April at Lot Cycling Holidays

April 22, 2014 by · Comments Off on April at Lot Cycling Holidays
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April is a busy month for us at Lot Cycling Holidays, its all preparation for our first cycling tour of the year starting on May the 4th.

We have to check all the bike routes and make sure there are no road works or diversions, one year they blocked one of our favourite routes as there was a rock slide and they closed the road to repair it for about three months.

Of course we also have to spring clean our guest accommodation as it’s not normally used at all over the winter months and it generally needs a good airing. We’ve been lucky with a lot of really warm weather in the mid 20’s for the last month allowing us to repaint inside and out. We have also completely changed our kitchen area and put in more appliances including washing facilities for our guests.

Cycling holiday wine

Our table wine chateau for our cycling guests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the bikes have had to be serviced and replaced if deemed necessary plus the bike racks put back onto our trailer. We’ve bought some new racks to make it easier to get on and off so that our biking guests are not held up at all if they need a quick lift in the back up minibus. As Richard has joined us permanently this year this may allow for more guided sections of the tours, but maybe some guests prefer to be on their own?

We must be doing something right as last year 25% of all our guests were returning for a second year in a row!

The big news of course is that we are building a swimming pool and we are hoping that this will be ready from June this year. Any May guests reading this? Swimming pools in this area of south west France are not normally warm enough to be open until June. It’s been hard work as we have been doing most of the work ourselves and I now have builders hands complete with calluses.

April at Lot Cycling Holidays

Updating Our Cycling Base

April 8, 2014 by · Comments Off on Updating Our Cycling Base
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We’ve been busy improving our Cycling Base

It’s been all hands to the pumps recently trying to finish all our internal decorations in our 18th century Cycling Base. At this time of the year we normally are outside weeding, mowing, strimming etc but have had to put that on hold for the moment as we have been busy inside.

We have completely renewed our kitchen area and also added a washing machine, dishwasher and even a cooker! So our next cycling guests can wash out their clothes via our new facilities. We were often being asked (normally by our US and Australian guests) do we have a washing machine? If they were on a European tour we might be their first opportunity to refresh their clothes.

Cycling Base Improvement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cooking facilities allows us to be more flexible with our barn so that we can perhaps rent it out in the “off season” as it normally just lies empty over the autumn and winter months. So if anyone would like to rent our barn with full self catering facilities then please let us know.

Cycling Base Kitchen

Friends sample Aileen’s cooking in our new kitchen area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have just managed to get out in the garden over the last day or two and have been planting courgettes in our freshly dug vegetable plot. Tomatoes go in hopefully next week providing there is no frost forecasted. Yesterday it was 27c and mid 20’s forecast all week but it’s still a bit chilly in the early morning.

We still have new garden paths to finish and of course the grass is growing – it takes about five hours in total to cut all our grass and normally we mow about twice a week!

Our first tour is due on Sunday May 4th and finishing Saturday May 10th hopefully the warm weather will continue for our cycling guests.
Check our local weather? http://www.meteo-gratuite.fr/Degagnac/

Why not come and see our new updated cycling base on one of our cycling tours?

Our Cycling Base

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