Accommodation - Hotels, hostels and B&Bs: 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.

Domfront – Hotel de France

Family run hotel at the crossroads of the Veloscenic and La Velo Francette

7 rue du Mont Saint-Michel
61700 Domfront
Orne, Normandy

Price from: €42

Open: All year

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Situated in the historic old town of Domfront, the Hotel de France is a perfect base for both the Veloscenic and La Velo FrancetteDon't let its bright red signage and strip motel appearance put you off. Hotel de France's rather banal facade hides a multitude of delights. Not least, the welcoming family-run vibe with everyone – from the grandchild to the dog – featuring in the picture. There's safe and secure bike storage in a curtained off section of the dining hall. There's a laundry service for bike clothes, free wifi and the owners are only too ready to help prepare food for your onward journey.
We stayed here when we cycled the Veloscenic to Mont St Michel – read our full review

Bike facilities

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

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Dordogne - Dordogne Holiday Barns (Sarlat)

Flexible, bike-friendly B&B or self-catering accommodation near Sarlat

La Plaine
46300 Fajoles
Lot, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)6 72 26 27 44
Email: [email protected]

Price from: £800 per week, with prices for shorter stays available on request

Open: All year

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This bike-friendly place south-east of Sarlat on the Dordorge/Lot border is an excellent place to stay if you're looking for a fixed base cycling holiday or long weekend stopover. With flexible accomodation in renovated 19th century barns this is perfect for larger groups of cyclists or families (kids welcome!), and you can decide to stay on either a self-catering or half-board basis. There are three gites each sleeping up to 8 or 16 people (or 32 in total). There are great cycling routes for all abilities here, and a local bike hire firm can deliver bicycles right to your door. The popular market town of Sarlat and the historic sights of the Dordogne and Vezere valleys are all within reach from here.

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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Dordogne - La Chataigne et La Grange des Les Taloches

Stone farmhouse surrounded by the majestic Perigord Vert

Les Taloches Ouest
Lieu dit les Taloches
24390 Tourtoirac
Dordogne, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 42 30 96
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €70 B&B including continental breakfast outside of July and August; €1500 per week self-catering for the entire house

Open: All year

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A former Dordogne farm, Les Taloches sits on the edge of the pretty riverside village of Tourtoirac in the Périgueux-Brive-Thiviers triangle. Suzie and Gary are super keen to welcome more cyclists – there are more than 120km of on-road and MTB routes from the door (including the Lawrence of Arabia route, which goes through the village). They have a large barn with bike racks for storage, plus plenty of space for maintenance, repairs and cleaning. They also work with a local bike delivery service, which has hybrids, tandems and MTB bikes. There are two self-catering gites that are great for families and groups, sleeping between 8 and 20 people (they can be hired individually or together). They are also available for B&B (with home-cooked meals) on request, usually in spring and autumn when it's cooler for point-to-point cycling and ideal for shorter stays. Each gite has its own free wifi, private pool, outdoor eating area and BBQ, all set in 19 acres of peaceful woodland. Tourtoirac village has a boulangerie, bar and restaurant just a 500m ride or stroll away. 

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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Dordogne - Le Magnolia Dordogne (Hautefort)

Peaceful B&B in the Périgueux-Brive-Thiviers triangle

Place de l'ordre de Fontevrault
24390 Cherveix-Cubas
Dordogne, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 42 35 87
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €55

Open: All year

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Le Magnolia Dordogne offers the best of both worlds, a relaxing retreat in a beautiful corner of the Dordogne countryside, yet easy to get to and with lots of things to do within easy reach, including the stunning Hautefort chateau. Emma, who spent some of her childhood here in France, moved back last year and has lovingly renovated this beautiful 'maison de maitre'. The rooms are light and airy, there's a lovely garden to relax in, and the river flows nearby. A delicious continental breakfast is included in the price, plus Emma can prepare packed lunches for your panniers. Cycling runs in the family, so there's plenty of local knowledge to share to help you make the most of your stay. From the door there are lovely, quiet leisure routes (including a traffic-free voie verte from Thiviers to Saint-Jean-de-Côle – one of France's most beautiful villages) and rides along the river. For MTB riders, there are more than 1000km of trails within reach. French and English spoken (plus a bit of German). Free wifi available, and hire bikes can be delivered to the door for you.

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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Dordogne - Les Charmes de Carlucet B&B and Holiday Homes

Bike-friendly accommodation in the heart of the Dordogne

Lieu-dit Carlucet
24590 St Crépin et Carlucet
Dordogne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 84 22 79 86
Email: [email protected]

Price from: B&B: €95 per room including breakfast; Self-catering holiday homes: Manor (sleeps 14) €425 per night or €2970 per week; Villa (sleeps 7) €189 per night or €1260 per week

Open: B&B from late March to November; Self-catered available all year

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Stay here and you'll be in the heart of Périgord Noir in the 'Golden Triangle' of the Dordogne valley between Sarlat (12km) and the caves of Lascaux (15km). Kerry, the owner of Les Charmes de Carlucet, has made a special effort to welcome cyclists, with a selection of local route maps on offer for all guests to use and enjoy. There is ample bike storage and bike hire can be arranged locally. Set in 20,000 square metres of beautiful, private gardens, Les Charmes de Carlucet offers 5-star accommodation in a magnificent 18th century stone manor. The manor itself is available to groups on a self-catered basis or as individual rooms as a B&B. It sleeps 14 in total, and there's a heated pool and sauna for tired legs. Next door is a luxury 3-bedroom villa sleeping a further 7 people. It also has a heated pool. This is a great location – there is a restaurant a short ride or 5-minute walk away, and the history and culture that the Dordogne is famous for is within reach from the door.

