Testimonials Short Breaks

A selection of Photos and Quotes from the visitors’ book.

“Fantastic trip. Lovely hosts, Great food, Brilliant riding – would come again in a heart beat. All the best”

Stuart, Brian, Ron, John, Paul and Ringo!! September 2018

The “Scousers” with friends !!


“This was my 5th short break and 7th BN trip overall. It’s been an absolute pleasure to be part of the history of Bike Normandy short breaks and while I’m sad that there are no more to come I aslo know that John & Jen have always delivered over and above expectations. There needs to be a new section on the website “What we don’t do – Bad Days” Every one has been brilliant as always! I wish you all the best for the next chapter in your life and hope to join you on a longer tour soon”

Charles May, 7th visit, FJR 1300, August 2018

Question: How do two people organise a house move. Via a ferry! While tending to an energetic puppy.  And guide six bikes carrying 10 persons to sample Normandy sights. Along twisty roads. Up and down hills, that should not be there. And rivers that meander softly through delightful locations each decorated with dream displays of beautiful flowers, on clean streets. Keep a conversation freely flowing and harmonise strangers into a single thinking group. This is topped by a perfect end of the day dinner washed down with copious fluid that loosened the tongue and warmed the belly. In a building that stands proud in a landscape of unequalled calm and beauty. It is a long time since this visitor switched off a light to be met by a real dark country night, being able to absorb it’s quiet.  Fabulous. Then of course there is the bike riding… Miles upon Miles upon Miles. Loved it. Thanks Bike Normandy!”

John Stone “Stoner”, KTM 990, 2nd trip, Cornwall, August 2018

Just a quick email to say thanks for a lovely weekend. Great hosts, lovely company, fabulous roads, super food and you even arranged sunny weather. I hope your move goes well and I suspect I will see you on another tour. Keep up the good work.”

Tim and Andrea Oxtoby, 1st visit, Indian Vintage, August 2018

The group at BNHQ with an Indian Chief Vintage

My 4th trip with BN and it just gets better. The roads, the accommodation, the food, the hosts are all perfect. If you are in any doubt don’t be – this is the only way to tour Europe. I’ve been on other tours before and there is no comparison. Thanks again Jen and John”

Andy Aird, 4th trip, Kawasaki ZX6R, August 2018

Great weekend riding in Normandy with great hosts and accommodation. Thoroughly recommend it whatever your riding ability.

Steve Luckett, 1st visit, BMW RT1200, August 2018

Just returned from my 6th BN weekend and I have to say John and Jen’s hospitality, accommodation and route planning are all first class, and the fantastic empty roads around their base in Normandy makes it the perfect weekend for bike lovers of any ability. Can’t wait to join them on one of their tours in the future. Highly recommended!”

Mark Drury. 6th visit, BMR RT1200, August 2018

“Absolutely loved my first time at BN. Jen and John are wonderful hosts and the organised ride outs around the fantastic Normandy roads are catered to all abilities. I would definitely recommend BN”

Dee Timmis, 1st visit, BMW S1000R, August 2018

The group at BN HQ

Keith, Andy & Russ – with shiny bikes! (See 2014)


So… I have just returned from the most epic Motorcycle holiday I have ever had! John and Jen are two of the most amazing, hospitable, kindest and outgoing people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! They both have a huge interest in bikes and both of them can ride so well with myself and the group feeling safe and secure so we could all enjoy our own individual rides. Jen’s cooking was absolutely exquisite! I am a huge foodie in life and I eat out a lot, Jen puts some of the Michelin starred chefs I have met to shame… I have had huge holiday blues returning back home at 2am yesterday but the photos and memories will last a lifetime… Thank you again guys, here’s to a future friendship and returned visits”

Lee Hancy, 1st visit, Suzuki GSXR 1000, Bolton, July 2018

[Wow, thanks Lee, we both really enjoyed the weekend & look forward to seeing you again soon. J&J]

I was going to write a long review about our experience with John and Jen and then I thought I can’t because I couldn’t think of just one thing I liked about our stay! “Everything was Brilliant” Thank you”

Kevin Jackson, 1st visit, Kawasaki S1000X, Bolton, July 2018

Fabulous roads, 5 star gourmet dining at Jen & John’s beautiful home and a lovely bunch of bikers to play with. A wonderful weekend. Thank You!”

Wendy Henrys, 7th visit, Triumph Street Triple 765R, July 2018

“We’ve just been on our 7th trip with John and Jen. It was our 3rd weekend break with them and it was well up to their usual standard – excellent! Riding on wonderful French roads in great company followed by fantastic home cooked meals, including beer and wine, what could be better!”

Steve Henrys, 7th trip, Triumph Street Triple 765R, July 2018

Weekend was excellent. John & Jen were perfect hosts. Couldn’t do enough to make sure everyone had a good and safe time. Ride-outs were great – something for every style of riding.”

John Kerr, 2nd visit this year!, Yamaha Thunderace, July 2018

The Group at BN HQ

Coffee stop by the river in glorious sunshine


Jen/John, thanks for your hosting, great riding, great company, great food and thoroughly enjoyable. I’m still picking the bugs off the “bullet proof” Honda !”

Simon Cook, 1st visit, Honda CBR 600RR, June 2018

What a fantastic trip. John and Jen were the perfect hosts, delivering great ride-outs, lovely stop offs and to top it all, the amazing evening meals. Thoroughly recommended. The Normandy countryside was truly beautiful. And the weather was scorchio”

Mark Scrivener, 1st visit, Yamaha Fazer 1000, June 2018

Thanks John and Jen, the weekend in Normandy was fab, the food was fab – came back 2 kg heavier, the company on the tour was great. As a single female travelling alone, you were great, your organisation made it so easy and therefore very enjoyable.
Recommending these guys is easy, very professional, very organised, friendly and thoughtful, would go on another tour in a heartbeat… in fact already thinking of next year”

Karen Bevan, 1st visit, Yamaha MT-07, June 2018

“We had a fab time, loved it all and you were both great hosts”

Mike & Julie Keay, 1st visit, Honda Africa Twin, June 2018

“So glad we came to stay with you in Normandy before this chapter closes. Like staying with friends, good food & company too. Thank-you”

David & Lin Lake, 2nd trip, BMW R1200GS, June 2018

“Just completed a weekend in Normandy. Superb hospitality from John and Jen, met some great people, and rode some great roads in a beautiful part of the world. Very professional set up with a great personal touch and I can’t praise it enough. Hope to see you again soon.”

Paul East, 1st visit, Suzuki V-Strom 1000, June 2018

“A fantastic weekend away with John & Jen at Bike Normandy. Terrific roads and scenery with magnificent weather. Accommodation absolutely great, both comfortable and relaxed. Food was gorgeous. So much so that even after a weekend of riding I still managed to put on a kilo. I have never seen better organisation, it was extremely professional.”

Brian Herring, 1st visit, Triumph Spring ST1050, June 2018

A mixed group this weekend

Otto’s first weekend with guests


The weekend of 8/9 June saw the return of the “Black Widows” – for many their 9th visit. If anyone has a question as to why we are stopping the BN Short Breaks then just look at the following photos (joke!) !!! This is more like a tour review than a weekend break – these guys certainly know how to pack in the fun!

Had a fantastic weekend with John and Jen the food was fantastic and so was the riding. For me it felt sad today knowing that we won’t be back again to your beautiful home. I’ll put something on the Bike Normandy page as well. Take care and enjoy your new dog when he turns up. Kindest regards”
Trevor ( Zippy)
Swain, 9th visit, Suzuki GSXS1000, June 2018😉

Bonjour John and Jen. Thanks for another Black Widows biking break.
One of the best, especially as we had the wedding of the year – think it might make OK magazine!!
Sad it’s the last one at the house but would like to say big thank you for the 9 we have done. It’s always gonna be something we talk about in years to come – but we will see you on a widows euro tour in the future!!

Best wishes to you both”

Regards Craig ‘Colonel’ Conway – leader of the most feared biker gang in the land!!

The return of the “Black Widows”

With a rear view to remember!!

The lads always wear the latest t-shirt to dinner

After dinner it’s Snail Racing!

They are all named !!

You’re going to have a long wait…

Snails have more important things to do!

They are moving aren’t they??

We have a winner – Wiggy!!!

The next morning Handzz & Wiggy…

hit the gym

The return of “Wiggy” !!

At lunch – no rain as yet…

Tasting Pommeau & Calvados

Then the fun & games start…

Start with spaghetti & marshmallows

Build a structure

Looking good at this point…

Some progress…

Tony has some bar-bells his size!!

What a disaster !!

Adding the finishing touches

They’ve finished

But will it support a banana ??

Yes – but not for long !!

Nul Points outside !

We have the winners !

Just what is going on…

in room one ???

The wedding party !!!!

The Groom & Matron of Honour !

And here is the Bride !!!

This was Jen’s actual wedding dress !!!!

Do you take this “woman”…

With this ring…

Whoa !!!

You may kiss the bride !!!

Hurrah – the first BN Wedding !!!

