John Wilson’s dream fishery goes up for sale

Angling Times readers have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase their own slice of paradise – the late John Wilson’s luxury home and lake in Thailand.

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The Bung Sawan estate, set in seven acres near Chumphon, has been listed on the property market by John’s widow Jo, who plans to move back to be near family and friends in East Anglia.

Created by John himself, the dream property – on sale for 25 million Baht (around £625,000) – includes a four-acre lake boasting an impressive stock of monster fish such as arapaima, redtail catfish and Siamese carp – not to mention a luxury three-bedroom villa providing exceptional views over the site.

Add-ons include a fully stocked tackle den, swimming pool and a guest villa located on opposite sides of the lake.

John and Jo had originally planned to sell the estate back in 2018 and return to the UK, but the sudden sad passing of the Go Fishing TV series legend in November last year put the sale on hold.

Along with John’s brother Dave, Jo has been working hard to ensure this dream location the couple created remains a fitting legacy for the TV star, and a great opportunity for a new family or business to enjoy for generations to come.

Jo told Angling Times: “To get the fishery ready for sale, the far bank of the lake has recently been cleared so there are more swims for anglers to enjoy around the whole lake.

 “The lake is now larger and is looking so much better, while the island has been cut back to half its size and all snags have been removed.

“I feel that this could be a way that a syndicate could get together to own the beautiful place that John and I created in Thailand.

“I’m really proud of what I have done because I am sure John would be too. He taught me so much and, with his brother David’s help, it is now a beautiful place to live and a great investment for a commercial fishery.”

Jo added that she would consider a rent-to-buy option with a 25 per cent deposit upfront and the remaining balance to be paid over two years.

What does the estate include?

• Four-acre lake stocked with more than 12 Asian and South  American species of fish

• Luxury three-bedroom villa with three ensuite bedrooms

• Fully stocked tackle den

• Swimming pool

• Gated entrance

• Gatehouse bungalow with two ensuite bedrooms

•  Two smaller ponds – one a growing-on facility for stock Fish and the other a lily pond

want to know more?

Interested parties should visit the estate’s website: