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Auch – Hotel de France

Old coaching inn with reliable accommodation in the heart of the Gers

Place de la Libération
32000 Auch
Gers, Midi-Pyrénées

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Price from: €75

Open: All year

Auch is built around the west bank of the Gers river, and is the capital of the Gers region – France's most sparsely populated. The area makes either a wonderful base for cycling, or an interesting stop en route to the mountains of the Pyrenees or to Toulouse to the east. Hotel de France – in the middle or town – is a former coaching inn that's retained much of the elegance and charm of bygone years. There's an informal brasserie, as well as a more sophisticated restaurant serving local cuisine. The staff are experienced at welcoming cyclists and regularly host tour groups. Terrace. Free wifi. French, Spanish 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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Aude - Appartement 24, Caunes-Minervois

Cycle-friendly apartment for 2 people just north of the Canal du Midi

24 Avenue de l'argent double
11160 Caunes-Minervois
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 43 50 67 43
Email: contactme@helencuttill.com

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Price from: Low season: €50 per night; mid-season: €60 per night; high season €70 per night

Open: All year

With a new kitchen and bathroom, Appartement 24 is an ideal fixed base for exploring the vineyards of the Minervois. Just 20km north of the Canal du Midi (halfway between Carcassonne and Homps), it's also a worthy diversion from the canal route and one that will take you through some varied and interesting towns and villages. Caunes-Minervois itself is a medieval town steeped in history (its abbey dates back to the 8th century). The apartment is completely self-contained and suitable for either 2 friends or a couple. It has a shared garden, plus a private private terrace with BBQ. There is also a spa to relax in after a day out on the bike. It's a short walk from local shops and cafes. Secure garage for bike storage. The owner, Helen, rides and is active locally – she is keen to share her corner of France with other cyclists. You can use the link below to book, or email or phone direct. 

Bike facilities

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

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Aude - Maison Serres and La Petite Maison (Serres)

Versatile self-catering bases in a traditional south of France village

5 Grand Rue
11190 Serres
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon (Occitanie)
Phone: +33 (0)6 07 50 66 18 or +44 (0)207 867 3963
Email: info@frenchholidayletting.com

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Price from: €85 per night

Open: All year

Maison Serres is a 4 double bedroom house sleeping 8 people, while La Petite Maison is a cosy self-catering gite sleeping 6 people in one bedroom and on a mezzanine floor. Both properties are ideal for cyclists, with many great routes from the door and suitable for all abilities. The village of Serres is nestled in the foothills of the eastern Pyrenees, 45km south of Carcassonne and 70km from Perpignan. This is an excellent base for the annual Figure of Hate sportive, one of the most brutal and beautiful race routes and based in Axat just to the south. When you're not cycling, there are plenty of opportunities for other activities in the area, including horse-riding, hiking, whitewater rafting, and swimming. English, basic French, basic 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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Aude - The Au Petit Verger Cycle Aude B&B

Cyclist-run B&B offering local knowledge and lots of bikey support

8 Route Départementale 117
11230 Puivert
Aude, Languedoc-Roussillon
Phone: +33 (0)4 68 20 66 08 or +33 (0)7 86 70 43 15
Email: martyn.pickering@wanadoo.fr

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Price from: €50 per night or €350 per week

Open: All year

Local cyclist Martyn has five rooms at his tranquil B&B close to excellent road routes and equally special mountain bike circuits. From his door, the Tour de France cols of Plateau de Beille, Port de Pailhères and Col de Porte-Pa are all within reach, but so too are some gentler local rides suited to all abilities. (See here for some local circuits). Martyn has a garage for storage and a full bike workshop for maintenance and running repairs. He can also provide help with route planning, airport pickups and local bike hire. Free wifi. French, English and Spanish spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Auray - Hotel Auray Le Loch

Peaceful forest hotel 17km west of Vannes in beautiful Brittany

2 rue François Guhur La Forêt
5640 Auray
Morbihan, Brittany

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Price from: €49-€198 (doubles, twins, triples and family rooms available)

Open: All year

Hotel Auray Le Loch is located in the heart of the Auray Forest and near the Auray River in southern Brittany. It's midway between the Atlantic Coast and Vannes (17km). Handy for the Carnac megalithic site. Peaceful setting with a terrace overlooking woodlands and gardens. The hotel’s restaurant serves local cuisine and seafood specialities. Sauna. Free wifi. Dedicated bike store. There are two hotel bikes available to rent from reception.