Little “Shetland” Tony !

True Love !

Then things get worse…but we’re not showing those pics !!

This is what it should have looked like – Us 22 years ago !

These guys are such good fun but please be assured that not all BN weekends are like this !!!

Just got back from my best biking experience ever, a short break with Bike Normandy. John and Jen are the perfect hosts and really know how to organise a ride out in the Normandy countryside for our mixed ability group. Each day saw a couple of hundred miles flying past on awesome roads followed by an evening meal that was second to none. They are both passionate bikers with an obvious desire to pass on their huge experience to all their guests. An absolute inspiration and they even managed to make the sun shine on the most unlikely of weekends! Bike Normandy is absolutely unique.”

Tim Terry, 1st visit, Suzuki SV 650, June 2018

“4th time round for me, excellent as ever. Sad to think it will be the last but good luck to you both with your future plans. I can feel a tour coming on next year! Thank you John and Jen”

Andy Mayes, 4th visit, Triumph Tiger 1050, June 2018

At BN HQ – a pair of Suzuki GSXS 1000’s

Enjoying lunch in the sun

No need for umbrellas today!

Take a stroll to see the view


“Hi John & Jen, thanks for a great time, once more you were marvelous hosts. All the best to the soon to be 3 of you!”

Terry Blumire, 6th visit, BMW S1000R, May 2018

Thundercats are go !!


“Thanks again to you both for an awesome weekend. We both had a blast. Great riding, super food and good company. The dark, filthy, wet ride back up a busy, pot-holed A3 from Portsmouth was a rude welcome home to the joys of UK biking…”

Simon Brown, 3rd trip, GSXR750 and James Padison, 1st trip, GSXR1000, Woking, Sept 2017

A great experience with very friendly and knowledgeable hosts. Beautiful countryside and fantastic biking roads. Would like to come back again next year. Thank you John and Jen.”

Cops Adams, 1st trip, Africa Twin, Sept 2017

“Just completed a short break weekend tour with Bike Normandy. John and Jen were excellent hosts and the group were very like minded and friendly. 3 days of great riding with each day ending with a relaxing and enjoyable meal. Needless to say, I ate too much and enjoyed the home made cider and drinks supplied. You can even have bread and butter pudding for breakfast!! Definitely on the list of things to do next year…Perhaps with a new bike too – see you at the NEC”

Simon Green, 1st trip, Kawasaki KLV1000 (V-Strom in disguise!), Berks

With no breakdown insurance fortunately a friendly local helps to get a puncture repaired – and brings lunch too!

The group at the local Tiger Tank – and what great weather for the end of September


“Hi John and Jen, we would just like to say we had a fantastic time, with good company, new friends, fantastic roads and great hospitality.The whole tour felt safe and professional, and the back marker system was excellent, it gives everyone a good variety of riding ! Look forward to seeing you both again in the future, enjoy the rest of your year, safe riding !”

Paul & Linda Milton, 1st trip, Yamaha FJR 1300, August 2017
“Dear John ‘n Jen, thank you both very much for a brilliant weekend. The biking and food were both up to your usual high standards. You’ve obviously had lots of practice now, but I actually don’t think you ever needed it! It was a fun group too, I sometimes think that it’s you that causes the gelling of  that. Your ability to make everyone feel relaxed. Hope to see you next year”
Tim Langford, 11th trip, Ducati Diavel, August 2017

A weekend with a Yamaha R1M and a Kawasaki H2…

to a weekend with a Moto Guzzi Griso…we take all makes of bikes!

“Thanks very much for the Bike Normandy weekend. As usual, the roads were stunning, the food was stunning and the organisation was stunning. Even the weather was good to us. I know the “Widows” can be hard work but you both coped well with the endless banter…even Della managed to put up with us for the weekend.
I was surprised, pleased and very grateful for the gifts you gave me to celebrate me annoying you 20 times. You were extremely generous which I suppose is just another example of a “normal” Bike Normandy trip  🙂 I’m already looking forward to my next 20…”
Allan Gray, 20 trips!, BMW S1000RR, July 2017

The official photo of the Black Widows' group - most on their 8th visit

The official photo of the Black Widows’ group – most on their 8th visit – July 2017

"Shetland" Tony is helped onto a bike - not for the first time though!

“Shetland” Tony is helped onto a bike – not for the first time though!

Champagne to mark Allan's 20th visit!

Champagne to mark Allan’s 20th visit!

Thanks Allan - Pear Calvados with our compliments

Thanks Allan – Pear Calvados with our compliments

And finally a free visit next time!

And finally a free visit next time!

The lads impersonate "Shetland" Tony!

The lads impersonate “Shetland” Tony!

How difficult is it to form a circle???

How difficult is it to form a circle???



Up to their usual tricks - Zippy & Handzz raid Jen's wardrobe!!

Up to their usual tricks – Zippy & Handzz raid Jen’s wardrobe!!

"Shetland/Swiss" Tony gets in on the act!

Little “Shetland – or is it Swiss” Tony has to get in on the act!

“Another fantastic weekend, great food & company”
Nigel Short, 16th visit, BMW S1000R, June 2017
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Paul H’s 6th, Jim’s 4th, Garry’s 7th, Dave’s 9th, Nigel on his BMW 16th, Pete’s 5th trip & friends 
“Superlative… what more is there to say. The trip was brilliant and the hosts, John & Jen (and Della) treat you like family members, they welcome you into their home and cannot do enough for you. The accommodation is fantastic, the view is fantastic, fantastic selection of drinks and they are both brilliant cooks. The food was better than most restaurants. The roads are wonderful and both myself and Jen are GSX-S1000 owners, so that was fun. Learned so much from them both too. Worth every penny, will be going back. Thanks John & Jen, loved every minute.”
Andy MacKay, 1st visit, GSXS1000
“What can I say that can describe the experience of Bike Normandy? Superlative still doesn’t seem to cover it. Superb rides, special hosts, fantastic scenery and roads as well as great food and drink. We loved every minute of our time with John, Jen and Della – for whom nothing was too much trouble – and look forward to another adventure in the near future!”
Dave Manser & Jackie, 1st visit, BMW 1200GS, May 2017
“Just returned from my 4th visit in 10 years and the experience was every bit as enjoyable as the 1st trip. The secret of the success of Bike Normandy is not just the fantastic riding experience but the easy going affability of John & Jen Eggleton. Indeed, as far as I am concerned, they have gone from being just hosts to friends who I now enjoy seeing just as much as indulging in a brilliant time on the road.
Thanks again John & Jen and hope to return soon.”
Mick Abbott, 4th visit, Honda VFR1200, May 2017
“Best trip I’ve ever been on. The riding is amazing, roads are awesome, Host & Hostess are wonderful and the food and cider are brilliant. Thanks billions”
Simon Manser, 1st visit, BMW 1200GS, May 2017
“The location and views from Bike Normandy are stunning. John and Jen make you feel at home with their relaxed environment. The riding is done on the most amazing roads and on completion of a days riding you sit down to some great food. Definitely coming back.”
Gaz Rawlings & Wendy, 1st visit, Triumph Tiger 1050, May 2017

Lisa has 3 spots & is out!

Lisa has 3 spots & is out!

And the winner is - Mick!

And the winner with no spots is – Mick!

Wendy is branded!!

Wendy is branded!!

Joe has two spots...

Joe has two spots…

The group visit the American Cemetery

The group visit the American Cemetery

Winners of the Marshmallow & Spaghetti challenge!

Winners of the Marshmallow & Spaghetti challenge!

And the losers - whose construction collapsed!

And the losers – whose construction collapsed!

GSXS 1000's take front row at coffee stop

GSXS 1000’s take front row at coffee stop

Chateau photo stop

Chateau photo stop

Forfeit for losing the quiz - what a load of Nellies!!

Forfeit for losing the quiz – what a load of Nellies!!

