Published by Lyn on 21 May 2014
Published by Lyn on 21 May 2014
Beautiful B&B run for cyclists by cyclists between the Alps and Ventoux
Le Serre Des Ormes
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 58 04 55 or +33 (0)6 59 27 16 43
Price from: €540 per week, including B&B and evening meals
Open: Cycling season runs from mid-April to mid-October
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.
Charming Alpine base with challenging cols on your doorstep
Phone: +33 (0)6 26 80 77 67
Price from: £350 per person half board for 3 nights, or £550 for 7 nights (includes airport transfers)
Open: Mid-April to mid-October
Alpine Velo Montalbert, designed for solo riders and small groups of between 4 to 8 cyclists, is in a tiny mountain hamlet near Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the Tarentaise Valley area of Savoie Mont Blanc. It has breathtaking views across the mountain tops, with more than 10 high altitude cols that can be tackled from the door (including four featured regularly on the Tour de France). The chalet itself is stylishly renovated and has lots of rustic Alpine charm. There’s a large sitting room, a dining room, four bedrooms (all can be twins or doubles), sunny terraced gardens, and a bike store with workshop area. If you don’t fancy the homeward climb back to the chalet, Sam or another one of the team will pick you up from the valley. There's also loads to do here for non-cycling friends and amilies - just ask for local tips and adivce. Free wifi. French, English and Spanish spoken.
We've stayed here – read our review.
Biking base for 10 in the Bugey between the Jura and the Northern Alps
10 rue du Pic
Phone: + 33 (0)6 78 77 41 45
Price from: €1000 per week (sleeps 10)
Open: All year
Ride Le Grand Colombier, the Plateau du Retord and the mountains of the French Jura and the Northern Alps from this character-filled farmhouse set amid walled gardens. This is beautiful cycling country, with roads less travelled than the higher profile Alps to the south. There are good mountain bike trails here but it's not all mountains and high-road riding: the Via Rhona bike route runs just 30km to the east, passing through Seyssel as it snakes its way along the river Rhone. Within easy reach of Geneva and Annecy, La Ferme du Chateau has 5 double bedrooms, and all the creature comforts of home – ample living space, wood-burning stoves and large fitted kitchen. Auberges and restaurants nearby. Locked bike store for more than 30 bikes. Free wifi. French and English spoken.
Alpine farmhouse offering self-catered and camping options
Chemin Pierre Polycarpe
38520 Le Bourg d’Oisans
Phone: +33 (0)6 87 45 08 75
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
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.
A beautiful blend of the old and the new
Chemin du Mas d'Embelle
Haute-Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33 (0)6 42 50 38 74
Price from: €550 per week catered. Shorter stays and self-catering also possible - please enquire
Open: All year
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.
Chalet with hot tub and sauna for tired cycling muscles
129 Chemin du Pied de la Plagne
Phone: +44 (0)20 7191 1120
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
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
Cyclist-run villa between Lyon, Grenoble and Chambery
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
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.
3-star hotel with hot tub, hammam and onsite massage facilities
19 avenue du Rhône
Price from: €63
Open: All year
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.
Col des Aravis bike base good for Colombiere, Cormet de Roselend
Route du Col des Aravis
73590 La Giettaz
Phone: +33 (0)6 73 39 10 73
Price from: Individual self-catering apartments from €50 per night or €350 per week; Half-board packages from €525 per person for 3 nights
Open: Late May-early October for cycling; December-April for the ski season
Chalet La Giettaz offers versatile cycling accommodation in the heart of the northern French Alps. There are 10 spacious, self-contained 1-4 bedroom apartments, making Chalet Le Giettaz ideal for individuals or groups of up to 50 riders. Flexible catering options – do it all yourself, take advantage of the optional packed lunches and evening meals, or opt for a half-board package with airport transfers. The chalet sits just 4km from the summit of Col des Aravis, while the Colombiere, Cormet de Roselend, Croix-Fry and Saisies are all within reach. There are also many beautiful, less well-known roads in the area, extending across to Annecy and a wonderful flat 'piste cyclable' along the lake's edge. Chris knows these roads well and can help with route planning and itineraries. After a day in the saddle, treat your muscles to a session in the sauna and Jacuzzi. Dedicated storage and maintenance area. French and English spoken, plus basic Spanish and Italian.
** We've stayed here - read our review! **
Bourg d’Oisans house with fabulous views of Alpe d'Huez
70 Avenue de la Republique
38520 Bourg d’Oisans
Phone: +44 (0)79 7400 0320
Price from: Low season: £750-£1200 per week; high season: £1200-£2000
Open: All year
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.
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