very seriously. All carp anglers are provided with designated sets of good quality carp unhooking mats, weigh slings and landing nets for use on each syndicate.
Equipment is repaired and replaced regularly as required and is stored dry in a secure building next to the fishery lodge. Anglers are not permitted to use their own unhooking mats, weigh slings or landing nets or to bring any wet tackle into the fishery. Carp syndicate members for bio-security reasons are not allowed to fish the River Chess and the Old River Colne.
Web Sites and On-line Booking
Croxley Hall Fisheries has three dedicated websites, one for each syndicate. There has been considerable investment into these state of the art websites.
Existing members can log-in to a secure “members area” on each website to view a huge amount of information about the fishery. The websites are linked and updated by the touch screen in the fishery lodge.
As a result the information is always up to date and includes the very latest catch reports and a special feature to show exactly who is fishing at any one time on each syndicate. It is believed that this system is unique in the angling world. Anglers can plan their trips knowing beforehand who is currently fishing and when anglers will be leaving the fishery because of the 48 hour maximum fishery rule.
The business currently turns over in the region of £95,000, which is generated from the membership fees for the two carp syndicates and rental income from Broadacres Lake and the Trout Syndicate.
There is considerable potential for the business to be developed further. Full income/expenditure details will be provided upon request.
The lodge is connected to mains water, electricity and has the benefit of electric radiators.
All machinery and equipment is available under separate negotiation. A full schedule is available from the vendors’ agents.
Strictly by appointment through Fenn Wright. Please note access will not be granted for any viewings which have not been arranged through the agent.
Tenure & Possession
The property is offered for sale freehold as a whole with vacant possession on completion with the exception of Broadacres Lakes and Fishing Rights on the River Gade, which are let to Watford Piscators Angling Society.
Fixtures, Fittings & Stock
The sale includes fixtures and fittings and fish stocks within the lakes. Fenn Wright are not liable in any way for the quality or quantity of the fish stocks, nor any death or disease that may affect such stocks. Purchasers must satisfy themselves as to the quality and quantity of the fish stocks prior to purchase.
Rights of Way & Easements
The property is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing Rights of Way, whether public or private, light, support, drainage, water and electricity supplied in other rights obligations, easements, quasi-easements and restrictive covenants or all existing proposed wayleaves for masts, staves, cables, drains, water and gas and other pipes, whether referred to in these particulars or not. A right of way will be granted through Croxley Hall as shown with a brown line on the site plan.
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Photographs taken: 2017/18
Particulars prepared: May 2018
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