The place where Izaak Walton fished with his friend and collaborator Charles Cotton is up for sale for a cool £220,000. Known as Cotton's Fishing Temple – it sits on the banks of the River Dove, and it was built in 1674 to celebrate the friendship of the two, who together published four editions of The Compleat Angler. And now – over 300 years later the building stands unchanged, almost completely encircled by the meandering curve of the river.
It is not sure if Walton or Cotton ever described the building as a temple, but it certainly has that ecclesiastical feel – the inscription on the keystone "piscatoribus sacrum" means ‘sacred to fishermen’, leaving you in little doubt you are entering a place of importance.
As well as the Grade II listed fishing house, the sale also features some three miles of double bank fishing – available as a whole or in three beats, and approximately 33 acres of woodland and grassland.
For more details on the sale, visit Knight Frank or call Jonathan Bengough on the Hereford office, 01432 273087.