Accommodation - Self-catering: All France

Use our accommodation listings to find a bike-friendly place to stay. You can plan your route by clicking the icons on the map. Narrow or broaden your search by using the brown box (right) or simply browse the listings below.

Aix-en-Provence – Mas de la Boissiere

Beautiful B&B or self-catering oasis 40km north of Aix-en-Provence

Route Cabrieres d'Aigues
84160 Cucuron
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)6 84 14 62 60
Email: georgina.causton@free.fr

Price from: B&B: From €140 per room out of season; Self-catering up to 12 people – prices vary depending on the season and length of stay, so please enquire

Open: All year

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Mas de la Boissiere – just outside the village of Cucuron in the Luberon National Park – is a fabulous base from which to explore the Vaucluse region of Provence. Cycle up into the Luberon mountains directly from the house (great road riding as well as mountain biking), or explore the backroads and country lanes on shorter trips. Cycle through colourful villages and lavender fields, stopping at cafes and wineries en route. For serious riders there's Mont Ventoux, just over an hour-and-a-half away by car (relax your muscles when you get back in the heated pool). Georgie is keen to welcome more cyclists to her little oasis, as well as their non-cycling friends, with plenty for your partner, friends and family to do while you're off on the bike (boules, swimming – the pool even has a child-friendly shallow end – plus tables tennis and 14 acres of parkland). Free wifi. French, English and German spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Domfront - The Bakehouse

Cosy converted bakehouse for 2 in Normandy's cycling heartland

La Pouliniere
61350 L'Epinay Le Comte
Orne, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 96 13 67
Email: bakehouse@lapouliniere.co.uk

Price from: €285 per week; €143 for the weekend

Open: All year

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The perfect base for couples and friends looking to explore northern France. The Bakehouse sits of the western edge of the Parc naturel régional Normandie-Maine, and near the junction of the Orne and Manche departments of Normandy and the Mayenne in Pays de la Loire. This is prime cycling country, with 5 local signposted bike routes between 14km-30km (maps available), including 2 routes passing the Bakehouse's doors. Just 11km away is Domfront, where the Paris to Mont St-Michel route crosses over with La Velo Francette. The Tour de Manche, with direct links to the D-Day Beaches, ferry ports and Brittany, is also within reach, as is the picturesque towpath of the river Mayenne. Local villages here start their fete day celebrations with a cycling race, so the flash of Lycra is a regular sight from the Bakehouse. Sue and Phil are keen leisure cyclists (they have 4 adult 'house bikes' for guests), and would love to share their corner of Normandy with you. Free wifi. Bike storage in a lockable barn. Undercover hot tub in the garden. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Tarbes - Allons-Y-Pyrenees cycling accommodation

Super cycling base with mountain views east of Tarbes

100 rue de Pyrenees
65350 Thuy
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)
Phone: +44 (0)1333 700 337 (UK)
Email: hello@ayp.holiday

Price from: Catered: £320 per week per person; 
Whole house catered from £1859 per week; 
Self-catered and shorter stay pricing available on request


Open: All year

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This versatile cycling accommodation is run by cyclists, so there is plenty of inhouse local knowledge on tap. Perfectly positioned for the iconic cols of the Pyrenees (Tourmalet, Aspin, Peyresourde, Aubisque, etc) while at the same time having more gentle routes at the doorstep for those less strenuous days, the Allons Y Pyrenees accommodation has been created from a traditional French farmhouse and barns, with original timbers and local stonework. There are three separate properties (all named after the local cols) that can sleep a total of 16 guests. The properties can cater for couples and families through to club groups. Each house has its own private facilities and outside seating area, and there's a large pool with sun-terrace and communal eating area with BBQs and pizza oven. The grounds have been landscaped to enable guests to enjoy the views of the mountains. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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ViaRhona bike route - Vélo Gîte Valence

Affordable dedicated biking lodge on the Via Rhona at Valence

11 Allée des Petits Champs
26000 Valence
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 75 80 53 43
Email: velogitevalence@gmail.com

Price from: €20 per person

Open: Mid-April to mid-September

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This is the place to stay if you're looking for friendly, affordable accommodation on the Via Rhona bike route near the Valence city centre. Marianne and Bruno's cottage is a dedicated biking lodge (as the photo suggests!) with two bedrooms sleeping four people and a bedroom for two people. There's a fully equipped kitchen for self-caterers or you can take the house breakfast for €5. There's a large shady terrace for post-ride relaxation, plus direct access to green spaces in the nearby Trinitaires and Jouvet parks. Bruno and Marianne can help with local bike hire and luggage transport. Bike parking, washing machine and bike maintenance area all available. Close to local amenities, this is an ideal place for both a quick stopover or longer stay. Free wifi. French and English spoken.
*We've stayed here - read our review*

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Aix-en-Provence - Adagio Apart-hotel

Hotel with self-catering studios and apartments for up to 6 people

3-5 rue des Chartreux
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €135 per apartment per night

Open: All year

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Close to Place de la Rotonde and the famous Cours Mirabeau, the Adagio Aix-en-Provence Centre is in the heart of the city. A 4-star holiday residence, the aparthotel has 89 air-conditioned apartments, including studios for 2 people through to 3-room apartments for 6. Ideal for families and cycling groups. All apartments have fully equipped kitchenettes. Free high-speed wifi. Management advises there is a luggage store for bikes, plus a private undercover car park downstairs.  

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Alpe d'Huez - Chalet La Folie (Oz-en-Oisans)

Large apartment for 10 people with Alpe d'Huez on your doorstep

Residence Le Chalet Des Neiges, Le Pic Blanc Appt B17
Rue Zac de L’Oulmet, Oz-en-Oisans Station
38114 Oz-en-Oisans
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7860 129204
Email: chaletb17oz@gmail.com

Price from: From £150-£200 per night or £750 per week (please note there is a £150 addition to all bookings for cleaning and taxes)

Open: June to September and December to April

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Chalet La Folie is a spacious apartment within easy reach of Alpe d’Huez (and its gondolas for summer MTB or TDF access), and close to local shops, restaurants and bars. This is a great base for cycling many other the famous cols, too, including the Glandon, Croix de Fer and Galibier. Bourg d’Oisans is nearby and is something of a Mecca for road cyclists –the famous Marmottes race starts and finishes there as well as many other routes. Mountain bikers have a huge area to discover, and many ‘VTT’ events are held on the challenging terrain around of Oz. The famous Megavalanche takes place in July every year – starting at the top of Pic Blanc in snow and cycling a huge descent into Sarenne gorge. Walkers have Les Ecrins national park and wonderful, signposted walking from the door, or lovely ridge walks between the gondolas. Many wonderful mountain restaurants are also open in summer.  The chalet sleeps 10 people in four bedrooms and there's a swimming pool, hammam and sauna in the chalet development to rest weary legs. The owner Alison is flexible about check-in during summer months.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alpe d'Huez - Les Ecureuils (Oz-en-Oisans)

