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Visitor book remarks, emails and postcards received from them, and our Anglers, and occasionally from others fishing, visiting or staying at Nineoaks. We hope very much that you appreciate their comments and feedback on our services, our coaching, about our facilities, and of the fishery in general?

Bill & Val

Feedback August, 2017 from Howard Prince

Unsolicited "e-mail" received from Howard Prince, an holidayer from Whitchurch, Shropshire, 20th August 2017, and reads as follows:

Bill, Just a quick email on behalf of Hazel, myself and Ozzy to thank you for a wonderful stay last week. The accommodation and fishery is a credit to you and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

The flyover Bee eater capped the week! Rare in this locality, the European Bee Eater bird?
Kind regards, Howard

Feedback May, 2017 from Bill Singleton

"Facebook feedback remarks left by Bill Singleton, (Nantwich, Cheshire), and reads as follows:

Hi bill just a quick thank you for another brilliant stay.Bill Singleton with a 18lb 12oz common carp caught 6 weeks after Rob Keeling's
With a new pb it just gets better. The chub and barbel add more interest as to what is taking the bait when the float goes under. The big roach in the house pool are still alluding me though but maybe next time. Many thanks to Val and the girls for keeping the accommodation spotless as usual.
Bill and Ann

Visitor's book remark Saturday, October 31st, 2015 from Richard & Sue Smith, Bristol

"e-mail" received from Richard Bradley, a local angler, 23rd February 2017, and reads as follows:

Dear Bill, Just a quick line to let you know how much I enjoyed my short visit on Monday 20th February. Although it was quite windy the air temperature had risen a lot and the carp were very active. They came up to my floating bread and I managed to catch twelve fish in a couple of hours weighing up to ten pounds. The fish were in excellent condition and I think that provided the weather doesn’t turn cold the fishing should get even better in the coming weeks. The water was quite coloured and there was plenty of evidence the fish were also feeding on the bottom from the ‘mud clouds’ being stirred up. I hope to be with you again soon. Kind Regards Richard.

Visitor's book remark Saturday, October 31st, 2015 from Richard & Sue Smith, Bristol

Comments read:-

Great stay, made to feel really welcome from the moment of arrival
Richard loved the fishing and all the help from Bill.
Great seeing all the birds of pray and other wildlife.
We will return next year without fail.
Loved every minute

Received unsolicited email Friday, October 11, 2015 from Jeremy John

Fishing Review

Just wanted to thank you for a wonderful mornings fishing last Tuesday on your trout lakes. Six hard fighting full finned fish of 2 to 2.5lb, all on damsels and a flashback hares ear.

Trout were busy chasing fry, which were jumping clear out of the water giving the trout's location away around Derwen lake. No takes on the other lakes though.

Lovely fishery with three nice trout lakes set in well kept grounds. Hope to visit again next time I'm in the area.

Received unsolicited email Saturday, June 19, 2015 from Brian harrison and his wife

Hello Bill & Val,
Just a quick thank you to you both for the wonderful time that we all had at Nine-oaks. The fishing was first class and so too the cottage. We hope to return in the future.
Martin & Christine Barnett
PS The deposit cheque arrived yesterday in the post.

Received unsolicited email Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from Dave Stirzaker

Visiting Nine Oaks

Just had 4 hrs fishing the top lake (Weir), first visit. Had a fish first cast and went on to hook 21! Landed 16, lost 5.

The last one I lost stripped loads of line off, jumped several times, then bit through the knot right at the net. Looked 4+. Fantastic fighting fish in top condition. Never seen such scarlet colours. Tremendous.

Thank you.
Dave Stirzaker

( I caught on nomads and small cats whiskers, most fish took on the drop.)

following our email thanking him, he replied 19th, February:-

I was quite lucky I think to find a tight group of fish. I had half a dozen casts in the bottom pool with no result then quickly went up to the top one. Took two fish from the first gap, then one from the next gap, then hit the jackpot, hooking another eighteen fish, plus pulls, tweaks and nips. Fantastic.

I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon and I am now looking at the roach fishing with interest! My wife and I have a motorhome which, if we can't park it in your car park could be parked somewhere nearby ? Then I could have a session for roach, one for carp and one for trout. Nice!

I too hope to see you again soon. Dave Stirzaker

PS I don't do Facebook or Twitter or any of that stuff. Maybe one day I will.....?

Received unsolicited email Saturday, July 12, 2014 from Brian harrison and his wife

Hi Bill sorry have not been in touch earlier just a quick mail to say thanks for the great weekend fishing. It was all it was said to be, and we would visit you again soon once again thanks.

