Completed at the end of April 2011, the newest addition to the facilities is a 20 square metre, fully fitted and insulated chalet, on two levels, nestled in the trees at the end the dam. This is an ideal addition for those people bringing their partners who crave a little more comfort.
The exterior decking provides ample space for alfresco dinning, sun bathing and a cool shaded area. A barbeque grill and sun loungers are provided.
The chalet is available for hire all year round, priced at €500.00 per week, on a self-catering basis. (Please Note - This does not include fishing).
A €100 / £100 (refundable) damage deposit (to cover damage of fixtures, fittings, furniture, etc.) is required on arrival. Please contact us for full details and availability.
During the winter closed period (November to March inclusive) we are able to offer people the opportunity to rent the chalet for Carp anglers who would like to try a winter session. It is worth noting at this point that the winters in this region can be very hard and the lake does freeze over. We will be taking reservations but, depending on weather conditions at the time, we can not guarantee you will be able to fish. Unfortunately we have no control over the weather so cannot be held responsible if lake is frozen.
The chalet has been designed and equipped to accommodate two people, self catering in comfort. A double Sofa-bed is provided on the ground floor for use when fishing overnight. The position on the lake, wood floors, double glazing and extensive wall, floor and roof insulation means that the chalet is cool in the summer and warm in the spring and autumn.
The fitted kitchen includes a electric oven, 4 ring hob with extractor hood, fridge, stainless sink/drainer, ample storage and breakfast bar with stunning views of the lake. To the left of the kitchen is a cloakroom with toilet and wash hand basin and the stairs to the upper level. Other facilities also include flat screen TV/DVD/CD combo's with Freeview TV channels on both floors. Ample electrical sockets have been provided for the charging of mobile phones, laptops and other equipment and external power sockets for the charging on bait boats/batteries.
Collected rain water is used to service the facilities.
The upper level presented with a king size double bed and two draw units to help make your stay as comfortable as possible. All bedding and clean fresh linin is provided, if required, included in the rental price. Mosquito netting has been fitted over the window so you can sleep with the windows open. Please note that the stairs to this level have a steep angle so may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.
For reasons of health and safety owning to the type and nature of the wood floors throughout, no bed chairs are to be used in the chalet.
The area in front of the chalet has been opened up to provide clear views from the Chalet across the lake and an area to sit and admire the abundant wildlife. The lake supports several families of Ducks and Great Crested Grede's. Heron's frequent the lake and can be observed fishing in the margins. The dawn chorus is amazing and last well over an hour. During the day, frequent visitors to swims include Chaffinches, damselflies, dragonflies and a huge variety of butterflies. If you are really lucky, you may even catch sight of Kingfisher's and the Woodpeckers, Kite's and Buzzards who nest in the surrounding forest. If you love wildlife - bring your camera - you won't be disappointed.
Check out the image of the Fire Salamander. In France they are known as Salamndre Tachetee (Spotted or mottled salamander). All of the photos above have been taken by our guests and yes, the Osprey does have a fish in it's talon's, plucked from the water just in front of the dam wall.
The snake shown above is a Grass Snake - Totally Harmless. But, if you are not sure, check out the the following page on the BBC Nature website.
Anglers wishing to rent the chalet, Peg 1 on the dam and the chalet swim are set aside for your exclusive use of one angler. Your guest can float fish from the chalet swim while you are fishing from Peg 1 or, you can fish from the that chalet swim yourself.
Whilst fishing the lake from Peg 1 or the chalet swim, eating at the chalet is permitted but, you must have remote alarm sounder box with you. If you are fishing over night, again you must have your remote sounder box with you, be set up and fishing from the chalet swim and sleep on the sofa-bed. You will need to discuss these arrangements with Mark and Clare onsite.
If you rent the chalet you can fish other swims on the lake but, all rods must be pulled in if you wish to eat at or sleep in the chalet. Please speak to Mark and Clare onsite.
For the last 17 years Montier en Der has hosted an International Festival of Animal and Natural History Photography held in November. Also, don't forget the January SALES at the Designer retail park in Troyes.
The chalet is available for rent to anyone wishing to attend the Festival with the added possibility of a little Carp fishing. If you are interested in visiting the the International Festival of Animal and Natural History Photography, there's no better place to spend your time then at Etang Le Fays. Why stay in a Hotel or B&B when you can stay on a beautiful lake with all the wildlife just out side your window. A hotel room (only) will cost you around €50 a night without the views!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who helped make our plans a reality. Some of the people are pictured above but, there were many more. To everybody who helped we would like to say a Big Thank You. Mark & Clare.