Mountains and water provide the playground for this chalet for 8

Appartment 20 Les Ecureuils
Le Royer, Oz station
38114 Oz-en-Oisans
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7798 687990
Email: marcshu@hotmail.co.uk

Price from: €99 per night, €693 per week

Open: All year

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The Oz valley provides plenty of sporting and relaxing oppotunities. For the road cyclists you have a wide choice of cols underpinned by the fact that pro-team AG2R have chosen this area for a lot of of its mountain training. The big one is of course Alpe d'Huez to the south but there are lots more including Col d’Ornon, Col de Sarenne, the Glandon and the Croix de Fer – basically lots of beautiful climbs. For mountain bikers or anyone wanting to explore the beauty of the Alps off paved road, there is an abudance of tracks to tackle and plenty to suit every style. You're also just 60m from a high-speed ski-lift. This modern apartment is set in a chalet and sleeps up to 8. It's fully furnished to include everything you need to enjoy a retreat in the mountains. Bikes can be locked in a secure area under the lodge.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alpe d'Huez - Mountain Chalet

The famous hairpins are on your doorstep – literally

118 Route d'Huez
38750 Alpe d'Huez
Isère, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7887 840499
Email: tim@mountainchalet.co.uk

Price from: £1300 per week for upto 14 people

Open: All year

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At the Mountain Chalet you couldn't be any closer to the famous 21 hairpins of Alpe d'Huez – you're on the road itself. The chalet can sleep up to 14 people and is available on a self-catered basis in summer. It's perfectly kitted out for cycling. There's even an outdoor hot tub that sits underneath a large south facing balcony, perfect for relaxing after a ride, complete with a beautiful view. The facilities don't stop there as you can also make full use of a sauna, large social space, UK Sky TV, plenty of bike storage room, wifi and as many famous cols to ride as your legs can withstand. Each bedroom is named after a famous cols in the region, such as Galibier, Croix de Fer, Glandon, Lauteret and more. The guys here promise that if you stay once as a ‘roadie’ at Mountain Chalet and you will be back.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alps - Chalet Albatross (Morzine)

A beautiful blend of the old and the new

Chemin du Mas d'Embelle
74110 Morzine
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33 (0)6 42 50 38 74
Email: info@buzzcycling.com

Price from: €550 per week catered. Shorter stays and self-catering also possible - please enquire

Open: All year

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This beautiful, modern chalet is in a prime spot located as it's in the centre of Morzine, a popular base for cycling and host to a number of 2016 Tour de France stages. The Col de Joux Plane starts in the village and offers the chance to climb a Tour favourite. If you fancy going off-road, there are lots of mainly single track trails (there's heaps of inhouse knowledge from the owners Joe and Amelia to help find routes that suit you). Chalet Albatross features private wings so you can relax in your own room, or socialise in the large open plan living area as your mood suits. There is also a large spa and workout area, plus a lockable storage room for bikes. Oh, and there are stunning mountain vistas and sunny views down to the town, too. Free wifi. English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Alps - Chalet Coeurs (Morzine)

Chalet with hot tub and sauna for tired cycling muscles

129 Chemin du Pied de la Plagne
74110 Morzine
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)20 7191 1120
Email: us@thealpinegeneration.com

Price from: £1,110 per week for up to 12 people (available self-catered or fully catered) - 5% discount when mentioning Freewheeling France

Open: Available June to September

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Mountain chalet for groups just off the Route de la Plagne – a flat, easy 20-minute walk to the centre of Morzine for non-cycling friends and family (there's also a navette/mini-bus stop just 50m away, giving great access into town). The chalet sleeps up to 12 people in two double en-suites that both have one twin and two triple rooms. There's a sauna, plus large terrace and an outdoor hot tub in the garden (pictured). Both the Col de Joux Plane and Col de Joux Verte are within easy reach. Free wifi. Large bike store in the locked basement. 5% discount when mentioning Freewheeling France

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Alps - Chalet Mathilde (Sainte Foy Tarentaise)

Relax in the Alps and hit the mountains from the doorstep

La Petite Viclaire
73640 Sainte Foy Tarentaise
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44(0)77 93 813 823 or +33(0)6 65 47 67 74
Email: enquiries@alpinevista.co.uk

Price from: £275 per person

Open: May to the end of October

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This is a great fixed base for cycling in the heart of the Alps. Chalet Mathilde is run by cyclists Ben and Maddison, who are keen for others to share their little slice of Alpine life. The chalet is available on a catered or self-catered basis for cyclists wanting a self-guided biking base. There are 5 bedrooms, which are available on a sole occupancy basis and ideal for groups of 4-10 people. From the door you can reach Col de l’Iseran, Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de la Madeleine and the Cormet de Roseland, among other classic Tour de France climbs. This part of the Alps is a real hot spot for road cycling, and this is an ideal base for exploring it. Ben will be on hand to share local routes and help you plan your days on the bike – for newer (or unfit!) riders there are gentler local roads with friendlier gradients as well (Ben also offers an emergency rescue service if you get stuck). Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Alps - Col du Telegraphe and Col du Galibier - Chalet Le 1000 Thabor (Valmenier)

Brand new Maurienne Valley chalet with views of the Col du Telegraphe

Les Melezes
73450 Valmeinier
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33 (0) 6 30 70 55 66
Email: denis.bouvier@1000thabor.com

Price from: €250-350 per day (3 days minimum); €1200-2000 per week

Open: June 1-September 30

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Denis the owner of Chalet Le 1000 Thabor knows a thing or two about the Maurienne Valley and its many attractions for cyclists. And he's just opened a brand new 4* chalet (sleeps up to 15 people) to share it all. Ride Col du Telegraphe (6 kilometres away) or Col du Galibier, Col du Glandon and Croix de Fer, then Lacets de Montvernier or Col de la Madeleine, Aussois and Col du Montcenis, Col de l’Iseran. Some guests have even done the Marmotte tour starting from Denis' place. Wherever you choose to ride, you can be rest assured that you will receive knowledgable and friendly support throughout your stay here. To help you recover from your cycling day you can enjoy a Finnish sauna before firing up the gas BBQ and enjoying a beer in your private garden, all while taking in the wonderful view of the Col du Telegraphe. There's free parking for cars and a secure garage for your bike. Denis speaks French, English and Italian.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Alps - Colbaggers Apartment (Galibier/Telegraphe)

Modern apartment available for nightly visits on famous TDF cols

Hameau des Eaux d'Orelle
73140 Orelle
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)7711 441216
Email: colbaggers@btinternet.com