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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Dordogne River - Le Manoir du Bois Mignon (Sainte-Foy-la-Grande)

Wonderfully warm and welcoming stop on the banks of the Dordogne

212 Route de la Nougarede
24130 Le Fleix, Sainte-Foy-la-Grande
Dordogne, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)5 53 24 92 59 or +33 (0)6 29 14 14 14
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €140 for a double

Open: Easter to September

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There can't be many better places to relax after a day on the bike than Mark and Denise's patch on the banks of the Dordogne near Sainte-Foy-la-Grande. I use the word 'patch' loosely given this B&B oasis is set in a beautiful old manoir house built in 1791 but lovingly restored by this friendly Australian couple. This tiny hamlet is a wonderful stop on a ride along the river Dordogne (Freewheeling France rides this area often, winding along the river and back up through the vines). From the door, the UNESCO-listed St-Emilion is a 40km bimble (en route to Bordeaux); in the other direction you'll find the sweet white vines of Monbazillac or, further east, the ancient cobbles of Sarlat. Mark and Denise have put a lot of love into this place, from elegantly decorated rooms to the complementary toiletries, chocs and bottled water that win points for pampering. At breakfast, Denise serves up a scrumptious spread, including omelettes, and will happily send you off with a packed lunch in your pannier. If you're arriving late she can do you a table d’hote – an evening meal worthy of a restaurant. Free wifi. Go canoeing on the river or wine-tasting (or just spend the day by the pool nibbling on one of Denise's platters). Don't stay too long, though - you may never leave.

Bike facilities

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

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Douville - Hotel-Restaurant Le Tropicana

Family-run hotel halfway between Bergerac and Périgueux

Lieu-Dit Les Trois Freres
24140 Douville
Dordogne, Aquitaine

Price from: €64

Open: Year-round

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Family-run 3-star hotel and restaurant between Perigueux and Bergerac, the two largest cities in the Dordogne. Part of the Logis hotel network, it conforms to that company's cycle-friendly charter. Free wifi. Welcomes groups. Other facilities include an outdoor pool, tennis courts and mini golf.

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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Drome Valley – Hotel Golf d'Albon

3-star hotel midway between Lyon and Valence in the beautiful Drome

Route de Senaud
26140 Albon
Drôme, Rhone-Alpes

Price from: €89

Open: All year

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The Golf d'Albon hotel is on a 120-acre estate between Lyon and Valence, with lovely sweeping views of the Alps in the Drome valley. Set on a golf course, it's a relaxing place to take a breather, or to partake in outdoor activities. Family friendly. Outdoor swimming pool. Terrace, bar and restaurant. Twins, doubles and family rooms. Hotel staff tell us they have a secure (coded) storage room inside the hotel for bike storage, or clean bikes can be stored in bedrooms. Free wifi. French, Spanish and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Drome/Vercors - Velo Vercors Gites and B&B

Specialist cycling base in the stunning Vercors area of the French Alps

Montee des Usines
26190 St Jean-en-Royans
Drome, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 71 88 86 72
Email: [email protected]

Price from: B&B £60 per person or £80 based on 2 sharing; gites from £650 per week

Open: May to October

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This is a specialist cycling holiday base located at the gateway to the stunning gorges, Alpine climbs and verdant valleys of the Vercors National Park. As featured in Cyclist (April 2015), the Vercors offers spectacular scenery at every turn of the pedal, little traffic, superb road surfaces and no col-baggers to boot. It's a 'hidden gem' for those wanting an unforgettable cycling experience for all levels of fitness.
Teresa and her small team are knowledgeable cyclists and passionate about the region. They can offer lots of local knowledge about routes that start directly from the door. Bire hire also available. Alpe d'Huez and Mont Ventoux are within reach from here on day trips. This is a very personal service and relaxed atmosphere with 3 self-catering gites, B&B rooms and a large outside barn where guests socialise and relax. Based in a charming town with cafes, restaurants, shops, supermarket and weekly market. Excellent base for groups, couples, friends or families.

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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Ducey – Hotel Le Moulin de Ducey

Pretty riverside hotel on the Veloscenic Paris to Mont St-Michel bike route

1 Grande Rue
50220 Ducey
Manche, Normandy

Price from: €68

Open: All year

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An unexpected gem of a hotel in Ducey. The historic stone mill's been cleverly and very tastefully converted into a modern boutique hotel, prettily located on the banks of the river Selune (famed for its salmon fishing). Bikes are locked safely behind a locked gate, though the area's not undercover. There's a laundry service for wet or smelly bike kit, plus wifi. An outstanding breakfast is available to fuel your day – varied and generous and just what every cyclist needs (there are even extras like bacon and French pancakes).
We stayed here when we cycled Paris to Mont St Michel – read our full review of here.

