VILLA-BASED BIKE TOURS REVIEWS.
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Dear Neil & Nat - Before coming to France, I did a lot of research on "cycling in France" and came across your website. Your website is full of information and the reviews all gave 5 stars.Fantastic cycling in Provence
Upon arriving our expectations were exceeded. The villa is beautiful inside and totally relaxing outside and being able to use the pool after our rides "some in 36°C temp's was excellent.
The information provided in the "Villa Ride Directory" is comprehensive and enjoyable to read at the end of each day to plan our next ride. Each day, Neil you came to explain in even greater detail the sites to see and the quirkes of each individual ride and villages.
The bikes are very well set up and in excellent condition and the Garmin GPS units with the rides preset are an absolute god send:!!
We enjoyed the variety of the rides with a mixture of flat riding and hills, but most importantly we loved the scenery & small towns that you sent us through.
I certainly will be recommending the "Provence Cycling Holidays" to anyone who may be interested in coming here to France to cycle & enjoy the memorable experiences that we have had. Kindest Regards
Stefania & Paul - NZ - Aug 2019.
We are just back home from a fantastic week with family in Neil and Nat's lovely villa with a good-sized pool in Taillades. It's only a short distance from Avignon, so we found it very easy and pleasant to travel on the Eurostar service that runs direct from London via Ashford to Avignon in the summer, with a rental car from the station.
The bikes are all first class and faultlessly maintained. Neil and Nat provide routes pre-loaded on Garmin GPS, which makes it so easy to follow without effort or stress, so you can just enjoy the rides. There is a great variety of excellent routes to choose from with lots of information about difficulty, what to see, and where to stop for a meal or just for a drink. After the first day my wife decided she would like to try an e-bike, and Neil came over to deliver one the same day, at a very reasonable rental cost.
All the equipment was first class. The villa is very roomy, modern, clean and comfortable. Neil and Nat are so friendly and helpful. This was our second holiday in Neil and Nat's villa, we will be going again I am sure, and we would thoroughly recommend the experience to others.
David & Gill - UK - July 2019.
Neil & Nat, where to start - AMAAZZING!!
Thank you both so much for a great week at your gorgeous villa, the best equipped we have ever stayed in and your website photos don't do it justice.
The only downside (if it can be a downside coming from the UK) is that our week coincided with a 42°C at one point restricting our cycling to just 3 days, we will be back but next time and next year for 2 whole weeks - can wait!!
A very big special thanks Nat for your daily helpful and informative visits and restaurants bookings - UMAMI is a delight!
And finally the pool - swam in it last night at 30+C before bed - fabulous!!
Very very sad to leave - wish we had booked longer but looking forward to coming back next year.
Tracy & Mickael - UK - June 2019.
Dear Neil & Nat - Our first time & hopefully not our last! We have so thoroughly enjoyed staying at your gorgeous Les Taillades Villa.
Everything we hoped for! I would recommend this experience to anyone who enjoys 5* comfort combined with awesome cycling in the Luberon.
We were so very lucky to experience this, thank you so much for running this for tourists. All the very best!
Christina & Mike - NZ - June 2019.
Dear Neil & Nat, another good vacation this year at your beautiful Taillades villa.
Four fabulous days of riding and a wonderful day out at les Baux and the Caves of Light.
The Villa was delightful - clean, spotless, well supplied - and our tours for the 4 days were well planned and delightful. Everything was taken care of down to the last detail.
Delighted to be your guest and of course will be back!
PS: Thankful you came to see us each day to give us the benefit of your insight an counsel on ride selection, restaurants and sites.
Tim & Bonnie, Rich & Martha, Scott & Steci, your friends from Colorado - June 2019.
As all previous reviews states what a fantastic and quality set-up. The Villa is beautiful and so well equipped.
The bikes and the GPS's showing the best routes to amazing villages with least effort all just perfect.
The hosts Nat and Neil work tirelessly to ensure that everyone who stays with them either in the Villa or their B&B get the best out of their holiday.
Absolutely merits 5 stars . Thank you both. We have very happy memories.
Lorna & Sam - UK - May 2019.
Don't think I have ever to been to a rental villa where everything works and everything is such tip top quality. Neil & Nat really have thought this out so carefully and beautifully, I suspect with a very generous budget. Really is a proper home from home - just a lot tidier than ours!
And super convenient, with a restaurant and bakery a stroll away & a big supermarket a five minutes drive.
Must admit we came more with the sun, the pool and the rose in mind, with cycling as a "maybe tomorrow if it's not too hot, fancy a top up?" side order.
But so pleased that we actually got on our bikes as have just had a magical family day out along bucolic, flat, quiet lanes to a beautiful Provencal village (and lunch and more rose). The bikes are great, but the whole GPS idea and clearly hours and hours of research that has gone into it is just brilliant, making for such an easy and such a lovely day.
Planning our next ride as I type - just follow the GPS pink line and you will be fine!
Tim - Can - Sept 18.
Neil and Nat’s villa in Tailades was a wonderful choice for our adult family of 5 to meet up in Europe and holiday together. Choosing from the 30 odd self ride routes Neil has designed ensured we always rode on quiet picturesque country lanes and paths, while Nat would book us in for a fabulous lunch at a hilltop village that we never would have discovered ourselves. After not too strenuous exercise, we enjoyed some lazy time by the pool back at the villa while cooking a bbq for dinner. The villa itself was by far the best accommodation we had whilst in Europe and we all rated the experience 10/10 (and only one of us is a regular cyclist)!