Bike facilities

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

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Aurillac - Grand Hotel de Bordeaux

Beautifully restored hotel that's used to welcoming cyclists

2 avenue de la Republique
15000 Aurillac
Canta, Auvergne

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Price from: €72

Open: All year

Elegant and welcoming hotel in the centre of Aurillac, close to the city's pedestrian zone. Management tells me they regularly welcome cyclists and can find a safe and seure room in the hotel to lock your bike. The buildingn itself dates back to 1850 and it has been lovingly restored and tastefully decorated throughout to preseve its original features. Also meets French eco-friendly standards. Full buffet breakfast. Onsite bar. Singles, doubles, triples and family rooms. Free wifi. French, Spanish and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Avallon - Les Capucins

Local hotel offering a warm traditional stay

6 Avenue Président Doumer
89200 Avallon
Yonne, Burgundy

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Price from: €54

Open: All year

This is a basic but clean local hotel that is part of the Logis Hotel group (it meets their bike-friendly criteria and often welcomes cyclists on the Burgundy wine trail). There is an onsite restaurant that serves local cuisine and, unusually for France, it makes a point of catering for vegetarians. There is also a garden, where it's possible to eat in summer. Free wifi. Family rooms as well as doubles and twins. Disabled access also. Bike hire can be arranged locally for rides out to Vézelay or Chablis. 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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Avenue Verte - Au Relais de Chaussy (London-Paris bike route)

A warm welcome on the Avenue Verte north-west of Paris

4 Grande Rue
95710 Chaussy
Val-d'Oise, Île-de-France

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Price from: €75

Open: All year

Au Relais de Chaussy is a highly regarded stop perfectly located for cyclists tackling the Avenue Verte London to Paris bike route (the location is excellent as it's near the spot where the route heads in two directions en route to Paris). A warm welcome, tasty home cooking, lovely well-appointed rooms and secure bike store await – all at a great price. This is a really attractive option for anyone who finds themsleves in the area. The B&B is registered as an accueil vélo member via the Parc Naturel Régional du Vexin tourist board. Free wifi. French and English spoken.
** We stayed here – you can read our review 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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Avignon - Grand Hotel

Comfortable four-star hotel near the train station and town walls

34 Boulevard Saint-Roch
84000 Avignon
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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Price from: €80

Open: All year

The Avignon Grand Hotel is a lovely hotel in a lovely location. It's right near the Avignon Centre train station, so a great spot for the start or end of a cycling trip. It's also just outside the city walls, so handy for exploring the old town. The staff are friendly, the wifi is fast and the breakfasts are hearty and healthy to keep cyclists happy. Doubles, twins, triples and family rooms. There also self-catered apartments. 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
  • Laundry facilities

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Avignon - Mercure Pont d'Avignon

Comfortable bike-friendly hotel in the heart of Avignon

Quartier Balance
2 Rue Ferruce
84000 Avignon
Vaucluse, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

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Price from: €105

Open: All year

Comfortable four-star hotel ideally located in a quiet district near the Pont d'Avignon and the Palais des Papes (Pope’s Palace), and close to the train station. 87 rooms, so good for groups and families (rooms with a double bed, single bed and sofa bed available). Lovely breakfast that looks out onto the back garden; bar and lounge area. There is a luggage store for bikes and the hotel also works with a local bike hire firm and can help arrange bicycle rental. French, English and Spanish spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

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

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Ax-les-Thermes - Hotel Le Chalet

Recommended cycle friendly option close to Ax-3-Domaines

4 Avenue Turrel
09110 Ax-les-Thermes
Ariège, Midi-Pyrénées (Occitanie)

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

Situated in the town of Ax-les-Thermes Le Chalet is a good hotel option with clean rooms, a friendly welcome and super restaurant to ensure that you are properly refuelled after a day on the road. The hotel also has its own spa and comes recommended as cycle friendly, with secure space for bikes (it's used by local cycle tour companies). It would make a good base if you are in the area for climbing the Ax-3-Domaines or Plateau de Beille, or watching the Tour de France which regularly pass through. Free wifi. French and English spoken. 