Bike facilities

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

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Épernay - ibis Épernay Centre Ville

Reliable city centre hotel with secure bike parking

19 Rue Chocatelle
51200 Épernay
Marne, Champagne-Ardenne

Price from: €69

Open: Year-round

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City centre hotel within easy reach of Reims and the vineyard bike routes of the Champagne region. Épernay is just over 20km south of Reims, and is on the southern edge of the wonderful Parc Naturel Régional de la Montagne de Reims. Management has confirmed this hotel has a dedicated area inside for secure bicycle parking; bikes can also be stored in rooms. Free wifi. Breakfast available. 65 rooms, making it suitable for groups.

Bike facilities

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

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Épinal (Chavelot) - hotelF1 Épinal Nord

Budget hotel near the Moselle River 6km north of Épinal

ZAC de la Cobrelle
88150 Chavelot
Vosges, Lorraine

Price from: €19 for rooms sleeping 2 or 3 people

Open: All year

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Bargain basement budget chain hotel 6km north of Épinal. Air-conditioned low-cost hotel with free WIFI and an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. Rooms are basic and sleep two or three people. Shared bathrooms; rooms have sinks, mirrors and TVs. Management advises that bikes can be stored in the bedrooms overnight.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking

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Essômes-sur-Marne - Chateau Thierry Hotel

Picturesque river views in the heart of the Champagne wine region

60 Avenue du Gén de Gaulle
02400 Essômes-sur-Marne
Aisne, Picardy

Price from: €72

Open: Year round

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Located just 20 metres from the historic town of Château-Thierry, this mid-range Ibis hotel has a terrace with views of the River Marne, as well as relaxing gardens, a bar, and restaurant serving traditional local cuisine. The cellars doors of Champagne are just up the road. All rooms either have river views or vineyard views. Bikes can be securely locked in the meeting room or kept overnight in your room. Free wifi. English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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EuroVelo 3 - La Maison au Coin (L’Isle-Jourdain)

Cyclist-run B&B that's a biker's dream on EV3

5 Route du Viaduc
Bourpeuil
86150 Le Vigeant
Vienne, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 17 36 60 21
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €45 to €70 per room

Open: All year except Christmas and New Year

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La Maison au Coin B&B is in a perfect spot for the EuroVelo 3, as well as the popular Saint-Malo to Nice route – and it's VERY bike-friendly accommodation. As keen cyclists, Bob and Karen are on hand to suggest the best local routes and shortcuts, plus provide a welcomng cup of tea, coffee or beer. They also don't mind if you arrive outside normal check-in hours – just call ahead with your ETA. Bike storage is super secure in a riverside cabin with an alarm and video surveillance. Breakfast is from 6.30 for cyclists needing a quick get away (there's even delicious bircher muesli – perfect cyclists' fuel – on the menu!) Packed lunches and evening 4-course meals are available on request, while there are also four local bar/restaurants within walk distance. In-house, an honesty bar operates for beer and wine (first glass is always free!) On departure, Bob and Karen will even fill your bidons with chilled water or energy drinks. They can also arrange luggage transfers to your next stop for petrol plus €20 (excellent value compared to French taxi services). Bike hire can be arranged, plus there are two folding bicycles available for guest use. The garage is equipped with spares, tyres and cables, lubricants and cleaning materials (plus ask Bob and Karen for bike repair help if you get stuck). They will even clean and service your bike for a small surcharge.

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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Fleuray - Hotel le Fleuray

Cycle-friendly hotel in Loire, close to Amboise and Blois

Route D74
Fleuray
37530 Cangey
Indre-et-Loire, Centre

Price from: €88

Open: Year-round

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This restored country house has been converted into a hotel that's perfectly situated for cycling holidays in the Loire. It gives great access to the chateaux country, including Amboise (17km away), Blois (27km) and Tours (38km). Onsite restaurant. The hotel is part of the Logis hotel network and complies with its strict cycling standards policy – free bikes are available for guest use, along with tools and secure bike parking. Staff can help with route advice and maps.

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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Forges-les-Eaux - Domaine de Forges Continental Hotel

Hotel complex on the London to Paris bike route

106 Avenue des Sources
76440 Forges-les-Eaux
Seine-Maritime, Normandy

Price from: €77

Open: All year

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The Continental hotel features a bistro, restaurant and casino as part of a complex with comfortable rooms. This is a great stop for anyone riding the Avenue Verte London to Paris bike route. The hotel itself is used by bike tour companies cycling from London to Paris, so the staff are used to dealing with cyclists. A number of restaurants are within easy reach if you fancy a change of scenery. Free wifi. Onsite pool and spa.

Bike facilities

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

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Forges-les-Eaux – Hotel Le Saint Denis (Avenue Verte London to Paris)

Budget hotel recommended by cyclists en route to the ferry at Dieppe

1 Rue De La Liberation
76440 Forges-les-Eaux
Seine-Maritime, Normandy

Price from: €36

Open: All year

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This hotel has been recommended by a number of cyclists who have used it to/from both Calais and Dieppe. Handy for a number of key cycling routes, including the Avenue Verte to Paris. By all reports, it's basic but clean, with the owners offering good, friendly service. It's a popular stop with cyclists, so the staff are used to welcoming visitors on two wheels. Bar and restaurant. Terrace. Free wifi. Singles, twins/doubles, triples and family rooms; good for small groups. Packed lunches can be arranged for the next day's cycling. 