Jen's new naked GSXS1000

Jen’s new naked GSXS1000

Top bike Andy! Lisa Manser with family & friends

Top bike Andy! Lisa Manser with family & friends

“Hi John, Brian has arrived home tired and saddle sore but full of stories and memories I’m sure he will treasure for a very long time. He has thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with you and Jen, many thanks for taking care of him when he experienced tyre blow out. He hasn’t  shut up yet talking of the many experiences he enjoyed and sharing his photographs. Thank you both for giving him such a good time he’s already told me what he would like for next Christmas , you’ve guessed it another tour!! Hope you enjoy a successful summer with many more tours. Best wishes”
Ann Downes who purchased the weekend as a present for her husband Brian
“Just returned from 4 days WW2 sights –  4 of us and all others on tour first timers. Brilliantly organized, unbelievably patient, generous and friendly hosts, superb riding on great roads, fantastic food and drink. If you’re thinking of doing it – do it, we will be back.”
Peter Dowling, Suzuki GSX 1400, May 2017

A mixed group at BN HQ

A mixed group at BN HQ

The group visit a Tiger Tank

The group stop to see a Tiger Tank

We start with a briefing at Honfleur

We start with a briefing at Honfleur

The group visit Pegasus Bridge

The group visit Pegasus Bridge

“Just back from a 3 day break with John and Jen at Bike Normandy. Well looked after, great food, great hospitality. Their base in Normandy is an ideal spot to experience empty, excellent motorcycling roads guided by John and Jen. Their drop off marker system works superbly allowing you to ride at you own pace either fast or not so fast. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.”
Jeff Hewett, 2nd visit, Triumph Sprint 1050
“Hi John & Jen,  we had a great break with you guys recently so thanks for the hospitality & great riding… We’ll be back again minus Fred’s pile of junk! Thoroughly recommend you guys as it works for all ages and abilities as our group proved.”
Paul Turner, Triumph California
“Hi John & Jen, the first time 10 years ago was great, this time was even better. The food was excellent, the company good and the touring brilliant. Your patience and understanding with a great customer service ethos goes far beyond competitors. I will certainly be back. Thanks for all your help.”
Fred Chambers, broken-down Moto Guzzi !!
“Thanks for such a fantastic break. The food & hospitality have been amazing. Apologies for the Moto Guzzi & Fred! Will definitely recommend to others & hope to be back next year”
Steve (R1), Chris (Aprilia Shiver), Luke (Speed Triple), May 2017
The group & their bikes

The group & their bikes

The Group at BN HQ

The Group at BN HQ

Fred's Moto Guzzi goes home on the trailer!

Fred’s Moto Guzzi goes home on the trailer!

A briefing at Honfleur

We start with a briefing at Honfleur

Duct tape repairs Steve's waterproofs!

Duct tape to repair Steve’s waterproofs!


“First ever visit…what an experience…everything about this trip was 1st class – the food was fab…the roads incredible…10/10 & 100% enjoyment. Hopefully see you next year”
Clive York, 1st visit, Triumph Tiger 1050, September 2016
“I thought it couldn’t get any better but it just does ! More routes, more fun, great food again.
More again please next year !”
Tim Hale, 18th trip, Honda NC750, September 2016
“Another superb trip, John & Jen have nailed the hospitality. Simply the best food, great accommodation and outstanding roads to ride. If it wasn’t this good – ask yourself – why would you keep coming back? Thanks again”
Ron Paterson, 6th visit, BMW R1100 RT, September 2016

Still good weather end Sept

Still good weather end Sept

All celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary

All celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary

Colin's 10th trip

Colin’s 10th trip

Tim's 18th trip !

Tim’s 18th trip !


Bonjour John et Jen! Thanks for a great weekend – as always I loved every minute and you can’t say better than that! BN = Numero Uno!”
Alan Bailey, 5th visit, BMW GS1200, September 2016

"SHIB's" 6th visit

“SHIB’s” 6th visit – the lads at Pegasus Bridge

We're treated to complementary punch

We’re treated to complementary punch

4 spots & you're out!

Fun & Games after dinner…4 spots & you’re out!

Steve's out next !

Steve’s out next !

Jeff stumbles and is branded !

Jeff stumbles and is branded !

Mel's out as well !

Mel’s out as well !

Alan, Paul & Tony fight it out...

Alan, Paul & Tony fight it out…

And the winner is...Alan !!

And the winner is…Alan !!

We all take to the water in pedalos

After lunch we all take to the water in pedalos

Heading for a crash !

Heading for a crash !

Tether that pedalo quick !

Tether that pedalo quick !

Tony stumbles & almost falls in !!

Tony stumbles & almost falls in !!

“Hi John & Jen,  thanks for a great weekend ! Everything was spot on. The scenery, accommodation, rides and the terrific food made it a weekend to remember. Of course the icing on the cake was Della dog – a true star !!! Thanks again for a great time – and we will be back. (xx for Della)”
Sue and Mike Barton, 1st visit, Triumph Sprint ST, August 2016
“Hi John & Jen, thank you for a great weekend you made us very welcome and comfortable. Your food was lovely and we had good company. See you at the NEC. Love to you both”
Sue & Ian Greay, 1st visit, Triumph America, August 2016
 “Kim and I would like to thank you both for a fantastic weekend. After all the doubt about being able to make it, we had a great time. The ride outs, accommodation and food were all spot on! If we don’t see you before we will see you both at the NEC. Thanks again and good luck on your next tour. Best regards”
John And Kim Hinchen, 1st visit, Suzuki GSX 1250F, August 2016
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The group visit Arromanches for  lunch

The return of "The Black Widows"

The return of “The Black Widows”

Dressed for Dinner!

Dressed for Dinner!

Beers on the terrace

Beers on the terrace after a good day’s riding (missing Chris)

For Allan's 19th visit - "Wiggy" & John present him with a haggis!!

For Scottish Allan’s 19th visit – “Wiggy” & John present him with a haggis!!

“As usual everything has been fantastic – weather, company, roads and especially our HOSTS!”
Chris Martin, 7th visit, Suzuki V-Strom 650, July 2016

The "Grumpy Old Men" plus Martin

The “Grumpy Old Men” plus Martin

"Parker's" 10th visit !

“Parker’s” 10th visit !


Another fantastic short trip…great riding, great roads, great fun & great food – thanks John & Jen”
Tim Hale, 16th visit, Honda NC750, July 2016
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The group visit Mont St Michel
“Top riding…Overwhelming hospitality…Massive portions…Awesome roads…Top wine…Great welcome…See you again”
Andy Ruban, 1st trip, KTM Adventure, July 2016
“Great trip once again – for trip comments please read the reviews of the last six trips!!”
Stewie Roberts, 7th trip, Honda Blackbird. July 2016
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“Back again for another fantastic weekend. Thank you both so much for your fantastic hospitality!”
Ken “Live at the Apollo” Cullern, 13th trip, GSXR750, July 2016
“Another great weekend at Bike Normandy – Jen’s faster than ever!!”
Nigel Short, 15th trip, BMW K1300, July 2016
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“Thank you for a great experience on my first of many trips to the continent – food & company were great.”
Sue McNally, Honda CBF600, June 2016
“John & Jen, thanks for an awesome weekend, fantastic views, amazing bends & amazing food.
Thanks for letting me & Gordon enjoy your lovely home. See you at the NEC”
Sue & Gordon Bishop, 4th visit, with their new Triumph Sprint GT 1050
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“Not exactly flaming June – but flaming marvellous! So nice to be back”
Andy Oliver, 5th visit, Ducati 749, June 2016
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“Another wonderful stay – Tiramisu was to die for!!”
Paul Butler, 4th visit, Oakley Motorcycle Club, Suzuki Hayabusa
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“Thanks again for another great trip – see you for the Picos in 2018!!”
Mark Guest, (3rd visit), with the Newton-Mason clan (4th trip), May 2016
“Many thanks for another great weekend – still very pleased with the t-shirt which was a complete surprise!”
Howard Avery (10th visit), Honda Fireblade, May 2016
7 Newton Mason etc 1 web         10th, 8th, 4th, 3rd visits with newby Charlie 7 Newton Mason etc 2 web       The group visit the Tiger Tank
P1020573 web       Bikes parked up at coffee stop P1020574 web       Where the boys enjoy cream cakes!
P1020577 web       Alice & Howard take to the water at lunch P1020578 web       The boys have ice-creams – & it didn’t stop there!!
“Thanks yet again for a fantastic trip. Your food is gorgeous and we feel as though we have been well & Truly spoilt!”
Paul (9th visit) & Claire (3rd visit) Chambers, Beds, May 2016
“First stay this year and we’ve been on more new roads, had more fun and been truly entertained again. Great group, great times – thanks J&J”
Tim Hale, (15th visit) & Karen Reeve (4th visit), Bognor Regis, May 2016
A home from home! I look forward to my annual trip to Coudehard and once the weekend rolls round the weekend doesn’t disappoint. Many thanks John & Jen – it’s been a superb weekend and we’ve even seen the sun!”
Charles May, 6th visit, Coombe Bisset, May 2016
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Tim’s 15th, Paul’s 9th & Charles’ 6th visits
“Thank you very much for making our trip so enjoyable.  We all had a really great time, especially with your hospitality.  Both you and Jeanette deserve real success with your business because of the way you throw yourselves into it, the whole experience and what you provide.  Jeanette really is an excellent cook and produced marvelous meals in a ridiculously short time at the end of a day ‘in the saddle’. Best wishes”
Simon Gough, Avon IAM, September 2015
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Nigel’s 6th visit, Terry’s 5th visit with newcomers from Avon IAM
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A new group this year

Disco Night !! Oops Upside Your Head !!

Disco Night !! Oops Upside Your Head !!

Sunday Night Fever !!!

Sunday Night Fever !!!