Price from: €65 per apartment per night

Open: Apartment available on a nightly basis in July and August

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This modern apartment, situated in the beautiful hamlet of Orelle in the Maurienne Valley (“le Plus Grand Domaine Cyclable du Monde”), is just two hours from Geneva by car. Many of the classic cols featuring regularly in the Tour de France are within easy reach – the start of the stunning Telegraphe / Galibier is only 6km away. It can sleep upto 4 – double bedroom, double sofa bed in the living area, kitchen, bathroom, toilet and large south facing balcony – and there's a swimming pool, shop, laundry and free wifi on site. For larger groups, additional apartments sleeping 2-6 people can be arranged. The Hameau des Eaux d’Orelle is only a few kilometres from the A43 motorway, linking Chambery to northern Italy, but the local area is really peaceful, thanks to the tunnels, which allow the motorway and the trains to bypass the village completely.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Apt - Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers (Ventoux)

Luberon valley base for exploring and relaxing

447 Chemin Fontaine de Guby
84490 Saint-Saturnin-lès-Apt
Vaucluse, Provence Cote d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)6 87 88 83 95
Email: mail@accommodationinprovence.com

Price from: £85 per night, £595 per week

Open: Easter till mid-October

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Les Oliviers & Les Cerisiers are both one-bedroomed gites that have everything you need for a self-catered holiday. Each has a private terrace and barbeque, along with access to a superb infinity pool, perfect to return to after your ride (or your partner to relax at whilst you ride!) Surrounded by endless peaceful roads, this is a great base for riders of all abilities, with both gentle and challenging climbs offering stunning views as a reward. The 'Monts de Vaucluse' the 'Prealpes', rises to 1256 metres at Signal de Saint-Pierre and provides a beautiful backdrop and leads to the Plateau de Sault and the mighty Mont Ventoux (1912 metres), a 104km round trip. The gites sit in a peaceful olive & fruit orchard with views over the Luberon Valley, the village of Saint Saturnin Les Apt is an easy walk away for baguettes, restaurants  and other supplies. You can even order a Champagne breakfast and/or evening meal on arrival to kick off your stay in style. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Aramits – Lae de Haut

Flexible B&B and self-catered accommodation in the Pyrenees

64570 Aramits
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine (western edge of Pyrenees)
Phone: +33 (0)5 59 34 63 42 or +33(0)6 30 46 74 75
Email: margaret.johnson@wanadoo.fr

Price from: €65 per night per double room (includes continental breakfast); 7 nights for the price of 6

Open: All year

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Lae de Haut is the perfect cycling base, just a few kilometres from Arette, where stage 10 of the Tour de France passed through on Bastille Day 2015. This is the gateway to the western cols that regularly feature on the Tour de France route, including Aubisque, Marie Blanque, La Pierre St Martin, Soulor and d’Osquich. The roads here are mostly French Cycling Federation-approved, with signs marking distances to col and gradients. There are also signposted circular routes for mountain biking just 200m from the door (you can see them from the bedrooms). Margaret and John are used to welcoming cyclists and are keen to welcome more riders through Freewheeling France. BBQ area; outdoor pool. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Arles - La Résidence (Via Rhona)

Well-appointed self-catering apartments in the centre of Arles

3 rue Elie Giraud
13200 Arles
Bouches-du-Rhône, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €130

Open: All year

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La Résidence offers self-catering apartments are in a great central location in the town. Arles is at a key junction on the Via Rhona bike route sitting as it does at the mouth of the River Rhone. It's also the heart of Van Gogh country in Provence (there's art on display in the communal areas). Housed within a 17th century building, the apartments are stylishly decorated and the kitchens are fully equipped. They make a great base for an overnight (or longer) stay for people wanting to cut costs and prepare their own meals. Apartments sleep 2-4 people so they are also good also for families and groups. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Arras - Maison d'Hôtes La Corne d'Or

Elegantly decorated family-run B&B in central Arras

1 place Guy Mollet
Arras Arras
Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pas-de-Calais

Price from: €99

Open: All year

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A friendly, family-run bedroom B&B in an elegantly decorated 18th centrury mansion in central Arras. There are 5 bedroom, and one of them has a kitchenette for basic self-catered meals. All rooms have private bathrooms (one also has a spa). Continental breakfast including homemade jams and local products; free hot and cold drinks throughout your stay. Play the piano, relax in the lounge or admire the local art on the walls after a day on the bike. Great location for exploring Arras’ underground tunnels, the Louvre-Lens Museum and the area's many First World War Monuments. Free wifi. French and English spoken. Bike storage in a locked private garage.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Arrens – Les Artigaux Gites (Aubisque, Hautacam, Luz-Ardiden)

Perfect High Pyrenees biking base run by a local cyclist

42 route du Soulor
65400 Arrens-Marsous
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)5 62 97 46 61 or +33 (0)6 31 52 57 71
Email: stay@lesartigaux.com

Price from: Apartment for 4 from €195 weekend and €395 a week; Converted barn for 7 from €275 weekend and €625 a week

Open: All year

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Les Artigaux is in the Val d'Azun, with stunning views of nearby Arrens village and the mountains. There is a converted barn plus 4 fully furnished apartments (with a hot tub and sauna for tired muscles) ready and waiting for cyclists. The property is located just off the road to the Col du Soulor, which leads on to the Col d'Aubisque. Other climbs within striking distance are the Hautacam, Luz-Ardiden and the Tourmalet. There are also a number of challenging lesser known climbs on quiet back roads (Simon has ridden most of them and can offer lots of local advice). Val d'Azun also has about 400km of marked mountain bike routes from steep climbs and descents, to trails through the woods and wide open rides around the cross-country ski pistes. Free wifi. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Atlantic Coast - Camping Village de la Guyonnière (La Roche-sur-Yon)

Cyclist-run 5-star campsite with tent pitches and self-catered chalets

1, La Guyonniere
85150 Saint Julien des Landes
Vendée, Pays-de-la-Loire
Phone: +33 (0)2 51 46 62 59
Email: info@laguyonniere.com

Price from: Tent, caravan and motorhome pitches from €22 per night; Self-catering chalets from €308 per week

