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"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!"
Cycling Holidays France in Provence - Tim - Can - Sept 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.10/10 experience!
"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)!"
Cycling Holidays France in Provence - Leigh & family - Aus - Sept 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Highly recommended.
"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."
Cycling Holidays France in Provence - Caroline & family - Singapore - July 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
Highlight of our holiday.
"Spending our week at Neil and Nat's B&B was the absolute highlight of our holiday. We wanted to do some cycling through Provence, and I was delighted when I came across Neil's website and he responded to let me know they had a very rare September opening. The experience was incredible right from the sign-up point. The communication in the lead up was fantastic, accommodation was perfect, and the cycling was some of the best I have seen.
Neil knows his stuff and has spent years fine tuning the best routes for his clients to see the very best of Provence. You get a well-maintained bike, GPS loaded with routes for the day, and a card full of tips to the best restaurants in town. Off the bike, Neil and Nat provide beautiful farmhouse accommodation, delicious breakfast (and a couple of dinners) and help with any dinner reservations in the local villages. I am already planning my next trip and have recommended this experience to at least 5 other people and I've only been back for a couple of weeks!"
Bike Tours France in Provence - Claire - Aus - Oct 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Super Provence Biking.
"We used Neil's country home as our headquarters for a week of Provence road biking. Neil graciously shared his country home with eight of our friends. We were a rather senior group of experienced road bikers with me at 80 the oldest and the youngest somewhere in her 40's. Neil supplied all of us with Garmin GPSs and sent out on our own each morning. We did just fine, nobody got lost, and the routes Neil selected were mainly on small hardly traveled country roads and bike paths winding the way through the valley and finding their way up the shallowest gradient to the hilltop villages.
Neil is a French-speaking British Expat. He cooked two very good dinners for us and provided well thought out and accurately described recommendations for eating out on the other nights."
Cycle Tours France in Provence - Bonnie & Andy - US - Oct 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Neil Knows the Roads.
"Had a great time biking Provence from Neil and Nat's B&B. They were wonderful hosts.
Neil knows the roads, when to visit where, where to dine and what sites to see. Go to the market in Apt on Monday. Don't go to the big towns on the weekend. He knows how to get you to your destination via gentle hills or the hard way. And he's a devil in the kitchen. The meals he prepared were fantastic. 94% 5-star reviews say it all.
A votre santé et merci beaucoup!"
Bike Holidays France in Provence - Susan & Mike - US - Jul 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Wonderful stay with Neil and Nat and their incredible children.
"We were a party of 8 cyclists and Garmin novices. Neil educated us on his Garmin's so that we were able to navigate thru his great routes. Our hosts took very good care of us and were delightful people to be around."
Bike Tours France in Provence - Fearless - US - Oct 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.We Experienced Provence Here.
"Only an avid local cyclist could have pulled together the varied routes that Neil has put together - they showcased the natural beauty and culture of Provence.
It didn’t matter if we biked his short or long routes, my wife and I felt like we really experienced Provence – its agriculture, geology, and ancient hilltop villages. Their B&B and bikes are in great condition. Neil and Nat are such relaxed, friendly, confident, and positive hosts because they’ve clearly developed and incorporated a wealth of good practices over the years, and care about the details. Meeting the three other like-minded couples was a bonus that added to the experience. Yes, and there’s nothing like a post-ride dip in their pool and a glass of wine to savor the day and prepare for dinner."
Cycling Holidays France in Provence - Diane & George - US - July 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Biking through the lavender fields of Provence.
"Visiting Provence was something I had wanted to do for years and my trip exceeded my expectations.
Provence Cycling Holidays is run by Neil and Nat, a well organized - attention to details couple. Neil would review our route for the day with us at breakfast to ensure we were clear on what to expect. You could select how challenging you wanted the ride to be ie flat, hills, distance. The towns we visited were nothing short of breath taking. My favourites were Rousillon and Gordes.
On the ride there the lavender fields were in full bloom, so we stopped to breath in the beautiful scent that filled the air. It was great getting back to the house after riding in the hot sun of the midi of France and going for a swim in the pool to cool off. Dinners were delicious and sharing stories of how the day went with the other guests was very enjoyable. I would recommend Provence Cycling Holidays without hesitation to anyone interested in doing a bike tour of this spectacular region of France."
