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Colmar - Aux Armes de France

Traditional inn on the Alsace Wine Route 9km from Colmar

1 Grand Rue
68770 Ammerschwihr
Haut-Rhin, Alsace

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Price from: €94

Open: All year

Friendly family-run hotel-restaurant in the town of Ammerschwihr, just 9km from Colmar. The hotel is an excellent stop on the Alsace Wine Route. Onsite restaurant serving traditional local cuisine alongside a wonderful menu of wines from the surrounding vineyards. Buffet breakfast available. Double and triple rooms. Outdoor terrace/courtyard. Free wifi. This hotel has been recommended by Max Wooldridge, author of our cycling in Alsace article.

Bike facilities

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

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Colmar - ibis Colmar Centre

Stylish city centre hotel with dedicated bike room

10 rue Saint Eloi
68000 Colmar
Haut-Rhin, Alsace

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

Reliable city centre hotel that's an ideal spot from which to ride the Alsace wine route. Just down the road from the tourism office, it's handy for the train station and all the local sights. There's an onsite restaurant and bar area, plus reception is open 24 hours in case you arrive late (or want to get away early). Disabled access rooms. Free wifi. French, English and German spoken. Management tells us they have a dedicated and closed room for bike storage.

Bike facilities

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

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Commercy - Hotel Côté Jardin

Hotel set in lovely gardens on the Meuse Cycle Route

40 rue de Saint Mihiel
55200 Commercy
Meuse, Lorraine (Grand Est)

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Price from: €76

Open: All year

Hotel Côté Jardin has been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed here and told us their bikes were tucked safely away indoors overnight. We're also told the breakfast – and the coffee – were good. As the name suggests, Hôtel Côté Jardin in central Commercy, is set amid beautiful gardens. Terrace and private car park. Free wifi. It's ideally placed for a stay on the Meuse Cycle Route.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Compiègne - Hotel Les Beaux Arts

Bike-friendly hotel in the start town for Paris-Roubaix

33 Cours Guynemer
60200 Compiègne
Oise, Picardy

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

This hotel is a good base for watching the Paris-Roubaix or exploring the nearby ancient Forest of Compiègne which covers a total of 14,417 hectares and is crossed by hundreds of bike trails. Is stands alongside the River Oise in the historic cultural town of Compiègne. Hotel management tells us they have access to an underground carpark close that has places reserved for hotel guests' bicycles. Free wifi. French and English spoken. This is also ideal for cycling from Lille to Paris.
** We've stayed here - read our review.**

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

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Condom - Les Trois Lys

Ideal for exploring the town and riding the Voie Verte de l'Armagnac

38 Rue Gambetta
32100 Condom
Gers, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

You get a lot of bang for your buck at Les Trois Lys – closer to a major city, a hotel like this would twice the price or more. Instead, you'll find yourself nestled in a town surrounded by countryside and within striking distance of the Pyrenees. Condom is around 150km from either Bordeaux and Toulouse, or 100km north of the airport at Tarbes. It's 50km from the Canal de Garonne at Agen (and also linked by local TER train - see bike/train info here). It's a great cycling base – especially as the Voie Verte de l'Armagnac starts near the town. There is no dedicated bike garage but there is a safe storage shelter within the grounds – the hotel regularly welcomes cyclists and walkers on the route to Compostella. It offers an outdoor pool and a bar, free wifi and a 24-hour reception for late arrivals. 

Bike facilities

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

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Corbigny - Hotel de L'Europe Restaurant Le Cepage

Affordable base on the Canal du Nivernais bike route

7 Grande Rue
58800 Corbigny
Nièvre, Burgundy

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Price from: €71

Open: All year

This is a welcoming 18-room hotel-restaurant in the centre of Corbigny, and slap bang on the Canal du Nivernais bike route. It's a traditional, old-style hotel – nothing fancy but good, solid accommodation and hearty restaurant meals using local produce (you can eat on the terrace when the weather is good). It's part of the Logis group and meets their bike-friendly criteria. It's also 29km from Vézelay on the Santiago de Compostella route. Disabled access rooms. 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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Coulon - Camping La Venise Verte

Lovely camping base in the heart of a natural wonderland. Ideal for families

178 Route des Bords de Sèvre
79510 Coulon
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €15 for a tent pitch; prices vary for cabins and cottages

Open: April 4 - October 10

4-star campsite near Niort in the heart of the Marais Poitevin Regional Natural Park with heated outdoor pool, evening entertainment and children’s activities. Camping pitches, mobile homes and chalets to rent. On the Velo Francette bike route. Recently awarded European Ecolabel status. Near 300km of cycle paths, walking routes and waterways which criss-cross the park. Part of the Flower Campings network of independently owned sites.

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  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Coulon - Le Central Hotel (Velo Francette)

In the heart of the beautiful Marais Poitevin marshes

4 rue d’Autremont
79510 Coulon
Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes

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Price from: €64

Open: All year

Lovely, stylish locally run hotel in the heart of Coulon – an ideal base for exploring the Marais Poitevin marshes by bike and by boat. Coulon is also on the Velo Francette route. Onsite restaurant serving high-quality local cuisine. The hotel's manager tells us that there is a bike storage area in the hotel's locked, private garage. Free wifi. Lovely garden terrace area for relaxing. There are just 13 rooms here, some of them overlooking the garden. 