Open: 2018 season: May 26-September 16

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Camping Village de la Guyonnière is 11 kilometres inland from the Atlantic Coast beaches at Bretignolles-sur-Mer. Run by cyclists, this is an ideal Vendée region base. Endless hours of sunshine combine with countless family friendly cycle paths to make this a great area for cyclists of all abilities. The campsite, located on the shores of the Jaunay lake (perfect for canoeing, jogging, fishing and biking), is spacious with a focus on families and nature. There are tent, caravan and motorhome pitches, as well as self-catering 'glamping tents' and chalets for all types of campers. This is a 5-star campsite with all the facilities you'd ever need to rest and relax after a day on the bike. When not cycling there's an indoor and heated waterpark with slides and countercurrent river, bar and restaurant, a wellness centre, and a shop, plus a games area for kids small and large (including adults...). You can also discover Ile d’Yeu and Ile-de-Noirmoutier (home to the 2018 Tour de France Grand Depart) – both within reach for a daytrip if you're arriving by car. Weekly mountain bike and road cycling rides run from the site, as well as bike hire availableFrench, English, Dutch, German spoken. Free wifi across the whole site.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Atlantic Coast - Les Aulnettes (Longeville-sur-Mer)

Self-catered cabins near bike routes and beaches

111 rue de la Mare
85560 Longeville-sur-Mer
Vendée, Pays de la Loire
Phone: +33 (0)2 51 33 55 52
Email: info@les-aulnettes.com

Price from: €575 per week during high season (April to September). Also open outside these months - please ask for prices

Open: All year

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Les Aulnettes is a small, family run holiday park in the south of the Vendée region just 10 minutes from the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Coast. The family friendly park has 10 Finnish wood-log cabins, each set on about 400 square metres of land, with a private car parking space. The park has a swimming pool and 'La Stabul', a dedicated area with table tennis, darts, table football, and internet access. There's also a bar area and a 42-inch TV – perfect for watching the Tour de France or World Cup matches in summer. This is a cyclist-run site and – like the wider Vendée region – it has a warm heart for cycling, with annual Tour de France themed games organised on site. There are great local bike routes from the gates for riders of all abilities (there's a biking guide available from the local tourist office or ask Frans and Irene for local advice).

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Atlantic Coast - Mobile home at Les Amiaux campsite

Affordable self-catering holiday option near the ocean

223 Rue De Notre Dame
85160 Saint-Jean-de-Monts
Vendee, Pays de la Loire
Phone: +44 (0)1929 459611 or +44(0)7590 420958 mobile
Email: p-gardiner1@sky.com

Price from: From £250 to £676 per week

Open: May to October

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This mobile home enjoys a quiet sunny aspect on a well-appointed campsite in the Vendée region. This is a great area well suited to cycling (and home to the 2018 Tour de France Grand Depart). It's also handy for the Atlantic Coast EuroVelo 1 bike path. It's a family holiday home that Patricia is keen to offer to cyclists for 2018. It's an easy cycle to the sandy beaches of the Atlantic, and close to bars, restaurants and amenities in St Jean de Monts. The campsite itself is fully kitted out with everything you'd need to enjoy your stay, including a pool. The mobile home sleeps six people and has an open plan lounge, dining table and chairs, plenty of seating. There's a well-equipped kitchen with full hob and oven, microwave, large fridge/freezer and plenty of cooking utensils, pots, pans and crockery. There is a shower room and the toilet. Duvets and pillows are provided but BYO own duvet covers, sheets, pillow cases, towels and tea towels. There's a paved patio area for outdoor dining plus a gas barbeque. All gas and electricity included in the price. We advise emailing or phoning direct for reservations.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Atlantic Coast - Vent du large (Marennes)

Relax or get active at this holiday chalet on the Euro Velo 1 route

87 Avenue William Bertrand
17320 Marennes
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 86 95 10 37
Email: contact@ventdularge-vacances.com

Price from: €70-€120 per night (min 2 nights); €840 per week in July and August

Open: All year

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Vent du Large offers a unique European stay on the coast of France. The Italian owner Daniela would like to see more cyclists use her seaside retreat. The self-contained house in the small coastal commune of Marennes sleeps up to 5 adults, as well as a child or baby. The house lies opposite the Ile d’Oléron, famous around the world for its fresh oysters. It's a great base for sporty holidays with cycling possible on La Vélodyssée (EuroVelo 1), Chemins de la Seudre, or even on the La Flow Vélo, which starts on the island of Aix. Or you can simply make the most of the relaxing village vibe for a beach holiday. You can hire bikes nearby, or get repairs done. There is safe bike storage at the house, which itself has 3-star classification. Daniela's recently renovated the house using environmentally friendly paints and treatments throughout. Daniela speaks Italian, Spanish, French and English.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Atlantic Coast - Votre Vacances Mobile Home Chalets (Vendèe)

Modern chalets 13km from the ocean between Nantes and La Rochelle

85150 Saint-Julien-des-Landes
Vendèe, Pays de la Loire
Phone: +44 (0)7815 750019
Email: info@votrevacances.com

Price from: 2-bedroom campsite chalet £78 per night, £550 per week; 3-bedroom £85 per night, £595 per week

Open: All year except May bank holiday

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These are not your average mobile home chalets. They are set in the grounds of an 18th century chateau which is also home to a modern and well-equipped campsite. There are 2 or 3-bedroom chalets and each is supplied with bedding and towels along with nice touches like olive oil, balsamic vinegar, hand lotion, and the all important tea and coffee supplies. The park itself has indoor and outdoor pools, plus a fishing lake, bar, restaurant and takeaway. There's a wide range of activities such as yoga, cooking and playgroups for kids – so plenty to do for the whole family when you're not on your bikes. The Vendèe region's beaches are just a 13km ride away - the perfect daytrip. Free wifi in reception or in your chalet for a €5 surcharge. French and English spoken. Bikes can be stored in the chalets.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Atlantic Coast bike route - Gîte Georgie (Nantes-Brest Canal, EV1)

Great stone cottage near the Nantes-Brest Canal and EV1 routes

4 Roscoat
22340 Mael-Carhaix
Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany
Phone: +33 (0)2 96 29 99 47 France or +44(0)798 9347173 UK
Email: daveywendyursuline@yahoo.co.uk

Price from: €65 per night (3-night minimum stay), €455 per week

Open: All year

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This great little self-catering cottage for four people is in a charming rural hamlet 2km outside of Mael-Carhaix and just 3km from the Nantes-Brest Canal and its cycle route. It offers the perfect holiday for a couple or family (it's child-friendly and furry friends are also welcome to enjoy the enclosed garden). The Georgie gite offers a fully equipped kitchen, comfortable lounge with a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, and a bathroom. Situated in attractive grounds with gardens and gated parking. Perfect for cycling, beautiful walks, fishing, bird watching, painting, writing and star gazing. Local amenities are a short ride away. This is one of two available gites to rent at Roscoat, so perfect for families and friends to have time away together. High quality bed linen, towels and tea-towels are provided. Free wifi. English and French spoken. Georgie can be hired with the nearby Daisie (sleeps 2) if you need more space for your group.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Atlantic Coast bike route - Gîtes + B&B Lenvos (Nantes-Brest Canal at Cléguérec)

