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Fantastic Provence Cycling Holiday!
Wow! Our six days of cycling from Neil and Nat's B&B has been our favorite biking experience ever! From the moment we arrived, we felt completely comfortable. The B&B is homey and the hospitality wonderful! Neil and Nat have that special quality about them that anticipates guests' needs. First of all around the table... We thoroughly enjoyed breakfasts of delicious fresh fruit, yogurts, granola, homemade jams, breads and croissants that were picked up daily from the local boulangerie. I could hardly wait to get out to the veranda every morning to enjoy breakfast and to discuss the day's ride with Neil. Three evenings, Nat and Neil served beautiful home-cooked dinners that featured local produce and the classic tastes of Provence. They are fabulous cooks and serve with just the right amount of panache. They served "bike-riders' portions", which was much appreciated. The other three evenings, we walked 8-10 minutes into Coustellet where we had our choice of several good restaurants. Nat and Neil were kind to book a table for us. They know what is around and make great recommendations.
We also really enjoyed the other guests with whom we dined at the B&B! Animated conversations, plenty of wine, lame jokes, hilarious jokes, serious conversation... it was all so very enjoyable! Nat and Neil made us feel like we were family. In addition to great meals, we loved the way Neil helped us plan our bike tour each day. His GPS guided tours are fantastic! He has tracked brilliant routes noting sites that are worth seeing and excellent stopping spots for lunch or ice cream. We headed out knowing how many meters we would climb that day and he always planned a pleasant down-hill at the end to bring us home. After a day's bike ride, we cooled off in the lovely swimming pool in the back garden.
My husband and I were lucky to snag the last room available the week of our stay, so we shared a bathroom with two others. While we weren't sure how that would be, we found it to be just fine. It is a lovely new bathroom, with a great shower. Our room was comfortable, roomy and clean. The old stone house with thick walls stays cool even on hot Provence days. Coustellet, while it's not an exciting town, it is the perfect jumping-off point to bike the Luberon Valley. Many ancient hill-top villages are within reach, and a smooth tarmac bike trail connects the B&B to great cycling routes. Cyclists of varying skill levels would be very satisfied to bike from Coustellet, especially with Neil's GPS attached to the handlebars. Our bikes were a little heavier than we have at home, but they were perfect for our rides. Neil keeps them well-maintained. I hated to give mine up at the end of the week.
Just know that if you decide on a Provence cycling holiday, you are in for a real treat with Provence Cycling Holidays! Natalene and Neil, the perfect host and hostess will take such great care of you! Our only disappointment was not getting to meet their adorable children, Lucy and Jamie, who happened to be with grandparents the week of our holiday.
Bonnie & Eric - US - July 16.
Provence Cycling Holiday
We couldn't have asked for a better holiday. Neil and Nat make you feel totally at home in their wonderful property in Coustellet. Enjoying a typical French breakfast on their deck with Neil and the other guests to discuss our tailor made cycle rides for the day was a lot of fun. Neil is so professional and is a mine of information re what to do, where to eat and what to see on the various rides. The location is superb and even though it rained one day, we were able to jump in our hire car and enjoy a day exploring Arles.
Dinners were wonderful and Neil and Nat are amazing cooks. Coming back from a day's cycling to a cool off in the pool and then to enjoy wonderful home cooking, interesting conversations and many laughs with Neil, Nat, their two beautiful children Lucy and Jamie as well as fellow cyclists from the US and Canada just made for a perfect holiday.
I would recommend Neil and Nat's business Cycling in Provence, Memories de Provence to anyone looking for a well organised self guided cycling holiday with a bit of luxury thrown in !!!!!!
Room Tip: We didn't have an ensuite but it wasn't an issue at all.
Chris - Australia - June 16.
A Wonderful Experience
Our experience with Neil and Nat's property and guest experience was extraordinary. There is no better way to sightsee a beautiful area than on a bicycle seat, and it's nice when all the routes and planning are so well laid out and easy to negotiate with GPS units. In addition to the bicycle experiences, Neil's and Nat's advice, support, and facilities were remarkable. During one of the great meals they provided, I noted that the around the table were persons from the UK, France, Canada, Australia, and the U.S. This made for stimulating conversations and great new friends. To top off this great experience, Neil's and Nat's children, Lucy and Jamie, were a lot of fun and made us feel as if we were part of the family. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable venue.
Room Tip: We were in Oppede, which was very comfortable.
Hugh - US - June 16.
My wife and I are fortunate to travel quite a bit but this was a new experience for us. It was highly recommended by some friends of ours. We had been wanting to take a trip with our son and his fiancée who are in their mid 30's and this was the perfect way to do it! We were all at somewhat different biking levels but it didn't matter one bit! Neil put together amazing rides where we saw breath taking scenery, gorgeous little towns with so much history, and fantastic restaurants. The bikes were so comfortable and the GPS worked perfectly. We felt totally comfortable the moment we arrived at Nat and Neil's B&B. The rooms were great, the beds very comfortable and the shared bathroom with our children worked out very well. I so much enjoyed early morning conversations over a cup of tea with Neil. Nat was terrific and the children were charming which definitely added to our enjoyment of a family vacation. A highlight was the end of the day sitting around a large dining table enjoying a delicious meal made by Neil, drinking wine and having conversations with the other visitors from other countries. Just a perfect vacation in every way!
GAIL & ALAN - US - May 16.
Lovely Cycling Holiday!
This was our second stay at Neil & Nat's farmhouse B&B. This trip in May we went with some friends. The hospitality was just as outstanding as before, and Neil's cooking just as good! Breakfast on the terrace a great way to start the day, and dinner at the farmhouse on the alternate evenings was a pleasant end to the day. Good choice of restaurants in the village for those nights when we ate out. Neil has cycling routes to accommodate all abilities, taking in the picturesque Provence countryside and the pretty villages. It is a great way to see this area of Provence. I can highly recommend staying here. We had a lovely vacation.
Mairi - Saudi - May 16.
Fab Cycling Holiday in Provence
Neil and Nat are the quintessal hosts. Wonderful relaxing breakfast and 3 course dinners on the terrace overlooking gardens and pool. All rides set up by Neil who is both a cycling enthusiast but also makes it a fun challenge ! Great local restaurant recommendations for lunch/ dinner. Sightseeing to include wonderful picturesque villages and antique markets.
Hotel decorated in true Provence style.
Cannot recommend highly enough.
Tracey - Dhahran - May 16.
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