Bike facilities

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

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Fouras - Grand Hotel des Bains

Well-appointed and quiet hotel near beach and town centre

15 Rue du Général Bruncher
17450 Fouras
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Price from: €75

Open: All year

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The Grand Hotel des Bains has lots of treats behind its ordinary looking exterior. There's a heated pool that forms part of a spa area, a bar with lots of comfy club chairs, plus clean and comfortable ensuite bedrooms with free wifi. The beach is just a few strides away as is the centre of town. The hotel is accueil velo rated so your bike will be safe and you can get information on local rides from the owners. English and French spoken. Fouras is on La Flow Velo bike route and is an ideal place to stay if you don't want to stay on Ile d'Aix overnight or if you prefer to start the Flow bike route from the mainland. We include this hotel on our DIY Flow route here.

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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Francette bike route - La Fosse B&B (Domfront-Mayenne)

B&B perfect for the La Velo Francette or exploring Normandy

61350 Saint-Fraimbault
Orne, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 62 71 05
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €50 per room per night, €150 for all 3 rooms (sleeping up to 7)

Open: March to September

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La Velo Francette – the excellent Caen to La Rochelle bike route – passes just 1km from the door of La Fosse B&B on the section between Domfront and Mayenne. The Veloscenie Paris-Mont St Michel also passes just to the north. There are also a number of other voies vertes (greenway routes) in the area for cycling or walking. Louise and Tony, the owners, are up to speed on all this, and offer a friendly welcome to cyclists. They have thought of all the little things that go together to make a perfect cycling B&B. There's a secure cycle and luggage store, a drying line and a variety of tools in case you have a mechanical. They can also arrange baggage transfers and pick your luggage up from your previous hotel/B&B and ferry it on to the next one for you. (They can also pick you and your bike up if you get caught in bad weather or have a problem with your bike). A home-cooked four-course evening meal is available with a bit of notice, while a hearty continental breakfast will wait for you in the morning. La Fosse itself is a lovely granite chambre d'hotes set in 7 acres of a small holding. There are three rooms in various configurations for groups, couples and single riders. Free wifi. French and English spoken. (La Fosse is on our DIY itinerary for Francette).

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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Francette/Véloscénie/Tour de Manche - Maison Voie Verte (Mortain)

Cosy B&B between Domfront and Mont Saint Michel

Le Bourg Bion
50140 Mortain
Manche, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 50 07 27
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €50 per room per night including continental breakfast

Open: March to December

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Just a few metres from the door of Maison Voie Verte lies the Véloscénie cycle route which links the Tour de Manche route (around 3km away) with Mont St Michel 53km away; which makes Lois and Ian's cosy B&B the perfect stopping off point if you're passing through on your bike. The link to La Vélo Francette (La Rochelle to Caen) is also nearby so you are really spoilt for choice. They have secure storage for bicycles and luggage, with drying facilities for wet clothes. House bicycles are available for guests to use as well. Maison Voie Verte is a small B&B with 2 double ensuite rooms and a tranquil seating area in the garden. Help yourself to hot drinks in the communal breakfast area, or use the microwave and fridge. There is also a town just 3km away with restaurants (Lois and Ian can give you a lift if you arrive with tired legs or don't want to cycle at night). Wake up the next day to a hearty continental breakfast to get you started on the next leg of your journey. 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
  • Wifi

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Galeria - Hotel Le Filosorma

Sea views and a great location

Route du Bord de Mer
20245 Galeria
Haute-Corse, Corsica

Price from: €50

Open: From mid-March to mid-October

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A short stroll from the beach, this simple 2* family run hotel is ideal for exploring the local area, especially for riding in the mountains. The rooms each have a balcony offering sea views and the restaurant serves local fish specialities as well as a good breakfast. 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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Galibier/Izoard - Chalet AlpeLune (Puy Saint Vincent)

Catered chalets and self-catered apartments in top mountain spot

Les Prés
05290 Puy St Vincent
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 23 08 36
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €399 per week per person for a double room

Open: Chalet: December-April, then end of May until end of August. Apartment open all year

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If you're looking for amazing mountain views, comfortable and spacious en suite rooms, and a sauna or outdoor hot tub to ease tired muscles, then a catered chalet or apartment here could be a perfect match. Chalet AlpeLune has 9 luxuriuus en-suite rooms to sleep between 12 and 21 people. Breakfasts and evening meals are tailored to ensure you are heathily refueled after your cycling adventures. There's also a smaller Apartment AlpeLune for six people in three bedrooms. Ride from the door over the Col de Montgenevre for a circuit into Italy, or venture over the Izoard or Galibier. A chairlift is just 300 metres away for MTB riders for downhill trails. Safe bike store, tools and stacks of local advice. The owners are parts of a local a sports initiative run by a group of Dutch outdoer enthusiasts. GPS maps available, or take on their bucketlist col challenge.

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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Gensac – Chateau de Sanse

Elegant country hotel retreat overlooking vineyards

Sanse
33350 Sainte-Radegonde
Gironde, Aquitaine

Price from: €90

Open: All year

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Perched on a hilltop overlooking the vines, Chateau de Sanse is an ideal base for exploring the beautiful corner of France that borders Dordogne and Gironde. The hotel is 25km south-east of UNESCO-listed Saint-Émilion, and 13km from Castillon-la-Bataille, start of the Lawrence of Arabia bike route. This is Freewheeling France's backyard – we ride these roads A LOT, and we love them. The roads from the door of Chateau de Sanse are a bit hilly, but they are achievable (we know of at least one cycle tour company that uses Chateau de Sanse as part of a family cycling itinerary). There are flatter river routes and voies vertes within reach, including the excellent Roger Lapebie bike route, which you can jump on just shy of Rauzan.  

