About L'étourneau

It’s been a long search to find a lake in France and realise my dreams and now I have, there just to be three of them.

The purchase of L’étourneau began in 2001 and was finalised in 2003, those of you who are familiar with the French way of life will understand why it has taken so long.

Work started almost immediately and the two largest lakes were drained and all the original stock of Carp, about 400 in all, were put into the stock pond.

The fish ranged from 2 – 12lb but have now grown on and remain in their new home. The two largest lakes have been entirely stocked with young Carp of 20 – 40lbs+.

2017 saw the carp reach an average weight of over 40lb, with commons to 66lbs and mirrors to 75lbs!

L’étourneau is Danny’s dream come true. A fisherman all of his life and most of them for Carp, danny has travelled extensively throughout France searching for a quality water.

Having found L’étourneau, his sole purpose is to make sure that you don’t suffer the same disappointments he has had.

You will find Danny to be the most sociable of people whether it is for a spot of tactical advice or a lazy chat over a cool beer. Be happy, catch fish and enjoy the peace is all he wants you to do.

2020 Update

I am happy and very proud to say my son George has come on board. He has thrown himself into it with all the energy drive and enthusiasm I had some 20 years ago!


Work started on the top lake in 2014. With the completion of lodge and all services on site and connected we are now able to offer up Lake Facile to fish. 


Lake Facile has been developed by George and he looks forward to welcoming you to his beautiful lake to catch fish that have never seen a hook before! 


He knows the water like the back of his hand, he’s been fishing it literally all his life.