Bike facilities

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

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Creon - Chateau Camiac

A 'treat yourself' option near the Bordeaux-Toulouse bike route

Route de la Forêt, D121
33670 Créon
Gironde, Aquitaine

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Price from: €160

Open: All year

Who doesn't want to stay in a Bordeaux chateau just once in their life? Just 30km from Bordeaux – 4km from the Roger Lapebie bike path that links to the Canal de Garonne and Toulouse – Chateau Camiac is set amid 20 acres of parks and ponds, and within easy reach of vineyard bike routes. Relax by the pool after your ride or use the free wifi to send photos to your friends to make them jealous of your stately surrounds. Hotel dining is also possible (complete with fine Bordeaux wines). This is an expensive option compared to many hotels but it's a memorable one. 

Bike facilities

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

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Creon - Hotel Atena (Bordeaux-Toulouse bike path)

Budget accommodation on the Canal de Garonne bike route

55 avenue de l'Entre-Deux-Mers
55, avenue de l'Entre-Deux-Mers
33670 Créon
Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Price from: €59

Open: All year

Hotel Atena is an affordable option at Creon, near the Roger Lapebie bike path on the Bordeaux-Toulouse bike route. It offers basic two-star accommodation that cyclists tell us is clean and friendly. There's an in-house restaurant plus bike storage. All rooms are en suite. There are twins, doubles, triples and family rooms (sleeping 5), making this a good, budget option for groups or couples/friends cycling together. Free wifi. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Creuse - Chateau de Poinsouze

Calm and zen in the grounds of an old chateau

Route de la Chatre
23600 Boussac-Bourg
Creuse, Limousin (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €49 for 2 people + tent/campervan, prices vary for self-catered cabins

Open: May to September

With large lakeside pitches covered by oaks and adjacent to a 15th century chateau, Camping Chateau de Poinsouze makes a great cycling base, especially for families. There's plenty on offer for the kids including pool, slides and trampoline, while for the adults there are numerous watersports and two local golf courses. For cyclists and walkers, the GR41 route runs very close to here, allowing a signposted hike or ride in the lovely surrounding countryside. On site there's a restaurant, plus a shop offers eat-in or takeaway options. A real taste of rural France. Part of the Le French time network of independently run sites.

Bike facilities

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

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Creuse/Haute-Vienne - Les Abeilles Sauvage (Rempnat)

Great value traditional bunkhouse-style self-catering base for 6 people

Le Fournet
87120 Rempnat
Haute-Vienne, Limousin (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)5 55 36 73 06 (landline), +44 (0)7742 367050 (mobile/portable)
Email: brynyrodin@aol.com

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Price from: €50-€60 per night for the whole gite – minimum stay 3 nights

Open: June to September

Paul and Liz at Les Abeilles Sauvage offer self-catering accommodation in the heart of the Haute-Vienne and Creuse, two hugely under-cycled areas of central/south-western France that are steeped in cycling tradition. This is the area that was home to the French TDF icon Raymond 'Pou-Pou' Poulidor – he lived and cycled here his whole life, and a nearby lake-side route now bears his name. There are clusters of cycle routes from the door of Les Abeilles Sauvage, and Nedde – a designated cyclotourisme “velo tout terrain” (MTB) area, is just 3km away. The accommodation is a two storey, stone farmhouse that's been converted into a 'bunkhouse'-style acccommodation that's perfect for cycling clubs, groups and families. Fully equipped kitchen and dining room, lounge and TV. Large four-bed room on the first floor with shower room. On the second floor there is a separate double bedroom with an ensuite shower room with WC and washbasin. The terrace is ideal for outdoor meals and BBQs. A child-safe plunge pool will also be available from summer 2020. The gite has its own secure lock-up garage. It has a set of bike racks, repair bench with basic tools, a small drying room, WC and water supply for the K5 Karcher power hose (grease removing detergent container(s) supplied free). 

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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Croix de Fer - Chalet La Tuviere Bike Inn (Jarrier)

Bike B&B/hotel for Croix de Fer, Glandon, Madeleine and others

La Tuvière
73300 Jarrier
Savoie, Rhône-Alpes (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Phone: +33(0)6 98 36 91 86
Email: latuviere.bikeinn@gmail.com

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Price from: B&B from €40 per person; Half-board (B&B + evening meals) from €60 per person, with discounts for groups of 10 or more.