Bike facilities

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

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Gisors - Hotel Moderne (Avenue Verte)

Good value to be had in Gisors

Place de la Gare
27140 Gisors
Eure, Normandy

Price from: €65

Open: All year

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We are not sure that the name of Hotel Moderne is completelty appropriate considering the decor, however, this hotel is ideal for anyone cycling the Avenue Verte London to Paris bike route. It is a registered accueil velo hotel through the local tourist board (so secure bike storage is available, along with emergency repair kit and other bikey support). The great price also makes it a really good option. The hotel, which is located right in the middle of town, has a bar, free wifi and a buffet breakfast. 

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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Givet – Hôtel Le Val Saint-Hilaire

Bike-friendly hotel on the banks of the river Meuse

7 quai des Fours
08600 Givet
Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne

Price from: €85

Open: All year

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Bike-friendly hotel (it has its own fleet of mountain bikes to rent) set in an 18th century townhouse on the banks of the river Meuse. All rooms either have river or garden views. Great location just 800 metres from the train station. Continental breakfast. English, French and German spoken. Free wifi. Ideal hotel for anyone cycling the Trans-Ardennes bike path.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities

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

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: €570 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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Gournay-en-Bray - Hotel Le Saint-Aubin (Avenue Verte London-Paris)

Hotel on Avenue Verte London-Paris route with Accueil Vélo status

550 Chemin Vert,
76220 Gournay-en-Bray
Seine-Maritime, Normandy

Price from: €66

Open: All year

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Basic but comfortable hotel just outside Gournay-en-Bray, a popular stop on the Avenue Verte London to Paris bike route. The hotel carries the official 'accueil vélo' label from the French tourist authorities, meaning it has a full range of services available from secure parking and packed lunches through to cyclist-sized breakasts (a full buffet is offered). Staff should also be able to advise about local baggage transfer services. Rooms for solo riders through to sharers (triples and quads), making this a good stop for groups. Free wifi. 24-hour reception for late arrivals. 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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Gournay-en-Bray – Hotel Le Normandie (Avenue Verte London to Paris)

Cheap and friendly hotel on the London-Paris bike route

21 Place Nationale
76220 Gournay-en-Bray
Seine-Maritime, Normandy

Price from: €50

Open: All year

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The Hotel Normandie in Gournay-en-Bray provides a cyclist friendly accueil vélo-rated option about 70km from Dieppe, making it ideal for anyone tackling the London to Paris cycle route, especially as it's located just before the route splits into two. If you're arriving with a few kilometres in your legs, there's a pizzeria just next door. The hotel staff speak English and French. Free wifi.
** 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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Gournay-Loize - La Grange de Gournay

Cyclist-run B&B inland from La Rochelle and keen to welcome more riders

2 Chemin de la Baraquette la Croix
79110 Gournay-Loize
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes

Price from: €55 a night per room

Open: All year

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Super new bike-friendly B&B run by Lynda and her bike-mad, ex-chef husband, Walter. Whether you're looking for somewhere to train, or simply somewhere in the countryside to enjoy on a gentle holiday ride, then Lynda and Walter are keen to welcome you. The area around Gournay-Loize boasts a varied landscape that's great for all types of cyclist. It's also just 100km east of La Rochelle, making it an ideal stop for tourers coming inland from the Atlantic Coast. Great for families or groups, with space for 12 cyclists at any one time (if your group is larger, Lynda and Walter can help arrange additional accommodation at nearby B&Bs). Four bikes available for guest use. Swimming pool, badminton, darts, petanque, plus children's playground over the road. Walter has put together local routes from 40-120km (though Lynda says this has just been an excuse for him to get out on his bike as much as possible...) They hope to see you soon!
 

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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Goutrens - Le Bouleau

Passionately run B&B on an organic Goutrens farm

Les Hemps
12390 Goutrens
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrénées

Price from: €65 per room B&B

Open: April-October

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Bike-mad Steve and Lisa have worked tirelessly to create Le Bouleau since moving to the region in 2009 from South Africa. They offer B&B rooms with a wonderful locally sourced breakfast and evening meal options. Steve is a very keen cyclist who can advise on local routes, including those to one of the many surrounding 'plus beaux villages' and the beautiful Aveyron river valley area. Lisa is passionate about cooking and runs courses from the kitchen, as well as arranging visits to local markets, restaurants and vineyards. Free wifi. English and French spoken. And if that isn't enough, there's a certified organic farm alongside the property growing vegetables and saffron.

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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Grenade-sur-Garonne - Villa Léopoldine

Lovely base that's worth a short detour from the Canal de Garonne

29 rue Gambetta
31330 Grenade-sur-Garonne
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

Price from: €89

Open: All year

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Midway between Montauban and Toulouse and a small detour from the Canal de Garonne towpath is Villa Léopoldine. It makes for an interesting stopover. Previously it was a large family townhouse and has now been converted into a contemporary hotel with large rooms complete with sofa and marble en-suite. A continental breakfast is served each morning, which you can enjoy outside when the sun is out, which is a lot in this area.

