Grand properties with private fishing rights

From a manor house in Hampshire to a castle in Herefordshire

For many a keen angler, the ultimate dream is their own personal stretch of river with fishing rights – a decidedly niche market. For trout fishing, some of the most desirable stretches are in the crystal-clear waters of Hampshire’s Test, Itchen and Meon rivers. Exton House (through Jackson-Stops, www.jackson-stops.co.uk; £5.25m), a Grade II-listed Georgian manor, has six bedrooms, four reception rooms, a self-contained flat and a coach house. But for fishing enthusiasts, the main attraction will no doubt be the 256m of double-bank fishing on the Meon. Alternatively, those who prefer to hunt and fish on a truly regal stage may wish to explore Hampton Court(through Knight Frank, www.knightfrank.co.uk; offers in excess of £12m; pictured). The Grade I-listed castle in Herefordshire, believed to have belonged to Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV), has 26 bedrooms, a banqueting hall, chapel, orangery and gallery hall, as well as the potential, with its 935 acres, for pheasant shoots, deer stalking and excellent fishing on the River Lugg.

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