Bike facilities

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

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Azay-le-Rideau - Hotel de Biencourt

An 18th century hotel ideal if you are cycling the Loire valley

7 Rue Balzac
37190 Azay-le-Rideau
Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

A cyclist who rode the Loire recommended Hotel de Biencourt in Azay-le-Rideau to us via our Facebook group. We're told the hotel has a secure bike garage and a fantastic breakfast. Azay-le-Rideau itself is a great base from which to explore the Loire chateaux, with great restaurants in town and a wonderful market on the square Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

Bike facilities

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

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Bagnères-de-Bigorre – Les Dix Arches (Aspin/Tourmalet)

Cyclists' B&B with workshop and washdown facilities at foot of Tourmalet

2 rue Emilien Frossard
65200 Bagnères-de-Bigorre
Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)5 62 91 21 98
Email: info@allezpyrenees.com

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Price from: €45 single, €60 double, €75 triple (10% discount for stays 5 nights or more)

Open: Year-round

In Bagnères-de-Bigorre, on the eastern approach to the Tourmalet, Aspin, Hourquette, Peyresourde and other classic Tour de France summits, you'll find the super bike-friendly, Les Dix Arches. Owners Caroline and Andy have kitted the B&B out with everything and anything a cyclist might need: there's a bike workshop, secure storage and washdown facilities, as well as spares and energy gels for sale; a clothes washing service is available for longer stays, there are local bike hire discounts for guests, plus free wifi and optional evening meals. Caroline and Andy know this area intimately and are on hand to offer advice on both road and mountain bike routes.
Read our review 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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Bagnères-de-Luchon - Free Range Chalet B&B (Portillon, Peyresourde, Ares, Port de Bales)

Super B&B catering for cyclists from the heart of Bagnères-de-Luchon

Villa Gracieuse
14 Avenue du Docteur Lambron
31110 Bagnères-de-Luchon
Haute-Garonne, Midi-Pyrénées
Phone: +33 (0)5 61 79 36 94 / +33 (0)7 89 98 29 83
Email: hi@thefreerangechalet.com

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Price from: €350 per person per week

Open: Open all year except November

Victoria and Geoff have used their years of mountain chalet experience to lovingly refurbish The Free Range Chalet, making it an ideal base from which to explore the Pyrenees by bike. From their door, the Portillon, Peyresourde, Ares and the Port de Bales are all within reach. Close to the Bagnères-de-Luchon town centre. All rooms en-suite. B&B plus evening meals included in prices. "We're passionate about providing well-balanced, home-made meals, using as many locally sourced, seasonal ingredients as we can," says Victoria. "All dietary requirements are enthusiastically catered for, and we provide wholesome breakfasts to fuel long days on the bike." Free wifi. Airport/train station transfers, picnic lunches and laundry all available. 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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Barr - Hôtel-Restaurant du Château d'Andlau

Hotel offering great value for money in peaceful surroundings

113 Rue De La Vallee
67140 Barr
Bas-Rhin, Alsace

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Price from: €53

Open: Year-round

Located in a quiet spot outside a village, this hotel offes a peaceful based for cycling. Bar/lounge area, plus a roof-top terrace. The hotel conforms to the Logis hotel chain's cycling standards policy that guarantees safe and secure parking, and other assistance such as advice with routees and bike hire, and tools for basic maintenance and repair.

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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Bastia - Best Western Bastia Centre

Reliable Bastia hotel offering lots of bells and whistles for cyclists

Avenue Jean Zuccarelli
20200 Bastia
Haute-Corse, Corsica

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Price from: €93

Open: All year

Located on a hill overlooking Bastia's Old Port and harbour, the Best Western Bastia Centre is a comfortable three-star option located a few hundred metres from the train station. It has excellent provisions for cyclists, including a dedicated bike shed, washdown area with sponges and cloths available, drying areas for clothes, a wholesome breakfast buffet and lots of local cycling advice and maps available from the staff.   24-hour reception, 24-hour bar, terrace. All rooms are air-conditioned and can sleep from one person through to groups of 4. Free wifi throughout the hotel. Good-sized luggage store. Portuguese, Italian, French, Spanish, English and German spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Bastia - Hotel Cyrnea

Friendly, affordable accommodation on the coast

Piétranera
18 Route du Cap Corse
20200 San Martino di Lota, Bastia
Haute-Corse, Corsica

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Price from: €60

Open: Closed November to end February

Just outside of Bastia, Hotel Cyrnea offers affordable accommodation that looks out over the water (there's also access to a small beach and a garden). This hotel was recommended to us by a cyclist, who described it as excellent value for money. He also said the staff were extremely friendly. Doubles and triples. Free wifi. Ideal for ferry port access. No restaurant but within walking distance of one. Management advises bikes can be safely stored.