Open: All year

Chalet La Tuvière is in something of a paradise for cyclists. The village of Jarrier is on the road to La Toussuire and just a minor detour from the road to the Col de la Croix de Fer and the Col du Glandon. The Col de Mollard, the Col de La Madeleine, the Col de Chaussy and the Télégraphe and Galiber are all also within striking distance. L’Iséran, Le St Bernard, Le Cormet de Roselend, Le Mont Cenis, Le Grand Cucheron and all the rides around Les Bauges, Les Aravis and La Chartreuse are also accessible in a day’s cycling with an early start. An outside jacuzzi will help ease your tired muscles after a day on the bike as you enjoy views of the Aiguilles d’Arves, and guest can also use a large reception room for stretching, training or meetings. Dogs are accepted and sheets and towels provided. There are 7 rooms sleeping 20 people on a B&B or half-board accommodation, so it's a perfect fit for a groups, families and clubs. Airport and train station transfers available. Contact Jane and Fabrice for more information.

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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D-Day Beaches - The Old Farm of Amfreville (Sainte-Mère-Église)

Stay where German soldiers bunked down prior to the liberation

7 Route Du Hameau Flaux
50480 Amfreville
Manche, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)9 67 03 62 52
Email: booking@theoldfarmofamfreville.com

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Price from: €90 to €95 per room

Open: All year except December 14-January 14

It's hard now to imagine the Normandy coast in World War II. The beaches here are peaceful now, the fields full of farm produce and animals. Exporing the D-Day beaches by bike brings the juxtoposition of this serenity and the brutal history of the area into sharper focus. The Old Farm of Amfreville in Cauquigny is just 4km from Sainte-Mère-Église, central to the D-Day airborne invasion and where paratrooper John Steele was caught on the church spire (as depicted on The Longest Day). It was here, too, that Band of Brothers was based, bringing the landings to life in all their horror. But history is brought even closer to home when you stay at the Old Farm of Amfreville B&B, which was used by the German army throughout the occupation. It was from here that a field post office and communications centre was run. Later, it was used as a German field hospital during the battle of Normandy until its liberation by the 82nd Airborne Division. The present owners, David and Alyson, offer a warm welcome to cyclists. The B&B is ideal for signposted D-Day cycling routes, and is also near the D-Day to Mont St Michel route that takes you to the area's other high-profile attraction. Explore the Tour de Manche or cycle on to Paris. The Old Farm of Amfreville B&B sleeps upto 6 people. Secure, lockable storage area, plus stacks of local knowledge from David and Alyson.

Bike facilities

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

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D-Day Beaches - Camping Omaha Beach (Vierville-sur-Mer)

Spectacular views and direct access to the historic D-Day beach

La Hérode
14170 Vierville-sur-Mer
Calvados, Normandy

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Price from: €18 per night for tent pitches; from €68 per night for mobile home (may require weekly booking during high season)

Open: April to October

Camping Omaha Beach is in a spectacular location, perched on the clifftop and offering direct beach access and stunning sunrises. Tent pitches, plus sites for caravans and campervans. There are also mobile homes of varying quality and sizes. Mini-supermarket and bar/restaurant open during peak season. Kids' playground with trampolines and bouncy castles. Pool. The site itself and its facilities are showing their age a bit and this place isn't as slilck as many newer campsites, but for locatioin it's hard to beat if you want to be near Omaha Beach.

Bike facilities

  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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D-Day Beaches - Camping Utah Beach

Campsite with tent pitches and cabins right on the D-Day Beaches

La Madeleine
50480 Sainte Marie du Mont
Manche, Normandy

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Price from: €17 for a tent pitch; prices vary for cabins

Open: Until the end of September

Camping Utah Beach in Normandy is a 3-star campsite ideal – as it says on the tin! – at Utah Beach in Sainte Marie du Mont. The campsite provides direct access to the landing beaches made faous on D-Day, when Allied forces came ashore to help liberate France. Tent pitches, plus a range of self-catered accommodation such as on-site canvas tents, bungalows, mobile homes and chalets. Wifi Onsite bar/restaurant. Ideal for cycling the D-Day Beaches.

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

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D-Day Beaches - Hotel Kyriad (Carentan)

Ideal for exploring the D-Day beaches and the Airborne Museum

Rue du Mesnil
50500 Carentan
Manche, Normandy

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Price from: €68

Open: All year

This welcoming hotel is an accredited accueil velo hotel within easy reach of the D-Day beaches (16km to Utah Beach, 32km to Omaha Beach and 14km to the Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mère-Église). The Battle of Carentan is one of the key World War II battles recreated for TV in Band of Brothers. The town – which is on a bike-friendly TER train link – is also just 30km from the beaches at Lessay on the western side of the Manche department of Normandy (and the EuroVelo 4 route). The hotel has just been completely refurbished, so it provides a clean and comfortable base to explore or relax – there are gardens to chill out in, plus an on-site restaurant, bar, a children's playground, plus a pool and terrace. Safe bike storage provided. 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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Damazan - Inter-Hotel de la Confluence

Ideal for the Canal de Garonne and Lot Valley bikes routes

Avenue de la confluence
47160 Damazan
Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