“Hi John and Jen just a quick thank you from us all for a great time, even though the weather wasn’t the best we all enjoyed our short visit. Thank you for making us all feel welcome and hopefully you will have us back again ha ha! We will see you at the NEC at the end of the year if you’re there so once again thank you for
a great time”
Andy , Terry , Jason and Dion

The group visit a V1 Rocket Launcher

The group take time to visit the site of a V1 Rocket Launcher

We celebrate Jean & Steve's 36th wedding anniversary

We celebrate Jean & Steve’s 36th wedding anniversary

Kevin (9th trip) & Sandra (5th), Steve (8th) & Jean (6th), Bob (5th) with 4 newcomers

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Peter Richards 5th visit, Bruce Hay’s 4th visit with newcomers Helen, Dave & Steno
Hi John & Jen, many thanks once again for a terrific week-end, the weather was perfect for biking (ordered specially) and you certainly put the icing on the cake with our comprehensive two and a half days of ride outs with all the information you passed on to us, it was very much appreciated. And as usual your evening meals were absolutely great.. Many thanks once again.” Jackie (5th visit) & Vic Hill (6th visit), Orange/Black Speed Triple, August 201519 Hill etc web
“Hi John & Jen,
Many thanks for the great riding & superb food & hospitality, you guys really do provide the highest possible standard! Despite the few problems we all had a great time & were all buzzing on the way back. Best Regards”
Russ Smith, Honda Fireblade, 2nd visit, July 2015
“Second time for this adventure and it didn’t disappoint. Great hospitality & weather ordered specially!
Thanks again John & Jen”
Grant Hallett, Suzuki GSXR750, July 2015
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17 1 Smith & Inett web
Still a shiny Fireblade! (See July 2014)


“On behalf of the whole group, thanks again for another fantastic weekend – we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and all returned safe and sound…”

Dave Nicholas’ 5th visit, Del’s 8th, Rob’s 6th, Paul & Mark’s 5th visits, Dave’s 4th plus newcomers – July 2015

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“Hi Guys
Once again a fantastic visit to Bike Normandy, all The Widows had a great time. Thanks for putting up with us especially me and Handzz  raiding your wardrobes again, I think the plan is to bring our own cocktail dresses next time we come! Handzz is getting fitted up for some sling back sandals but size 11 is a tall order for any shoe shop. On behalf of  The Colonel, Swiss Tony,  Right said Roland.  HANDZZ.  Ray The Wig.  Ben Dover.  Barnes Wallace. Sean (Donald Pleasence ). Jock Alan and Myself Zippy many thanks. See you next year.”
The “Widows” 6th visit (and Alan’s 17th visit!!)

The return of the Black Widows "the most feared motorcycle gang in the land!!"

The return of the Black Widows “the most feared motorcycle gang in the land!!”

Bringing their own t-shirts the boys certainly know how to dress for dinner!

Bringing their own t-shirts the boys certainly know how to dress for dinner!

A pedalo race after lunch - Ray & Hanz win...

A pedalo race after lunch – Ray & Handzz win…

While Sean & Swiss Tony disappear down - river !

While Sean & Swiss Tony disappear down – river !

Zippy & Hanz raid Jen's wardrobe - again!

Zippy & Handzz raid Jen’s wardrobe – again!

It's a worry when Hanz looks better in it than Jen!

It’s a worry when Handzz looks better in it than Jen!

After moving off before the back-marker arrived Tony is punished...

After moving off before the back-marker arrived Tony is punished…

But that's nothing compared to facing the wrath of Hanz!

But that’s nothing compared to facing the wrath of Handzz!