Leigh & family - Aus - Sept 18.
We are a family of 6 and stayed at the self-catering villa in Taillades. It was splendid. We loved the set up of the villa - the huge well-equipped kitchen, spacious living areas and comfortable rooms. It fitted our needs to perfection - we had privacy and all the support we needed from Nat & Neil. Our days were spent cycling on one of the many routes programmed on the GPS and Neil would point out the restaurants and highlight sights we should not miss. The bikes were in tip-top condition and it was so helpful that they provided helmets.
We loved market days, the gentle hills, the historic ruins, the beautiful churches, the lavender fields etc - all lit up and glowing under the intense Provence sun. You could understand why Van Gogh and all the artists spent so much time in this beautiful part of France.
Nat & Neil were helpful, engaging and wonderful hosts. Highly recommended.
Caroline & family - Singapore - July 18.
All the wonderful reviews I've read are spot on.
The routes Neil provides take you to the loveliest villages where you can spend a couple of hours enjoying a terrific lunch of Provençal wine and food. And for you mature but steadfast bikers I cannot recommend ebikes too enthusiastically.
Hilltop villages - no problem. Wine legs after lunch - never an issue but not for lack of wine.
Steven - US - Jan 18.
Five of us had a fabulous time with Neil and Nat.
We stayed in their Villa, you do have the choice of the B&B but we were so happy with the Villa.
A 3 bedroom villa, fully stocked kitchen and a pool to cool off in. We weren't here at that time of year but one could only imagine how great it could be.
The options for cycling covers all levels of cycling from easy to hardest. We enjoyed the rides we choose and would say we are leisurely cyclists. Covered almost 200 kms over 5 days and no sore muscles. Saw beautiful villages, orchards galore and scenery to be enjoyed.
Neil and Nat's attention to detail is the best I have seen. They listen to what you want and try their best to accommodate. Made reservations at restaurants we thoroughly enjoyed.
A place to visit and accommodations I would give five stars plus two!!
Rose & friends - Can - Oct 17.
A visit to Provence was always on the "Bucket List" only enhanced by the desire to do some biking to see the best the area had to offer.
Provence Cycling Holidays was a great find!!
We opted for the Villa offering and were not disappointed, it was beautifully presented and catered for our needs. The bikes were 1st Class and as was all the biking info, GPS and guides.
A very well put together package.
Thumbs up from us
Robert - NZ - Oct 17.
We stayed at Villa Taillades in June 2017 with friends and had a brilliant time.
The villa was beautifully furnished and equipped to a high standard, and it was a comfortable and chilled place to relax after a day out cycling, particularly the pool, as Provence was in the middle of a heat wave when we were there!
The huge variety of cycle routes meant that we could take our pick according to how lively we felt each day. The garmin route guides took us on quiet tracks and roads that we would never have found ourselves, and were real bonus as there was no map reading required.
Neil and Natalene were really helpful with advice on the rides, which restaurants to try and the best places to visit.
All in all a fabulous holiday and highly recommended!
Julia - UK - June 17.
Following our fantastic experience at Neil and Nat's B&B my wife and I were desperate to return to Provence for more cycling. We had talked with them about their plans to have a villa using the same hub and spoke approach to cycle touring. This was the perfect solution for us as following our last visit the year before as we had had an addition to our family.
We felt the Villa would be ideal for us as we could bring our daughter and grandparents (to share baby responsibility) without bringing the disruption of a 4 month old to the B&B. I can honestly say that the Villa exceeded our expectations.
Neil gave us the grand tour. The open plan kitchen, diner and lounge were perfect for our needs and was the perfect place to relax following a day cycling. The kitchen had modern appliances throughout with all the utensils that we needed and an all important laundry room for that sweaty cycling kit. The lounge had a TV with English channels as did all the bedrooms.
Outside there was a terrace with a second dining table and another lounge area perfect for relaxing, planning the next day cycling and alfresco dining. The pool was also perfect for a post cycle dip and the lawn was the talk of the town. It really was we had a number of people ask how it was kept so green.
We had the standard high level of cycle planning from Neil. He would visit and ensure that we had the bike routes we required. There was a "route menu” on a blackboard in the living area with the corresponding route numbers for the garmin. We would mostly choose this from but Neil was more than happy to tailor a route to our needs.
The selection was diverse and catered for a range of cycling abilities. Perfect for my wife and myself but also my parents who to be fair are fit (dad did summit Mt Ventoux during the trip) but wouldn’t be planning on doing long rides every day. The cycle track was a couple of kilometres away and linked nicely with Coustellet and is a perfect way to get to areas a bit further away from the Villa.
My wife and I took our own bikes but my parents used Neil’s. The reviews from both my parents were very good and if they did not already have their own at home I suspect they would have been investing.
For the evenings we did not want to cook for ourselves we were provided with a folder with information about local restaurants. The ones we tried were fantastic (5 or six in our two trips). We particularly like the L’arome in Bonnieux. There is also a handy takeaway pizza place 5 minutes drive away which satisfied our carb and cheese craving one evening.
We would without hesitation return as we feel there is still much to explore on our bikes and Neil and Nat are so welcoming. The Villa is fantastic for those wanting a little more independence and privacy in comparison to the B&B and perfect for a family or a group of friends.
Really a first class service.
Despite being away from the B&B we still felt we were just a well looked after as if we were staying there. Hopefully when we return our daughter will be able to go in a bike trailer so she can join the fun too.
Oli - UK - Sept 16.