This clean and friendly chain hotel comes recommended to us by cyclists who rode the Canal de Garonne bike route between Bordeaux and Toulouse. It is also close to where the Garonne River meets the Lot River (and its bike route) at Aiguillon (hence the 'confluence' in the title). The hotel is registered as an accueil velo place to stay and regularly sees cyclists through. Modern and friendly, it has crisp and interesting interior design that sets it apart from regular chain hotels. This is a good option if you're looking for a clean and reliable base for a night. On site restaurant and bar but may not be open at weekends during the low season.
We've stayed here – check 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
  • Wifi

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Désertines - Le Moulin de la Quentiniere (Domfront for Veloscenie/Francette)

Fabulous self-catering base ideal for Normandy and Mayenne bike routes

8 La Quentiniere
53190 Désertines
Mayenne, Pays de la Loire (Normandy border)
Phone: +44 (0)7947 834948
Email: info@le-moulin-quentiniere.com

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Price from: Le Moulin (5 bedrooms sleeping up to 15 people): 455€ per night; / La Petite Maison (5 bedrooms sleeping up to 12 people): 355€ per night

Open: March to December

Le Moulin de la Quentiniere is an excellent fixed base for exploring signed bike routes and backroads of the Pays de la Loire/Normandy border area – and Dorn, the owner, is keen to welcome more cyclists. Just 20km south-west of Domfront, which acts as the junction between the Veloscenic (Paris to the Mont St-Michel) and La Vélo Francette (Caen-La Rochelle) bike routes, this is peak cycling country. Mont St-Michel is around 60km from the door; if you're arriving with car and bikes, the D-Day beaches are also within reach. In addition to the two major long-distance routes, there are more localised routes here for all abilities, offering many kilometres of quiet roads, beautiful undulating countryside dotted with villages and towns that are ideal refreshment or lunch stops. Located on the edge of the Normandie-Maine national park, Le Moulin de la Quentiniere also offers easy access to off-road routes and quiet ‘rail trails’. The porperty has been lovingly renovated and refurbished and has two self-catering houses that are great for families and groups of friends. Both are five-bedroomed and sleep 12 and 15 people respectively. All mod-cons are provided here, including an indoor heated pool and a games room. 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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Dieppe - Hotel Windsor

Bike-friendly hotel on the Dieppe seafront

18 Boulevarde de Verdun
76200 Dieppe
Seine-Maritime, Normandy

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Price from: €72

Open: All year

The seaside Hotel Windsor is a welcoming base for cyclists – it hosts the after-event festivities for the annual Dieppe Raid, so it's well-versed in welcoming riders. There is a lovely onsite restaurant that looks out over the water and serves fresh produce, with an emphasis on regional dishes and seafood. Singles, doubles, triples and family rooms, making this a flexible option for groups. Kettle + tea and coffee in the room. Ideal for the train station or ferry port. French, English, Dutch, Italian and German spoken. 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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Dieppe - Ibis Val Druel

Recommended to us by several cyclists passing through Dieppe

Rue de la Vieille Grange
Le Val Druel
76200 Dieppe
Normandy, Seine-Maritime

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Price from: €61

Open: All year

We have had this hotel recommended to us by several cyclists who have arrived in or departed from the ferry port in Dieppe. The hotel, part of the Ibis chain, is located just south of the port and city centre. Management has confirmed they have a room set aside for bike storage. Free wifi. Bar and restaurant serving food and snacks 24/7. 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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Dieppe – Hotel Aguado

Hotel with views to the sea and accueil vélo status

30 Boulevard de Verdun
76200 Dieppe
Seine-Maritime, Normandy

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

In a perfect location for hopping on and off the Dieppe-Newhaven ferry, Hotel Aguado sits in the centre of Dieppe with water on both sides, so the rooms look out over the sea or the harbour. The hotel has accueil vélo status via the local tourist board, meaning it has safe and secure bike parking and other cyclist support. Dieppe is on the Avenue Verte, the official London to Paris bike route, as well as on the EV4 Central European route. French and English spoken. 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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Dijon - Grand Hotel La Cloche

A stylish base from which to explore one of France's finest cycling areas

14 place Darcy
DIJON Dijon
Côte-d'Or, Burguundy

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Price from: €145

Open: All year

The elegant Grand Hotel La Cloche de Dijon is located in the heart of Burgundy's capital, Dijon, close to the old town. It is an ideal base for exploring the vineyards routes and châteaux. Built in 1884, the historic hotel is set in a listed heritage building, and its original features have been carefully blended with modern technology and decor. Enjoy one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, both offering sophisticated French cuisine created from local products, or relax on the garden terrace with a glass or two or fine Burgundy wine. Management advises that reception can help with a secure, lockable room for bike storage. Fitness centre with sauna and massage area. Free wifi. French and English spoken. The hotel's parent website has a best-price guarantee so it's always worth comparing prices.

Bike facilities

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

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Dijon - Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge

Modern hotel that's been recommended to us by cyclists

5 rue Michelet
21000 Dijon
Côte-d'Or, Burgundy

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Price from: €100

Open: All year

This really is a nice place to stay (checkout that bathroom above!) It was recommended to us by cyclists who stayed here at the end of their Burgundy cycling holiday. This is a private house that's been converted into a small, modern hotel that's very welcoming to cyclists. When I contacted the management, they said they could store some bikes in the hotel; if they have groups in, they use a locked room in a secure public parking complex near the hotel. They also provide maps ("with pleasure!" they said) and can help with bike hire.  The onsite restaurant is also a treat with Michelin stars and a wine list with a who's who of local winemakers.  Free wifi. Spa and wellness centre (free for guest use with hamman).

