Published on 21st March 2020.
We’ll keep this page updated as the situation evolves.
Your Beausoleil fishing holiday is safe during the coronavirus crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented international border closures and travel restrictions that are impacting fishing holidays. As of 17 March 2020, the UK Government is advising British nationals against all but essential international travel for an initial period of 30 days. This follows measures announced in France on 16 March 2020 restricting the movement of people to slow the spread of coronavirus. These measures include limiting travel to journeys that are absolutely necessary for an initial period of 15 days. Be very careful if you travel to France as you may be turned away by the French authorities if you don’t have good reason to travel within France and don’t have the required form authorising your travel.
Update: 27 March 2020
On 27 March, the French government announced the extension of the confinement by another 2 weeks until 15 April 2020.
We are looking after everyone
In line with these directives from the authorities, Beausoleil is closed for the next 30 days. We have contacted all customers who had their fishing holiday planned between 17 March and 15 April as their holiday is unfortunately cancelled. At this stage, it is impossible to know what travel restrictions will still be in place in the UK, France or elsewhere in Europe that may affect our visitors after 15 April. We have pro-actively contacted all of you that are due to come over the next 4 months and that are understandably worried.
We want to make sure that you all know where you stand regarding your booking. If the borders are closed due to the coronavirus or there are travel restrictions and you are unable to travel out on your due date of departure, and you cannot get a refund from your insurance, we will either:
- Move your holiday to a date later in the year
- Move your holiday to next year
- Make a full refund (balance and deposit). We continue to ask for the balance payment as normal when it’s due.
If you want to cancel your holiday before you’ve paid your balance payment, our standard terms and conditions apply and your deposit is non-refundable.
To summarise: you won’t lose your deposit or balance payment if there are travel restrictions at the time of your holiday. Hopefully, this will reassure you that we are doing our absolute best for our customers during this coronavirus crisis. We’d like to thank those of you that have already paid your balance and a massive thanks to those of you that have offered financial support to help share the pain, we are very grateful.
Beausoleil is here to stay
While there is much uncertainty ahead of us in the weeks and months to come, we want to reassure you that Beausoleil is here to stay. There will be a significant impact to the temporary closure of the fishery but we will weather the storm.
We took over Beausoleil in 2011 and since then have made significant investments in the venue to continue to improve the facilities and to better look after our fish. We’ve always had and always will have an eye on the long term and we’ll be here and ready when you want to book your next fishing holiday at Beausoleil.
We are extending our season and we’ll be open in November and December
We feel for those of you that had been planning their fishing holiday for a year or more and had to cancel. To give you more options to get the dream fishing holiday you want, we are extending our 2020 season and will be open until the end of November.
Keep an eye on our YouTube channel
As we get the rare privilege to enjoy Beausoleil on our own, we’ll be taking the opportunity to put a few more fishing tutorials on our YouTube channel and on the website. I’ve got loads of ideas and at least if you can’t come to one of my tutorials this year, this may give you some ideas next time you’re out on the bank. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel.
Latest travel advice during the COVID-19 crisis
UK general advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
UK Travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus
France advice: https://www.gouvernement.fr/info-coronavirus
Many thanks for all your messages of support, we really appreciate it. Please be safe and look after your loved ones and we look forward to seeing you on the banks of Beausoleil soon.
Matt & Ren