Exclusive Carp Holidays

Angler Holidays at Olivemead Lakes

We have three options for you to choose from when staying at Olivemead Lake for your Carp Holiday. For prices or to book your accommodation, please go to the booking section.

The Retreat

Available from 2019

The Retreat, our newest lodge, Is located at the car park end of the main lake and commands an awful lot of water. Work was carried out during the winter of 2018 whereby we excavated part of the main lake to incorporate The Retreat into the The Meads angling experience. This Swim will command at least a quarter of The Main lake and Is plenty large enough to easily accommodate 2 anglers with their partners or a small family. With The Retreat you will also get Martha’s Pod which is located very close to The Retreat itself should the anglers wish to be right on the waters edge yet close enough to The Retreat to come and go. Martha’s Pod itself has room for 2 carp beds and has free view T.V. and a kettle and small fridge, the essentials for any carp angler. The Retreat also has its own enclosed garden area which is safe to let your dogs roam freely n the knowledge that they won’t wonder off around The Main lake. The Retreat comes fully equipped with a large double bedroom with a king size bed, a single bedroom with a single bed and a pull out sofa bed. The Retreat has a fully fitted kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, electric cooker and hob, microwave, large fridge freezer, electric kettle, toaster etc and a fully fitted bathroom with shower. You also get SKY T.V. And a very cozy and comfy lounge where you can just relax by the wood burner and wait for those monster carp to bite. There’s a large decked area to the front which overlooks the The Mead with a patio set for those long summer nights where you can just watch the water whilst enjoying a drink or two. If this isn’t Specimen carp fishing at its finest then I don’t know what is.


The Main Lodge/Cabin

The Main Lodge brings the best specimen carp fishing into your lounge!! Our Main luxury lodge is situated right on the lake and will comfortably sleep 4 guests. With its 3 tier decking area your rods are situated on the water and with reed lined margins and reeds either side the Main Lodge has fast become the best swim on the lake due to its popularity. The Mainbanner-2 Lodge commands one of the largest pieces of the lake and has many topographical features to fish to as well as many under water features to find and have a dabble at. To your left there is a very intimate little bay where many big carp are regularly caught. To the front and both sides you have lily lined margins to fish to and also plenty of open water. To your right is another little bay which has lilies and its own little swim where you can sneak a single rod in and winkle out a lump or two. Directly in front of you, you will find depths of 8-10 feet which then shallow up to depths ranging from 7ft – 3ft depending on the time of the year. All this make The Main Lodge extremely exciting to fish and gives the modern day angler a real fishing experience. The Main Lodge itself is extremely comfortable and is home from home. It consists of the following:

2 large bedrooms, bedroom 1 with a double bed, bedroom 2 = 2 x single beds. En-suite bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. Fully fitted kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, kettle, fridge/freezer, utensils and cutlery etc. Through lounge with traditional wood burner, 1 bucket of logs free there after (Logs purchased onsite – 1 bucket £3, 1 Dustbin £10, Fire Lighters £3 per box), 32″ TV/DVD with SKY TV (all channels except sport) and large corner sofa. The electricity is operated through an electric coin meter, £1 and £2 coins accepted. All bedding is provided just bring your personal washing towels and your ready to go.


You are welcome to bring well behaved dogs with you, as many of our anglers do, but you must make sure that they do not get on our furniture and they must be kept on a lead if walking around the lake. All dog mess must be cleaned up and disposed of appropriately.

Outside on the top decked area there is a large seating area with a large patio set where you can enjoy a glass of whatever and watch the carp topping in the glorious summer haze making a stay in the Main Lodge an unforgettable experience. The Main Lodge can now be booked and paid for on line using our secure pay-pal booking system (Book Main Cabin online)



Martha’s Pod “IS” Carp fishing made easy and it’s design is unique to The Mead! You can hire our luxury carp pod and enjoy your own clean and very comfortable swim. Commanding the largest piece of water on the lake, to your left and right you will find reed lined margins with lily beds and plenty of under water features to fish to. You have a large part of the central Island to yourself and plenty of open water with under features ranging scotts phone 1 033from gravel humps to troughs and holes which once found can become a carp feeding hot spot. Martha’s Pod itself comes fully equipped with it’s own single bed (bedding included), microwave, electric kettle, 2 burner electric hob, electric radiator, and more room than you will need. There is laminate flooring making it extremely clean and easy to keep tidy. There are 3 double electric sockets so charging your iPhone or iPad is easy (*coin operated electric meter for plug sockets*). Our pod comes with saucepans, frying pan and cups etc making your stay extremely comfortable indeed. There isn’t any running water however the onsite toilet/shower block has its own tap where water tubs can be filled and taken to the pod. It has a large overhang to the front so you can sit out on it’s 3 tier decked area and enjoy your own large piece of water to fish whilst sipping a cool drink, watching the carp topping out in the summer haze and taking in the addictive atmosphere. Our pods unique design allows you to store all rod bags, buckets etc outside and out the way where they will remain dry and clean what ever the weather. There are plenty of hooks where you can hang air dry bags, coats etc all designed to make the carp anglers life easier. There is an interior reading light and main light inside with three spot lights to the overhang outside making the nights in Marhta’s Pod very cosey. There are double glazed uPVC French doors to the front opening straight out on to your decked area and into your own swim. There is also a large uPVC window to the rear and Martha’s pod is also fully insulated in the roof, walls and floor making it nice and cool in summer and extremely warm in the winter. In fact Martha’s Pod is the perfect solution to all carp fishing conditions and is especially attractive to Winter Carp Anglers keeping both you and your kit warm, clean and dry. Once you fish from Martha’s Pod you will never want to bivvy up at The Mead again and booking couldn’t be easier (see booking page) so if all you want to bring with you is your chair, rods, alarms and bait then Martha’s Pod is the perfect choice. You can also bring your dog with you making it a home from home experience for you and you pet.