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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Grenoble - Adagio Access Aparthotel

Hotel with self-catering apartments close to the Grenoble city centre

41 rue Maurice Dodéro
38100 Grenoble
Isère, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €65

Open: Year-round

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Self-catering studio and apartment rooms sleeping up to 4 people. Each room has a kitchenette with microwave, stove and fridge. Buffet breakfast also available for a surcharge. Free wifi. Management advises us that they have room for two bikes in a special storage area, plus clean bikes can be stored overnight in the apartments. Advice also available at reception on bike hire and local routes.

Bike facilities

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

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Grenoble - Ibis Grenoble Université

Budget accommodation east of Grenoble city centre

Rue de la Condamine
ZI de Mayencin
38610 Gières
Isère, Rhône-Alpes

Price from: €44

Open: All year

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Budget accommodation on the eastern outskirts of Grenoble near the university. Free wifi. Restaurant and bar. 81 rooms. Bikes can be locked in bedrooms overnight. The official website has a best-price guarantee.

Bike facilities

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

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Grenoble - Ibis Styles Grenoble Centre Gare

Modern city centre hotel in Grenoble

25 Avenue Felix Viallet
38000 Grenoble
Isère, Rhone-Alps

Price from: €75

Open: All year

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Centrally located hotel in the Grenoble city centre, and close to the train station. 54 air-conditioned rooms. Free, unlimited wifi. On site bar. There is a private car park available for bike storage (bring your own lock), or bikes can be locked in rooms. Rates are for bed and breakfast. The official website offers a best-price guarantee.

Bike facilities

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

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Guenrouet - Chambre d'Hotes Exçarêve (EuroVelo 1)

Ecologically friendly B&B on the Nantes-Brest Canal

25 Le Cougou
44530 Guenrouet
Loire-Atlantique, Pays de la Loire

Price from: €48

Open: All year

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Rustic and eco-friendly, this is a budget option just outside of Guenrouet near the Nantes-Brest Canal. Set on more than 5000 square metres of gardens and woodland, it's a little countryside retreat where the Canal runs concurrently with the EuroVelo 1 La Vélodyssée bike route. Family friendly (there are chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats to pat and feed). Organic breakfasts. All water is filtered and solar-heated. Restaurant nearby. Packed lunches can be made for your pannier on request.

Bike facilities

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

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Hérault - Ceps Cottage (Roquebrun)

Cyclist-owned cottage and B&B in quaint hamlet

Rue de Rougerasse
Hameau de Ceps
34460 Roquebrun
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 52 75 24 45
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €435 per week self-catered; €60 per night B&B or €45 per night bed only (B&B not available July and August)

Open: All year

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Owned by a keen mountain biker, Ceps Cottage is a cosy stone building situated in a small, quiet hamlet in the French countryside. With two bedrooms, the gite can sleep 4. It's available self-catered year-round or on a B&B basis outside of the peak summer months. MTB and road cycling routes from your doorstep, as well as optional massages for an extra special treat. Enjoy your meals on the terrace, where there's a BBQ to help fully enjoy the outdoor life. Optional 'heat and serve' homecooked meals for when you don't feel like cooking, plus BBQ packs and picnic packs. Private chef service available on request for those special occasions.

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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Herault – B&B Villa Fontilha

Bike-friendly village B&B midway between Beziers and Montpellier

6 Plan de la Ville
34230 Usclas d'Hérault
Hérault, Languedoc-Rousillon

Price from: €52 per night or from €350 per week

Open: All year

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Yulia is keen to welcome more cyclists to Villa Fontilha, a character-filled B&B set in a large medieval stone village house. There are 3 double bedrooms and 1 twin, together with an exotic Moroccan-style bathroom. There is also a tranquil, landscaped terrace for breakfasts. 

Villa Fontilha is located in the heart of a typical southern French village on the banks of the Hérault River in Languedoc. Some of the south of France's most picturesque cycling can be found from the doorstep. 

The B&B is just 20km from the Mediterranean, while the Canal du Midi at Beziers is also within reach. Day bike rides from here take in history and beautiful vistas, ancient French stone villages, castles and abbeys, water mills and churches. 

Bike facilities

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

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Herly - La Maison 19 (near Calais)

Perfect base 55km south of Calais and ideal for exploring the region

19, Rue de Fruges
62650 Herly
Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais (Hauts-de-France)
Phone: +44 (0)7919 926145
Email: [email protected]

Price from: £61 per room per night B&B; £840 per week for self-catering (mention Freewheeling France when you get in touch as these rates may be cheaper than advertised elsewhere)

Open: April to end of October

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Within easy reach of the ferry port at Calais, Herly offers an ideal spot for an overnight stay, a weekend base or a longer cycling holiday. Nestled in the heart of 'The Seven Valleys', this is a charming area and remains remarkably unspoiled. There's lots to do here on two wheels, from riding the Opal Coast to exploring villages or historic battlefields – including those of Agincourt and WW1. Janet's "19" guesthouse offers both self-catering and B&B accommodation options, with four en suite rooms sleeping up to 12 people, plus a large lounge area, kitchen, laundry, outside decking area and garden. It's ideal for solo riders as well as families and cycling clubs. Evening meals can be provided if you're arriving late or don't fancy going back out. There are lockable facilities for your bikes and free wifi for all guests. 
*** 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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Honfleur – Les Coquillettes

Friendly B&B and self-catering option recommended to us by cyclists

505 Côte d'Equemauville
14600 Honfleur
Calvados, Normandy

Price from: €60 per room per night B&B; self-catering gite for 2-4 people from €330 per week or from €140 for a weekends

Open: All year

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Small and friendly B&B recommended to us by one of our contributors, Hilde, who used the B&B on a cycling trip from Caen to Honfleur. Just 1km from the town centre, it's a typically French affair, offering basic but comfortable accommodation and a versatile mix of double and family rooms (all rooms have private bathrooms). There is also a small self-catering gite for up to 4 people. Good locations en route to key towns and cities in Normandy: Deauville is 15km away, while the ferry at Le Havre is a 25km bike ride from the door. Free wifi. BBQ, garden, terrace.