B&B and self-catering near EV1 La Vélodyssée and within reach of ferries

Lenvos
56480 Cléguérec
Morbihan, Brittany
Phone: +33 (0)2 97 25 30 99 or +33 (0)6 81 57 93 66 (Mobile)
Email: lenvos@orange.fr

Price from: €65 per room per night, €450 per week

Open: All year

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If combining cycling on endless quiet roads with relaxing in 15 acres of immaculate private grounds appeals to you, then the B&B and cottages at Lenvos may be for you. Located in a beautiful 16th century hamlet in the Blavet Valley of Brittany, the property as been restored to provide four delightful holiday cottages surrounding a central courtyard. The cottages have traditional slate roofs, thick stone walls, beamed ceilings and still retains their ancient character whilst still being fully equipped with modern appliances. With two lakes, river frontage, woods and meadows, the grounds are a haven for a wide variety of native flora and fauna while the lake provides excellent wild fishing. Ten bikes can be secured in a purpose-built shed so you can take advantage of the nearby Nantes-Brest Canal (which doubles as the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast La Velodyssee route). You can also cycle to Mur de Bretagne (a 2011 Tour de France stage town). There are more than 300km of mountain bike (VTT) trails in this area as well, including in Quenecan Forest, Pont Samuel, and the Blavet Valley. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Atlantic Coast bike route - Mellionnec Flower Farm (Nantes-Brest Canal)

Top value camping and self-catering facilities near the Nantes-Brest canal

12 Rue de Pont Laur
22110 Mellionnec
Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany
Phone: +33 (0)6 02 08 55 89
Email: fleursenmellionnec@gmail.com

Price from: Camping €5 per person per night, Cabin (sleeps 2 adults and 2 children): €25 per night (no minimum stay)

Open: April to October

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Mellionnec Flower Farm is a working organic farm that specialises in dried flowers. They also always have plenty of seasonal home grown fruit and vegetables for guests to pick for their own use. Camping and cabins are rustic but clean and super eco-friendly – there are compost toilets and open-air solar showers. This is a wonderful back-to-basics place to stay surrounded by beautiful relaxing countrside. There are official cycle routes within 500m of the site (including the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast route, which runs concurrently with the Nantes Brest canal is 2km away). Guests can be dropped off and colletced at the canal for a small fee of €2.50. There is plenty of Gothic architecture and even a Roman Quarry within 3km to visit. The Laur river wanders through the bottom fields and makes good bird watching. If you are quiet, you can see the deer in the fields at night and sleep to the sound of the owls calling. For bat lovers there's also a resident bat population in one of our barns. Local bar, pizzeria and boulangerie are within 300m of the campsite. Plouray lake is 5km away as well as the canal for keen fishermen and women – and the guys have fishing equipment for hire. You can also make flower garlands or hydrosols – and you can't say that about many places.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Aude - Bonelli's Gite

Tranquility in the Minervois, north of the Canal du Midi

Domaine Bonelli
11120 La Roueyre
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)4 67 89 57 64
Email: dr.stuart.gregory@gmail.com

Price from: €64 per night, €448 per week

Open: All year

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The Bonelli's self-catering gite lies hidden in the limestone countryside and vineyards of the Minervois on the edge of a national park. This is perfect cycling country with many routes (and, often, the Tour de France) passing near the property (the Canal du Midi is just 18km to the south as well). Stuart, the owner, is keen for more cyclists to use it as a based for a weekend stopover or as part of a longer cycling holiday. It's also the perfect choice for walking, horse riding, sightseeing, birdwatching (spring and autumn) or simply relaxing by the pool. (See here for some ideas on what to do in the area). The recently restored stone gite has two bedrooms and offers flexible luxury accommodation for up to 5 people. The house has air-conditioning, a well-equipped semi-subterranean kitchen, sitting room with TV & DVD, music centre, and satellite. There's also a lovely bathroom that's perfect for post-ride muscles! There's also a heated pool with a BBQ and outdoor seating area. Cycle hire can be arranged locally, plus there's a secure garage and tools for storage and repairs.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Aude - The Little French Maison (Carcassonne)

Quaint self-catering village house 8km from Carcassonne

11600 Conques-sur-Orbiel, Carcassonne
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitainie)
Phone: +44 (0)7971 886 337
Email: thelittlefrenchmaison@gmail.com

Price from: €100 per night or €600 per week

Open: All year

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This wonderful village house in the centre of beautiful Conques-sur-Orbiel sleeps seven people in three double rooms. It's ideal for groups or families looking for a base within easy reach of the Canal du Midi and the old city of Carcassonne (just 8km to the south). Patti, the owner, is a leisure cyclist and she's keen to see more riders use the house. There's a ground floor storage room for bikes, plus a ladies' Pashley and a men's mountain bike available for guest use. There are bike routes for all abilities from the door – gentle backroads down to the Canal du Midi and the vineyard routes of the Aude, but also the Black Mountains or the Pic de Nore (1211m) for something more challenging. The village itself dates back to early medieval times and still has a ruined chateau at its heart. More modern treats include a village brocante, restaurants, bolaungerie and a greengorcer selling local cheeses and produce. All told, The Little French Maison is an base from which to experience local French culture while still being within easy reach of all the key tourist hotspots.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Aude – Le Balcon Apartment (Sainte-Colombe-sur-l'Hers)

Self-contained base in an 18th century townhouse with great views

31 Petite Rue Petite Rue
11230 Sainte-Colombe-sur-l'Hers
Aude, Languedoc-Rousillion (Occitanie)
Phone: +44 (0)7799 886294
Email: worstedman@gmail.com

Price from: £55 per night

Open: May to September

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This beautifully appointed first floor apartment is in an 18th century house in the small riverside village of Ste Colombe sur L'Hers – just over 50km/30 miles from Carcassonne. This village, which once played a role in the area's vibrant textile and jet industries, is a great base for discovering both local history and vineyards (including the famous Blanquette de Limoux, said to be among the earliest forms of Champagne). The Cather Way is also nearby and can be enjoyed by bike. The apartment has been refurbished to a high standard and sleeps upto four people (one bedroom + sofa bed). There is excellent swimming, sailing and canoeing locally at the beautiful Lac Montbel, plus nearby Puivert offers a range of restaurants. Airports/main transport hubs are at Toulouse and Carcassonne. The owners live locally and can help with local advice. They also offer an airport pick up service, plus a secure locked garage for bikes. French and English spoken. 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Avenue Verte - 23 Grand Rue (Mesnières-en-Bray)

London-Paris stop 150m from the Avenue Verte and 25km from Dieppe

23 Grand Rue
76270 Mesnières-en-Bray
Seine Maritime, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 32 97 06 31
Email: info@23grandrue.com

