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“Self-Guided Cycling in Provence - Don't Forget Your Shorts”

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Memoires de Provence
Ranked #1 of 2 Coustellet B&B and Inns
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“Self-Guided Cycling in Provence - Don't Forget Your Shorts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2013

As first time cyclists we knew nothing about organising a cycling holiday. We didn't need to worry as Neil took care of everything. Sorted out bikes for us; supplied lists of clothing to bring (definitely need cycling shorts!) and where to buy things if you didn't bring them (definitely need cycling shorts!); helped us hire a car (to get the shorts). A huge selection of self-guided tours all pre-programmed into a GPS that attaches to your bike. Long to short, hard to easy routes, suggested restaurants and things to see along the way. Start and finish on any day of the week. The accommodation was very comfortable, the home-cooked dinners outstanding. Neil and his wife Nat are fantastic hosts. Great for families, couples or friends.

Room Tip: We had the OPPEDE room - has a massive ensuite (shower, no bath).
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2013

This was a dream vacation for my husband and I. We have wanted to explore Provence more and found this fabulous bed and breakfast with biking excursions that we could tailor to meet our abilities. The country side was beyond words and so peaceful. We loved all of the villages. Especially nice was coming back to the B&B to rest and have gourmet dinners 3 nights there. The other nights we were out in the area enjoying the lovely French restaurants. Neil and Nat were so nice as our hosts. Neil was excellent in helping us plan each day and giving us guidance of where to eat. And he served as the chef. Lucy and James are beautiful children we also enjoyed. Definitely worth our time!

Room Tip: We had a large room with a bathroom and was very comfortable.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

I started reading other reviews before writing this and said to myself, "what can I say that hasn't already been said a dozen times?" I can say that this is our second year in a row we've done this trip and stayed with Neil and Nat, and now more than ever look forward to our next time. Since actions speak louder than words that says it all. We're in love with Provence, we love seeing the countryside and villages from the closeness you get by being on a bike, and we adore Lucy and James. (The Cowell's young children) This is THE best bike experience you'll have bar none.
Book early, they fill up!

Room Tip: Go for the top of the line room it's worth the few bucks more.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2013

Memories de Provence is ideally located in the midst of some of France's most beautiful villages. A beautiful and historical home itself, this B&B experience includes some of the best food and hospitality I've encountered thanks to owners Neil and Nat. I took good advantage of the cycling to see the region using a high quality and well equipped bicycle and easy to use GPS. My room had a French ambiance with a view of the pool and the arbored dining patio. There was lots of coffee, croissants, hot water for bathing, sunshine, food, wine and an easy going atmosphere. Top marks for this great Provence holiday destination.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled solo
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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2012

Perhaps because it snowed in Philadelphia yesterday, I began reminiscing about our wonderful experience at Memoires de Provence back in September! Neil, our host, not only set us up on a series of beautiful self-guided (GPS-assisted) bike rides through many of the local villages, but he also served a gourmet dinner every other night. We loved eating family style with our friends and discussing the days events with Neil and Natalene. Their B&B in Coustellet is centrally located in the Luberon surrounded by relatively flat terrain, which made cycling very accessible. Neil has mapped out more than 60 GPS-directed routes that provide as much challenge (in terms of hills and distance) as you want. It was great to be able to stop anywhere along the route (e.g. for lunch at one of the magnificent villages) and then start up again at our own pace. We did not get to everything we wanted to see in Provence, so I expect that we will return again, perhaps even next year.

Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2012

Memoires de Provence, a four suite B&B just outside of Coustellet, serves as home base for Provence Cycling Tours. It is located in the Luberon region just outside of the small village of Coustellet. It is also the home of Neil and Nathalin Cowell, who graciously welcomed us into their home, and their two young children. The family made us feel more like old friends than paying guests. Provence Cycling Tours provides its guests with excellent hybrid bikes and an extensive list of GPS-guided bike tours for all levels of cyclists. It was perfect for our group of six, who had different skill levels and different vacation objectives. Every other evening, Neil would prepare a delicious dinner for us, which ranked among our best meals during our eleven day stay in France (and that includes some pricey Paris restaurants as well). Coustellet's business district, which is home for the Lavender Museum and several good restaurants, is just a short walk from the B&B. It is an ideal home base for touring Provence by bicycle or by car.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled with friends
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2012

Our stay at Memoires de Provence was wonderful. Neil and Natalene's hard work and attention to detail made for a perfect vacation. Their knowledge of the area was so helpful in choosing our rides and the experience was exactly what we had hoped for. The bikes and GPS equipment and routes were excellent. Having traditional French dinners prepared by Neil and served in that lovely setting was a special treat. Neil picked fresh figs for me every morning for breakfast which was a great way to start each day. I highly recommend this B & B for any level of biker. The location is an easy ride to many wonderful places. If you want really challenging rides, that is available too.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Memoires de Provence

Property: Memoires de Provence
Address: 536 Chemin du Sarret, 84220 Coustellet, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Vaucluse > Luberon > Coustellet
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Coustellet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Provence Cycling Holidays operates out of Memoires de Provence, a biking focused B&B. Our self-guided cycling breaks are designed to be flexible - you choose the rides, distances and amount of sightseeing to suit you, along with your tour duration. Use our quality hybrid touring bikes & our easy to use Garmin GPS systems, preprogrammed with 60+ rides for all levels. And you'll stay in our top rated 17th Century Farmhouse B&B (along with pool and gardens) in the Luberon Park, a great base from which to explore the beauty of Provence (Roussillon, Gordes, Fontaine de Vaucluse, L'Isle sur la Sorgue, Bonnieux, Menerbes, Oppede le Vieux etc). We also profide breakfasts, every other dinner (with drinks) and bike back up, in the unlikely event that you should you need it. ... more   less 
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Memoires De Provence Provence-Alpes-Cote D'Azur/Coustellet, Luberon

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