Unsolicited email 10th, July 2014

Hi Bill, just getting back into the swing of things at work.

Just a note to confirm how much I enjoyed by long weekend break at Nineoaks last weekend.

The advice on your website and given on the bank was spot on. Even if you didn’t get to show me how you tie a Grinner knot your way.

With the breakfast sarnies and tackle and bait facilities, who could ask for more.

The pasties aint bad either, and I am not referring to small carp. I didn’t have any of those. Your lakes suit my passion for margin fishing, and I do mean “margin”.

All of the double figure carp I had were within a foot of the water edge right at my feet. Will definitely be back again in the future, and them roach really do snaffle whole mussels.

All the best. Fred Kemp

Received unsolicited mail from Ron Cousins (Welsh Correspondent for the Angler's Mail) and his wife Caroline, Sunday June 16th, 2013.

We have just stopped running around long enough to thank you for two most pleasant days at your fishery.

It was a pleasure to be on the lakes and the fishing was first class. I have also managed to add a few things to the accumulated years knowledge and will never look at a mussel in the same way again.

I don't know whether I told you but I am on the Louise Elliot show on BBC Radio Wales between 2pm and 3pm on Wednesday and anglers are invited to ring, email or text with questions or opinions for discussion.

All the Best Ron & Caroline

Received unsolicited mail from David and Sue Carr, Thursday May 16th, 2013

Dear Bill and Val, we received our damages deposit cheque today, thank you ! we had a really good holiday, and hopefully will be back, timing is the problem.....not enough hours in the day or days in the year! All Best Wishes, Dave and Sue Carr

Received reply email from Owen Harris in response to an email from Bill, Monday March 18th, 2013.

Thanks Bill. We had a very good time - the cottage was very comfortable. I did find the missing payment - it was on my account as unclaimed probably because I made a mistake with the address. You will certainly see us again- perhaps later in the year.

Regards, Owen

Received unsolicited email Simone McNeil of Aberporth, Sunday, November 04, 2012

Hi Bill

Just a quick note to thank you for a great time this week. Harvey was very pleased to have caught his first trout and is keen to get back out there - as you said "mission accomplished". Wishing you a busy winter, we look forward to returning to Nineoaks in the Spring.



Received unsolicited email from Simone McNeil of Aberporth, Monday 13th, August 2012.

Thank you Bill and Val, for another memorable fishing day for the grandchildren and their parents (and myself and Tony - grandparents). Having taught them the rudiments last year they couldn't wait to have another go. They remembered all you had said. We couldn't have had a better day. Caitlin (aged 9) caught a fish at her first cast! Then 2 more immediately! She had ten before the end of the day. Conor (aged 12) had to be more patient but he too caught 10 fish before the day was over. Tony caught 28! Even I managed 4 small roach and then a good sized carp, followed by a very attractive mirror carp and on my last cast of the day a superb golden carp! This was such a super family activity and one we will all look forward to on another occasion. Thank you for organising such excellent weather too in a summer of appalling weather conditions. We regularly recommend Nineoaks to others interested in fishing and they are always thrilled with the number and variety of their catch. Our day was EXCELLENT!

Steve Prydie's PB of a 16.5lb Common Received unsolicited email from Stephen Prydie Monday 6th, August 2012.

Fishing Review: Hi bill , dropping you a line to say what a great time we had fishing overnight last weekend . You helped me land my p/b common carp 16and a half pound ,what a fight and what a fish .We will be coming again this month for another over nighter and will bring bait this time , hope you can forward me the pictures you took of the fish I would appreciate it very much.

See you soon and hope the weather holds;

Steve Prydie

Received unsolicited email from David Wright of New Quay, Cornwall Monday 9th, July 2012.

Hello Bill and Val, Really enjoyed our stay with you last week, shame about the weather, never mind the break did us both good, bit of a wrench for both of us getting back to work today, the week went so quickly.

We would very much like to stay with you again next year, are you taking bookings yet? If at all possible we would like Snowdrop again and also the same week, last weekend in June and the first week in july.

Hope you are both well and look forward to seeing you both next year,

Best wishes Dave and Linda, Newquay Cornwall.

Fallon's PB of an 8lb Common Loz's fine 8lb Common Carp  Received unsolicited email From Fallon July 15th, 2012

Hi Bill,

Had another fantastic evening fishing and got my new PB with an 8lb common, then 5 minutes later Loz matched it with another 8lb.

Many Thanks

Fallon and Loz.

Received unsolicited email From Joyce Linaker of Glossop, Derbyshire July 3rd, 2012.