Bike facilities

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

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Dijon – hotelF1 Dijon Nord

Ultra cheap and basic hotel on the outskirts of Dijon

3 Rue des Ardennes
21000 Dijon
Côte-d'Or, Burgundy

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Price from: €19 for a triple room

Open: All year

Ultra budget hotel offerng hostel-style accommodation on the northern fringes of Dijon, 6km from the city proper. Free wifi. Accessible 24/7. Communal bathroom and shower facilities. Café and all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. 80 rooms, making it suitable for groups looking for a budget place to stay. Management says bikes can be securely stored in bedrooms overnight. The hotel's parent website has a best-price guarantee so it's always worth comparing prices.

Bike facilities

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

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Dinan - Au Refuge

Ideal location opposite the train station

9 Place du 11 Novembre 1918
22100 Dinan
Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany

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Price from: €45

Open: All year

Recommended by Hilde and Heather, who stayed here during their cycling trip from Dinan to St-Malo, the Hotel Au Refuge is situated in the centre of the old town of Dinan. In no particular order there's a bar, secure parking for bikes, and you can load up on breakfast for an extra €6.50. The hotel is situated about 30km from Saint-Malo, so it's a good stop en-route to ferries, and about 60km from Mont Saint Michel.

Bike facilities

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

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Dinan - Hotel Dinan Port Le Jerzual

Lovely riverside hotel that makes a great base for exploring Dinan

26 Quai des Talards
Port de Dinan, Lanvallay
22100 Dinan
Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany

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Price from: €92

Open: All year

Friendly 4-star hotel overlooking the River Rance in the picturesque town of Dinan. Onsite restaurant with regional cuisine and port views, or have a glass or wine or a beer on the terrrace on the river bank. Heated outdoor pool, spa, fitness room. Hotel management emailed to say they can find a safe place for your bike inside the hotel. Free wifi. Some  rooms have a terrace. Italian, French, Spanish, English and German spoken. Dinan in a popular thoroughfare for cyclists in Brittany – see here for more.

Bike facilities

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

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Domfront - Le Bois Ellier Garden Cottage Holiday Gite (Lonlay L'Abbaye)

Self-catering or B&B near the Veloscenie and Velo Francette routes

Le Bois Ellier
61700 Lonlay L'Abbaye
Orne, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 14 43 99 (France); +44 (0)78 7059 830 (UK mobile)
Email: info@leboisellier.com

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Price from: €55 per night for the cottage (book for 7 nights and get the 7th night free); please ask if you prefer B&B

Open: All year

Le Bois Ellier is a one-bedroom garden cottage that can sleep up to 4 people. This is a bike-friendly place that's really worth supporting. It's owned by Tina and Martin, who live on site and are keen to rent the cottage to cyclists on either a self-catering or a B&B basis. They are very flexible and happily offer just one-night bookings on your route through, or extended stays for fixed-base cycling. The cottage is set in the beautiful Normandy countryside in Lonlay L’Abbaye, which a commune in the Orne department in north-western France. It's roughly 10km north(ish) of Domfront and 18km south(ish) of Flers – perfect for the Velo Francette La Rochelle to Caen and the Veloscenie Paris to Mont St Michel bike routes. The D-Day landing beaches at Arromanches are just under 100km to the north. As the name suggests, Lonlay L’Abbaye has a beautiful abbey and town square and is surrounded by walks and countryside, including the local viewpoint Fosse Arthur. Secure bike parking in the barn + free wifi. Picnic hampers are also available for your panniers. English and some 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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Domfront - Numéro CINQ B&B (Veloscenie + Velo Francette)

Super bike-friendly townhouse B&B on two major French bike routes

5 Rue Montgomery
61700 Domfront-en-Poiraie
Orne, Normandy
Phone: +33 (0)2 33 30 19 36, +33 (0)6 89 93 99 63 (mobile)
Email: jaciec@hotmail.com

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Price from: Single room is €70 - €75 and a double room is €75 - €80 per night. Prices include breakfast.

Open: Most of the year

It's always a good sign when a B&B owner emails to provide some small snippet of information about a local bike route. That's how I found out that Jacie was the sort of owner we all needed to know more about. Her Numéro CINQ B&B is at the crossroads of two major national bike routes: Veloscenie Paris to Mont St Michel and the splendid Velo Francette from Caen to La Rochelle. And that's not even the best bit. Jacie's B&B is wonderfully set up for cyclists: dusters and rags are available to clean down baggage and bikes, hot or cold drinks are offered on arrival, and there's an SOS collection service offered within 20km for punctured or broken down bikers (Jacie's hubby permitting!) The B&B is just a two-minute walk from the Medieval Domfront town centre and its bars and restaurants (Jacie can make recommendations and reservations if needed). English and French spoken. For anyone wanting a break from long-distance riding, there's lots of beautiful local cycling on offer if you fancy a fixed base for a few days (think small local roads, farmland, and apple and pear orchards). For those with a car, it's a 40-minute drive from Mayenne or half an hour into the Suisse-Normandie for hillier rides. Bookings via the link below or by direct email/phone.

