Lakeside Fishing Holidays – A Guide

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Embarking on lakeside fishing holidays can be a dream come true for any angler, novice or experienced. The serene surroundings, private fishing spots, and cosy lakeside lodges make for an unforgettable getaway.

If you’re contemplating a fishing break, Sumners Ponds is the perfect destination for an idyllic lakeside fishing holiday. 

In this guide, we’ll explore the delights of Sumners Ponds, focusing on the key aspects that make it an ideal choice for your next lakeside fishing adventure, and how to make the most of it.

Lakeside Fishing Holidays – Sumners Ponds Overview

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Sussex countryside, Sumners Ponds offers a haven for anglers seeking a peaceful retreat. 

With a wide range of fishing accommodations, private fishing spots, and stunning views of the fishing lakes, Sumners Ponds ensures an immersive experience for anglers and their families.

Private Fishing Bliss

One of the primary attractions of Sumners Ponds is the availability of private fishing spots. Imagine casting your line into the tranquil waters of a stocked fishing lake, surrounded by the beauty of nature. 

Whether you’re a beginner or an avid angler, having your own private space enhances the joy of your fishing break.

Family-Friendly Atmosphere

Sumners Ponds goes beyond being just a fishing destination; it’s a perfect spot for a family break. 

Our lakeside lodges are designed to cater to the needs of every family member. They are cosy and well-equipped, providing a comfortable stay with modern amenities, making it a home away from home. 

The family-friendly atmosphere ensures that everyone, from kids to adults, can enjoy their time amidst the stunning surroundings.

Lakeside Fishing Holidays | Kitchen & Living room at Lily lodge at Sumners Ponds

Diverse Fishing Opportunities

For those new to coarse fishing or seasoned anglers seeking a challenge, Sumners Ponds offers a diverse range of fishing opportunities. 

The 5 stocked fishing lakes boast a variety of fish, including the elusive common carp and mirror carp. The thrill of reeling in a prized catch adds to the allure of Sumners Ponds, making it a hotspot for carp fishing enthusiasts.

We also have Perch, Roach, Pike, Bream and more! Visit our fishing page for more information on each fishing lake. 

Lakeside Fishing Holidays – Sumners Lake Stocking – January 2024

We’re thrilled to announce that 30 new carp, ranging from 11lb to 16lb, have just been stocked into Sumners Lake!

Sourced from a proven supplier with impressive growth rates, these beauties are ready to test your angling skills!

To increase your chances of landing one of these fantastic catches, make sure to book a lakeside accommodation or a lakeside camping pitch. For a limited time, we are offering you FREE fishing access* when you book one of our lakeside pitches or pods.

Planning a fishing getaway during the summer peak season? Hurry and book your lakeside pitch accommodation now, as availability is filling up fast! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a relaxing and rewarding fishing experience in the heart of nature.

Secure your spot today and get ready for an unforgettable fishing adventure at Sumners Lake!

*Offer valid until 01/03/23

Pet-Friendly Retreat

Sumners Ponds understands the importance of including every member of the family, including the four-legged ones. 

Our lakeside lodges, safari tents, robin’s nest, B&B shepherd’s huts and camping pods are all pet-friendly, allowing you to bring your furry companions along for the adventure. Please visit each of the pages on our website for more information about bringing your four-legged friend.

Imagine spending your evenings by the lakeside, with your loyal pet by your side, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Stunning Views and Relaxation

Beyond the excitement of fishing, Sumners Ponds offers breathtaking views that provide a sense of tranquillity. 

Imagine waking up to the sun rising over the serene lakes or enjoying a leisurely evening with a backdrop of vibrant colours reflecting off the water. 

The stunning views create an atmosphere of relaxation, allowing you to unwind and rejuvenate during your lakeside fishing holiday.

Lakeside Fishing Holidays | View from Safari Tent

Wide Range of Activities

Sumners Ponds caters to a wide range of interests. Whether you’re looking for outdoor adventures, nature walks, or simply unwinding with a good book, our destination has it all. Our holiday accommodations provide a comfortable base from which to explore the surrounding area, ensuring that your lakeside fishing holiday is a well-rounded experience.

Planning Your Lakeside Fishing Holidays

Before you embark on your lakeside fishing adventure at Sumners Ponds, it’s essential to plan your trip. 

Check the availability of our fishing accommodations, inquire about specific fishing regulations, and make any necessary reservations. 

Additionally, ensure you have the right fishing gear, licenses, and clothing to make the most of your stay.

What to Bring

To make the most of your lakeside fishing holiday, it’s essential to pack accordingly. Here’s a checklist of essentials to ensure a seamless and enjoyable trip:

Fishing Gear 

Bring your preferred fishing rod, reels, lines, and tackle box. Check the specific regulations of the fishing lakes at Sumners Ponds to ensure compliance with any restrictions.

We also have a tackle & bait shop where you can purchase rods, reels, terminal tackle, fish care equipment and more!

Appropriate Clothing

Pack weather-appropriate clothing, including layers, waterproofs, and comfortable footwear for walking along the lakeside. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the elements.

Fishing License

Ensure you have the necessary fishing license for the duration of your stay. 

Personal Essentials

Bring personal items such as sunscreen, insect repellent, and any necessary medications. A first aid kit can also be handy for minor injuries.

Food and Beverages

While Sumners Ponds has the Cafe by the Lake, bringing some snacks and beverages can be convenient, especially for days spent by the lakeside.

Camera or Mobile Phone

Capture the picturesque moments and the excitement of your catches with a camera or phone. The stunning views and memorable experiences are worth preserving.

Outdoor Equipment

If you plan to explore the surrounding area, consider bringing outdoor equipment such as binoculars, a backpack, and some good walking shoes for walks or hikes.

Lakeside Fishing Holidays | 2 boys fishing on Betty's Lake

Lakeside Fishing Holidays – Conclusion

Sumners Ponds stands out as a premier destination for lakeside fishing holidays, offering a perfect blend of tranquillity, diverse fishing opportunities, and family-friendly accommodations. 

Whether you’re a beginner looking to hone your fishing skills or an experienced angler seeking a new challenge, Sumners Ponds provides an ideal setting for an unforgettable fishing break. 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, reel in your catches, and create lasting memories on your next lakeside fishing holiday at Sumners Ponds.

If you would like to find out more about Summer Ponds and what we offer, including information about our delicious Café by the Lake and our other facilities, then please get in touch by calling, 01403 732539, visiting our website, or emailing us at

Book your stay here.

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Disabled Friendly

Sumners Ponds is a accessible fishery for those with a disability. The best lakes to fish are either Farm Pond or Betty’s Lake.

Farm Pond has a purpose built accessible platform with a ramp from the ajoining car park. This spaceous decked area has three large swims which are all disabled priority. The car park for this lake is directly next to the closest fishing swims so there is not far to travel with your equipment.

Betty’s Lake has two disabled parking areas which are very close to the nearest wood-chipped swims.