“Another Tour, another group, another fantastic time! Routes, food, company – just perfect. Thank you J&J”
Tim Hale, 13th visit, Honda VFR, June 2015
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“Sunshine and Normandy roads combine to create biking heaven…there will be a next time so have my t-shirt ready!”
David Biggs, 9th visit, BMW K1600 GT, May 2015
“Another fabulous Bike Normandy trip. Thank you John & Jen for everything. On to the next!”
Dave Washington, 7th visit, BMW 1200 GS Adventure, May 2015
“Thanks once again for a fabulous weekend. The riding and the hospitality were again up to your very high standards. I was so pleased to be able to make the trip”
Ken Cullern, 11th visit, Suzuki GSXR 750, May 2015
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“Jen, John, I had what was probably the best ever motorbike holiday and look forward to doing it again…”
Ken Burley, 7th visit, BMW 800 GS, May 2015
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Our first trike!
“Brilliant! Thank you for having me back – the food, organisation, routes and company were all fantastic.
If I can make it on the Swiss Alps Tour then I’ll definitely be there!”
Charles May, 3rd w/e + 2 Tours, Triumph Sprint ST, May 2015
“Great relaxing time, good food, good company, great views…see you again soon”
John & Sandra Shepherd, 1st w/e + 2 Tours, Honda Deauville, May 2015
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“Thank you very much for a great holiday, the whole experience was fantastic. You have a lovely place with a great view, food was delicious and your hosting skills were first class. The tours were great fun with plenty to see and views to die for. An extra thanks to Jen for getting us to all those great places and may I add what a brilliant rider you are. We will sing your praises to all that will listen, not sure when but will be back again for one of your tours or another weekend at the house. Take care and John I hope you have a speedy recovery and back on your feet and bike again soon.”
Jonathan and Sandra Dann, 1st visit, Suzuki 1250, September 2014
“Just thought I’d drop you a line to say thank you so much for a fantastic weekend. I haven’t enjoyed myself so much on my bike for a long time! And the weather held too… I didn’t know you had a contact in that department! Everything was easy and straightforward, from meeting in Honfleur to the riding system, to getting on with everyone else on the trip. Your house is beautifully located and such a great view from the terrace in the evening and a great place to have a relaxing weekend away from work. Once again thanks, and hope to see you again soon”
Olly Pocknell, 1st visit, Honda Fireblade, September 2014
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Paul Chambers 6th visit, Paul Sparks 5th visit with friends on shiny fireblades!
“Thank you so much for a brilliant tour. Great company, Great food, Great riding. “I’ll be back!””
Joe Bird, VFR750, September 2014
“Back for a 5th time – do I need to say more? Thanks for everything & see you again”
Mike (5th visit) & Lily (4th visit) Meachim, Suzuki Hayabusa, September 2014
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“Thanks John & Jen for another ace weekend, amazing roads, fantastic food & great company. ‘Til next time!”
Barry Cooper (3rd visit), Honda CB1000R, August 2014
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5 out of 8 bikes were KTM’s !
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Kent Advanced Motorcycle Group bring their own t-shirts – “Keep Calm & Bike Normandy”!! – Aug 2014
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Jaime’s BMW S1000RR being taken away by the recovery service!
“Thank you again for a wonderful weekend! As usual, you created an atmosphere in which a bunch of very different bikes and riders could bond and have a great time.”
Alice Dryden (6th visit) – Honda Integra, August 2014
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“Thank you, thank you, thank you! Fantastic few days – went too quick – so we’ll be back!
Thank you for your hospitality, expertise, riding, food and encouragement”
Sue Parrish – Ducati Hyperstrada & Kevin Parrish – Ducati Diavel (1st visits), July 2014
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Girls ride too! Catherine on her Harley SuperLow and Sue on her Ducati HyperStrada
“Wonderful hosts, so relaxed, every need catered for. Great experience for my first bike tour – thank you”
Sue (1st visit) & Adey McDowell (6th visit), Yamaha Super Tenere, July 2014
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The group visit Pegasus Bridge
“What can I say…SUPERB!!
Thank you John & Jen, I will be back!”
Russ Smith, Honda Fireblade, July 2014
“Brilliant riding & hospitality. Thank you John & Jen for the introduction to great French road riding.
Look forward to booking again”
Grant Hallett, GSXR 750, July 2014
“Thank you both for yet another brilliant Bike Normandy weekend…I’ve enjoyed some great Bike Normandy trips and this was right up there with the best of them. The group was a universally good bunch; everyone’s riding was on the pace, with no scary bits. Excellent. Jen led us at a good pace around those brilliant Normandy roads and did a good job…Fun days, rounded off by great food and good company”
David Biggs (8th visit), BMW K1600, July 2014
“Wow what a weekend we had. Thanks so much again for an excellent weekend. I really enjoyed my trip last year and if I’m honest didn’t think it could get much better. But this year it did !!!! It was all spot on, great group of guys and girl, great food and obviously the best riding…See you soon”
Chris Lockyer (2nd visit), Pan European, July 2014
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Russ’s shiny Fireblade!
“Thanks for another fabulous tour & your great hospitality”
Pete Webster (4th visit), Kawasaki ZZR1400, July 2014
“Ditto! Just keep doing what you’re doing – it can’t be bettered!”
Chris Martin (4th visit), Triumph Thunderbird, July 2014
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“Simply brilliant – once again!”
Nigel Billingsley (5th visit), Kawasaki ZX636, Bristol, June 2014
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Just how many blokes does it take to mend a puncture???
“Quick note to say how much I enjoyed last weekend. As a BN virgin I have to say the experience far exceeded any expectations I may have had and I’m looking forward to the Monte Carlo tour in Sept. Fantastic riding, great company and new friends, 5 star hospitality and friendly coppers, what more could you want from a trip…apart from a new rear tyre ! Many thanks, see you soon”
Dave Cockburn, Triumph Street Triple, June 2014
“Second pillion tour was even better than the first. Great company, Great hospitality & GREAT riding. Couldn’t get any better. (P.S. I was robbed on the “office chair” race) Thanks!!”
Ron Paterson (5th visit) BMW R1100RT, May 2014
“BAKE” Normandy – Food excellent!
“BIKE” Normandy – BRILLIANT!
Phil Barrow (4th visit) Kawasaki ZZR1400 & Alex Richardson (3rd visit) GSXR750, East & West Sussex Emergency Services, May 2014
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“Another excellent tour – it just gets better & better. With “office chair” racing too, great fun for my birthday/retirement!”
Tim Hale (8th visit), VFR 1200, East Sussex. May 2014
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Tim celebrates his 55th birthday & retirement in style !!
“Fantastic weekend, the weather was kind and the roads fantastic. Oh – and John’s cooking isn’t too bad!!! Thanks”
Dean Spooner, Kawasaki Versys 650, West Midlands, May 2014
“Fantastic weekend – best ever. Great company. Thanks to John & Jen – see you again soon”
Graham Blunden, BMW R1200RT,  West Sussex, May 2014
“Fantastic…As always. 9th visit done! Thank you John & Jen. See you again soon”
Vince Braint (9th visit), BMW K1600, West Sussex, May 2014
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The return of “Captain Fantastic!”
Vince Braint back for his 9th visit with friends; Bradley Hart’s 3rd visit, Adey McDowell’s 5th visit
“A Triumph in adversity!”
Andy Oliver, 4th visit, Triumph Sprint, May 2014
“Given that John was in hospital up until 2 days ago it would have been easy for standards to slip. However in typical Bike Normandy fashion everything is fantastic as usual. Nothing is too much trouble, the food is delicious and once out of the house the bends keep flowing. Thank you once again for a fantastic weekend”
Charles May, 3rd visit, Triumph Sprint, May 2014
“Glad to have been with you for the inaugural “Star in a Reasonably Priced Office Chair” race!!”
Sue (Ducati 999) & Orry (Ducati Diavel), 11th visits, May 2014
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Ian Comfort & friends – DENGIE 100 – May 2014
“Thank you both for a brilliant weekend, lovely accommodation and good food, we all had a great time and agreed that your guided ride-outs were first rate, a superb assortment of roads to suit all styles of riding, pace and experience. No-one felt pressured or struggled to keep up. Please thank John G for being our “tail-end Charlie” It’s no surprise that you are fully booked for next year already, I’d come back next weekend and do it all again. Regards”
Simon Durrant & the gang from The Green Dragon, Frome, Herefordshire,  Sept 2013
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“Just to say we all had a great time, everyone loved everything about the weekend and wished we could have stayed longer…has Della still got a friend to play with…?”
Ian Comfort (4th trip) & friends, Sept 2013
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When out riding we rescue a kitten from the roadside who is now resident at Le Champ Masse!
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“Second year of visiting – awesome once again. J & J fantastic hosts, great bunch of lads as well. Will be back!”
Barry Cooper, Aprilia Shiver, Sept 2013
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“Great Food, Great Roads, Nice Dog!
From the Boys & Girls from Wick!!
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“It just gets better & better. The only worry is, the pillions will always want to come now! Thanks again John & Jen
[and from his partner] – Thanks for a BRILL time”
Tim Hale (6th trip) and Karen, VFR 1200, August 2013
“This has been an incredible trip! My first time on a “Le Tour” & the first “Les Pillions” tour  – a roaring success!
Thank you for having us – we’ll see you next time!”
Victoria Paterson, pillion on her Dad’s BMW
“One of the best yet! The first “Les Pillions” tour worked a treat.
Good company and as always, fantastic riding & hospitality from John & Jen. Thanks”
Ron Paterson (4th trip), R1100RT, August 2013
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“Another great trip. Friends, food, roads – the best way to chill out. Thanks John & Jen you did it again”
James Turton (2nd trip), BMW K1300S, August 2013
“Thanks for an absolutely cracking weekend; food, roads and company excellent as ever”
Jaime Tollerton (3rd trip), BMW S1000RR, KAMG, August 2013
“Amazing riding (yet again), great roads, company and especially food. There are not enough weekends in our year! Looking forward already to visiting in 2014 and a new Monte Carlo experience as well. Thanks for making great memories”
Colin & Tina Underwood (3rd trip), Bandit 1250 & Kawasaki ER6F, Kent AMG, August 2013
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“Thank you for your hospitality, generosity and providing the best value bike experience ever!!
I have not stopped smiling all weekend. Very best to you both”
Elaine Reddy (Game Old Bird!), Aprilia Shiver, August 2013
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“Thanks again for a truly great weekend. It couldn’t have been better, great riding, brilliant company and of course excellent food and accommodation. I’ll be back – just need to sort out when! Thanks again & see you soon”
Chris Lockyer, Pan European ST1200, July 2013
“Just wanted to say a big thank you for a great weekend – despite all the weather could throw at us!! For someone who has never ridden in the rain before it was quite a baptism of fire! Hope you didn’t have to wait too long for your power to come back on – though dinner by candlelight was great:-) Big hug to Della & hope to see you again sometime”
Carol Lindfield, Kawasaki ER6F, July 2013
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After the worst storm EVER when we were blown off the road and had to stop whilst a hurricane passed by, we then can’t get home due to fallen trees…Jen’s bike has a puncture…when we do get home there’s no power…David teaches Della some new tricks while Lynne entertains us on the piano reading music with a “headlamp”…dinner is cooked on the hob and eaten by candlelight (a first in 11 years!) What a day – but spent with the nicest of people!!
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Dave Rose’s 15th Visit !
“Once again thank you. Thank you for the hospitality, the fantastic food and clean & comfortable room. Above all thank you for 3 days of great riding – each road offers new delights. Once again you have achieved 100% customer satisfaction from me. Now…do I do another weekend or wait for a tour? A very hard choice!”
Charles May, Triumph Tiger 955i, July 2013
“Yet another fantastic trip. Thank you so much. Food, hospitality & welcome is second to none. Thank you!”
Paul & Clare Chambers (Explorer & Gladius), Paul Sparks (Speed Triple) & Martin Jameson (XJR1300)
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“A massive thank you for a great weekend. Excellent time spent with you both. Thanks again”
Nigel Sadler on behalf of the CBX1000 guys, June 2013
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The CBX group visit the local Tiger Tank
“Another fantastic “Le Tour” – thank you so much John & Jen for everything you do for us all – superb”
Tim Hale, VFR 1200, June 2013
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Tim is quite at home with our new family of Gnomes !!!
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Phil, Jules, Ron (& Jen) win the Spaghetti & Marshmallow competition !
“No matter what sort of bike or what sort of ride, this is the ultimate biking holiday.
Great food, good company. see you again in August”
Ron Patterson, BMW 1200RT, June 2013
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East & West Sussex Emergency Services, June 2013
The “Black Widows Tour 2013” – these guys really know how to enjoy themselves…
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All sponsored by Vole Racing.com !
“Bonjour John & Jen, thanks for a great 4 days, superb food & hospitality and great roads to ride. All members of the Black Widows incorporating Vole Racing.com are already looking forward to trip No. 6”
Craig Conway a.k.a. “Colonel Frank Doberman”, Kawasaki ZZR1400, May 2013
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Scary !
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It really is Zippy !
“Zippy here! Just a short e-mail to thank you for a fantastic visit. Great time, Great rides, Great food, Great company, Great entertainment as always! All us Widows are a bit concerned about Hanz – he’s been spotted in Dorothy Perkins buying ladies dresses and complaining that they didn’t have any size 11 stilettos !! See you both again soon”
Trevor Swain a.k.a. Zippy, Kawasaki Z750, May 2013
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Please let us know if you’re bringing a transvestite with you so Jen can hide her long dresses !
Unforgettable Hanz!
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“The People vs Larry Flint”
“John & Jen, thank you for a stellar weekend. Fabulous food & drink and wonderful roads too! What’s not to like?”
Derek Brown, BMW 1200GS, Oakley Motorcycle Club, May 2013
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Oakley Motorcycle Club
“This weekend far exceeded my expectations, the riding and roads were fabulous and the hospitality A1. Thank you for making us so welcome. Memories will last for a long time”
Roger M., BMW K1200, Oakley Motorcycle Club, May 2013
“Thanks John & Jen for a fabulous few days. Beautiful home, amazing roads and fabulous food. Would love to visit again…”
Lisa (Fazer 600) and Chris (Kawasaki ZZR400), Oakley Motorcycle Club, May 2013
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Stop for a photo opportunity outside a local Chateau
“Thanks for making me so welcome once again. Great company, fab food & of course great ride-outs. Back next year & maybe with a different bike!”
Helen Enright, Ducati ST4, May 20013
“Three trips and I’ve got a score on the door!
One things for sure I’m coming back for more!
Thanks for another great weekend”
Andy Oliver, Triumph Sprint, May 2013
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The group visit a local Calvados distillery
“Another fabulous trip with you guys..everybody thoroughly enjoyed the time and had nothing but praise for yourselves. As long as you’re carrying on we’ll keep coming back! See you on the Monte Carlo Tour in Sept.”
Dave Washington, BMW K1300S, May 2013
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“Visit No 3 for me, yet again absolutely fantastic, great hosts, looking forward to No 4 and the muddy stuff!”
Stewie Roberts, Honda Blackbird, October 2012 (Bury Hill Bikers)
“What a great 1st time experience. Could not have asked for anything more. Brilliant hosts, superb food with excellent roads/routes. All the best”
Andrew Davies, Honda VFR 800, October 2012
“Thank you John & Jen for your great hospitality, food and best of all fantastic roads & routes. Will have to come back again”
Wayne Barr, BMW S1000RR, October 2012
“Had a cracking time, food & hospitality first class, roads & routes brilliant. Will deffo be back. Thanks John & Jen”
Chris Hoar, Yamaha FZ1, October 2012