Bike facilities

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

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Île d'Oléron - Novotel Thalassa Oléron Saint Trojan

Family friendly hotel on the beach on beautiful Oléron

Plage de Gatseau
17370 Saint-Trojan-les-Bains, Île d'Oléron
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Price from: €98

Open: All year

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Île d'Oléron really is an idyllic place for a cycling holiday. And the Novotel Thalassa Oléron Saint Trojan is a wonderful base. It's located on the beach, and the rooms have either a forest view or a sea view. Whether you're popping across to the island from the mainland for a night or whether you're staying longer to explore the island, this is a relaxing place to be. It's fully self contained with on site restaurant and bar, plus a spa, sauna and fitness centre. It has indoor and outdoor pools, plus its own fleet of bikes for rent (mountain bikes, hybrids and tandems) if you're not bringing your own wheels. Twins, triples and family rooms. It has an excellent family friendly reputaton and even has a kids' club. 24-hour reception. Free wifi. English and French spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Ile de Ré - Hotel La Marée

Cycle-friendly hotel-restaurant on Ile de Ré

321 avenue Albert Sarrault
Rivedoux-Plage
17940 Île de Ré
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes

Price from: €64

Open: Year-round

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Three-star cycle-friendly hotel located within easy reach of the La Rochelle-Ile de Ré bridge. Restaurant onsite and free wifi. The hotel is part of the Logis hotel network and complies with its cycling standards policy. Staff can help with route advice and maps. There is a bike hire outlet 200m away and a cycle route starting just 50m 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

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Ile-de-Re - Hôtel La Jetée (Saint-Martin-de-Ré)

Excellent harbour hotel with its own fleet of bicycles

23 Quai Georges Clemenceau
17410 Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Ile-de-Ré
Charente-Maritime, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

Price from: €99

Open: All year

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We stayed at the excellent Hôtel La Jetée in Saint-Martin-de-Ré and would happily stay here again on our next visit to the Ile-de-Ré. It's a 3-star harbour hotel with its own fleet of hire bikes and a dedicated underground car park area for secure bike storage. Our room was spick and span, and stylishly decorated. The beds were comfortable, there was a kettle and tea and coffee, plus a bar fridge. The Italian walk-in shower was wonderful. Breakfast was a smorgasbord of yoghurts, cereals, fruits, breads, coffees, teas, meats and smoked salmon. Doubles as well as larger rooms with a sofa bed for groups and children (plus a children's play corner in the breakfast/bar area). Super-friendly staff (English- and French-speaking). Close to restaurants and bars. An excellent base for exploring the island. ** We've stayed here - read our review**

Bike facilities

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

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l'Alpe d'Huez - Alpe d'Huez Bike Hotel

Specialist biking hotel with everything you need to ride Alpe d'Huez

Rue du Siou Coulet
38750 Alpe d'Huez
Isère, Rhône-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 79 10 41 89
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €82 per twin room B&B

Open: June 6-August 31

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This is a specialist cycling hotel with super views out over the valley. In the heart of such a cycling hotspot, the hotel prides itself on being an affordable summer biking base for cyclists. The hotel is perfectly set up for cyclists riding Alpe d'Huez and neighbouring cols, with its own bike cleaning station, onsite tools and rack, plus training equipment. It also has discount deals with local bike shops and can help with bike hire. Mountain bikers should ask about the discounted ski lift passes for accessing higher offroad routes. Special menu for cyclists (plus pasta packs and unlimited coffee). Loads of local route advice, plus free wifi. Sauna and jacuzzi for post-ride muscles. 

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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l'Alpe d'Huez - Chalet La Maitreya

B&B with half-board option nestled at the bottom on the famous 21 bends

Hameau le Perrier
38114 Vaujany
Isere, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)6 70 62 32 76
Email: [email protected]

Price from: €89 per room including breakfast; groups should ask about sole occupancy prices

Open: All year except November and the first week of May

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La Maitreya is a 8-bedroom B&B and self-catered chalet with a sun-blessed terrace, hot tub and sauna facilities. Add in bike storage and the delicious, healthy food on offer (3-couse evening meals are available on request), and it's ideal for anyone looking to conquer the famous 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez. James and Whitney can cater for individual riders and couples on a B&B basis, or groups of up to 20 who are interested in booking the whole chalet, making this a flexible and affordable option for everyone. They can also arrange massages, bike rental, help with route planning, or cater for any other special requests you might have. Alpe d’Huez is on the doorstep, with the Glandon, Galibier, Lautaret, Croix de Fer and many more all within reach from here. For mountain bikers the Grand Domain Alpe d’Huez lift system runs throughout summer for downhill and cross country trails. French, English, Dutch and German 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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l'Alpe d'Huez – Le Château d’Oz

Conquer Alpe d-Huez, Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer

Le Village
38114 Oz en Oisans
Haute Savoie, Rhone-Alpes
Phone: +33 (0)4 76 80 36 58
Email: [email protected]

Price from: Self-catering from €90/apartment/night; B&B €105€ for 2 people; Half-board €155 for 2 people. Book directly for best prices.

