James and Sam Parry with their Sons Will and Ben, first came to Corrèze for a summer holiday in 2007. After one trip out on his bike, James a road cycling aficionado, was so enthusiastic about the cycling here that a seed of an idea was planted. In 2008 the family relocated to France from their home in Surrey, plunged into life in Rural France and embarked on a 'grand design' style adventure which resulted in the opening of Correze Cycling Holidays and Chambres d'hotes in April 2011. The following year they won the Coup de Coeur award for innovation in tourism awarded by the Conseil General of Corrèze.
Sam, formally an interior designer and a keen chef, was in her element project managing the build and experimenting with the fantastic local produce. Her Potager, now in its eighth season, provides a lot of quality home grown produce for the kitchen, including many edible flowers. Sam became involved with the local school PTA, becoming president beacuse she didn't understand the question. In 2014 she was elected as a local councillor and works on the Finance and Tourism comissions. She also drives the local school bus.
James became an expert on roof slating and dry walling - a far cry from his career as a financial analyst - and spends his spare time exploring the wonderful countryside on his bike in the winter preparing new routes for cycling guests. He is not missing commuting to London........
The boys are now fully bilingual and have gone native. William, the eldest passed the Brevet after only 4 years speaking French and went on to take a French Literary Baccalaureat. He now studies film production at Northumbria University, Ben the youngest is now more French than British and is taking his Science Baccalaureat and plays for the local football team.
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