“Brilliant time at Bike Normandy. Really good hosts in John & Jen. Highly recommended. Will be back again some day”
Bradley Hart, Yamaha V-Max, Sept 2012

Dan Smith – our first guest in 10 years to do a Bungy Jump!
Well done Dan!
“OMG – another awesome weekender at Bike Normandy. John & Jen are fantastic hosts. Can’t wait for next year”
Colin & Tina Underwood, Suzuki Bandit 1250 & Kawasaki ER-6F, KAMG, Sept 2012
“Better than any track day, best short break ever”
Pete Turner, Suzuki Bandit 650, Sept 2012
“Had an absolutely cracking time again!! Thanks to John & Jen for making us welcome! Can’t wait to come back again!”
Jaime Tollerton, Triumph 675 Daytona, Sept 2012

“Great Roads, Great Food, Great Company – Thanks”
Eddie Mills, Triumph Street Triple, Sept 2012
[and a great hairdo Eddie!]
“Another faultless weekend. Great roads, great company! Looking forward to the Black Forest 2013”
Nigel Billingsley, Kawasaki 636, Sept 2012
“We both wanted to say just how much we have enjoyed the past 3 days. It won’t be your warm and generous hospitality, nor your deep knowledge of Normandy and its wonderful roads, nor for making us feel so welcome that will bring us back, but that we can trust you. The defining moment was how you managed the broad spread of ability and expectation and I am particularly grateful to you for ensuring Carol’s first experience of touring as a pillion was so positive…once again thank you for all your hard work and for being such attentive hosts – a brilliant 3 days and stunning value for money.”
Bryan & Carol Symons, Triumph Sprint, August 2012
“Fantastic stay, roads are awesome as were company & hosts. Top drawer!”
Barry, Aprilia Shiver, August 2012

Leisurely, moderate and brisk!
See a familiar face? Dave Rose’s 3rd trip this year and his 14th visit!
“What good fun! Thank you for a great stay – will be back!”
Keith, CBR 600F, August 2012

“Another fantastic break. Thanks a lot”
Simon & Emma, Scooter Crew! August 2012

The return of the Scooters!

Del’s group, July 2012
“Thank you again John & Jen, always a pleasure”
Vic & Jackie Hill, Triumph Sprint ST1050, July 2012

Glen & Mick on their Triumph America’s visit the Totem Pole
“First time, good rides, excellent views, fantastic food. Thank you John & Jen for a fantastic weekend – we’ll be back”
Sue & Gordon Bishop, Moto Guzzi Breva, July 2012
“Another fantastic weekend. I really ought to stop doing this but it’s just too much fun! Thanks John & Jen, see you next year.” Colin Shaw (6th visit), W.S.A.M. BMW 1200RT, July 2012

Alex’s Ducati managed a weekend without breaking down!
These guys certainly knew how to dress for dinner!
Enjoy lunch by the River
“Lovely place, great food, safe riding and a load of fun”
Nick & Sue, Honda VFR1200, June 2012
“Many thanks for making my first bike trip abroad so enjoyable. Being a “first-timer” I was a bit apprehensive before the trip – a fear of the unknown!! However these concerns were laid to rest in the first hour, the management of the bikes which allowed us to proceed at our own speed made the riding safe and enjoyable. The meals that you prepared (after a hard day’s riding) were superb and the time you made for your clients, welcoming them into your home, made the trip special. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to any new clients and I’m already looking for dates next year.
Again many thanks for a wonderful weekend”
Mick, BMW, June 2012
“Just Brilliant! You won’t find better hosts or guides. It’s a myth that all the good roads are down South. We’ll be back!”
Karl – SV1000, Ian – Harley Fat Bob, Dean -675 Daytona, Jon – Street Triple, Phil – GSXR 750, June 2012
“Thank you for a brilliant holiday. Both Neil & I really enjoyed ourselves. Great rides and fab food…”
Neil & Sam, Harley Road King, June 2012
“A fabulous stay with beautiful roads, excellent guides, a perfect place to retire after riding all day plus 5* food!
Thanks John & Jen”
Tim, Suzuki Bandit 600, May 2012
“C’est magnifique as usual!
Just keep on doing what you’re doing, it’s one of the best trips we’ve been on”
“Car-park” Chris, Triumph Thunderbird, May 2012
Thunderbirds are GO!!
“I just wanted to give you both an official big thank you from all the Sussex Emergency Bike Team, we have all instructed Tim to book us up for next year and also a second trip with our partners later on.
If Carlsberg made biking holidays yours would be better!”
Dave, Triumph Explorer, May 2012
“Another fantastic time. Great food! Great hospitality and some of the best riding of my life. Thanks”
Ron, Triumph Tiger, May 2012
“Many thanks again for another brilliant weekend. I had a fantastic break, I don’t know how you continue to deliver such an informal, relaxed yet superbly structured, perfectly planned and balanced weekend that caters for all the party. I will seriously be considering the Black Forest or another tour next year and I know I’ll have to get in quick ! Thanks again”
John Young, Suzuki Bandit 1250, May 2012

“Thanks for making this visit most memorable for my 80th; super weather & a super time. Kindest regards”
Bob, Moto Guzzi Brevia, May 2012

“2nd visit and another amazing few days. Love this place. See you again soon”
Oliver Newton-Mason,Triumph Tiger 1050, May 2012

“Just wanted to say thanks so much for a great weekend!!! The whole thing from the company, food, organisation and attention to detail could not be faulted and I am hoping to be back next year – with wife in tow!!
David Hooper,Yamaha FJR1300, May 2012

“Cracking weekend”
David Southgate, BMW R1100S, May 2012

“Thanks for a great weekend – fantastic roads, brilliant food, excellent hosts. Definitely recommend”
Julie & Graham Dumphy, September 2011
“Amazing weekend!!! Fabulous scenery, great company, food was fabulous too. John & Jen are amazing hosts. We have already booked a repeat trip. Highly recommended. Thank you soooo much”
Colin & Tina Underwood, Essex & Kent IAM, August 2011
“Thanks for putting up with the scooter crew. It was a blast overtaking you on the racetrack !”
Alice Dryden, Scooter! August 2011
“What more can I add to the quote below – except to say gobsmacked!”
Peter Poil, August 2011
“What a great couple of days we had. The views are awesome. The food was out of this world. The company could not have been better and the hosts were so welcoming. Look forward to coming back again.”
Kev & Hilary, August 2011
“Another great weekend – 10 times now and I still want more, thanks guys”
Alec Hewings, July 2011
“Her indoors says I have to stop doing this. Sorry Mrs just have to keep coming here. I am officially an addict to Bike Normandy. Another fab 4 days, see you next year”
Colin Shaw, July 2011
“Once again, simply brilliant!”
Nigel Billingsley, June 2011
“A massive thanks for a fantastic weekend, much better than we could have hoped for…the roads, food, fellow guests and your home were perfect in every way and we couldn’t have asked for more…”
David & Gary, KTM SMT & KTM RC8, Bucks, June 2011
“An amazing first tour on a bike…what a memorable time for my son & I. Thanks for making memories”
Paul & Griffin, Kawasaki KLE 500, West Sussex, June 2011
“Thanks very much for last weekend…it was a real pleasure riding such wonderful roads in such excellent company!”
Wendy & Steve Henrys, Moto Guzzi Breva & BMW F800 ST, Herts, June 2011
“You both do what you do really well. I felt welcome from the moment I arrived. I was comfortable, the food was lovely and I rode THE best roads I have ever seen…it was a fantastic four days!!!”
James, BMW GS800, Somerset, May 2011
“We came, we rode, we got the t-shirt !”
Phil, BMW 1200, East Sussex, May 2011
“Thank you both once again for a perfect weekend, your hospitality and the way you catered for everyone’s needs riding and socially, coupled with the level of detail and the finishing touches is all excellent. I can’t wait to book again maybe for a tour next year.”
John, Suzuki Bandit 1250, Norfolk, May 2011
“This has been the best three days riding I have ever experienced. You would think that would be enough but the hospitality and food have been exceptional. We will be back!”
Paul, CBF 1000, East Sussex, May 2011
“There’s a couple called Jen & John,
That lay the perfect weekend on,
With a bike or a trike
You can bring what you like
And with a twist of the wrist you are gone !”
Steve, CBR600F, Hants, May 2011
“Exceeded my expectations in every way – particularly the roads – biking heaven for sportsbike riders”
Paul, R1, Sheffield, S Yorks, Sept 2010
“I can’t thank you both enough for all the help that you gave me during my recent accident. You were amazing.”
Ken, GSXR750, West Sussex, Sept 2010
“A perfect weekend, good food, great company, excellent roads…fab!”
Sue & Martin, BMW GS1200, Essex, August 2010
“…It really was the most wonderful, memorable weekend for us all…we have done many tours over the last 10 years with all sorts of bike tour people and yours is by far the most complete, from initial contact to au revoir…perfect.
You really have got it spot on.”
Vic & Jackie, Triumph Sprint ST, Surrey, July 2010
“Great Time. Great Roads, Great People – just bloody GREAT. Roll on No 3”,
Stewie, CBR1100XX, June 2010
“Fantastic time yet again. Great Place, Great Roads, Great Food. John & Jen totally committed to our enjoyment!”
Pete, CBR 1100, W Yorks, July 2010
“What can you say? Fantastic accommodation, food, hospitality, awesome roads all superbly co-ordinated by John & Jen. Will I be back for a 3rd visit? You betcha!”
Paul, 929 Blade, Bury Hill Bikers, June 2010