Hi Bill and Val - Just received my damages cheque and the thank you note from yourselves, which is much appreciated . We had a very enjoyable stay at Nineoaks and highly recommend it to others - great fishing, lovely clean caravan and a great holiday all round. Thanks again for a great holiday.

Received unsolicited email From Ruth Mann of Norfolk June 17th, 2012

Just wanted to say thanks again for the caravan, the fishing and most of all to you for being so friendly and welcoming! We had a good run back, stopped for 30 minutes but still made it in less than 6 1/2 hours!

I hope everything was in order with the caravan.

Jake sends his best wishes to Dylan!



Received unsolicited email From Brenda Bilverstone June 7th, 2012

Hi Bill and Val.

Thanks for a great weeks hol had by all.We were really lucky weather wise this time.and had some great catches.

I wonder if you could tell me how much it would be if we came on weds 12th, June 2013 till sat 22nd, also the price if we did 15th, june to weds 26th,.and even 2 weeks from the 15th,.

It will be my sisters 60th, birthday next year, so thought it would be nice to have a bit longer together.Sorry to get your brain working.

Look forward to your reply.



Local angler Loz with his 15lb Common

Received unsolicited email From Fallon June 4th, 2012

Hi Bill,

Had a great evenings fishing last night, Loz had 5 carp and i had 3 carp. His biggest was a 15lb common so we took a photo to send to you. We also got a sneak glimpse of one of the koi's, very nearly took my bait until a bigger carp got there first. We filled out a catch report.

Many thanks see you again soon

Fallon and Loz

Saturday 2nd, June 2012.

A "thank you" card from Elaine & Kevin plus Jackie & Jim from Hucknall, Notts.:-

To Val and Bill;

Thank you for making us so welcome and for ensuring we had a lovely Time.

Best Wishes.

Received unsolicited email From Wendy Armer of Barnsley May 30th, 2012

Message: Hiya Bill just to let you know I received the £40 deposit back this morning, thank you. Also, just to say we really had a wonderful time and we do hope to see you again Wendy.

Received unsolicited email From Mr Peter Chisholm of Penrhiwgaled Arms, Cross Hands.

Message: Hello bill was not able to find you when I left so can i pay double next time, which may be in 2 weeks. Oh caught about 20 carp up to about 12lb mainly on cat biscuit, but also had some on bread. Thanks peter.

Received unsolicited email from Mandy Warrilow June 05th, 2011

Dave, Mandy, Ethan and Morgan Warrilow

Message: Hi Bill and Val, just wanted to say thanks for making our holiday so special. Everything was perfect. Lovely bungalow, brilliant fishing and great advice. We even had a few firsts. Ethan caught a Grass Carp and a Ghost carp. Dave had his PB on Main Pool a 20lb Common (will send you a pic) and I had my first Koi. Hope to see you both soon take care. From the Warrilows. PS: Morgan said hi to Dylan x.

Received unsolicited email from Phil & Jennifer Silvester 23rd, October 2010

hi bill  i am still learning about this internet but wanted to say thank you for a lovely stay,  the cottage was really nice and we enjoyed the surrounding area both walking cliff paths and cycling. hope to be back next year.

thanks Jenny &  Phil

David's fine 12lb Mirror Carp David Taylor's first Grass Carp

Received unsolicited email from David Taylor 28th, July 2010

Hi Bill, just an email to say thanks again for two awesome days fishing. I have spoke to my friend who is up for coming over to you for a few days fishing. We just need to arrange the time to get together and we shall see you again, I'm looking forward to it. Here are some pics that I said I would email you, the grass carp pic is the one you took as I was about to pack up for the day he was 9lb and the mirror was 12lb. Thanks again.


Received unsolicited email from dr. Pál András from Hungary 9th, July 2010

Dear Bill and Val,

We stayed at Nine Oaks last week with my wife. We had the most wonderful time at Nine Oaks and Wales and I can't wait to return, but next time hopefully for a longer break.

Thank you for your kind hospitality and tuition. We hope to return soon. Meanwhile I'll show Hungarian carpers something I learned in Wales... some luncheon meat. :)

Please say hello to doggy Dyl and the fish for me.

Best wishes,

Anna and Andras

Young Keiron Houghton's first Mirror Carp Stuart Houghton caught in the Novice Pool this fine 7.5lb Mirror Carp Received unsolicited email from Alan 2nd, August 2009

Hi Bill,

Just a couple of pictures for your gallery

Keiron Houghton (Aged 11) from Widnes Cheshire with a 6lb Mirror Carp landed on the main lake on bacon paste pellet, and his older brother Stuart (Aged 15) with his 7.5lb Mirror Carp landed from the novice pool whilst fishing on slug.