Bike facilities

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

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Bastia - Hotel des Gouverneurs

Hotel with stunning views out over Bastia harbour

3bis Rue des Turquines,
20200 Bastia
Haute-Corse, Corsica

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Price from: €135

Open: All year

As you can tell from the picture, Hotel des Gouverneurs commands majestic views across Bastia harbour. The views are even more stunning by night when the lights are twinkling over the water. The hotel is used to welcoming cycling groups and has an indoor pool for your tired muscles after a day on the bike (there's also a sauna and hammam for guest use for a surcharge). The hotel itself is in a pedestrianised part of town, though car parking is available for nearby (email the hotel to reserve it after you've made your room booking). Onsite bar. Rooms also feature that all important kettle for teas/coffee (not always standard at French hotels). Free wifi. Choose from a buffet breakfast, or go continental. 24-hour reception for late arrivals. 

Bike facilities

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

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Bayeux - Novotel Hotel

Bayeux hotel that comes recommended by readers

117 Rue Saint Patrice
Rond Point de Vaucelles
14400 Bayeux
Calvados, Normandy

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Price from: €115

Open: All year

The Novotel Bayeux has been recommended to us by cyclists who stayed there. They say the hotel lived up to the hotel chain's usual standard of cleanliness and friendliness, and that there was ample space for bike storage (the hotel has since told me they can easily store up to 15 bikes at a time in their secure room). Located near Bayeux's ring road, it's a direct ride straight into the city centre along Rue Saint-Patrice (under 1km). Outdoor pool. Free wifi (plus computer for guest use). Onsite restaurant and bar. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Bayonne - Le Grand Hôtel

Comfortable four-star hotel for a relaxing stop on the Atlantic Coast

21 Rue Thiers
64100 Bayonne
Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine

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Price from: €79

Open: All year

Le Grand Hotel is located in the centre of Bayonne, just a ride away from the Atlantic Coast. The hotel has been elegantly restored and decorated, and ranks as a four-star hotel with comfortable, modern facilities. Air-con in all rooms, plus free wifi. Lounge and bar, restaurants close by. French, Spanish and English spoken. Doubles, triples and quads available, making it ideal for groups and families. Management advises there is a storeroom on the ground floor for bikes.

Bike facilities

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

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Bazas - Hotel Le Rodin (EV3 + Tour de Gironde)

Hotel with a bike shop next door and access to Bordeaux's regional routes

1 Allee Saint-Sauveur
33430 Bazas
Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Phone: +33 (0)5 56 25 57 88
Email: contact@lerodinbazas.fr

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

Hotel Le Rodin is a perfect stop on both the EuroVelo 3 Pilgrims' route and the Gironde regional bike route. Stop over for a night or use it as a fixed base for local rides through the sweet white wine vineyards of Sauternes or along the Bazas-Bios bike path, which goes to the Atlantic Coast. Located next to a bike shop, Hotel Le Rodin couldn't be better placed to ensure you have everything you need for your cycle tour (hire bikes available). The hotel is set in a magnificent historical building in the heart of Bazas, a thriving town 70km south-east of Bordeaux or about 15km south of the Bordeaux-Toulouse Garonne bike path at Saint Macaire. Take in the lovely Gothic cathedral and history that pre-dates the Romans. The building itself has been completely renovated by new owners Fenella and Peter and offers charming and comfortable rooms. This is a truly local hotel run by a family that previously owned a vineyard in the area, so don't forget to ask about bike routes that take in some of their favourite tipples. Families and cycling groups welcome. French, English, German spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Beaumont-sur-Sarthe - Hotel de la Barque

Basic but clean hotel on the Sarthe à vélo bike network

10 Place de la Libération
72170 Beaumont-sur-Sarthe
Sarthe, Pays de la Loire

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Price from: €65

Open: All year

An accueil velo label hotel in small medieval town of Beaumont-sur-Sarthe on the Sarthe à vélo network halfway between Alençon and Le Mans in Pays de la Loire. Onsite restaurant serving regional cuisine. Flexible accommodation with twins/doubles through to family rooms sleeping upto five people. Free wifi. Tea- and coffee-making facilities in the rooms. 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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Beaune - Golf Hotel Colvert

Bike-friendly hotel outside the Beaune city centre

Rue du Golf
21200 Levernois, Beaune
Côte-d'Or, Burgundy

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Price from: €79

Open: All year

The Golf Hotel Colvert overlooks a golf course (hence the name) on the outskirts of Beaune, near the river Bouzaise. This is a nice alternative to a city centre hotel. The staff here are used to welcoming cyclists who are riding Burgundy's wine and canal routes. "You can rent bikes at the hotel," their director, Agnès, told me. "We can provide maps. We have a secure garage where our customers can put their bikes, and also a small room that can take several bikes. It is also possible to park the bikes on the terraces of the rooms (first and second floor), which are not accessible from outside." Buffet breakfast. Heated swimming pool. French and English spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Beaune - Hotel des Remparts