“Awesome roads / food / bikes / company / support / accommodation…I’ll be back again, you can bet on it! Gotta get on the repeat offenders hit list downstairs!”
Duncan, KTM Superduke R, June 2010

“The best 3 days riding I’ve ever had.  Rooms 100%  Food 100%  Roads 100%  John & Jen 110% See you next year “
Carl, ZX10R, June 2010

“Thank you for a wonderful visit…everything far exceeded our expectations, the food, the accommodation the rides were all fantastic. We will definitely be recommending you to all our biker friends…we could not fault a thing”
Trevor (Zippy) Z750, Essex, June 2010

“Brilliant. Best roads I’ve ever been on (I’ll catch you next time Jen!)”
Tony, ZX10R, Essex, June 2010

“Best biking I’ve ever had accompanied by the best B&B I’ve ever stopped in. Amazing holiday”
Oliver, Bandit 1250, West Midlands, June 2010

“Best biking holiday ever! Great food and company too”
Justin, Pan European, Middlesex, May 2010

“One simple message – everything was 100% – Thanks many times”
Pete, V-Strom 1000, Derbyshire, May 2010

“Thanks for what can only be described as an awesome few days. All the group have commented on what a truly first rate experience you provided us with and acknowledge this could only have been achieved with the professionalism and facilities of your operation…We’ll be back”
Mick, VFR 800, Hampshire, May 2010

“Great three days, as a “first timer”, very impressed with the system and the ability to go at own pace…see you again”
Mark, KTM Adventurer, Norwich, September 2010

“Fantastic time, couldn’t of wished for anything to be better, any bikers dream, wonderful people, food to die for…”
Tracy CBR 600 & Steve V-Rod, W Sussex, September 2009,

“Another fantastic weekend. Great Food, Room, Company, Roads, Location, What more do you want. I WILL be back”
Del, Speed Triple, Kent, August 2009

Matt, Jen & Del on “The Swing”

“I am usually sceptical about testimonials posted on websites but I have to say everything posted on your site I can vouch to be 100% true. If you are not convinced email me on buell@enchantedwoodlands.co.uk”
John, Buell Lightening, Kent, August 2009 (by e-mail)

“After riding a motorbike for 30 years my riding skills and experience has improved 100% in just 3 days. Me and the “Max” were amazed at what we were capable of doing and never at any time felt under pressure to ride beyond my comfort zone. Local knowledge of the roads was priceless. I can’t add any better comments than those I have read on your website, so I would just like to say THANK YOU!”
Martin, V-Max, Nottingham, August 2009

Group visit to Bugatti Motor Museum at Le Mans

“What can I say! I will be back – this place is just too good to miss”
Ian, KTM RC8, Nottingham, August 2009

“Excellent Accommodation! Excellent Food! Perfect Location! Perfect Roads!
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, I will see you again next year”

Dan, FJR1300, Kent, July 2009

“No Michelin Star yet? Can’t understand it!
As always impeccable in every way. Look forward to the next time”

Mike, CBF1000, Kent, July 2009

“Just a quick thank-you for the best few days biking I’ve had in years;
You both really deserve to be commended on your exceptional hospitality, accommodation, an ability to provide first class guided riding on what can only be described as brilliant roads.
I think the twisties are what motorcycle riding is all about as it gives that rollercoaster adrenalin rush that so many enjoy.
How you manage to pull it off is nothing short of a miracle — seemingly, always giving 110%. Brilliant!
Thank-you both once again for reigniting the passion I have for motorcycling, allowing me to rediscover the enjoyment that is so often lacking back here in blighty!”

Andy, VFR800, Surrey, July 2009

“…my first time abroad on a bike and it certainly wont be my last, nor will it be my last visit to Bike Normandy.
I thought the whole event was just right with enough good quality roads to really enjoy and a really relaxing time with a great bunch of riders/mates.
Not to mention the fantastic food, location, views, beers, calvados………………”

Chris, GSXR1000, Chief Observer W Sussex IAM, July 2009

“One word – superb. Roads, food, atmosphere, company. Thank you John & Jen for making it so.”
Tim, VFR800, W Sussex, July 2009

“Just a quick note to thank you both for a really fabulous 3 days with excellent company, good food, wine and riding.  Everyone has said how much they enjoyed the trip,”
Alan, Hayabusa, Essex, July 2009

“Best break in France I’ve ever had! Fantastic food & hospitality. The riding routes were superb. I’ll be back next year”

Ken, GSXR750, W Sussex, July 2009

“Hot roads, Hot weather, what more could you ask for…Ice Cream?!”
XXXL Kev, Fireblade, W Sussex, July 2009

“Bendigedig ! Excellent, had a great time…”
Richie, S Wales, June 2009

“Thanks for a really great weekend, being a novice rider my confidence has been given a huge boost…great food, rides & hospitality”
Ruth, Suzuki Gladius, Herts, June 2009

“Fantastic venue, fantastic hosts, an excellent time!!! Keep up the great work – biking is made for places like Bike Normandy”
Ian & Peter, 1250 Bandit & FZ1S, Kent, June 2009

“Brilliant time, great riding, many thanks & see you soon”
Vinnie, Aprillia RSV R, Berkshire, May 2009

“Thanks guys for a great weekend – the riding was great, just enough history to whet the appetite and amazing food. So, so welcoming. Thank you”
“The Brotherhood” – Skid, Lard, Paranoid, Hi-Ho, Trigger, Vain, Theresa, BMW’s, Triumph & Ducatti, all over UK, April 2009

“Just a quick note to say I arrived home to a wet and windy UK and sh** roads…having just left a biking utopia !! I have to say the trip exceeded my expectations, I knew French roads were good but not that good ! Thank you both for your great hospitality, amazing cuisine and organising fantastic ride-outs”
Dennis, R1, Essex, September 2008

“Everything about this visit was superb – 10 out of 10 – the riding, the home, the food. Thank you so much for a fantastic weekend”
Terri & Cliff, BMW RT1200, Hertfordshire, August 2008

“Absolutely out of this world – we will definitely be visiting you both again…and again…and again!!!”
Geoff & Becky, SV1000, Somerset, August 2008

It is difficult to find words to describe such an excellent weekend with most friendly and generous hosts”
Philip, KTM Adventurer, Lincolnshire, August 2008

“Only another 11 months & 2 weeks to wait now! Brilliant – yet again!”
Tim, Pan European, Surrey, July 2008

“I can’t believe that I haven’t done this till now!! Brilliant!”
“XXXL” Kev, Fireblade, W Sussex, July 2008

“Blinding 3 days – Brilliant! Who needs RN85?…”
Colin, BMW 1200RT, W Sussex, July 2008

“Fabulous riding & fabulous hospitality. Thoroughly enjoyable.”
Glenn, Ducatti 1098, W. Sussex, June 2008

“Carlsberg don’t do biking holidays, but if they did…Great”
Keith, GSXR1000, Kent, June 2008

“We never go anywhere twice…we have been back to Bike Normandy 4 times!! It’s the best…”
Mick & Mary, Goldwing, Barnsley, June 2008

“If you want to bike in France there is no better place than Bike Normandy. Food, accommodation, hosts… terrific.
Thanks again for another fantastic trip…”

Ron, FJR1300, Doncaster, May 2008

“…thank you both for an excellent weekend’s riding & hospitality, the highlight was of course Le Mans!!! Very impressed with the whole package from the quality of the food to the rooms and the effort that you both put in to make sure we had a good time. I will of course highly recommend Bike Normandy to my friends…”
Steve, SP2, Essex, May 2008

