Deal any angler wants to land

An exclusive section of one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in the world is for sale for more than £5m.

An exclusive section of one of the finest salmon fishing rivers in the world is for sale for more than £5m.

Seven areas of the River Tweed, owned by Sir Charles Burnett, are being offered - with the opportunity for wealthy fishermen to catch thousands of high-quality salmon and sea trout every year.

The waters up for sale are divided into beats - defined parts of the river which can be rented by anglers for the day.

With an asking price of £5.4m for six beats at Tillmouth, four miles downstream from Coldstream, near Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland, Sir Charles's estate agents will be advertising all over the world and expect a flurry of bids from America, Europe and the Caribbean. The seventh is for sale at a much cheaper price.

The River Tweed is arguably Europe's foremost salmon river and its management is acknowledged as among the best in the UK. Since the removal of drift nets, the river has seen a spectacular increase in fish caught, with a record 15,257 rod-caught fish landed in 2004. A study in 1996 revealed salmon fishing on the river brought an annual £13m into the area - or £1,500 per fish caught.

With a five-year annual average of 664 salmon and 53 sea trout caught at Tillmouth, the sellers believe this is the largest rod fishery to come on the market for years.

Sir David Burnett, Sir Charles's father, took over the beats when he bought nearby Tillmouth Estate and Hotel. He and his wife were keen anglers but after his death two years ago, his son decided to sell the beats.

Another attraction is that the 6,665 metres of water for sale can be fished from a boat as well as from shore. Senior partner at the Wooler office of estate agent Sale and Partners Richard Landale believes the offer is a unique opportunity which will be eagerly snapped up by fishing enthusiasts. He said: "It is a lot of money to spend, but it is very seldom such a large area comes on the market. This is one of Europe's biggest venues for fishing - it's the Premier League.

"There will be wealthy fishing fans in America, Europe and places like Barbados who would jump at the chance to own such a prime site.

"Salmon fishing is on an upward curve at the moment and owners can recoup more than £200,000 a year from these beats.

"These are among the best in the whole river and we will be advertising in specialist fishing magazines all over the world."

In total, six beats are up for grabs for £5.4m, with a seventh, which is not of the same high quality as the rest, for sale separately with no price currently set. For details or to arrange viewing, contact Sale & Partners at Wooler on (01668) 280801.

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