Sadies Lodge is our new pod/cabin which has now replaced The Snug bivvy swim. It is a very smart fully equipped, fully insulated cabin which will comfortably accommodate 2 people. Like Martha’s Pod Sadie’s Lodge design is unique to Olivemead Lake and has uPVC double glazed rear window with large French Doors to the front leading onto the large decked area. Our new Lodge really is fishing in style. It is situated in a large wood chipped swim which will also accommodate a bivvy should 2 anglers wish to share the swim where one can bivvy up if they so wish. The large decked area to the front of the cabin has patio furniture where you can sit and enjoy a glass of wine whilst watching the lake and the wild life. Sadies Lodge itself is fully electric with many double electric sockets, outside mood lighting to the front decked area and a light at the rear. It has a double bed, kitchenette with electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle and all utensils. It has electric heating and free view T.V with a double reclining sofa so you can be sure you will be comfortable whatever weather.  The swim itself commands a quarter of the lake to itself and is one of the most productive swims on the lake accounting for many of our largest catches. Located  Approximately 20m away is Sadies very own new shower and w/c. The new shower room is for sole use with Sadies Lodge only and again is fully insulated with double glazed window and door. The new shower room is, as you would expect, fully equipped with shower cubicle, toilet, sink and electric heater along with a clothes aired so even if it’s cold outside you can be sure of a lovely, cosey warm shower which can also be used as a drying room. There is also a sink with drainer which has been installed so that any washing up of utensils etc can be done in comfort.  Sadie’s Lodge can be booked online.


Swims (x2)

There are only 2 swims available for bivvied anglers on The Mead, although we have 5 in total 3 of these are taken by The Main Lodge, Sadie’s Pod and Martha’s Pod. The swims on the lake are large, clean and purpose built and all command a large piece of the lake to fish.

The first swim is The Oak Swim as its name suggests has a huge, old imposing mighty oak tree set in its centre with a large bivvied area to its front. There are 2 exits point where you can position your rods to set your traps to ambush any passing or patrolling carp. To your left there is an overhanging tree which is always a good point to start and directly to your front you have virtually the whole of one side of the central Island to fish to and to your right in the spring/summer there is a large lily bed to set a trap or two for mooching carp. The whole of The Oak swim is reedSCOTTS PHONE 355 lined and again has many topographical features as well as under water features like gravel humps and troughs to fish to.

The next swim on the lake for bivvies is The Point Swim. This swim is located on the far bank at the rear end of the lake and has produced some fantastic results for anglers as well as throwing up the new lake record of 37.4oz. To the left of the swim is a large lily bed and coming our from the bank you will find gravel bars and a few troughs and holes which are always a good starting point to fish to. To the right of the swim you will find a very intimate bay with overhanging trees and a wall of reeds all fantastic fish holding areas and it is this area where the current lake record was caught from. Located in this bay is a silt bed full of blood worm and all other naturals like fresh water shrimp and fresh water snails which the carp absolutely gorge on at times throughout the year. One of my aerators is located here also and this represents a magnet for the carp when it is on. To the front of The Point swim you also have the rear point of the island which is yours to fish to and again you will always be in with a shout fishing at this location. The Point swim again commands a large piece of the lake to fish and always surprises our anglers with the results they can achieve. The swim itself is all reed lined either side making it very intimate and quiet and like all our other swims is very clean under foot. As with all the swims on the lake never ignore the margins as they produce many of The Meads hippo’s.

So all in all Olivemead Lake is a true carp anglers water. Constructed in the late 1960’s and drained down and totally re-constructed in 2008, Olivemead Lake has fast become The UK’s Number 1 specimen Carp Holiday Venue. You can now book a bivvy slot on-line and pay using our secure pay-pal account. (book a swim on-line)


You are welcome to bring well behaved dogs with you but if walking around lake with them please ensure they are kept on a lead and all dog mess must be cleaned up and disposed of appropriately.


For our bivvied up anglers and Martha’s Pod there is a separate Toilet and Shower Block which has hot water and hot shower and a separate tap where anglers can fill up there water containers.

iPHONE/iPAD charging

For a fee of £1.00 (per item) anglers can have there mobile phones, iPADs etc charged, just ask.

Card payments accepted, no paypal account required