Once again, thanks for everything, we're all still "buzzing" from a fantastic week at Nine Oaks which far outweighed our expectations. I asked the kids on the way home whether they would prefer a Spain beach holiday or Nine Oaks, the answer was unanimous and we all hope to be back very soon.


Alan Houghton and Family.

Received unsolicited email from Richard 7th, July 2010

1. Name: Richard

2. Message: Dear Sir. (Didn't get your name)

Just a note to say thank you, for a wonderful afternoon yesterday. My Son Jo and I had a great time and with your training and advice we went on to catch a Common Carp of about 2lb.

We will most definitely be returning and with the other family members! I work unusual shift patterns which include weekends so will miss out on your free training sessions for the youngsters. This is a shame.

Nine Oaks is fantastic and I am pleased we found you.

Thanks again

Richard and Joseph

Received unsolicited email from Roy Simmons 29th, June 2008

Hi Val & Bill,

Very many thanks for such a delightful stay at Snowdrop. We had a brilliant time touring the pools even though we don’t fish. It seems as though we packed a fortnight’s holiday into a week! Roy Simmons, Fairwater, Cardiff

A copy of the front page of the original card received by the fishery

A copy of the inside of the original card received by the fishery

Received a copy from brothers Paul & Brian Trubshaw.

What a fantastic card made by them for their 80 year old Dad for his 80th, Birthday treat - absolutely fantastic.

The inside of the card reads:

To celebrate your forthcoming 80th, Birthday.

We have arranged a fishing holiday at Nine Oaks Fishery, Oakford near New Quay.

You will be collected around 9.00am on Friday 7th, September & the journey of adventure & fun begins.

The card contains pictures taken from our web site. Stunning!

A copy of the original thank-you card received by the fishery
Received by unsolicited mail 7th, September 2006 from husband & wife Joan & Fred Allsop.

Just got back home after a lovely stay at 9Oaks.

Thank you both very much for making us so welcome and we really did enjoy our selves, pity it wasn't for longer?

Joan & Fred Allsop

A copy of the original thank-you card received by the fishery Received by unsolicited mail Friday 24th, May 2007 from husband & wife Brenda & Malcolm Herbert.

Dear Val & Bill

Many thanks for a comfortable holiday, beautiful surroundings, friendly atmosphere and even good fishing! We're totally rested. We were so happy you were able to take our deposit/booking for next year and look forward to seeing you on 10th, May 2008.

All best wishes,

Brenda & Malcolm

A copy of the original thank-you card received by the fishery
Received by unsolicited mail Friday 5th, July 2007 from husband & wife Joan & Keith Woodcock.

We would like to thank you Val & Bill for the hospitality given to us during our week at Nine Oaks Fishery. You made us feel very comfortable and the fishing and accommodation was excellent.

We would also like to thank Bill for the return A.A Route home. That was "spot on". It took five hours with a half hour stop (didn't get lost once). Hope to see you next year with our friends.

Joan & Keith Woodcock (Goole)

Mr John Conlin (Jnr) proudly presents a photo trophy of a good winter caught Carp Mr John Conlin (Snr) proudly presents a photo trophy of a fine winter caught Carp Received by unsolicited email Wednesday 22nd, February 2007 from father and son (John Conlin) after their first visit here.

Hi Bill,

Just thought I would drop you a quick email to say thanks very much for this weekend.

My Dad and I had a fantastic time, the fishing, customer service and sarnies were excellent!

We didn't catch any huge fish, but a PB Mirror for me, and a PB Mirror and PB Common for my Dad really made our weekend! (even if I did have to sit out in the wind & rain to catch my better fish!).

We'll certainly be back soon! I have attached some of the photos I took, feel free to use them!

Thanks from both me, and my Dad (who's also called John, just to keep it easy!)

John Conlin, Leeds

A Stanbrook Photo trophy of some of their fish caught at Nineoaks during their recent fishing holiday here. Thank you and a very merry christmas to you both.

The christmas card we received was a lovely picture.

I have attached one of many photos that we took during our visit in August,
thank you again for a fab time.
Caroline, Dave & Steven Stanbrook
Received by unsolicited email Wednesday 13th, December 2006 from Husband and Wife who had stayed and fished at Nineoaks previously.

Thank you very much for another very relaxing and comfortable stay at yours. We do really love it there and would like to book again for 2007. Would it be possible to book the 2 bedroomed for three people - in on Monday 29 October and out on Sunday 4 November, 2007, 6 nights in all and hopefully lots of fish and good weather!