Traditional French hotel in the heart of Burgundy's wine capital

48 rue Thiers
21200 Beaune
Côte d'Or, Burgundy

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Price from: €99

Open: All year

A great base in Beaune's old city centre, and perfect for exploring Burgundy's wine routes by bike. Hotel des Remparts is a 17th-century private mansion that's been converted into a traditional French hotel. There's an interior courtyard with a bike shed, plus there is bike hire available from the hotel reeption. Doubles, twins and triple rooms, all individually decorated (some have original fireplaces). Lounge bar for drinks. Breakfast served daily and room service is also available. Transfer shuttles to airports and train stations are available upon request. Free wifi. Slovak, French, English and Czech spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Beauvais - Hotel du Cygne

Centrally located Beauvais hotel at a keen price

24 Rue Carnot
60000 Beauvais
Oise, Picardy (Hauts-de-France)

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Price from: €60

Open: All year

Hotel du Cygne in Beauvais is at the crossroads of a number of good cycling routes. Firstly, it's on the official London to Paris Avenue Verte bike route. It's also well located if you're cycling south from Calais to Paris, as Richard Peace did here. It's a reasonably priced, accueil velo hotel with spacious bike storage (though it's on the first floor, the owner will help you if required). There's a full buffet breakfast available each morning and there are also plenty of shops and restaurants nearby if you prefer to pop out. 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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Beauvais - La Salamandre (Avenue Verte London-Paris)

Modern and charming combination on the Avenue Verte

10 Rue Marcelle Guedelin
60000 Beauvais
Oise, Picardy (Hauts de France)

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Price from: €99

Open: All year

La Salamandre sits pretty in Beauvais on the Avenue Verte London to Paris bike route and within easy reach of the Paris Beauvais airport, which is served by Ryanair. The five rooms are all individually decorated in this lovingly restored B&B, which also has a bar and free wifi. Breakfast is included in the price. There are also free house bikes available for guest use if you don't have your own. French and English are spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Belfort - Hotel Belfort

Stylish and contemproary hotel in the Belfort city centre

9 Avenue Wilson
90000 Belfort
Territoire de Belfort, Franche-Comté

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Price from: €53

Open: All year

Hotel Belfort is located close to the train station in the town centre. A stylish and contemporary hotel, it has air-conditioned room, free wifi and flat screen TVs in every room. Tea and coffee making facilities also in each room. Full breakfast buffet, 24-hour reception and bar. A short ride from local sites, including the Lion de Belfort Monument and the Saint-Christophe Belfort Cathedral. Management advises that they welcome cyclists and will be happy to provide safe and secure bike storage inside the hotel.

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities

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Bellenaves - Croix de Chassat

Cyclist-owned apartment for 2-4 people 60km north of Clermont-Ferrand

3 lieu dit Croix de Chassat
03330 Bellenaves
Allier, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Phone: Please use via Airbnb link below via 'full details' button

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Price from: €50 with discount available for longer stays

Open: All year

Debra and Leo moved to this wonderful part of Auvergne, north of Clermont-Ferrand, five years ago to enjoy the quiet lifestyle and the cycling. When not exploring backroads on their bikes, they restored the old farmhouse and included a self-contained apartment that they rent out to fellow cyclists. They are now Airbnb superhosts offering a secure bike-friendly base from which to explore this untamed and under-explored region of France. Everything you need is here, including bike storage area, a bike cleaning area, and lots of route suggestions and maps that Debra and Leo share with you. There are loop rides of between 10-70km from the doorRoad riding + MTB trails. The apartment – 2km from Bellenaves in the beautiful hamlet of Chassat – is fully furnished. It has one bedroom with a double bed, plus there is a sofa bed for 2 more people. Beautiful views of the surrounding farming area (forests, fields, gardens, etc). The old city of Charroux with shops, restaurants, hiking, and history is nearby. Large garden area, covered terrace, 360-degree view of surrounding area. Great for star-gazing! BBQ and gas cooker available + large picnic table with benches. What's not to like?

