Rookery Farm has been in our family since the 1970’s, growing crops such as wheat barley and potatoes. Rookery Waters began in 2002 when our family decided to change a water storage reservoir on the farm, into a popular fishing lake; Rook. Since then, we have gone on to build five more lakes with varying features, catering for both pleasure and match anglers.
Onsite at the fishery is a tackle shop; Tackle and Bates, run by Alex Bates, an experienced match angler.
The Rookery Café is a great hit with anglers, guests and other visitors at the fishery. We serve a traditional full English breakfast every morning, using local butchers sausages. Throughout the day the Café remains open for snacks, drinks, ice creams and bottled beer and cider.
In 2019 five CL caravan pitches were constructed capturing beautiful views across Rook Lake in front and countryside behind. More recently in 2020, four open plan holiday lodges have been built also overlooking Rook, each with their own exclusive fishing platform and all self catering facilities.
As a farming family, conservation is a priority for us. We have planted thousands of native tree species, hedgerows and a two hectare reed bed has been created next to the fishing lakes, with 42 species of birds including reed warblers, oyster catchers, lapwing, red kites, nesting buzzards and some ornamental Egyptian geese have been recorded.
We enjoy a quiet, rural location yet there is a golf course, pub and village shop all within a 10 minute drive of us. The historical market town of St Ives, which sits on the river Great Ouse, is a further 5 minutes’ drive, here you can also catch a bus via The Guided Bus Route to Cambridge.
Due to our rural location, please ensure you come through the village of Pidley to avoid impassable farm tracks.