Please confirm. Look forward to hearing from you.

Jennifer Mcelroy, Reading

Received by unsolicited email Sunday 2nd, July 2006 from two who had night fished at Nineoaks for the first time.

hi bill thanks for a great night fishing friday me and paul had a brill time and to catch 60 fish is awsome mike said he fished today and caught the big one so we only missed it by a couple of days can you email me the photos so i can print them off for him as he does not have an email address many thanks Paul Armes...

Received by unsolicited email Sunday 11th, June 2006

hello this is Mr.Davison from Barnsley I'm using my partners email address . On behalf of my party and my self i wish to thank you both for a really enjoyable stay last week and we will be recommending you to friends .the fishing and accommodation were excellent .Once again thank you

Received by unsolicited email Friday 25th, May 2006

hi bill

we visited your fishery in May [my brother Mike made the gallery with his grass carp] i would like you to know we all had a fantastic time the accommodation was tremendous and we will be back [maybe next time i will get featured in the gallery who knows]. see you soon

john shawcross

Merna Kincaid's step father with his best catch of during their weeks family fishing holiday at Nineoaks Received by unsolicited email Monday 23rd, April 2006:

Hi Bill and Val

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with you very recently, and I attach a photograph of the biggest catch of the week for our lads.

My husband Arnold and I are really looking forward to seeing you both again on 5th, August as agreed.

Again, many thanks for a lovely time.

Merna Kincaid

Mr Joe Megonnell (of the USA) proudly shows the first Trout caught in his own lake after having casting lessons at Nineoaks
from Joe & Deann [] from mid-west USA in response to email from Bill 18th, April 2006.
I was waiting till I actually caught a fish. While I have caught some sun fish nothing worth commenting on. Distance and accuracy are improving. I'll always remember to "flick it".
We did enjoy Wales very much.
The time we spent with you was very special. Your instructions and personal attention will really enable me to enjoy the sport of fly fishing. The conversation was great too.
You'll get a picture of the first big one.
We hope to return to Wales next summer, if we do we will be sure to come by.

Joe & Deann Megonnell

Mr Joe Megonnell Received by email 21 April 2006
The ability of the teacher is judged by the success of the student. not very big but a good fight and a good start

Joe & Deann Megonnell

7th, September 2005 postcard received from Joan and Fred Allsop, Colwall, Worcestershire.

Just got back home after a lovely stay at Nineoaks.

Thank you both very much for making us so welcome. We really did enjoy ourselves, pity it wasn't for longer?

December 2004 with the Welsh Ladies International Fly Fishing Team after a day at Nineoaks 16th, December 2004 by email: Welsh Ladies International Fly Fishing Team

Had a great day at your fishery the other Sunday, You kindly said that you could email me a copy of the 6lb fish I caught. Sorry its taken me so long but I have been ill and this is the first time I have been able to use the computer. I'm telling everyone what a great day we had. Still no piece in last week or this weeks Carmarthen Journal but perhaps after xmas they will pop it in.

Cheers for now - hope to see you in the New Year.

Regards Simone

Mr Carvell who helped his son catch his first ever Carp in the House Pool 10th, October 2004 by email:

My son, Jake, was carp fishing this morning on the old trout lake. You kindly took a picture of him with a carp. I should be very grateful if you could email this to me at the return address.

The quality of the fish in this lake is superb!

Best regards
John Carvell
Craig Lovell proudly presents one of the fish he caught at the Fishery

4th, July 2005 by email:



From Stephen Whitehead 16th, October 2004 by email:

hi bill, just like to thank you for a fantastic week myself and the lads had last week. the changes you have made are a great step and look forward to seeing you again next year.

22nd, June 2004 by email:


Julia and I would like to thank you for a friendly and enjoyable day at Nine Oaks last week during our stay in Pembrokeshire.

We both remarked during the rest of the week how well the fishery is kept and run, having visited a vast amount of trout venus on our travels the standards vary considerably. Nine Oaks is amongst the best we've found and is a credit to your hard work. We both caught after 7pm during a hot day. The trusty Diawl Bach and sinking line never seems to fail in Wales and tempted us nine prime fish, two of mine well over four pounds and one in particular well over five.

We both wish you all the best a Nine Oaks and hope to see you again one day.

David and Julia Martin

Carl Woodward with his first decent Carp 18th, May 2004 by email:

To bill

thank you for all you're help and advice on sunday which helped me catch my biggest ever carp. thought you might like this picture.

thank you
carl woodward
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