“Fun began from the moment we left the ferry! Thanks.”
Joel, East Sussex, April 2008

“Fantastic motorcycling for the 8th time. Company great, food too. Good roads as they should be. Value Priceless.”
Vince, Harley CVO (Fast) Fat Boy, East Sussex, April 2008

“I never really had any idea what fun was possible with clear roads, clear skies and your expert guidance. Absolutely wonderful!”
Adrian, Harley V –Rod, Derbyshire, October 2007

“Brilliant hospitality, great roads, FAB!”
Sara, CBF 1000, Berkshire, September 2007

“FANTASTIC – Food 100% – Rooms 100% – Roads 100% – John & Jen 100%”
Richard, Thunderbird, Cambridgeshire, September 2007

“8th time and it just gets better and better, just brilliant”
John, FZ1s, W. Sussex, September 2007

“We have had an excellent time, many thanks for the great hospitality”
Del & Roo, Speed 4, Kent, September 2007

“Was recommended to us – Now recommended by us”
Kevin & Steve, Blackbird & GSXF 750, Doncaster, August 2007

“Fantastic trip…great rides! Still grinning – would I come back again, you bet!”
Dick, Blackbird, Doncaster, August 2007

Congrats – you’ve passed your annual inspection with flying colours – see you next year!!”
Tim, Fazer 600, Surrey, August 2007

“Thanks for a truly memorable weekend riding some of the most amazing roads.
The whole experience was superb…”

Pete, Bandit 1200S, Kent, July 2007

“Good food, good company, but best of all Great Roads – I’ll be back…”
Jon, GSXR600, Kent, July 2007

“Sixth time here and it’s still as appealing as the last time!!”
Mark, Tiger, Warwickshire, June 2007

“Loved it, great crack, great riding, biking nirvana”
Terry, Tiger, Leicestershire, June 2007

“Thanks for a truly memorable weekend, best 3 days biking I’ve ever done. I’ll definitely be back…”
Geoff, 675 Daytona, Windy Corner RAT, June 2007

“What a great place – top hosts – great routes – great food – will be back for more – thank you”
Michael, CBF1000, Kent, June 2007

“Another fantastic break…”
Alan, Streetfighter Blade, Kent, May 2007

“First time out with you both & we are so glad we came!”
Pia & Steve, CBR600 & SP2, New Zealand, May 2007

“Just want to come back a third time – great few days”
Bob, MV Augusta F4, W Sussex, May 2007

“Thank you both for a super weekend – I’ll be back…”
Henry, BMW GS1200, Surrey, October 2006

“Terrific riding, food & company. My wife & I will be back…”
Guy & Vere, Blackbird, Surrey, September 2006

“Great to do some new roads this time. Everything absolutely perfect…Thanks”
Peter, KTM Adventurer, Surrey, September 2006

“Brilliant! How long will the French tolerate this!?”
Mike, Pan European, S Lancs, September 2006

“Wicked!! Awesome roads, gorgeous food & great company – what more could you ask for?”
Nick & Tracy, GSXR 1000, Surrey, August 2006

“Everything about the stay was more than could be expected, the accommodation, the food, the roads & John & Jen”
Ray, 955 Daytona, Windy Corner RATS, July 2006

“All I was told before did not prepare me for the most thrilling 3 days that a bike can offer. Thanks so much”
Ron, XJR 1300, Doncaster, July 2006

“This place is Bikers’ Paradise. The views, the roads & the hospitality were 1st CLASS. We’ll be back!”
Lee & Sonia, Hayabusa, Essex, June 2006

“The best 3 days biking I’ve EVER had. See you soon”
Alan, RSV Mille, Preston, May 2006

“4th visit, look forward to next year already”
Ken & Sue, VFR800, Surrey, May 2006

“There cannot be a better riding holiday anywhere. Fantastic”
Dave, CBR600, Surrey, April 2006

“This is what a biking holiday is all about, FANTASTIC!!”
Dave & Traci, Crewe, August 2005

“Just Magic!! Will be back!”
Tim, Rogate, Hants, August 2005

“Best fun I’ve had since my honeymoon – everything the best possible”
Nigel, Nuneaton, July 2005

“Great roads, best riding to date – thanks for everything”
John, Wolverhampton, June 2005

“Exceeded all expectations”
Jim & Alison, Stafford, June 2005

“Super – Smashing – Great – How can you improve on the best?  3rd visit and surely not the last”
Mick & Mary, Barnsley, June 2005

“We’re back again…once again you have excelled….thanks again”
Tony & Hazel, Barnsley, June 2005

“Thanks for another cracking great time. As many laughs as we did miles”
Ivan, Oxford, May 2005

“Another blindingly good weekend in France… top company, top riding, top roads and of course excellent hospitality John & Jen – perfect!”
Richard, Bucks, May 2005

“I’ve ridden the roads, ate the food, drunk the cider & now I’ve got the T-shirt! I’ll be back”
Paul, W Sussex, May 2005

“Excellent Food, Great Hospitality, Good Roads, Bad Weather. Will Be Back”
Ben, South Wales, May 2005

“It’ll take a long time to remove this grin”
Kevin, East Kent, October 2004

“Just great to be back for the 5th time”
John, West Sussex, September 2004

“3 times & I still want more…see you next year”
Terry, Surrey, September 2004

“Best holiday / biking trip EVER – oh, and the food”
Steve, Surrey, September 2004

“Wow – amazing – great roads, great guides, great hospitality & gourmet food to boot! You cannot ask any more – we’ll be back!”
Chris, Surrey, September 2004

“Best thing I’ve ever done, but I’ll have to go on a diet. Thanks heaps”
Rowan, London, August 2004

“Excellent food, company and riding. Loved every minute of it – Thanks”
Brian, Kent, July 2004

Vince, West Sussex, June 2004

“Another memorable stay which exceeded our high hopes again…Thanks a million”
Justin, Kent, June 2004

“John & Jen, if I said “Blinding” it would be an understatement”
Peter, Surrey, June 2004 (see pic)

“Best ride & food I had in a long time. Enjoyed it very, very much. Definitely worth the 700km ride up here from Holland”
Marijin Raaijmakers, Holland, May 2004

“On behalf of the East Kent Group, as “Team Leader” (from behind), I would like to thank you for the excellent 3 day weekend that all of us have just enjoyed with you. Your hospitality was outstanding, as was the food, the accommodation, the view, the company and the riding. I am sure that all of us will be recommending Bike Normandy to our friends and will be keen to return.”
Charles, Kent, May 2004 [by e-mail]

“John and Jeanette,
Thank you both for a glorious weekend. Great digs, great food, great roads, great riding, great company and superb mine hosts. Thanks you”

Ian, Kent, May 2004 [by e-mail]

“Jen, John
What a splendid weekend. I could add various superlatives about food and roads but they wouldn’t add anything. It is impossible to better our stay in Normandy. Great company and the wonderful way we all had fun together. You treated us like best friends rather than welcomed guests and that was really nice. Thanks.”

Paul, Kent, May 2004 [by e-mail]

“Truly awesome 2nd visit, last one could not be bettered, but then it was. Thanks so much.”
Derek, West Sussex, May 2004

“Just brilliant”
Frank, London, May 2004

“Coming from the great White Rose county of Yorkshire we expect the best and we got it. 2nd visit looking forward to the 3rd “
Tony & Hazel, Yorkshire, May 2004

“Again another fantastic few days. Great food, good wine, wonderful hospitality and some of the best riding EVER”
Steve, Essex, September 2003

“Formidable! Excellent! Superb! Two down, many, many more to come”
Alex, Kent, September 2003

My wife could not believe it “there must have been something that wasn’t good?”…No, not one thing…thanks again”
Mick, Kent, May 2003 [by e-mail].

“Thanks for the blinding tour and hospitality recently”
John, Kent, May 2003 [by e-mail].

“Great roads, great weather, great food & great company, what more could we wish for, see you next year”
Colin, Trevor, Justin, Kent, June 2003.

“Most hospitable. I wish we could have stayed longer. Next time we will.”
Mike & Anita, Derbyshire, June 2003.

“Thanks for a great time – good food, good company, lovely house and grounds & great set up, hope it becomes a great success”
Andy, Sussex, June 2003.

“Lovely house, superb food, great hosts, wonderful roads – what more could a biker want? Heaven! See you next year”
Carole & John, Surrey, July 2003.

“Thanks for a wonderful stay in a superb location with food that inspires the palette & increases the paunch!”
Carol & Dave, Surrey, July 2003.

“Exquisite location, gourmet food, roads designed in heaven and the perfect hosts! God just has to be a motorcyclist! Thanks to John & Jen for a superb 3 days that could not have been improved upon – even the weather was perfect!”
Tony, Middlesex, July 2003.

“……Everything about the whole weekend, from the riding out to the really 1st class food, and great accommodation, could not have been better……”
Keith & Anthony, Surrey, July 2003 [by e-mail].

“……We will be back, we have no choice!!”
Geoff & Rose, Surrey, August 2003.

Motorcycle tours in Europe and motorcycle holidays in France since 2003.