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 – 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

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Price from: €42

Open: All year

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 - Chateau de la Richardie

South-west France chateau that's ideal for cycling groups and families

24320 Bouteilles-san-Sebastian
Dordogne, Nouvelle Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 78 07 91 61
Email: vdegivry@yahoo.fr

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Price from: Varies with the season - please check via our links or email/phone for info

Open: April to December

There's nothing more quintessentially French than staying in a private family-owned chateau – and that's exactly what Chateau de la Richardie promises for cycling groups. Near the village of Champagne-et-Fontaine on the Dordogne/Charente border, Chateau de la Richardie is halfway between Angouleme and Perigueux in south-west France. The chateau sleeps up to 17 people in 7 bedrooms and it's offered on a self-catered basis (local catering can also be provided). This is an ideal base for cycling groups or families with a mix of cyclists and non-cyclists. The chateau – which dates to the 18th century – has been full restored and comes complete with modcons (including a heated saltwater swimming pool). The area is packed full of interesting cycling routes for all abilities, going via historic towns and villages. These quiet roads are massively undercycled and underrated. Hosts Fran and Paul are on hand to provide additional support and advice about local restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and activities. 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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Dordogne - Le Mas & Le Mazet (Monpazier)

16th century farmhouse and cottage for cyclists visiting the Dordogne

Lieu dit Le Mas
24440 Sainte-Croix
Dordogne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 85 85 28 68
Email: rupert@lemasdordogne.com

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Price from: €100 per night

Open: All year

Le Mas & Le Mazet offers flexible and versatile accommodation for cyclists in an unbeaten Dordogne location. Just 40km from the airport at Bergerac, Sainte-Croix is just 10km from Monpazier, one of France's officially designated most beautiful villages. The historic towns of Sarlat, Domme and Beynac-et-Cazenac can all be reached by bike. In the other direction, you'll find the sweet white wines of Monbazillac (35km) and the underrated red wine of the Bergerac vineyards. Just off cycle route 26 – a 70km loop to Monpazier, Cadouin and back – the property caters for groups both large and small. There are many other cycle routes nearby bringing you to the hidden gems of the Dordogne, away from the tourists. Le Mas is a characterful farmhouse with 5 bedrooms accommodating up to 10 people. It has its own heated saltwater pool with views of the stunning Dordogne countryside. Le Mazet is a charming detached cottage with 1 bedroom sleeping 2 people. They can be rented individually or together. Both come fully equipped with modcons plus BBQs for outdoor dining. After a day on the bike, relax among the jasmine, roses, wisteria, lavender and mature trees. Prepare your own meals or make use of a traiteur service that can deliver meals to your door. For a slightly more extravagant stay, a private chef can cook for your group. A masseuse is also available on request for weary legs. Just ask for help if you need to arrange bike hire locally – they can be delivered to your door. French, English, Dutch, German 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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Dordogne - Les Charmes de Carlucet (Sarlat)

Stylish self-catered accommodation in the heart of the Dordogne

24590 Saint-Crépin-et-Carlucet
Dordogne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +33 (0)6 84 22 79 86
Email: contact@carlucet.com

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Price from: Manor house (sleeps up to 14): €3220-€5950 per week. Beaux Reves Villa (sleeps up to 7): €1400-€2590 per week; Please ask about nightly rates for shorter stays.

Open: All year

Get the full French 'chateau' experience with a self-catered cycling holiday at Les Charmes de Carlucet, near the popular market town of Sarlat in the heart of the Dordogne. This is an ideal base for cycling groups or families with a mix of cyclists and non-cyclists as there is plenty to do both on and off the bike. From here, it's possible to ride out to a large proportion of the region's key historical sites and natural wonders, including the world-famous Lascaux prehistoric caves just to the north-west, and to the Dordogne River for canoeing or leisurely lunches and picnics. There are various mapped routes from the door (both road routes – see here for longer rides and here and here for day circuits – and MTB circuits). For the accommodation, Kerry has a large manor house sleeping 14 people, as well as a smaller villa for 7. They can be rented separately or together. Both have private pools and are stylishly fitted out with all the mod cons you need for a relaxing stay. Bike hire and self-guided rides can be arranged locally. 