Price from: B&B: €60 single, €70 double and €85 triple room; Self-catering barn €355-€395 per week (short breaks available out of season)

Open: All year

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Madeleine is keen to welcome you to her wonderful B&B only 150 METRES (!!!) from the Avenue Verte London to Paris bike route and just 25km from Dieppe – it's an ideal first/last stop on your way from/to the ferry port. Located on the 45km section of the route linking Dieppe to Forges Les Eaux, this really is a super base at the gateway to some of northern France's best biking; the Somme, Monet’s Gardens, Honfleur and Rouen can all be reached from here using a network of bike paths and backroads. Madeleine offers hearty three-course gourmet dinners (by arrangement), or there's a lovely French restaurant in the village. She has owned the B&B for more than 10 years, so she's an expert when it comes to offering local information and advice. In addition to the B&B, there's a lovingly converted self-catering barn for four people (double bed + sofa) available for week-long stays during July and August, and shorter stays the rest of the year. English and French spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Aveyron - Le Petit Hibou cabin (St-Antonin-Noble-Val)

Cosy and well appointed cabin close to the Aveyron Gorges

As Plos
82160 Espinas
Tarn-et-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 71 70 74 00
Email: toursdutarn@gmail.com

Price from: €90 to €115 per night for the whole cabin. Minimum of 2 nights.

Open: All year

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Situated in a large garden next to private woodland ‘Le Petit Hibou’ (Little Owl) is a peaceful, cosy retreat in the grounds a family run cycling holidays business. Perfect for couples or friends, the cabin sleeps two people, has a wood burner for chilly nights, an ensuite shower and toilet, kitchenette and a wood-fired Scandinavian hot tub for post-ride relaxation. It's perfect year-round. Ideal for touring cyclists looking for a place to call their own for a night or two, or even a week-long training base. There's fresh produce available locally (don't miss the Sunday market in nearby Saint-Antonin), or you can take a package that includes food. With the Gorges d'Aveyron on the doorstep, there are spectacular views (and roads), and lots to see and do. The cabin provides a perfect base for more leisurely cycling as well as challenging roadie routes. It's cyclist-run, so there's lots of in-house bikey knowledge (there isn't a local road Marcus hasn't ridden). Hybrid bikes available in-house (road bikes and e-bikes can also be hired locally), train and airport transfers available. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Avignon – The Willow Tree

Cyclist-run apartment for 4 within reach of Mont Ventoux

2537 Route des Taillades
84250 Le Thor
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: + 33 (0)4 9022 1772 or +33 (0)7 78 38 21 90 (France) or +44 (0)79 0954 5583 (UK)
Email: audreyjakobsen@sfr.fr

Price from: €750-€2000 per week depending on the season (please ask about shorter stays)

Open: All year

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The Willow Tree is a cyclist-run two bedroom apartment for 4 people just east of Avignon. It’s an ideal base, being a short ride from the leisure cycling routes of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and also within reach of Ventoux. The apartment sits within the grounds of a larger villa, called The Apple Orchard, but it is fully self-contained. It opens on to a terrace and there is also a heated swimming pool. The owners, Audrey and Peter, live on site and both work for local cycling companies. They can arrange bike hire, biking fittings and maintenance for you, plus advise on the best local routes. Free wifi. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Bagnères-de-Luchon - Luchon Holidays Apartment

Ideal self-catering base for families or small groups in the Pyrenees

Place du Comminges
31110 Bagnères-de-Luchon
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0) 7 87 01 94 43 (for English); +33 (0) 6 88 31 10 19 (for French)
Email: luchonholidays@gmail.com

Price from: €79 per night for the entire apartment (sleeps up to 8)

Open: All year

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This fabulous two-bedroom, two-bathroom family apartment in the centre of Luchon is a home away from home. With the start of the Portillon, Superbagnères and Peyresourde climbs just minutes away, it's an ideal base for conquering some of the Tour de France's most iconic climbs. There is even a bike shop next door with maps and route information, and mechanical support. Secure bike storage in private storage lockers or the private car park. The apartment itself has everything you need to feel at home, including a welcome pack with wine, Nespresso pods, soap, washing and dishwasher tablets. The centre of Luchon is a short stroll away with a supermarket, bike hire and pharmacy. The cable cars for Superbagnères, an open-air pool, tennis, mini golf and kids’ playground are also nearby. The apartment is perfect for a family of 5 but it can sleep up to 8. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Bédoin - La Maison des Peintres (Ventoux)

Cycling base in a Provençal artists' haven at the foot of the Ventoux

40, rue du Ventoux
Hameau des Baux
84410 Bédoin
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 90 12 79 40 or +33 (0)6 71 81 53 57
Email: ruth@wintermane.com

Price from: €100 per night or €600 per week

Open: All year

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La Maison de Peintres is the perfect place to stay if you're cycling Mont Ventoux as you're already on the way. Only 2km up from the bustle of the cycling hub of Bedoin, you'll find yourself in a peaceful and truly Provençal hamlet at the foot of the mountain. It's also only five minutes' walk from the beautiful Grand Randonné path 91 that circles the Ventoux and a short drive to get fresh croissants in the morning. There are three double bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen and a delightful terrace with a view of the surrounding cherry orchards and vineyards. There's a powerful shower and a full bath to rest your weary limbs. Owned by artist Julian Merrow Smith and his cellist wife, Ruth, it's decorated in Provençal style with your host's paintings on the walls.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Bertignat - Pradis self-catering gite

Amazing views from the terrace of this two-bedroom house

63480 Bertignat
Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)

Price from: €540 per week

Open: All year

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The Gite Pradis is an immaculate self-catering house that sleeps five people, with its own terrace and surrounded by fields and forests. The house features a garden with BBQ facilities and the living rooms offers a TV and free wifi access. The kitchen is fully equipped including a microwave and coffee machine. The village of Ambert is just 10km away.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Beyrie-Sur-Joyeuse - Gite Jauberria (east of Biarritz)

A cyclist-run base in the Basque countryside 60km east of Biarritz

Aincy
64120 Beyrie-Sur-Joyeuse
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 59 65 49 18 or +33 (0)6 30 00 50 99
Email: info@jauberria.com

Price from: £350 per week for 3 bedroom gite (sleeps 6)

Open: April to November

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Jauberria is a 100-year-old restored Basque farm cottage – with bags of character – in a quiet location in the foothills of the Pyrenees (but within striking distance of Biarritz 60km away). This is the far-western edge of the Pyrenees and an area often ignored by cycilsts in the clamour to get to the more famous cols to the east. With owners Dave and Kris living next door, there's help and support nearby. Dave is a keen cyclist and can share his favourite local routes and advise which climbs are best for your ability (there are loads of route options). He also has a full range of maps, including MTB trails, to share. Dave says the roads around here are of a generally high standard for road cycling and that most of the local cols have their altitudes and gradients marked for cyclists (the Col d’Iraty, 1,350m is nearby). The cottage itself comfortably sleeps 6 people and is perfect for a family or a group of friends sharing, with a large family bathroom upstairs and shower/toilet on the ground floor. The cottage has its own garden and terrace with lovely, far-reaching views.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Béziers – Appart'City