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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Belleville-sur-Loire - Hotel Terre de Loire

Listen to sounds of the canal along the Loire valley

10 Route de Beaulieu
18420 Belleville-sur-Loire
Cher, Loire Valley/Centre

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Price from: €68

Open: All year

This hotel sits on the Canal latéral à la Loire on the Loire à Velo and EV6 bike route as the Loire river heads south towards Nevers and Burgundy. It's about 100km from Orléans. You can hire bikes if you stay here on Loire Valley cycling holiday and want to use the hotel as base to explore this wonderful region. If you're travelling with your bike, Hotel de Loire can guarantee secure bike storage. A restaurant serves regional specialties and there's a terrace for relaxing and taking a drink, perhaps one of the fantastic wines from the area's renowned vineyards. 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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Bénodet – Le Grand Hôtel Abbatiale Bénodet

Accueil-velo rated hotel with views of the bay

6 Avenue de l'Odet
29950 Bénodet
Finistre, Brittany
Email: https://www.booking.com/hotel/fr/grandhotelabbatiale.en-gb.html?aid=365433&selected_currency=EUR&lang=en

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Price from: €53

Open: All year

The 3-star Le Grand Hôtel Abbatiale Bénodet is 17km south of Quimper. It's located opposite the Saint Marine harbour and offers pretty water views. Sandy beaches are also nearby. Free high-speed wifi. Room service (including pizza) can be delivered to your room. Bike rental is available from reception. Diving, canoeing and golf also available nearby. Discounted entry to a spa, sauna and thalassotherapy centre in town is available at a reduced rate.

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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Bergerac - Campanile Bergerac

Budget hotel option with restaurant on the city's outskirts

La Cavaille Sud
Route de Bordeaux
24100 Bergerac
Dordogne, Aquitaine

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Price from: €51

Open: All year

Campanile Bergerac is a clean and reliable option just over 1km from the Bergerac city centre and 4km from the airport, just off the road to Bordeaux. Terrace, small garden. Contemporary-style rooms you'd expect of a modern budget hotel. All rooms are en suite rooms. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided in all rooms. Onsite restaurant with regional cuisine and local wines plus an all-you-can eat cheese and dessert buffet. Room service option. Buffet breakfast. Dedicated bike shed (Tour de France teams stayed here for the Bergerac stage of the 2014 Tour, though they had a fancy bus and team cars for their bikes and kit!) French and English spoken. Free wifi.

Bike facilities

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

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Bergerac - Hotel de France

Good-value city centre hotel with outdoor pool and private garage

18 Place Gambetta
24100 Bergerac
Dordogne, Aquitaine

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Price from: €79

Open: All year

Friendly 3-star hotel in the centre of Bergerac and close to all amenities. We have had good reports from cyclists who have stayed here. A short ride from the Dordogne River, it has 20 air-conditioned rooms. There is secure bike parking in the hotel's private garage. Rooms have views of the pool/courtyard area or of the city centre. Buffet breakfasts. Heated outdoor pool plus garden area. Free wifi. English, French, Spanish and Italian spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Bertignat - Pradis self-catering gite

Amazing views from the terrace of this two-bedroom house

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

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Price from: €540 per week

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

  • Secure bike parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Wifi

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Besançon - Hôtel de Paris

A contemporary base in one of France's most beautiful historic centres

33 rue des Granges
25000 Besançon
Doubs, Franche-Comté

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Price from: €69

Open: All year

A former stage house for the well-heeled, this hotel is just 15 minutes from Besançon's Vauban citadel, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Relax and enjoy the cool decor and the terrace after a day on the bike exploring the nearby routes, including the EuroVelo 6 Loire Valley route, which passes through Besançon. Private and secure parking is provided, with bikes kept in shelters in the enclosed hotel yard. Free wifi. French, English and German spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Besançon - hotelF1 Micropolis

Super cheap budget hotel just outside the Besançon city centre

1 rue Pierre-Rubens
25000 Besançon
Doubs, Franche-Comté

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Price from: €30 per room

Open: Year round

Basic but clean and cheap option for cyclists passing through Besançon. Wifi. 24-hour reception. Rooms include TV, hairdryer and cable/satellite TV. Rooms are doubles and triples with sinks. Bathrooms located a few metres down the hall. Management says there is a lockable room to store bikes 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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Besançon - Ibis Centre Ville

Reliable city hotel located in the Old Town of Besançon

21 rue Gambetta
25000 Besançon
Doubs, Franche-Comté

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Price from: €55

Open: Year round

Clean and friendly city centre hotel with 24-hour reception. Free wifi. Buffet breakfast. 24-hour snack bar. Within easy reach of the Viotte train station, the Vauban Citadel and the Museum of Fine Art. From spring 2014 there will be a dedicated bike room for secure parking. At the time of writing (October 2013), there was space for 3 bikes in the equipment room.