Bike facilities

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

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Dordogne - Villa Beaux Reves

A 5-star villa surrounded by 5-star cycling

Lieu dit Carlucet
24590 Saint Crepin et Carlucet
Dordogne, Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)6 84 22 79 86
Email: contact@carlucet.com

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Price from: Low season: €200 per night, €1400 per week. Mid-season: €250 per night, €1750 per week. High season: €2590 per week

Open: All year

Beaux Reves is a magical base for cycling. Sleeping up to 7, it is ideal for small groups and families. It's a 5-star 3-bedroom villa in the heart of the Dordogne, between the stunning medieval town of Sarlat-la-Caneda and the world-famous caves of Lascaux. It's situated on the extensive private estate of Les Charmes de Carlucet, surrounded by beautiful countryside just outside the pretty village of Salignac. Cycling here is from the door and is via mostly quiet country lanes through stunning local villages. There are 3 designated bike routes from gate (maps and info available). Take a lunch break at one of the many great restaurants in the area – The Black Duck pub/restaurant is just 5 minutes away and is a firm local favourite. The villa itself is beautifully decorated throughout with 3 large, air-conditioned bedrooms and private bathrooms. There's also a private heated pool open from May to September for post-ride cooling off. Large private terrace, BBQ and extensive private gardens. Bikes can be stored securely in the house. French and English TV.  English, Swedish 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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Dordogne River Valley - Le Peyrail B&B

Artist's retreat and B&B in the vineyards east of Bordeaux

Le Peyrail
33220 Les Leves-et-Thoumeyragues
Gironde, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aqutaine)
Phone: +33 (0) 6 87 12 54 91
Email: j.surridge92@gmail.com

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Price from: €60 per night B&B; evening meals an optional extra

Open: All year

Peyrail B&B is a charming 19th century farmhouse in a picturesque and quiet corner of the Dordogne River Valley, east of Bordeaux. It's run by artist Jo. This area is perfect for cycling – mostly empty roads with a choice of undulating routes through the vineyards or flatter routes along the river valley (Freewheeling France lives not far away and cycles these roads regularly). Les Leves-et-Thoumeyragues is a small village within reach of both Bergerac and Bordeaux airports (plus the train line linking Bordeaux to the Sarlat/eastern Dordogne area). Within a 60km radius are Bergerac, Eymet, Monpazier, Beynac and, of course, the great wines of Saint-Émilion. The nearest 'big' town is the medieval bastide of Ste Foy La Grande, which has a wonderful Saturday morning market that had been voted the best market in France. Peyrail B&B is a short and worthy detour for anyone cycling the Dordogne River route from Bordeaux to Sarlat via Bergerac.

Bike facilities

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

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Dordogne Valley - Maison Dordogne (Villefranche-de-Lonchat)

Lovely renovated townhouse near Saint-Emilion and Bordeaux vineyards

17 Rue Michel Montaigne
24610 Villefranche-de-Lonchat
Dordogne, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
Phone: +44 (0)750 6309523
Email: villy@dordogneholiday.com

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Price from: £1995-£3995 per week, depending on the season; sleeps 10 people

Open: All year

There are some areas of France inexplicably overlooked by visiting cyclists - and this is one of them. Freewheeling France knows the village of Villefranche-de-Lonchat, 60km east of Bordeaux, well because we ride these roads often, regularly winding through the country lanes and across the valley top to Saint-Emilion or down to the river Dordogne. Maison Dordogne, 20km from Saint-Emilion, is perfect base from which to explore these quiet and scenic roads. newly renovated 5-bed, 4-bath stone French townhouse, Maison Dordogne comes complete with a large heated pool, air-conditioning and fast wifi to make it an ideal holiday let for friends and families. There is a boulangerie just next door for fresh croissants and baguettes, while the Villefranche-de-Lonchat has a few local bars and restaurants. In summer, the village holds night markets and other community events in the town square, while the annual area fete is also held here. 5 spacious bedrooms, 3 with en-suite bathrooms, and a separate master bathroom on the first floor. 40km from Bergerac airport and around 10km to the train for Bordeaux, this is a handy and accessible base in SW France. Bike storage in a secure outbuilding plus in the private courtyard.

 

 

Bike facilities

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

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Douarnenez - Camping Kerleyou

Family run campsite on the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast route

15 Kerleyou
29100 Douarnenez
Finistère, Brittany

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Price from: €18

Open: Tent pitches 01/05-19/09; chalets and mobile homes 10/04-19/09

Camping Kerleyou is a 3-star campsite in Douarnenez in Brittany on the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast route. Heated indoor swimming pool, beach 1.3km away, children's activities, family activities and evening entertainment, camping pitches + mobile home rental and chalets. Bar and snack, fresh bread available each morning.

Bike facilities

  • Local maps and route information
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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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

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Price from: €64

Open: Year-round

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 Provencale - Le Rêve Provençal (Mirabel-aux-Baronnies for Ventoux )

Ride Ventoux from a self-catered gite with pool (think vineyards and olive groves)

Quartier Les Trailles
422 Chemin de la Riaille
26110 Mirabel-aux-Baronnies
Drome Provencale, Provence
Phone: +33 (0)4 73 27 63 83
Email: info@reve-provencal.com

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Price from: €595 to €820 per week depending on season. Discounts for longer stays.