Hotel with self-catering apartments (and breakfast) in town centre

9 rue D'alembert
34500 Béziers
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

Price from: €39

Open: All year

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Three-star studios and apartments sleeping between 2 and 6 people. Each apartment has a kitchenette (including a kettle or coffee machine), living space, and terrace or balcony. There is no dedicated bike storage but bikes can be stored in apartments, either inside or on the balcony, or they can be locked in the private garage for €3. Wifi available for a surcharge. Breakfast is an optional extra if you don't want to self-cater. French, Spanish and English spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Biarritz - Pierre & Vacances Premium Haguna

Clean apartment hotel in a central location

17 Avenue Reine Victoria
64200 Biarritz
Landes, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Price from: €85

Open: All year

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A cool surf vibe awaits at this centrally located apartment hotel, close enough to the Grand Plage to be sat on the sand in 5 minutes whilst still being surrounded by local restaurants. Freewheeling France has stayed here, using it as the launch pad for a gentle 80km spin around this wonderful coastal resort. There is a dedicated bike storage room, though the staff didn't blink an eye when we decided to take our bike up the lift and to our room. Perfect for families with comfy sofa beds, a small playground in the garden and a kids' toy and book corner in reception. All the kitchen equipment you'll need for a stay, including fridge, small oven, coffee machine, toaster and kettle. Free and fast wifi.
** We've stayed here – read our review **

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Bordeaux – Le Boutique Hotel

Classy city centre hotel with friendly staff and secure bike parking

3 rue Lafaurie de Monbadon
33000 Bordeaux
Gironde, Aquitaine

Price from: €180 per room or €387 for a 4-person apartment

Open: All year

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Treat yourself to a touch of class in one of France's most elegant cities. Le Boutique Hotel is a converted 18th-century townhouse located in the UNESCO-listed centre of Bordeaux. Its modern, stylish rooms and self-catering apartments are surrounded by a peaceful green courtyard, and there's even a lovely terrace shaded by a 100-year-old chestnut tree. Rooms are air-conditioned, each with an iPod docking station and a Nespresso coffee machine. Continental breakfast. Wine bar. Massage and hot tub available. Luggage room for bike store. Staff can help you plan local bike routes, including through the vineyards. Free wifi. French, Spanish, English, Romanian and Bulgarian spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Bourg d’Oisans - Aparthotel Le Milan

Cyclist-run self-catering hotel base for Alpe d'Huez

54 rue Général de Gaulle
38520 Le Bourg d’Oisans
Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 76 80 01 23
Email: info@surlaroutedesalpes.com

Price from: €95-€400 per night

Open: All year except November

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As you can tell by the photo, the Hotel Le Milan Aparthotel is used to welcoming cycists! It offers brand new apartments of various sizes for groups ranging from 2 to 12 people. Each apartment is fully equipped with a kitchen, living room, TV, bathroom and bonus view of Alpe d’Huez, the base of which is just 2km away. From here, the Croix de Fer, Glandon, Lautaret/Galibier, Ornon, Les Deux Alpes can all also be ridden. The team at the aparthotel are cyclist and have stacks of local knowledge to share. French, English, Dutch and Spanish spoken. Free wifi. Lockable bike storage (pictured), plus there are ebike recharging points if your legs need a little help up the climbs.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Bourg d’Oisans - Maison de France

Explore Alpe d'Huez and the other giant cols to be found in this area

40 Quai Professeur Berlioux
38520 Le Bourg d’Oisans
Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 76 80 01 23
Email: info@surlaroutedesalpes.com

Price from: €200 per night

Open: All year

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The gîte Maison de France is actually the old doctor’s house in the centre of Bourg d’Oisan. It has been completely renovated to provide visitors with a large living/dining area downstairs, a fully equipped kitchen, and 5 bedrooms spread out over different floors. It can sleep upto 12 people comfortably. The house has a large yard, with barbecue and garden furniture. The shops and bakeries are at your doorstep. Everything is with walking distance, so your car can remain parked while you take to the roads on two wheels. We don't need to even mention that the Alpe d'Huez climbs starts just down the road ... 

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Bourg d’Oisans - Maison Joséphine

Self-catering base for tackling Alpe d'Huez

Rochetaillée
38520 Le Bourg d’Oisans
Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 76 80 01 23
Email: info@surlaroutedesalpes.com

Price from: €220 per night

Open: All year

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La maison de Joséphine is an old farmhouse that has been recently renovated by its cyclist-owners. With lots of space, it's ideal for family groups and clubs. It sleeps up to 12 people, with the downstairs area is split in two, with a large kitchen, dining area and living room (with pool/billards) in one open, vaulted, space, and then a separate cosy area with table football, a card table, small bar, darts board in te other. The house has lots of land around it, with private parking space for 3 or 4 cars. There is also an electric sauna and hammam. A barbecue is also available. The area is rich in cycling with Alpe d’Huez just a few kilometres away, as well as the Croix de Fer, Glandon, Lautaret/Galibier, Ornon, and Les Deux Alpes.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Bourg d’Oisans – Cycle Oisans (Alpe d'Huez)

Bourg d’Oisans house with fabulous views of Alpe d'Huez

70 Avenue de la Republique
38520 Bourg d’Oisans
Isère, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)79 7400 0320
Email: info@cycleoisans.com

Price from: Low season: £750-£1200 per week; high season: £1200-£2000

Open: All year

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Maison de la Republique is a fully equipped house centrally located in the Bourg d'Oisans town centre – at the bottom of the climb to Alpe d'Huez. (In fact, there are great views of the famous col from the house). It can comfortably house 12 people in 6 bedrooms (2 doubles and 8 single beds), making it perfect for families or groups of cyclists looking for an Alps cycling holiday. Close to local shops, bars, cafes and the supermarket. Wifi free. Satellite TV. Off street parking for people arriving by car. Bike storage in lockable garage/workshop. Very large, fully enclosed private garden. Within easy reach of other climbs, including Col de la Croix de Fer, Galibier, Glandon, Lautaret, Madeleine, d’Ornon, Sarenne and the Télégraphe.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Alpine Velo Cycling Chalet (Col de l’Iseran)

Cyclist-run mountain retreat prefect for riding and relaxation

Chemin des Glieres, 73210 Landry, Savoie, France
73210 Landry, Bourg-Saint-Maurice
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 26 80 77 67
Email: info@alpine-velo.com