Bike facilities

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

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Béziers - L'Hôtel Particulier

Stylish and intimate hotel offering a touch of luxury in Béziers

65B avenue du 22 août 1944
34500 Béziers
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €90-€140

Open: All year

L'Hôtel Particulier Beziers offers a touch of luxury near the Canal du Midi. Set in a lovely old, restored chateau in the town centre, there are 9 rooms, each individually decorated and furnished (complete with coffee machines). B&B only plus evening meals/room service also available. Outdoor pool. Free wifi. City and garden views from the bedrooms. Terrace. Onsite bar. Luggage store. The staff can help arrange local bike hire (there is secure parking inside the hotel). Italian, French, Spanish, English and German spoken.

Bike facilities

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

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Béziers - Hôtel Confort

Local hotel used to welcoming cyclists near the Canal du Midi

3 rue Etienne Marcel
34500 Béziers
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €45-€72

Open: All year

Basic but bike-friendly hotel whose manager tells me she regularly welcomes cyclists stopping off on the Canal du Midi route. She says bikes can be safely stored in the hotel, either in reception or in the rooms (a popular option, she says, among guests with higher end bikes, though she says rooms are quite cosy). Parking can also be arranged via a local bike hire partner. Hôtel Confort is family-run and located in the centre of town, close to the station and the cobbled back streets of Allees Paul Riquet. Free wifi. French and English spoken. Breakfast served daily. 

Bike facilities

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

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Béziers – Hôtel des Poètes

Bike-friendly two-star hotel opposite garden oasis in Béziers centre

80 allées Paul Riquet
34500 Béziers
Hérault, Languedoc-Roussillon

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Price from: €46-€90

Open: All year

Hotel des Poètes is located in the heart of Béziers and overlooks the beautiful Parc des Poètes, a little oasis with lakes, swans and statues. The hotel is a short 200m ride from the train station. A two-star hotel, the rooms are basic but comfortable, decorated in a contemporary style. Singles, doubles, triples and quads available – good for groups and families. Continental breakfast. Free bikes for guest use around town, plus the hotel works with a local bike rental firm for longer trips. Good base for the Canal du Midi. Secure bike garage. French, Spanish and English 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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Béziers – Appart'City

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

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

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Price from: €39

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Biarritz - Hotel Kemaris

Bike-friendly hotel on the La Vélodyssée Atlantic Coast bike route

35 Avenue du Maréchal Joffre
64200 Biarritz
Pyrénées Atlantiques, Aquitaine

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Price from: €66

Open: All year

Hotel Kemaris was recommended to me by a cyclist who was riding the Atlantic Coast bike path, La Vélodyssée. "It is very central," he wrote, "and hotel staff put our cycles in a locked storeroom inside the hotel."  The hotel is only 200m from the beach (some rooms have terrrace balconies). Buffet breakfast with local produce served daily (there's the option to have the full buffet or an 'express' version). Free wifi. Hotel combines local Basque architecture with modern touches. Groups welcome (discounts available). English, French and Spanish spoken. Good local knowledge and advice on off here.

Bike facilities

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

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Biarritz - Pierre & Vacances Premium Haguna

Clean apartment hotel in a central location

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

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Price from: €85

Open: All year

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

Bike facilities

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

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Biscarrosse - Camping Paradis Bimbo

Popular 4-star Atlantic Coast campsite on EuroVelo 1

176 Chemin de Bimbo
40600 Biscarrosse
Landes, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

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Price from: €21 per night (may be min 2-night stay, depending on the season); prices for cabins and other self-catered accommodation vary

Open: April 2 to October 1

If you can get past the name – which I don't think has any origins in English! – Camping Bimbo in Biscarosse is well placed on the Atlantic Coast for rides down the EuroVelo 1 La Vélodyssée bike route. It's a 4-star campsite with both covered pool and outdoor pools + paddling pool, water games and slides for the young at heart. Situated 600m from the lake, it provides a refreshing and comfortable stop. Tent pitches, as well as mobile homes, chalets and wooden cabins for hire. Gets busy in summer – may be minimum night stay, depending on the season. Part of a network of independently run sites.

Bike facilities

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

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Biscarrosse - Hôtel la Forestière

Small, good value 3-star hotel with its own pool

1300 Avenue du Pyla
40600 Biscarrosse-Plage
Gironde, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €70

Open: All year

Hôtel la Forestière is used by small cycle tour companies on La Vélodyssée Atlantic Coast cycle route, so the staff here are used to welcoming riders. 800m from the beach. There is a heated swimming pool and free wifi. French and English spoken. Onsite restaurant. There are also a couple of golf courses nearby if you fancy a break from the sand. It's a hard life!

