Accommodation for cycling in the French Alps

Published by Lyn on 21 May 2014

Use our map to find cycling accommodation in the French Alps, Morzine, Meribel, Grenoble, Savoie, Haute-Savoie, Alpe d'Huez, Galibier, and other Tour de France cols.

Alps/Provence border - Serre Des Ormes (Gorges de la Méouge)

Beautiful B&B run for cyclists by cyclists between the Alps and Ventoux

Le Serre Des Ormes
05300 Salerans
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 58 04 55 or +33 (0)6 59 27 16 43
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €540 per week, including B&B and evening meals

Open: Cycling season runs from mid-April to mid-October

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Le Serre des Ormes is a beautiful 18th century house in the spectacular Gorges de la Méouge, midway between the peaks of the Alps and the grandeur of Ventoux, just 67km away. With its quiet roads, stunning views and great climbs, the Méouge valley is a relatively undiscovered gem for cyclists of all levels. The B&B is run by cyclists Kate and Paul. Each day starts with a healthy, nutritious breakfast and, at the end of your day, relax by the pool with tea and cakes, or a glass of wine. Each evening a delicious home cooked two-course meal is served with French wine. Kate and Paul will be on hand to share their favourite routes and thei passion for the area. Airport transfers and bike hire available. 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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Via Rhona 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: [email protected]

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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Alpe d'Huez - Ferme Noemie

Alpine farmhouse offering self-catered and camping options

Chemin Pierre Polycarpe
Les Sables
38520 Le Bourg d’Oisans
Isère, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 87 45 08 75
Email: [email protected]

Price from: Apartments: €65 per night, mobile home: €275-€850 per week, camping: from €10.50 per night, furnished tents: from €450 per week

Open: All year, except for campsite which is open May to November

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Surrounded by renowned Tour de France country, the Ferme Noemie is a British family-run farmhouse in a quiet rural location that provides a great base for relaxing and exploring the area. There is a nice mix of accommodation with something for everyone from the solo tourer to large groups: there are four apartments, two mobile homes, two furnished tents, and 16 tent places, all available for the majority of the year. For cyclists there are numerous rides on your doorstep, from the 4.5km flat ride to the town of Bourg d’Oisans, to the cols of Alpe d’Huez, Galibier, Sarenne, Croix de Fer and Glandon. There are also lots of mountain trails and loads of activities for non-cycling friends and family, including watersports at the nearby lake and river. 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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Alps - BikeBase B&B (Télégraphe, Galibier, Croix de Fer)

B&B ideal for solo riders or small groups in the Maurienne Valley

L’Etraz
73140 Saint Michel de Maurienne
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +44 (0)79 56 80 82 34
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €45 per room/night, €280 per week

Open: June to September

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As the name suggests, this is a great bike base for exploring the Maurienne Valley. The village is just north of St Michel de Maurienne and the foot of the Col du Télégraphe. Other famous cycling cols nearby include the Galibier, Croix de Fer, the Glandon, the Madeleine and the Iseran. The house has four rooms available on a B&B basis, each room with its own bathroom. There's a locked double garage with plenty of space for bike storage and maintenance. The owner, Ed, serves up a hearty breakfast of tea, coffee, fresh fruit, yoghurt, fresh breads, croissants and homemade jams. There's also a garden in front of a south-facing terrace ideal for relaxing with a glass of beer or wine after a day on the bike. Ideal for groups or solo riders. Free wifi. English, French 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

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Alps - Camping Le Bontemps (Vernioz)

Family camping between Lyon and Valence en route to the Alps

5, Impasse du Bontemps
38150 Vernioz
Isere, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +44 (0)13 4231 6101 for bookings and enquiries in English

Price from: £15

Open: April - September

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Being located between Lyon and Valence this is an ideal campsite to recharge before riding the Alps or viewing an Alpine Tour de France stage. Coming alive in the high season, the park is located in lovely grounds along the river Vareze which has a number of natural walking and cycling trails running alongside. With heated pools, play areas, tennis courts and fishing, there is something here for everyone in a beautiful setting. An on-site bistro provides snacks and meals throughout the day which can be eaten in or taken away.

Bike facilities

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

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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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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 - Villa Eymery

Cyclist-run villa between Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery

38620 Saint-Geoire-en-Valdaine
Isère, Rhône-Alps
Email: [email protected]

Price from: B&B from €500 per week (group discounts available), self-catering from €2,200 per week for up to 10 people

Open: Mid-May to October

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The charming Villa Eymery is in a small village in the central Alps in the Lyon-Grenoble-Chambery triangle. It's close to the bike routes of the Chartreuse mountains in one direction and the Rhone river valley in the other. The villa is run by Chris and Jan, Australians who have been coming to France for the past 20 years (most of their time has been spent cycling – Chris has been road riding for more than 30 years). Whether you're looking for col challenges or gentler local rides, Chris can point you in the right direction. The villa has lovely garden for relaxing in with a cold beer or local wine. Home-cooked dinners or Aussie/French BBQ available (the organic fruit and vegetable garden supplies the kitchen in summer). There are five bedrooms, making it ideal for families and cycling groups. Free wifi. Workshop and bike store. French and English spoken (plus TdF telecasts in English if you're staying in July). Bike hire and airport transfers can also be arranged.

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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Annecy - Hotel International

3-star hotel with hot tub, hammam and onsite massage facilities

19 avenue du Rhône
74000 Annecy
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €63

Open: All year

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Stylish hotel 2km from Lake Annecy and 500m from the train station, and just a few minutes to the Old Town, Annecy Cathedral and Château d'Annecy. Hotel restaurant and bar. Each room has tea and coffee making facilites. Free wifi. Buffet breakfast. Fitness centre with hammam and hot tub. Massage also available. 24-hour reception. Locked room inside the hotel for bikes, maps and rental advice available at reception. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

Full details

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