Open: All year

Margriet and Erwin have cycled more kilometres in more counties than Freewheeling France has done school runs by bike. And that's A LOT. Their fully equipped 2 bedroom gîte is designed for cyclists by cyclists – in every sense of the phrase. First, it is ideally located in a wonderfully quiet spot near the end of a country lane – yet only 800 metres from the centre of Mirabel-aux-Baronnies. The cycling possibilities in the area are countless. From the Mont Ventoux – the Malaucène climb is a 20km warmup ride away, while Bedoin is 30km – to the vineyards of the Rhone valley and the cols of the Drôme Provençale, this is true cycling paradise. There's a private terrace and pool for post-ride swims, or just enjoy a plancha meal or a wood-fired pizza direct from the oven in the lovely garden. The two bedrooms can be configured for singles or doubles. Added extras are included like bath towels and soft hammam towels for the pool. Being cyclists, Margriet and Erwin can advise on itineraries and provide maps and ride ideas. There is of course also a safe place for your bikes to sleep. English, Dutch, German, French and a bit of 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
  • Wifi

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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

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Price from: €89

Open: All year

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: velovercors@gmail.com

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Price from: Self-catering gites £780; B&B is £90 per room

Open: May to October

This is a specialist cycling holiday base located at the gateway to the stunning gorges, Alpine climbs and 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 has more than 10 years' experience riding in this area, and her and her team are passionate about the region. They can offer lots of local knowledge about routes that start directly from the door, and have maps and GPS files to share. 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

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Price from: €68

Open: All year

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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Duras - Logis Hostellerie des Ducs

Local hotel for exploring off-the-beaten tracks in Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Bd Jean Brisseau
47120 Duras
Lot-et-Garonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Price from: €60

Open: All year

Hostellerie des Ducs is a locally owned hotel recommended to us by cyclists. In the centre of Duras, it is close to local restaurants and the castle, and is on signposted bike trails (see the Dropt river route and this local cicruit). Free wifi. Private garage. Onsite restaurant during the summer months (check ahead for restaurant opening hours/days off-season if arriving late). Outdoor swimming pool.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Bike hire on site or available locally
  • Wifi

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Eguisheim - Residence Le Clos d'Eguisheim

Apartments set in the vineyards a short bike ride from the town centre

1 Rue du 1er R.E.C
68420 Eguisheim
Haut-Rhin, Alsace

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Price from: €440 for a week - check website for seasonal prices and offers

Open: Year-round

Apartments catering for up to 7 people set in a quiet rural area mid some of Alsace's finest vineyards. The pretty village of Eguisheim, with its typical regional architecture, is a shhort cycle ride away. The apartments are situated in a residence with a heated indoor pool and year-round bike hire.

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

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Price from: €69

Open: Year-round

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

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

Open: All year

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. The hotel's parent website has a best-price guarantee so it's always worth comparing prices.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking

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Espalion - Hotel de France

Local hotel ideal for the Lot Valley river route and Camino de Santiago

36 Boulevard Joseph Poulenc
12500 Espalion
Aveyron, Midi-Pyrenees (Occitanie)

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Price from: €55

Open: All year

Hotel de France in Espalion is a traditional hotel with 22 rooms in the town centre. It has been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed there. It's on one of France's popular Camino de Santiago routes and is a popular base for hikers and cyclists, being on the Lot River and on the edge of the Parc naturel régional de l'Aubrac and also just west of the Parc national des Cévennes. Twins, doubles and triples. Continental breakfasts. Onsite restaurant. Free wifi. 30km north-east of Rodez.

Bike facilities

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

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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

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Price from: €72

Open: Year round

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 B&B (Le Vigeant)

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: info@lamaisonaucoin.com

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Price from: €45 to €70 per room

Open: All year except Christmas and New Year

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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EuroVelo 6 Loire River bike route - Café Vélo Nevers

Loire B&B and self-catered apartment, complete with cafe

7 place Mossé
58000 Nevers
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Phone: +33 (0)7 86 29 96 67
Email: hello@cafevelonevers.fr

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Price from: €65 for B&B with kitchen access or from €95 for apartment for 4 people

Open: March 1 to December 24

Wouldn't life be good if all cycling cafes doubled as B&Bs (and vice versa)? As the name suggests, Café Vélo Nevers is a cafe with a  special focus on cyclists. And, as an added bonus, it also has a B&B upstairs that sleeps 9 riders. There are 2 rooms sleeping 2 and 3 people with a shared kitchen. There is also a self-catering apartment that sleeps 4 people. The cafe is in Nevers, right on the EuroVelo 6 Loire à Velo bike route and also ideally placed for anyone heading down to join the Burgundy wine and canal routes. There are rooms with wonderful views over the Loire, plus it goes without saying that there is stacks of nourishment on offer to fuel a day on the bike – as well as the best coffee in town. The owners, Anna and Charles, are local (English-speaking) cyclists with plenty of local route info for tourers, road riders and gravel riders. They can also help arrange train station transfers and baggage transfers, as well as provide tools for basic repairs (Café Vélo Nevers carries the official Accueil Velo label). English, French and Dutch, plus a bit of Spanish and Italian 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

Full details

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