Bike facilities

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

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Blésé - Hotel Le Cheval Blanc

Loire Valley hotel that's been recommended to us by cyclists

5 place Charles Bidault
37150 Bléré
Indre-et-Loire, Centre

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Price from: €77

Open: All year

Hotel Le Cheval Blanc has been recommended to us by a cyclists who stayed there recently. It's a small hotel with just eight rooms, all of them en suite. The hotel has a lovely garden/courtyard setting. Near the banks of Le Cher river, Hotel Le Cheval Blanc is a great base from which to explore the Loire's chateaux. It's around 7km from Château de Chenonceau and about 11km to Amboise. Outdoor swimming pool for summer. Free wifi throughout. Onsite restaurant serving local cuisine and continental breakfasts. Doubles/twins plus family rooms. Secure 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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Blois - Blois Chateau Hotel

Comfortable Loire Valley hotel experienced at welcoming cyclists in Blois

8 avenue Docteur Jean Laigret
41000 Blois
Loir-et-Cher, Centre

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Price from: €80

Open: All year

Hotel on the Loire à Vélo route with lockable, dedicated bike shed. Staff here see lots of cyclists and can advise on local routes and provide maps. There is even a bike hire outlet next door. Close in the city centre less than a kilometre from the river and just 150m from the train station. Free wifi. Rooms have tea and coffee making facilities. 24-hour reception. French and English spoken. You're guaranteed a warm and friendly welcome when you ride up to the door.

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

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Blois - Hotel Mercure Blois Centre

Comfortable Blois hotel recommmended to us by cyclists

28 Quai Saint Jean
41000 Blois
Loir-et-Cher, Centre

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Price from: €100

Open: All year

This hotel is often used by cycle tour companies and touring cyclists passing through Blois, and provides safe and secure bike storage to meet this demand. It faces the Loire river and is handy to all Blois' famous attractions, including the chateau. Indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub. Family rooms available. Free wifi. Onsite restaurant and bar. French, English, Spanish and German spoken.

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  • Bike hire on site or available locally
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  • Laundry facilities

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Blois - Les Lodges de Blois-Chambord (Mont-prés-Chambord)

Pitches and cabins 10km from Blois on the Loire EV6 bike route

464 Rue du Gué
41250 Mont-prés-Chambord
Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire (Loire Valley)

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Price from: €36 for two nights

Open: Camping pitches open from 10/04 au 01/11

Les Lodges de Blois-Chambord is a small rural campsite nestled between Blois, Cheverny and Chambord in the Loire Valley – and perfect for anyone riding the EuroVelo 6. It's in a quiet location and offers both tent emplacements and wooden cabins (including cabins on stilts and 'floating' cabins) – an ideal base for exploring the chateaux of the Loire, including Chambord and Blois itself. Nearby also is the Grand Chambord lake, the woods and lakes of Sologne and, of course, the River Loire itself. Heated pool, wifi across the site + small onsite shop. Part of a network of independently run sites.

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

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Blois - Logis Hôtel du Cygne

Ideal for exploring the routes of the Loire chateaux

5 Rue René Masson
41250 Bracieux
Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire (Loire Valley)

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Price from: €65

Open: All year

Logis Hôtel du Cygne is a good value hotel situated close to the famous Loire towns of Blois, Chambord and Cheverny, so perfect for exploring the Loire cycle routes. A great heated pool allows you to cool down after your ride and you can also top up your tan on the terrace with the sun shining down. Breakfast served every morning. Free wifi. Also animal-friendly if you're travelling with a furry friend.

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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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Bordeaux - Le Saint James Bouliac

Magical bike-friendly retreat in the hills overlooking Bordeaux

3 Place Camille Hostein
33270 Bouliac, Bordeaux
Gironde, Aquitaine (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)

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Price from: €195 for a standard room; food and wine packages available

Open: All year

If you're after a truly magical vineyard stay in Bordeaux, then this could be the place for you. Granted, it's not cheap, but Le Saint James offers a wonderful Bordeaux food and wine experience. The hotel is set in the lovely village of Bouilac, a short detour from the towpath that leads to the Roger Lapebie bike path and the Canal de Garonne bike route. It comes with its own boutique vineyard, proudly overseen by Richard Bernard, a former winner of the French Sommelier of the Year competition. There's a Michelin-star restaurant, a courtyard that's ideal for sundowners, and a pool with table service. House bikes are available for bimbles down into Bordeaux. This is an ideal base for a start/end-of-trip celebration or to mark a special occasion during your cycling holiday in France. 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

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