Your hosts, and the inspiration for this self-guided, fixed base, cycling holiday
Your accommodation, 'Les Peupliers', is the French home of your hosts, Peter Evans and Jill Fellows; you can therefore be assured of a high standard throughout.
Jill has been a recognised artist for many years and has exhibited and accepted commissions on a regular basis. Pete was a freelance professional photographer in the UK and is still the "photographer on-call" in southwest France for Associated Newspapers, London. Pete and Jill have been operating painting and photography holidays from 'Les Peupliers' since 2005 (see www.painting-photography-france.com and check out the guests' comments).
Since 2006, in the weeks where they do not offer their painting and photography holidays, a portion of their home has been available for rent as a self-catering gite (see www.gites-in-southwest-france.com and check out the comments there!).
Pete and Jill cycle every day and it was at the suggestion of a friend and cyclist extraordinaire, Rowland Cockin, that they decided to combine the expertise they had gained in these two ventures and offer their home as a touring base for cyclists.
Until recently, Rowland Cockin lived a kilometre down the road from Pete and Jill and was their next door neighbour for seven years, Rowland (pictured left) spent his summers in the Lot-et-Garonne and his winters at his main house in Almeria, in Spain. Now, he spends the winters in Spain and his summers touring Europe with his camper van and his favourite bikes.
During his seven years living in the Lot-et-Garonne, Rowland estimates that he cycled over 30,000 kms on day trips, using his home here as his base. Pete and Jill have been fortunate to be able to tap that knowledge in order to offer you the perfect French cycling holiday.
Whatever your age or level of fitness, we can recommend a variety of routes to suit - from easy to arduous, from short to long.
Rowland has kindly agreed to make himself available to you for advice, should you need it. Feel free to contact us if you would like to speak to him.
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