Étang Neuf, Neuilly-sur-Eure, Orne Department, Thursday 23rd October 2014

Beautiful Etang Neuf at Neuilly-sur-Eure

Beautiful Etang Neuf at Neuilly-sur-Eure


We have enjoyed five fabulously lazy days at this marvellous and peaceful carp fishing lake just north west of Chartres and it is with a heavy heart that we’ve just packed all the bulky stuff prior to our departure tomorrow. There are some places that you just simply don’t want to leave and this is surely one of them, so I expect we’ll come back next Easter.

The pitches are enormous, at least 20 metres across and about 15 m. from the lake, so we estimate we’ve had 300 m² solidly for our use. There is also a hut with a shower and a toilet, both immaculately clean, and a sink for washing up with a hosepipe to fill up the tank.

A very spacious pitch at Etang Neuf

A very spacious pitch at Etang Neuf



We have also benefited from a couple of very sunny days and just one rainy day and today has been overcast but warm. Adonis has caught 2 carp so far and he still has a couple more hours before tonight’s dinner, so he might yet catch another! All in all, it has been a wonderful 5-day break and we are already looking forward to our next visit.

The first carp!

The first carp!


And the second!

And the second!


I developed a morning routine of walking Beano after breakfast, followed by a shower and a cycle ride to the village for baguette and croissants, which took me around 12 minutes each way, making that my daily exercise. I really love the walk around the lake with Beano, watching the herons and the coots gliding in the water.


Walking around lake.  Our pitch from the far side

Walking around lake. Our pitch from the far side


We spent our first day, Saturday 18th, at pretty medieval town of Pont-de-l’Arche, just south east of Rouen. It was a very hot day (25°C outside) and sat on the grass by the river Eure, as well as walking along it to Les Damps and enjoying a beer in the sun outside one of the bars in the town square. This is another wonderful free motorhome aire with a charming view of the church of Notre-Dame-des-Arts and the river. We noticed that the access to the green by the river had been blocked by big boulders, perhaps to stop the New Age travellers from camping on it, like it happened at Easter.


Notre-Dame-des-Arts Chuch at medieval Pont-de-l'Arche

Notre-Dame-des-Arts Chuch at medieval Pont-de-l’Arche


Medieval Pont-de-l'Arche

Medieval Pont-de-l’Arche


I will mention that we were badly delayed leaving England at the Eurotunnel terminal, as we sat inside the train for 45 minutes due to a technical fault and we didn’t arrive in Calais until 9.10 pm, which is a bit too late for our liking, for we still had to heat up our usual pizza and had to content ourselves with some crisps during the crossing, being rather hungry by then. I suppose we travel so frequently that these things must be expected from time to time.

Tomorrow we’re heading for Les Roches l’Évêque near Vendôme and then to Amboise for a couple of days.

4 responses »

  1. Hi Fatima,
    I enjoy your blog and reading about your love of travel. My wife and I have recently ordered a MH and intend to travel in Europe next year. Your experiences are very helpful.
    May I ask a question about your visit to Etang Neuf please? Did you stay there by the lake or were you on an aire or a campsite> It looks so lovely and we have a Border Terrier who would love that environment.
    Kind regards,

    • Hi Michael,
      Thank you very much for reading my blog and for your kind words. Yes, we did stay at the lake Etang Neuf and it cost 180 euros for the 5 days, which included the fishing (we thought it was cheap considering the location and ample space we had). We had to pay 90 euros deposit by bank transfer and the rest when we got there. The owner is French, but speaks good English and is very friendly and helpful (I should have mentioned that on the blog). The walk around the lake is perfect for dogs and it takes about 1/2 hour. The fishing is only on one side, where the pitches are. Here is their website in English for further info http://www.etangneuf.fr/index1.html.

      I am very happy to know that you have ordered a MH and I hope your experiences travelling through Europe will be as good and fulfilling as ours. Should you decide to write a blog about your adventures, please let me know and we can compare: I’ll definitely follow you.

      Best wishes and if you have any more questions, please just ask. I will always be very happy to help, that’s why I write this blog. I hope to hear again from you soon.


  2. Thank you, Karen. Actually, he was a bit disappointed that they were not bigger (they were only about 7 or 8K). He was expecting bigger fish, around 15K, as it is a specialized carp fishing lake, but I say it’s better than nothing and he caught 2 there and 1 in a different lake!

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