Open: Mid-May to end of September for cycling; open mid-December to the end of April for skiing

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The mythical 21 bends of Alpe d'Huez are just around the corner from Le Château d’Oz. The Galibier, Glandon and Croix de Fer are just up the road with their dramatic landscapes and lung-busting gradients. The Oisans has more than 30 routes, including famous stages from the Tour de France. All routes start from the door. Transport is available in the chalet's minibus by arrangement. Free wifi. Secured garage for bikes and maintenance/washdown area. Accommodation is flexible, offering both self-catered and catered options, with the latter including hot and Continental breakfasts, three-course evening meals and post-cycling pasta.

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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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - Grand Hotel Henri

Elegant chateaux hotel with funky wallpaper

1, Cours René Char
84800 LʼIsle-sur-la-Sorgue
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €109

Open: All year

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With its grand entrance, marble staircase and restaurant terrace (complete with the sound of trickling water from the stone fountain), this is a great base for cycling in Provence. The restaurant serves classic provencal-style cuisine from Michelin-starred chefs, making Hôtel Henri perfect for either a one-night treat or a longer holiday. For cyclists, the hotel has its own fleet of bikes from which to enjoy loca rides, including the Luberon national park. Also great for winter riding with an old fireplace to snuggle up to on your return, and a club-style tea-room/bar. 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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L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue - Mas De Cure Bourse

Quiet but elegant local hotel surrounded by bikes routes

120 Chemin de la Serre
84800 LʼIsle-sur-la-Sorgue
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Price from: €110

Open: All year

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This hotel is situated about 12km from the waterside town of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, which is home to lots of restaurants, cafes and antique shops. Surrounded by acres of grass and old trees there is a terrasse from which to enjoy the good local Provencal food from the onsite restaurant. There are lots of quiet rides to be enjoyed around here – see our suggested routes here (you can download the GPX files as well). Free wifi is available, and both French and English are spoken. 

Bike facilities

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

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La Chartre-sur-le-Loir - Hotel de France

Art Deco style hotel on La Sarthe à Vélo bike route

20 Place De La République
72340 La Chartre-sur-le-Loir
Sarthe, Pays de la Loire

Price from: €78

Open: All year

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Bike-friendly hotel that's well-used to welcoming cyclists (and motorcyclists as well as fans of the Le Mans 24-hour car race). You could say it ticks all the sporting boxes. There are 22 rooms which fall into 'standard and 'deluxe' categories, so something for all budgets. There is also an onsite bar and restaurant/brasserie, which Jacqui and Adrian ate at when they cycled La Sarthe à Vélo for us. (They say they ate like kings). Terrace, swimming pool plus gardens that back on to the river Loir. The hotel has been independently owned for more than a century, and previous guests have included French presidents, members of the Kennedy family, racing legend Stirling Moss and none other than Hollywood star Steve McQueen. 

Bike facilities

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

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La Grave – Auberge Edelweiss Bike & Ski Hotel

Specialist bike hotel with rooms and apartments, workshop and sauna

Le Village
05320 La Grave
Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (near Rhône-Alpes border)

Price from: €60 per person B&B based on double occupancy, or €85 per person for B&B and dinner (variety of room types and sizes available)

Open: End of May until the end of September for cycling; December to April for skiiing

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Auberge Edelweiss is a specialist bike hotel in the heart of the Alps; Robin and Marlon are keen to welcome more English-speaking riders to enjoy the Galibier, Col d'Izoard, Alpe d'Huez and Col du Lautaret – all within easy reach. The hotel has information folders with profiles of all key climbs, plus cycling itineraries for both road and mountain bike routes (see their cycling page). The hotel is geared up for individual riders as well as groups, and can cater for big events like La Marmotte, Alpe d'Huzes, the Tour de France and Etape du Tour. Well-equiped workshop, plus Marlon and Robin work with a local bike shop that can deliver spares. Bike wash and sauna onsite; massages available on request. Oh, and plenty of wine and cold beer to help you relax on the terrace or in the restaurant. Then wake up to a generous breakfast of cereals, yoghurts, fruit juices, hot drinks, local jams and breads, meat, cheese and fruit salad. Bonne route!

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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La Rivière Thibouville – Le Soloro (Brionne)

Friendly hotel set in orchard and gardens with onsite restaurant

1 Chaussée Du Roy
Fontaine-la-Soret
27550 La Rivière Thibouville
Calvados, Normandy

Price from: Check online

Open: All year

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Le Soloro was recommended to us by Hilde, who stayed there in 2014 on her Caen-Honfleur bike ride. The hotel is a few kilometres south of Brionne, in the village of La Riviere Thibouville. The hotel, Hilde said, had seen better days: "The gardens were overgrown and from the outside it looked rundown," she says, "but la patronne was very friendly, our room was lovely and we ate at the hotel that evening. It was reasonably priced and a good place to stop." Free wifi. French, English and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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