Price from: Half-board packages from €385 for 3 nights or €595 for 7 nights (including airport transfers). Self-catered chalet for 12 people from €795 per week

Open: All year except November

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Alpine Velo’s bike chalet in in the Tarentaise valley near Bourg-Saint-Maurice is a great, felxible base for self-guided road cycling holidays in the French Alps. The chalet is within easy reach of Col du Petit St Bernard, Col de l’Iseran, Cormet de Roseland and Col de la Madeleine, among others, or take a spin down around to the Tignes Valley or across to Albertville. There are also a number of good local rides that are less taxing on the legs, including a balcony tour through pretty Alpine villages. There's also a 12km riverside cycle path for riders less interested in tackling the cols. Non-cycling partners and kids can go whitewater rafting, horse riding or hiking (the ski lifts open July and August for both hikers and mountain bikers). This is flexible accommodation with half-board options in the main chalet plus self-catering available in a self-contained penthouse. Good for small and large groups. Prices include airport transfers for you and your bikes, making this a fuss-free base. There's also a sauna to ease tired muscles. Free wifi. French, English and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities

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Bourg-Saint-Maurice - Chalet Beaumont (Vallandry)

Modern alpine chalet near world-class MTB and beautiful cols

Nr 5 Les Chalets de Vallandry
73210 Vallandry
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)1335 324 330 or +44 (0)7779 264 566
Email: jilly@theblands.org

Price from: €715 per week

Open: All year

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The small alpine town of Vallandry is an excellent base for road biking, mountain biking, and deval bike, as well as walking, paragliding, water sports, and climbing. Every year Vallandry hosts the VTT (MTB) Trial Masters Right event in the centre of the village, while the town is near the Tour de France route almost every year, including in 2018. There are 150km of signposted routes in Les Arcs bike park, where there are 25 downhill, enduro, and cross country tracks. You can hook your bike onto the lift during the summer season and take the easy route up. If you need a boost, you can discover the beautiful Vanoise Valley by renting an e-mountainbike locally. For road-bikers, spend the day out on Col de la Madeleine or over the Petit Saint Bernard into Italy. English, French and German are spoken.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Branville - Normandy Garden Holiday Village

Apartments, houses and cottages close to the beach in Lower Normandy

14430 Branville
Calvados, Normandy

Price from: €238 for 2 nights - check website for seasonal prices and offers

Open: Year-round

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Close to the beaches at Deauville, Cabourg and Villers-sur-Mer, Normandy Garden Holiday Resort has wooden apartments, houses and cottages for groups of all sizes. Close to the D-Day beaches and ferry links, it's an ideal location for a stop en route to London/Paris or to elsewhere in northern France.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities

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Briançon - Chalet 9 (Serre Chevalier)

Charming chalet in the heart of Serre Chevalier

9 Chemin de l'Envers
05240 La Salle-les-Alpes
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +44 (0)7703 347 070
Email: bookings@chaletnine.com

Price from: €1600 per week for the whole chalet

Open: All year

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Chalet Nine is a completely renovated 17th century house just 100 metres from the road often used for the Tour de France (including stages 17 and 18 in 2017). There are five beautiful bedrooms, with three double bedrooms and two with en-suite bath/shower. The layout is flexble and ideal for families or cycling clubs, with a mix of doubles, bunk beds and singles. There are two additional bathrooms on the first floor to guarantee everyone gets a hot shower on time. There's a large sun lounge with terrace overlooking the garden views up the mountain towards the Col du Lautaret, plus a long dining table also with views. There's space for around 10 bikes and ample space for getting prepared. Free wifi + a welcome hamper to help you settle in.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Briancon - Residence du Temple Apart-hotel

Apartment hotel in the centre of town

3 Place du Temple
05100 Briançon
Haute- Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €93

Open: All year

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Résidence du Temple has self-catering apartments with a locked private parking area for bikes. Located in Briançon’s old town, it's handy to amenities and the train station. Apartments have washing machines, kitchens and other mod-cons. Onsite bar. Meals also available. The owners are outdoor enthusiasts who are happy to share their local knowledge.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Burgundy - La Chouette Qui Chante (Morvan National Park)

Look over the Morvan valley whilst you eat breakfast

7 Rue des Bordes
21210 La Motte Ternant
Côte-d'Or, Burgundy (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)
Phone: +33 (0)7 88 16 80 03 (France), +44 (0)7577 528861 (UK)
Email: burgundyescapes@orange.fr

Price from: €65 per night B&B, €70 per night for 1 bedroom gite, €90 per night for 2 bedroom gite. €395 per week for the gite, €495 per week for the 2-bed cottage

Open: April to October

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This charming English-owned bed and breakfast is situated in the village of La Motte-Ternant on the edge of the beautiful Morvan National Park, a place where you can explore rivers, lakes and forestsYou can hire bikes in Pouilly-en-Auxois and cycle for hours along the Burgundy Canal, or you can use one of the many local routes around the area. The local town of Saulieu has numerous cafes and restaurants including the 3-star Michelin restaurant, Bernard Loiseau. Dijon and Beaune are also within reach if you have a car and you're after fixed base rides. The B&B has three king-size rooms and one twin room all with ensuite shower or bathrooms. The two-acre garden has been planted with beautiful trees and borders and provides views of the river valley. Breakfasts come complete with fabulous view of the gardens, Serein valley and the Morvan Park. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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Burgundy - Les Papillons

Lovingly restored cyclist-run cottage for 4 in the heart of Burgundy

4 rue de la Récille
21400 Puits
Côte-d'Or, Burgundy (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)
Phone: +33 (0)6 74 07 19 69
Email: contact@gitelespapillons.com

Price from: €60-€75 per night for the whole cottage (linen, cleaning and electricity all included)

Open: All year

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Les Papillons is a charming, fully restored cottage in a quiet village in north Burgundy. Best of all, it's run by cyclist Richard, who has been riding here since moving to the area 10 years ago. The cottage is a well-equipped home from home sleeping four people in two double upstairs bedrooms. Downstairs offers a cosy sitting room, WC and a fully fitted modern kitchen. Free wifi is available for route-planning and weather forecasts, and in the summer months there is an above ground pool to relax in. Richards ia a member of te local 'cyclotourisme' club, which is happy to welcome you on a club ride. This is a very quiet and undiscovered corner of Burgundy, with excellent roads and light traffic. You can ask Richard to share his favourite routes with you. If you are into moutain biking, there are also great local forest trails and some very good marked trails in the Chatillon forest. For leisure riders, the Canal de Bourgogne offers the ultimate chill, with good towpaths and great scenery. There are two bikes free for guest use to explore.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Local maps and route information
  • Basic maintenance/repair tools
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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