Fishing is not a glamor sport, but thanks to the BBC2 series, Gone Fishing, which comedians Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse followed on their fishing trips, we all know that it is fun – and comedy gold.
Perhaps that is why living next to rivers is so popular. Such houses have high prices – especially if you are on one of the chalk creeks in the south, such as the Test, Loddon or Itchen.
It is impossible to say exactly how much a strip of river increases the price of an accommodation, says George Bramley of Knight Frank. & # 39; That depends on the exact location, the catch statistics and what else is on the market. But it is certainly considerable. & # 39;
Lost fish: houses with fishing rights have cachet, but you can still catch a bargain on the river
Paul Whitehouse sells his weekend bolthole near Stockbridge, Hampshire – a two-story house with an indoor pool, open brickwork and low ceilings. He bought it five years ago (he now leases it to a friend) for the excellent piece of excellent river test and view over the water meadows of Hampshire.
Work commitments meant that he could not fish there often, so he now sells £ 1.35 million, myddeltonmajor.co.uk.
Not all houses on the river bank are owned by enthusiastic fishermen. Diana Hogg, 60, and her husband Jeremy sell their home over the past 22 years in Warnford, Hampshire, on the banks of the Meon River, one of the best places for trout fishing in the region.
"We thought it would be fun for our son", says Ms. Hogg, who moves because she wants bigger paddocks for her horses. "He caught a few trout and we cooked them, but he was upset about what he had done and never fished again," she says. Mrs. Hogg thinks that her house on the riverbank with five bedrooms is more than fishing. It has a secret garden and a wooden bridge over the water.
It's the sound of the water that I love & # 39 ;, she says. High Barn is on the market for £ 1.5 million with hamptons.co.uk.
If you do not want to pay in the millions, look in the less fashionable provinces. The Wylye and the Nadder are both tributaries of the Avon, where fishing is good, while in Somerset, Devon and Dorset the property is much cheaper.
There is also good fishing in West Wales. & # 39; There is always demand for houses on the River Teifi and the Towy, both of which are known for their salmon and sea trout, & # 39; says Carol Peett of West Wales Property Finders.
They are especially popular with retirees and as vacation-let investments. Fishermen bring with them a fixed rental income. & # 39;
Buying a house by the river is not entirely easy. The deeds must be carefully checked. Owning the house and the garden does not mean that you have the fishing rights.
You could find a stranger, all within his rights, walk through your territory to start fishing on a piece of river that you do not own. There is also the possibility of flooding. This may not be mentioned in the details, in which case you can read more and consult the Environment Agency flood risk maps.