Guest Reviews

" We arrived at Lot Cycling Holidays on a beautiful sunny day. Before arriving Aileen and John were great answering all our questions and providing instructions on how to arrive at their home from Paris. So much so we felt like we were greeting new friends when we arrived. The weather varied through the week, but thankfully the rain stayed away. We cycled through the French countryside and experienced a true France--not "touristy"-but a France dotted with 13th Century village after village and farm fields with it's wheat being caressed by the gentle winds. (Well ok--one day it wasn't that gentle but we were biking after all!) Aileen, John and Richard were gracious hosts and very caring for all our needs. Saying we had great food and lots of fun would be an understatement--it was simply fantastic and outstanding. It is clear the our hosts know the area very well and they provide excellent directions and help. Their flexibility to make our holiday a memorable one was absolutely wonderful and by the end of the week I was threatening to stay. The restored barn was super clean and remained so during the week thanks to their hard work. We woke to wonderful breakfasts and returned to five star 4 course meals after the ride. We were truly spoiled and enjoyed every minute of it. We have been home now for 2 weeks and a day doesn't go by that we are not looking at our photos from the rides and wishing we were still there. We left feeling we have 3 new friends who live in the gorgeous and quiet French countryside. This really is a great way to get a authentic French experience. You won't want to leave once you get there! Our heartfelt thanks to Aileen, John and Richard for making our first bike experience so memorable!"
Lot Valley Vistas Cycling Tour
Date published: June 2014
5/5stars
5 star rating

" Great week with a nice group from the US who let us into their company. John, Aileen & Richard worked hard to make us very welcome. Good food every night with lots of the local wine. Subsequent visitors will get the benefit of the pool (not quite finished) which should be a super facility to use at the end of a hot days cycling."
Lot Valley Vistas Cycling Tour
Date published: May 2014
5/5stars
4 star rating

" Sublime surroundings and lovely accommodation. Such quiet was eerie to a city dweller, and I understand the night sky, in the absence of light pollution, is something to behold (but I was always asleep too early to check! ) Aileen’s cooking more than met our expectations. The joy is to not to have to either cook or seek out restaurants, in the knowledge that you will always be surprised and delighted. That relax/refresh time after a good ride was precious. The rides were accomplished without too much difficulty (though be sure to check John’s count of climbs on the Rocamadour ride!). The routes were picturesque, safe and largely flat. They were developed with thought. John, the architect of the rides, delivers you to or from the rides to ensure no duplication and lots of variety. His commentary during the drives to or from the rides was always enlightening and certainly entertaining! Cahors Malbec rules!! (Just ask John!!)"
Lot Valley Vistas Cycling Tour
Date published: May 2014
4/5stars
4 star rating

"It has been a wonderful holiday - 'gorgeous' in every way! Aileen, I've really loved your fabulous cuisine and the thoughtful touches you've included. John, I've very much appreciated all the interesting diversions and local knowledge along with the flat cycling routes you provided!"
Lot Valley Vistas Cycling Tour
Date published: July 2013
5/5stars
5 star rating

"Another lovely holiday in the Lot Valley. We returned for our second time and just like the first the cycling, scenery and superb cooking of Aileen was a delight. It was a joy to cycle through the quiet country lanes, hear the birdsong and see a late spring finally arrive and turn the countryside green. Highlights were quiet country villages with interesting architecture, the joy of discovering the ‘plat du jour’ in the local Auberge, and a visit to a local vineyard where the local wine - Malbec - was sampled and purchased. On our return to Mas de Flory, following a hot shower we relaxed in the late afternoon sun chatting to fellow guests and sipping a chilled glass of rose prior to sitting down to a sumptous feast prepared by Aileen and skillfully served by John. Soon the conversation flowed, more wine was consumed and a good time was had by all. We’ll be back......."
Lot Valley Vistas Cycling Tour
Date published: August 2013
5/5stars
5 star rating

"We've just wrapped up our 3rd wonderful cycling holiday with John & Aileen in the beautiful Lot Valley. You could not ask for a more perfect combination - excellent food, wine & hospitality at Mas de Flory, well planned cycle routes away from busy roads and some of the most stunning scenery the French country side has to offer.
I highly recommend Lot Cycling Holidays for the perfect active holiday in France."
Lot Valley & Easter Cycling Tour
Date published: May 2013
5/5stars
5 star rating

"My initial thought was that this might be disappointing in terms of food, etc. Boy was I dead wrong! Aileen was a most accomplished chef, and prepared phenomenal 4-course meals every night! (I was so full from the first evening's repast, that I couldn't begin to partake of the fresh-baked croissants, her homemade jams and jellies, fresh fruits, coffee, etc. which were offered for breakfast the next, and each sequential morning). Aileen encouraged me to wrap at least one in a napkin and take it along in my pannier for our bike trip. (Good idea!). We were introduced to the other 6 guests for the week. They were all delightful! They hailed from England, Delhi, India, Australia, and New Zealand. Amazingly, everyone got along very nicely, and were suitably matched as biking companions as well. Our host, John..........."
Lot Valley Vistas Cycling Tour
Date published: March 2013
5/5stars
5 star rating

"So when I look back at 2012 ,what shines most in my head is the memory of my days spent at 'Mas de Flory'. How can one spend a few days cycling on different routes and having variety of meals and by the end of it cant tell which day or meal was better. It was an extra ordinary experience every day. Kudos to John and Aileen for their fantastic planning and hospitality. I was home within a few minutes of arriving there. Stay was very comfortable and everything at the barn' had a personal touch to it. Great location too. It was my first Cyling holiday and that too in a different country. I took it as an experiment and it turned out to be one of my best holidays. Definitely getiing back with wife and friends asap."
Lot Valley Vistas Cycling Tour
Date published: January 2013
5/5stars
5 star rating

"So when I look back at 2012 ,what shines most in my head is the memory of my days spent at 'Mas de Flory'. How can one spend a few days cycling on different routes and having variety of meals and by the end of it cant tell which day or meal was better. It was an extra ordinary experience every day. Kudos to John and Aileen for their fantastic planning and hospitality. I was home within a few minutes of arriving there. Stay was very comfortable and everything at the barn' had a personal touch to it. Great location too. It was my first Cyling holiday and that too in a different country. I took it as an experiment and it turned out to be one of my best holidays. Definitely getiing back with wife and friends asap."
Lot Valley Vistas Cycling Tour
Date published: January 2013
5/5stars
5 star rating


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