Bike Vacation France in Provence - Danila & Richard - Can - July 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Active, healthy, fun ADVENTURES!
"The daily bicycle options were outstanding with good map support and hosted explanations. The breakfast and hosted dinners were healthy, delicious, and generous. The pool was the perfect refreshment at the end of a hot day. Guest room and bathroom was comfortable as well. I hope to repeat this vacation and will be recommending it to friends. Neil and Nat (hosts) were amazing and helpful.
Cycling Vacation France in Provence - Worldtravelor50 - US - June 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Fantastic Biking Trip.
"We had a wonderful week staying here and biking around this beautiful area of France. Neil and Nat were the perfect hosts, providing great hospitality as well as heartfelt encouragement and support for whatever biking adventure you wanted to experience. The bikes were in good shape and well cared for. Neil worked hard and tweaked the bikes when necessary to make sure everyone was comfortable with their ride. The Garmin tracking system allowed us to ride along routes we could never have found on our own, past lavender and poppy fields, farms, and orchards, and into historic towns where we could explore on foot at our own pace before deciding where to lunch based on their recommendations. The delicious home cooked meals were the perfect opportunity to meet other guests with similar interests and learn about their traveling experiences which we think is one of the best parts of travelling. Overall, we would highly recommend this B&B to anyone looking for a fantastic experience in the south of France."
Bike Trip France in Provence - Dream30225 - Canada - June 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Fabulous time in Luberon area cycling.
"We can't say enough about what a wonderful time we had cycling in the beautiful Luberon area of Provence. Neal and Nat and kids are fantastic hosts in their lovely farmhouse complete with fabulous meals and atmosphere. It was great meeting new people from other places.
Real family feel, very comfortable. Highly recommended! We hope to be back soon!"
Cycle Trip France in Provence - Bonnie & Tim - Canada - May 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Perfect place from which to cycle northern Provence.
"Just finished great week there. Had a group of seven. Neil and Natalene v helpful. Great routes, guidance and support. Lovely accommodation and meals. Easy access from Avignon TGV, so really it is easy from anywhere."
Bicyle Holidays France in Provence - Nick- Aus - May 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Bike ride in beautiful Provence.
"We were a group of 7, 4 experienced riders and 3 of us, not so, (on electric bikes).
We had a wonderful week, the bikes were perfect and the GPS navigation took all the worry out of directions. Our hosts Neil and Nat briefed us every morning on our rides, we could choose what area we wanted and how many hills! Every day we started with a wonderful breakfast to fuel us to start our rides, we were given advice on restaurants and best coffee spots. With the easy GPSs we were able to enjoy the beauty of the area, stunning views, and delightful little villages to explore, including markets, galleries, churches, and lovely cafes and restaurants to enjoy our lunches. We never got lost and covered many kms.
The accommodation at the villa was very comfortable and serviced daily, also a big plus was we had our washing done daily if needed.
It wasn’t warm enough to swim in the pool but it was relaxing lazing in the sun in the beautiful garden and predinner drinks went down a treat.
Our hosts fed us 3 nights and they are fabulous cooks, and massive serves, but with all the riding that was perfect!
We felt like we were part of the family, enjoying the company of their 2 children and Rocket, the delightful cat.
I thoroughly enjoyed my week, a big thankyou to Neil, Nat and family.
And l want an electric bike!"
Bicycle Tours France in Provence - Jo & Will - Aus - May 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.Bike tour.
"We stayed in a 17 th Century farm house B&B owned by Neil and Natalie Cowell. We were 3 generations of family from grandparents to teenagers. Neil has a wonderful system of bike trips all prepared for the little Garmin machines which you clip onto your bikes. Their farmhouse is within easy reach of all the pretty villages of the Luberon. The accommodation, the food and the swimming pool were all excellent and the little town of Coustellet was a perfect central point in the Luberon."
Bicycle Vacations France in Provence - Sally & family - Aus/US - Jan 18 - 5* Tripadvisor review.
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